Open Season

b00452v3ve-01-lBook #4: Open Season, C. J. Box

After finding a local hunting outfitter dead on his woodpile, new game warden Joe Pickett becomes involved in what seems like a simple open and shut case of murder.  But something doesn’t seem right to Joe.  As he investigates further, he finds a deeply rooted conspiracy that nearly costs him his job and his family.  This is the first of the Joe Pickett novels written by C.J. Box, an author specializing in western, mystery thrillers.  C.J. Box has a compelling style of writing, weaving together a complex web of intrigue and conspiracy.  It is a definite page turner.

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Term Limits

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The President’s budget is the brink of passage.  And this legislation is the latest manifestation of runaway, centralized government and out-of-control, wasteful spending.  But as leading politicians are whipping votes, the government is thrown into a tailspin when three prominent politicians are executed.  The ultimatum that follows complains of inflated government power and demands that power be returned back to the people.  One young congressman holds the key to unraveling the mystery.  This an interesting, fictional mystery thriller.  While this is not based on real events, it certainly highlights a growing concern in contemporary American life: that is the growth and lack of accountability of government.

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Back of Beyond

b004vmv4ai-01-lBook #22: Back of Beyond, C J Box

Cody Hoyt is a chain smoking, alcoholic police office who is trying to hold the fragments of his life together.  When his AA friend is found as a victim in a hose fire, his life falls apart and Cody is suspended from the police force.  As 3 other seemingly unrelated house fire related deaths emerge, what looks like an accident soon becomes a murder investigation with ties to a horseback excursion in Yellowstone National Park.  Only problem, Cody’s estranged son is on this trip.  Like the previous book, this is a captivating mystery/thriller from C J Box.

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Badlands

81mbiftbkblBook #21: Badlands, C J Box

Oil production changed Grimstad, ND from a small town to a thriving oil town.  And as workers swelled the population and money began to flow through Grimstad, drugs and crime followed not far behind.  In this story, newly hired detective Cassie Dewell was brought into the Grimstad Sheriff’s department to investigate a supposed connection between recent crime and her fellow deputies.  In her search, she discovers a young boy and a mysterious package that proves to be the key to unlocking the mystery.  In this western, law-enforcement, mystery/thriller, C J Box weaves multiple captivating storylines in a vividly described setting that puts the reader in the middle of the action.

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