Long Range

Long Range

A Joe Pickett Novel

Book - 2020
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When Joe Pickett is asked to join the rescue efforts for the victim of a startling grizzly bear attack, he reluctantly leaves his district behind. One survivor of the grizzly's rampage tells a bizarre story, but just as Joe begins to suspect the attack is not what it seems, he is brought home by an emergency on his own turf. Someone has targeted a prominent local judge, shooting at him from a seemingly impossible distance. While the judge was not hit, his wife was severely wounded, and it is up to Joe to find answers and the shooter. The search for the would-be assassin becomes personal when Joe's best friend, Nate Romanowski—just as he's getting used to the arrival of his first child—falls under suspicion for the crime. It's a race against the clock as Joe tries to clear Nate's name and identify the real shooter, all while deciphering the grizzly encounter. Beset by threats both man-made and natural, the two men must go to great lengths to keep their loved ones safe.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2020
ISBN: 9780525538233
Characteristics: 357 p. ; 24 cm

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NedSu
Nov 09, 2020

I've read all the books in the Pickett series and this like visiting an old friend. We learn about his family, his friends, his dog- even his horse, and his propensity for trashing vehicles. It is who Joe is. He doesn't present a good mystery and pretty much telegraphs the who if not the why. But as Joe says in order to get a suspect to talk "I guess you know why I'm here", and I answer "to visit an old friend".

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betsymarzoni
Oct 18, 2020

I confess. After reading The Wolf Pack and after attending Box's presentation at Douglas County Libraries where he indicated, in response to an audience question, that it was natural and a part of life that characters would be killed off now and then, I was nervous to read this latest story. I was afraid that a character I've grown fond of might get bumped off! No worries. All is well. There are some tense moments, of course, and someone does get shot, of course, but Long Range is another great story in the C. J. Box tradition. He draws a compelling characterization of life and mores in rural Wyoming.

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neilbjur
Sep 24, 2020

I am a long time fan of C J Box and the Joe Pickett books . Having said that I must say that in my opinion this book is not up to his usual standard and judging by the other comments I am in the minority.

I take rating a book or movie very seriously because it is important to me that others get what may be a different perspective on the subject. I also have a tough rating system.

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gloryb
Sep 20, 2020

An enjoyable read. Could be read as a stand alone even though it is part of a long series featuring Game Warden Joe Pickett. The story has several story threads, each varying in length and depth and each one helping to extend the novel. The story thread about the grizzly bear attack was interesting but was a dead end in furthering the plot. The portrayal of Tom's girlfriend was uncomplimentary and her part was only necessary to give readers an idea the direction where the plot was headed. The story thread about the sharp shooter from Mexico in town to revenge the death of his fellow cartel members on the town's court steps provided some tension, but that character appeared only periodically and mainly at the end for a dramatic conclusion concerning Nate. The outcome of that encounter may be a reason why we may not see him in the next Picket novel. Will Joe also be sidelined in the next Pickett novel? Joe is hurt badly in his shoot out; maybe he too is out of the next novel while he recuperates. I also didn't care for the portrayal of corruption in the town's justice department. Despite these observations, the novel is a worthwhile read.

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Bookworm1136
Aug 25, 2020

4 star read. The 20th book in Box's excellent Joe Pickett series was a very good read. Joe starts out helping in a rescue of a guide savaged by a grizzly bear, but is called back home to deal with the shooting of a judge's wife. Was the bullet meant for the judge, who had many enemies? Other local shootings might be connected. But when Joe's best friend Nate is targeted by the new zealous sheriff for the shooting, Joe has help from Mary Beth in trying to find the real shooter. This was a riveting and engaging read and shows that Box is at the top of his game.

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DickPlastino
Aug 16, 2020

Another great Joe Pickett book by C.J. Box. I appreciate that the author works hard at writing good books time after time. There are some authors that start to "coast" after writing several good books, but not Box. You'll enjoy this book. Since it's his latest offering, I read it in two days so it could get back in circulation for the next reader.

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Onewhoissaved
Jun 27, 2020

This is the 21st Joe Pickett novel and I hope that C.J. Box is only halfway through the renowned telling of the Wymoming game warden Joe Pickett's unusual life. I won't give away anything here so feel safe to read on. Wyoming has only 578,759 citizens as of 2019 (the fewest in our nation). Saddlestring, Wyoming (Pickett's town) has 2,208 people. I''ve often wondered what life would be like with everyone toting a gun in their car, truck. Wyoming comes pretty close to that scenario. As usual C.J. Box educates the reader about life amongst the wildlife where laws are often an inconvenience. Good story. (The library says this is the 20th Joe Pickett novel but in the section called 'The Making of Long Range' Box himself says it is the 21st book the Pickett series.)

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USAF1969
Jun 26, 2020

LONG RANGE is the latest in C. J. Box's Joe Pickett novels. As usual Box's story lines have multiple threads running through them. In this one we see the irascible Judge Hewiit, the on-the-grid, off-the-grid Nate Romanowski (and his family), Joe's dreadful mother-in-law, and, of course, Joe himself partnered at the hip with his wife, Marybeth. Joe is awesome game warden who nevertheless always out of sync (in a good way) with some power broker somewhere. In this this case it is the Governor and the new county sheriff. Throw in a drug cartel enforcer and a highly questionable medical doctor and you have the makings of another great read. Joe Pickett is as human as he can be, and is still among the good folks out there.

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ValinOR14
Jun 06, 2020

Once again, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett gets mixed up in a killing where the suspect is his old friend Nate Romanowski. Poor Nate can't catch a break. He just wants to be left alone to train his falcons and help his beloved wife, Liv, raise their baby, Kestrel. (Gotta love that name!) As if that weren’t bad enough, Joe’s haughty, scheming mother-in-law shows up unannounced and trailing troubles of her own. Mr. Box is a writer who always brings his settings to life for the reader and I love losing myself in this series. I very much enjoyed Long Range and I am eager for #21 to be written!!

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TheManRetired
May 21, 2020

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