It was always good to see Butch Roberson, Joe thought - a hardworking, upright local business owner whose daughter was friends with his own. Little did he know that when he talked to Butch that day in the forest, the man was about to disappear. He was heading into the mountains to scout elk, he said, but instead he was running. Two EPA employees had just been murdered, and all signs pointed to him as the killer.
As the manhunt organized itself, Joe heard more of the story - about the tract of land Butch and his wife had bought to build their retirement home on, until the EPA declared it a wetland. About the penalties they charged him when he balked, new ones piling up every day, until the family was torn apart ... and finally, it seems, the man just cracked.
It was an awful story. But was it the whole story? The more Joe looks into it, the more he begins to wonder - and the more he finds himself in the middle of a war he never expected and never wanted. Powerful forces want Roberson not just caught but dead - and the same goes for anyone who stands in their way.
Every man reaches his breaking point. Joe Pickett may just have reached his.
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"Starred Review. Box doles out the complications and misfortunes with masterly control... One of [Box's] most exciting [novels]." - Kirkus
"...Despite a fiery, thrilling ending, it's not as seamlessly structured as usual, either. But, whether you watch the skies for black helicopters or not, you'll still have a hard time putting this one down and turning out the light." - Booklist
"Starred Review. Thrilling wilderness chases, chilling stories of the abuse of power, and Pickett's indomitable frontier spirit power this explosive novel." - Publishers Weekly
"Like the forest fire described in the book, fans of this series will burn through the pages to discover who-dun-it and why. With each book, Joe Pickett has evolved as a complex, deep character, richly described by Box. Another must-read." - Library Journal
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C. J. Box is the author of over ten novels including the award-winning Joe
Pickett series. Hes the winner of the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France),
the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, the Barry Award, and an Edgar Award and
L.A. Times Book Prize finalist. Box was named 2007 Writer of the Year by the
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. His short stories have been featured in
Americas Best Mystery Stories 2006 and limited-edition printings. The novels
have been national bestsellers and have been translated into 13 languages.
Blue Heaven, a stand-alone thriller, was published by St. Martins Press in January, 2008 and was on the New York Times Bestseller list for four weeks and was optioned for film. Blood Trail, the eighth Joe Pickett novel, was published...
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