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BOOK REVIEW: BLOOD TRAIL
BY C.J. BOX

We hope you enjoy this book review by Caryn St. Clair.

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Hunting is a big deal in Wyoming. Not only do many of the residents of the state hunt, it's also one of the main tourist draws to the state thus generating lots of money for the economy. But even in places like Wyoming, there are people who object to the killing of animals for sport.

In Blood Trail, Box's eighth Joe Pickett mystery, it's the hunters who are being hunted, not the elk. When the third body of a hunter is found strung from a tree, field dressed, gutted and skinned, authorities suspect that the killer is part of an animal rights group. Those suspicions seem to be confirmed when Klamath Moore, a nationally known advocate for animals turns up in town.

Box switches points of view between Pickett and the killer allowing the reader to slip back and forth between the two parts of the story with ease. While following along while the killer hunts, readers begin to unravel the secret that is driving the killer. Then readers rejoin Pickett as he tries to sort through what he knows and fit the pieces together. For Pickett, there are a few things in this case that just don't add up.

Pickett's unusual job situation continues in this book. He is called into this case by Governor Rulon, who is afraid of the economic consequences if he is forces to end elk season early. Oddly, the Director of the State Game Wardens, Randy Pope, who fired Pickett from his post as a district game warden, actually seems eager for Pickett to be involved in the case. Why? Why does Pope want Pickett involved? What is Pickett hiding? Why does Pope brings a civilian with him to the crime scene? And most puzzling of all, why does Pope leave the scene of such a high profile crime?

This book certainly lives up to it's name. There is a fairly high body count in the book and some of the gruesome deaths are hard to read. However, the violence is not just thrown in for affect, but is in keeping with the basic plot.

While Joe Pickett fans will be pleased with this book, readers who enjoy such authors as Craig Johnson or Nevada Barr should give this series a try. It is not necessary to have read the previous books in the series to enjoy Blood Trail.

REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, CARYN ST. CLAIR


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