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BOOK REVIEW: BLOOD TRAIL
BY C.J. BOX

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Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett is working as a special consultant to the governor, living in town after years near his work assignments, and struggling to find contentment in the unfamiliar environment. A gruesome discovery of a hunter shot dead and hung from a tree in a manner used to preserve wild game sends Joe back into action, with instructions by the governor to wrap things up as quickly as possible, to protect the state's cash inflow from the annual influx of hunters.

Not surprisingly, the resulting publicity also draws anti-hunting activists to Wyoming, with journalists and TV transmission trucks following in the wake. Local residents are both angry and frightened. Box alternates chapters from the view of the killer, with occasional hints as to motivation, but it's clear that Joe and others helping him are facing a formidable enemy.

I'm not sure all the time lines in the action at the start of the book work out well, and Box even has Joe Pickett stop and puzzle over this same question. As in earlier books in the series, Box has the ability to convey the actions and reactions of children very realistically. I've been critical in the past of what I call "super hero syndrome" in which characters in Box's books achieve incredible feats while injured, exhausted, and hungry. That's not the case this time around, I'm glad to say.

And Joe Pickett continues to be a very appealing protagonist. The "oops!" moment from earlier books, in which something goes dramatically wrong for Joe, is part of BLOOD TRAIL, too.

REVIEWED BY WOODSTOCK

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