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Free Fire

A Joe Pickett Novel

by C. J. Box

Free Fire by C. J. Box
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  • Published in USA  May 2007
    368 pages
    Genre: Noir

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For weeks, the headlines have been abuzz with the story of Clay McCann, a lawyer who slaughtered four campers in cold blood in a far-off corner of Yellowstone National Park. After the murders, McCann immediately turned himself in at the nearest park ranger station. It seemed like a slam-dunk case for law enforcement, except that McCann had taken advantage of a loophole in the law, so he walks out of prison a free man.

Joe Pickett, having recently been fired from his job as a Wyoming game warden, is working on his father-in-law's ranch when he receives a call from the governor's office. Governor Rulon - a devious but down-home politico - has a special request, one Joe knows he can't refuse: The governor will reinstate Joe as a game warden if he'll go to Yellowstone to investigate.

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"Starred Review. The author vividly evokes Yellowstone's natural beauty, but the book's real power emanates from Pickett's (and Box's) passion for preserving the wilderness and stopping those who would cynically destroy it." - PW.

"Starred Review. A masterstroke, lending both urgency and the long view to the proceedings. Once again, recommended for practically everybody." - Booklist.

"Box, winner of the Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry Mystery awards, knows how to turn on the nail-biting suspense and violence until the cliff-hanger of an ending." - Library Journal.

"Middling for this fine series, which automatically makes it one of the season's highlights." - Kirkus.

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