Good morning bookies! The sun is shining in West Tennessee today, a high of 72 expected, with the high Sunday going to hit all of 45. In between? Storms. Don’t be surprised if your friendly neighborhood bookseller’s house does a Wizard of Oz thing and goes spinning off into the stratosphere. Anyway, none of the news from the book world seemed exciting, so here’s another review to keep you occupied.
OUT OF RANGE by C.J. Box
“Before going outside to his pickup for his gun, the Wyoming game warden cooked and ate four and a half pounds of meat.” This first line from ‘Out of Range’ by C.J. Box pretty much sums up the writer’s outlook on telling a story: get to the meat of the story (pun intended) and forget the fancy trimmings. And so he does in this fifth installment in the increasingly popular series about game warden and detective Joe Pickett.
Pickett is happy enough in his hometown of Saddlestring. His mother-in-law is getting married, and to a rich local rancher no less, he and his wife are making plans and generally enjoying life. Then comes word that his friend and fellow warden Will Jensen has committed suicide and Pickett is needed to fill in at Jensen’s post in Jackson until a permanent replacement can be found. But Jackson isn’t like Saddlestring and suicide just might be murder.
Before he knows it, Pickett is in the middle of some powerful people with layered agendas, both open and secret, environmentalists at all levels of commitment, the obscenely rich who are used to being obeyed and, not least, a beautiful (but married) lady who catches Pickett’s eye. But if a murdered is afoot, as seems likely, who is it and has done an out-of-his-element Pickett find the culprit?
C.J. Box never fails to entertain the reader and his straight forward style is ideal for a series based in the open west, where long descriptions are just as useless as short ones for describing the wonders of the area, where the people don’t talk much and make sure they say something when they do. Out of Range continues a series the reader has come to rely on for originality and style, and it no way does it disappoint.