Library Journal Review
In the 17th installment of the "Joe Pickett" series (after Off the Grid), the Wyoming game warden faces familiar adversaries including the Cates family and his mother-in-law, Missy. In a previous antagonistic encounter with the Cates family (in Endangered), Joe had managed to survive but he isn't sure what will happen now that Dallas Cates has been released from prison, but surely it will be revenge. A twisted, interlocked series of events that includes the murder of a hunting guide, a kidnapping, a hefty insurance policy, the stalking of Joe's family and Missy's new husband, lead Joe to face off against Dallas and his quadriplegic mother, Brenda, who is incarcerated in the Wyoming state prison for women. The outcome is explosive with a sustained impact on the Pickett family. -VERDICT The unexpected, suspenseful turns will keep readers enthralled. Another winner for Box. [See Prepub Alert, 9/26/16.]-Patricia Ann Owens, formerly with Illinois Eastern Community Colls., Mt. Carmel © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
At the start of Edgar-winner Box's crackling 17th Joe Pickett novel (after 2016's Off the Grid), the Wyoming game warden is aboard a small plane in search of hunter Dave Farkus, "currently an unemployed layabout collecting dubious disability checks," who has gone on the run in the frozen high country. With the aid of an infrared spotting device, Joe locates Dave-right before the fugitive is fatally shot. Joe quickly settles on a suspect: erstwhile rodeo star Dallas Cates, just released from the prison where Joe helped send him 18 months earlier. Dallas's motive? Scorched-earth revenge on Joe. To that end, the diabolically clever Dallas has recruited a gang of psychopathic miscreants for the ages. A sequence in which a female meth head attempts to kill Joe's wife and daughters with an ax ranks as the scariest in any Pickett novel to date; a close second goes to a confrontation between Joe and Dallas's imprisoned, quadriplegic mother. In short, this outing is the most suspenseful yet in this world-class series, setting a new standard for Box. Author tour. Agent: Ann Rittenberg, Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Booklist Review
In the seventeenth installment of the Joe Pickett series, the Wyoming game warden faces a threat to what matters most: his family. Dallas Cates, the ex-rodeo star sent to prison after an attack on Joe's adopted daughter, April, has been released and is back in Saddlestring with revenge on his mind. Joe hates Cates and is fully aware of the danger Cates poses, but at the same time feels guilt about his own complicity in the way the law was bent to get him sent away in the first place he even sympathizes with Cates' rage somewhat. Fortunately, Nate Romanowski, finally back on the grid, is on hand to play id to Joe's superego. We've noted previously how the fully fleshed family dynamic is one of this series' enduring strengths, and that pays dividends here as we viscerally feel Joe's fear for his loved ones and his powerlessness to protect them. Box masterfully tightens the suspense until we're caught in a vicious circle of our own and unable to stop reading.--Graff, Keir Copyright 2017 Booklist