Free Fire

Free Fire

Book - 2007
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Joe Picket returns, this time to the wilds of Yellowstone National Park. Deftly plotted and full of intrigue, Free Fireis C. J. Box's best novel yet. Joe Pickett, having recently been fired from his job as a Wyoming game warden, is working on his father-in-law's ranch when he receives a call from the governor's office. Governor Rulon-a devious but down-home politico-has a special request, one Joe knows he can't refuse. For weeks, the headlines have been abuzz with the story of Clay McCann, a lawyer who slaughtered four campers in cold blood in a far-off corner of Yellowstone National Park. After the murders, McCann immediately turned himself in at the nearest park ranger station. It seemed like a slam-dunk case for law enforcement-except that the crimes were committed in a thin sliver of land with zero residents and overlapping jurisdiction, the so-called free-fire zone. McCann had taken advantage of a loophole in the law: neither the state of Wyoming nor the federal government can try him for his crime, so he walks out of prison a free man. Governor Rulon, sensitive to the rising tide of public outrage over the McCann case, wants his own investigation into the murders. The governor will reinstate Joe as a game warden if he'll go to Yellowstone to investigate. Joe, happy to get his badge back, even under these circumstances, agrees. However, it quickly becomes clear to Joe that McCann is deeply involved with some illegal activity taking place in the park-something tremendously lucrative and unusually dangerous. As Joe and his partner Nate Romanowski search in the unlikeliest places to find the key to the murders, they find out that it may be hidden in the rugged terrain of the park itself.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2007.
ISBN: 9780399154270
0399154272
Branch Call Number: X
Characteristics: 352 p. : map ; 24 cm.

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mykeesgram
Jun 16, 2014

Yellowstone National Park descriptions & info make this worth reading even if you haven't read all the 'Joe Pickett, Wyoming Game Warden' series. The gore does get a bit specific so not for advanced-reader children.

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Jun 14, 2013

I just love these books. C.J. Box writes with authority and with such interesting content. I listen to the audio books, which to me just adds to the enjoyment of these books.

333abilene Oct 26, 2011

Free Fire is one of Box's best. Well researched and informative along with a great story line; what more can you ask for in a great novel. More C. J. Box, please!

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Cabby
Nov 04, 2007

This is one of the series about game warden Pickett. It is very good.

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Jun 16, 2014

mykeesgram thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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