Free Fire (Joe Pickett Series #7)

Free Fire (Joe Pickett Series #7)

by C. J. Box

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Overview

Best-selling author C. J. Box—an Anthony and Macavity Award winner—earned starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Booklist for this exceptional mystery. Taking advantage of a legal loophole, a lawyer kills four people in Yellowstone National Park and walks away a free man. As the public outcry intensifies, the governor hires former game warden Joe Pickett to conduct a private investigation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399154270
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/10/2007
Series: Joe Pickett Series , #7
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

C. J. Box is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Joe Pickett series, five stand-alone novels, and the story collection Shots Fired. He has won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and two Barry awards, as well as the French Prix Calibre .38 and a French Elle magazine literary award. His books have been translated into twenty-seven languages. He and his wife Laurie split their time between their home and ranch in Wyoming.

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Free Fire (Joe Pickett Series #7) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
Retiredhsewfe More than 1 year ago
I really can't express how bad & often the words run together. Great story by author. One of his best. Very hard to read! Not great recommentation for B&N e-books.
jthJH More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in the quality of the ebook. Lots of typos, and words running together. But the book was GREAT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always looking forward to C J Box's next book. These are the ones I read first from the library. Or buy, because I know I will read them again. C J Box seems to be a little known author compared to J A Jance or Lee Childs, but I rate him right along side both.
kkw More than 1 year ago
I really like CJ Box's books. In Free Fire, he's produced another Joe Pickett book with a slightly different twist from the other books and is just as hard to put down. My rating is for the book content. But why couldn't the editing be better in the eBook edition? Almost every page has words that are run together and words that should be capitilized that aren't.
tennesseepasskid More than 1 year ago
Another adventure with Joe Pickett that takes you for a journey in the down to earth lifestyle that it Wyoming!!! A must read to regain some sanity an firm footing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this was the best book in the series. Really good story that deals with different environmental issues in Yellowstone Park. Its full of suspense and is a great book to read for an outdoor lover or a hunter or a fisher.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is only the second Joe Pickett mystery I have read, but I enjoyed it very much. I grew up in Wyoming near Hoback Junction, which is not far from the action in the book. A very convincing story line and very believable in all respects. Joe Pickett is a very good character and typical of the area forest service people. I will surely seek out some of the rest of the books. If you are an outdoors person and enjoy the wilderness areas, you will love this book. I read it in two days.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome read
she_climber on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Continuing to work my way through the series and this had to be one of my favorite ones to date. Still love just the concept of following a Game Warden on adventures rather than a PI/Dectective/Agent... just a good twist on the norm. I loved all the information about Yellowstone National Park and now need to do some research about things I "learned" in the book to see if it was just Box's imagination. Can't wait to start the next book to see what happens next!
jenforbus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Free Fire is the seventh book in C.J. Box's Joe Pickett series. In this installment, Joe is working on his father-in-law's ranch when the Governor of Wyoming offers him a job back with the game wardens. Only this time he won't have an assigned district to cover, he'll be going to Yellowstone National Park to investigate a multiple homicide case that was committed in the "Zone of Death." A lawyer figured out that a small strip of land overlapped jurisdictions, the free fire zone, and therefore no one was able to prosecute him and he escaped Scot free on four murders. Joe heads out to find out what actually happened in Yellowstone and all hell begins to...erupt.Free Fire was an enjoyable book; I appreciate Box's choice of setting in this novel. I learned quite a bit about Yellowstone National Park. And a non-urban setting is always a nice change. A few of the murders in this book were rather unique as well; gruesome, but unique.The characters in this series don't really overwhelm me. Nate is a decent character, but maybe a part of me thinks the rebel sidekick has been done enough and I would like to see something more unique - like Box's settings. There are many times that Joe strikes me as indifferent more than anything.
TallyDi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like the rest of the series about Joe Pickett, this is well done albeit violent and a trifle bleak. Contains lots of detail about Yellowstone including a legal detail about the park that underlies the mystery in the book.
Joycepa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
7th in the Joe Pickett series.With this installment, Box returns to form with a fascinating novel that takes place in Yellowstone National Park. The ¿mystery¿ part of the plot is good though nothing unusual¿typical good workmanship on Box¿s part. But crucial to the story are several unique aspects about Yellowstone, one geological and the other legal. The legal oddity is that in the strip of the park that is within Idaho¿s boundaries, no felony can be prosecuted. Therefore, you can literally get away with murder in what is called the Zone of Death, thanks to the weirdness of constitutional law that requires that a jury be drawn from the district in which the felony takes place. Since no one lives in that particular district, there can be no jury trial and therefore no prosecution.The other aspect is Yellowstone¿s unique geology; the Earth¿s crust is the thinnest in the Yellowstone caldera, the origin of the many geysers and other geothermal features¿and the potential exists for a massive volcanic explosion that would wipe out all life within a 200 mile radius. These have occurred, and there is evidence that a) the next one is overdue and b) pressure is building up for one now¿the crust in the caldera has risen 5¿ over the past 10 years.In all but one of his previous books, Box has worked in New West issues. He returns to that in this book, exploring the issue of licenses for bio-mining of thermophiles within Yellowstone, allowing companies to ¿mine¿ various types of microbes for huge commercial profit. Another bonus is that Box¿s writing continues to improve. He also has a great one-time character in this book, who adds enormously to the interest. Nate Romanowski is back again with his unique concept of justice (a good deal like Win Lockwood of Harlan Coben¿s Myron Bolitar series although less entertaining than Win).But where Box excels in his loving descriptions of the West in general and the high mountain landscapes in particular. He has the ability to evoke the exact sense of a cold, clear night and the refreshing beauty of early morning against the backdrop of some of the loveliest scenery on earth. he continues to do so in this novel, with the extra added attraction of having historical buildings in Yellowstone such as Mammoth Lodge be an necessary part of the plot, giving him a great excuse to describe them, employing them with ingenuity. Box also does an excellent job of portraying the tensions between the Park Service and the employees of the concessionaire that runs the park services, such as the lodges.Unfortunately, Box continues to use danger to Joe¿s family as a plot device, and that¿s getting very, very old. However, it¿s clear that Box is well acquainted with teen and pre-teen girls¿Joe¿s daughters ring true.Interestingly enough, since the book was written, steps have been taken to deal with the legal anomaly of he western section of the park, and with the issue of licenses within the National Park system.Highly recommended, if only for the information about Yellowstone.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Joe Pickett, now working on his father-in-law's ranch in the foothills of the Big Horn Mountains after having lost his position as a Wyoming game warden, is called back into service by Wyoming's governor to help investigate a murder which took place in a zone inside of Yellowstone National Park for which the federal government nor Wyoming has clear jurisdiction. It is a small strip which lies in Idaho. It appears that Clay McCann, an attorney who was aware of the loophole in the law, will walk away a free man even though he has admitted to the brutal murders of 4 employees of the company who manages the parks hotels, cabins, and restaurants. Joe calls his old friend Nate who has an unconventional sense of justice about him, although I think is a way that many out west think. Joe realizes that there's a lot more to this mystery than meets the eye. Author C.J. Box does a tremendous job describing the areas around the Big Horn Mountains and around Yellowstone. Having been to both, I was easily able to follow both and was able to relive some memories. This was the first novel by this author that I have read, but it will not be the last. I really enjoyed this book. I thought the plot was reminiscent of a cross between Tony Hillerman and Nevada Barr.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with the author. You never trust a fed they are liars, thieves and frauds. They steal, kill, rape and plunder. They are parasites living off of hard working Americans.
LittleTaiko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another excellent book by C.J. Box. His characters remain real and interesting. The relationships also have strong elements of truth to them as well. The premise of a death zone, an area not covered by federal or state law is unusual and provides the perfect setting for Joe Pickett to deal with some old ghosts from his past and do what he loves most - be outdoors.
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another cleverly written book.Joe pickett continues to evoel as well as his family. Another hit by C.J Box
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scpick More than 1 year ago
My name is Joe Pickett, and I endorse this book, and all the previous six books! I first thought I would read CJ's books because of the common name, but as it turned out, the stories are very good, and I like to learn about the outdoors, of which I know very little. It is strange to read a book and see your name in it. Thank you CJ!
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