You may flog me now. This is actually the first time I have read C.J. Box and his hero Joe Pickett. I have no excuses why it took me so long to read my first one, only regrets that I have not been involved as a
reader sooner. Maybe I am not the only the one out there that hasn’t read the
fine works of C.J. Box. If that is the case then let it be known to the uninitiated
that he has won numerous awards: The Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and
Barry awards as well as the French Prix Calibre .38 and the French Elle
magazine literary award. His novels have been translated into twenty- two
different languages. Not too shabby.


Nowhere To Run finds Joe Pickett in his last week as the temporary game warden in an isolated town where some funny business has been going on. Instead of just riding out the
time and calling it a day, he can’t let it go and has to investigate the
mysterious goings on. Would we expect no less from the man of more? I don’t
think so. Being a first timer, I enjoyed the characteristics that make this guy
who and what he is. In fiction right now there are very few horse riding,
modern time detectives and hero types. I enjoyed the total originality of the
character, the manner in which C.J. Box not only constructs Pickett but the
surrounding microcosm and the people that inhibit it. This is not an urban
affair and for me that was more refreshing than the mountain high air the
characters were breathing.


C.J. Box for me stands apart in the genre, which foot you can say he has it in would be a matter for another discussion. Is he a western, mystery, thriller or action/suspense author? Nowhere To Run is all that and one heck of a fun ride. I plan to
backtrack and get my hands on the rest of his work as I feel compelled to find
out what I missed before this. What makes Joe Pickett who and what he is? Where
did he start and how did he arrive at Nowhere
To Run?
For me, that is why Box has won all the awards. He has created in
me the thirst, the desire to embrace Joe Pickett and inhabit his world and
learn as much about him as possible and enjoy the ride with him. I have some
catching up to do, how about you? If you have read C.J. Box and his amazing
character Joe Pickett, what is your favorite novel? Have you read his stand
alone efforts as well: Three Weeks To Say
Goodbye & Blue Heaven
?


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Comment by Giovanni Gelati on September 9, 2010 at 10:05am
I really enjoyed the experience with Box. I will give your recommendations a try, thanks a lot.
Comment by Beth Groundwater on September 9, 2010 at 8:59am
I'm a huge C.J. Box fan myself! If you like his series, I also recommend Craig Johnson's western mystery series and William Kent Krueger's set in Minnesota.

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