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C. J. Box
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1 May 2011 Joe Pickett 4
Local authorities are quick to label a rash of animal mutilations as the work of a grizzly bear, but Joe Pickett suspects that something far more sinister is afoot. And when the bodies of two men are found disfigured in the same way, his worst fears are confirmed: A modern-day Jack the Ripper is on the loose - and the killings have just begun.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (1 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857890468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857890467
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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C.J. Box is the winner of the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, the Barry Award and the Edgar Award and an L.A. Times Book Prize finalist. His novels are US bestsellers and have been translated into 21 languages. Box lives with his family outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Visit his website at www.cjbox.net.

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IT HAD BEEN A GOOD DAY of fly-fishing until Joe Pickett and his daughters encountered a massive bull moose that appeared to be grinning at them. Read the first page
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and unusual western 3 Mar 2009
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I discovered C J Box on a trip to Arizona last fall, and Trophy Hunt is the fourth book I have read. I am unable to find his books in any local UK bookshop, although I can get them online.Box is not your usual "cowboy and indian " western writer, most of his books feature Joe Pickett, who is a State of Wyoming Fish and Game Warden - not the most likely occupation for a sleuth - and Box combines descriptions of the North Western outdoors with psychological detective work. He draws his characters very well and there is a great deal of human interest in his novels.Trophy Hunt is about a spate of animal and human killings and mutilation in Twelve Sleep county and has a sort of western Jack the Ripper theme. It is a page turner with a strong plot and a terrific ending. There is an element of environmental concern also, in the way the pristine land is being ravaged by mineral and gas extraction. A thouroughly good read, C J Box deserves to be much more well known in the UK
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Watch the skies 11 Jan 2012
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Trophy Hunt is 4th in the Joe Pickett series involving our murder solving game warden sleuth from Wyoming. For me, it's the weakest so far.

Although, like the first 3 it's a very easy read - Joe is an honest and engaging fella - it contains too many loose ends for me. One or two would keep me thinking, but there are so many undeveloped and completed strands that I think there should be a part 2.

This novel begins with cattle mutilations. Whodunnit? Well the townsfolk think it could be aliens, turns out this kind of thing has happened before. Then people are dispatched the same way. The mystery develops with Joe representing Game and Fish on the 'Murder & Mutilation' task-force. Together with his buddy Nate Romanowski, Joe fights his own fight while being obstructed along the way by old nemesis Sheriff Barnum.

I suppose we do learn something new about Joe in this novel: he doesn't like the idea of the paranormal. He constantly waves his hands dismissively when any suggestion of alien or otherworldly involvement is suggested. We also learn something about Mrs Pickett - she is not the stereotypical stay at home, cookie baking Mom. She has her own ambition and this is delightfully woven through the story.

Anyway, only 3* this time for me. I enjoyed the read, but felt there were too many unanswered elements.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Firstly, I'd like to say I've read all the jor picket books in order, and where there was one book in the series that was perhaps a little weaker that the others, this one actually ranks amongst the best.

CJ Box has a relaxed writing style and develops the characters well. In this one, Joe Pickett, the local game warden, becomes involved in a case where wildlife and farm animals are being mutliated. Of course, all sorts of wild theories abound, but Joe thinks it's much more simple. In fact, it isn't more simple and the plot bounds along at a good pace.

Don't want to give too much away from the plot, but I find the quicker I read a book, the more I've enjoyed it. This one I read very quickly and didn't want it to finish. It's an excellent read, aand if you haven't trieda CJ Box novel, then tried this one, or Blue Heaven, which is also excellent. It's one of those books to wrap up warm with and emerge yourself in.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story 5 July 2011
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As a fan of C. J. Box novels I can say that once again this did not disappoint. This time our hero Joe , his family , friends & foes are drawn into local events & some very strange happenings in Wyoming. His job as a game warden begins to be overshadowed by murders, mutilations, greed & madness. His own problems (mostly poor pay & guilt over his family's finances) & these events work alongside as in real life. The scenery is beautifully described, & with many twists & turns the ending is a surprise. Not everything is resolved here , but you can't help feeling for this group of people as though they are your friends. My one gripe is with the paranormal areas of this story. As Joe doesn't believe in it either we are left to draw our own conclusions.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Continuing the story of Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett, an upstanding, poorly paid family man, Trophy Hunt is the first of this engaging series to feature a proper mystery. Joe discovers a dead moose while spending a Saturday fishing with his young daughters. The animal's body has been mutilated, but even more bizarre is that there has been no scavenging predation even though the corpse is several days' old at least. Joe returns the next day (sans daughters) to take samples for analysis at a couple of independent labs. (Two labs as he's learnt the hard way in previous books about crucial evidence going astray.)
More animal corpses are found - thankfully, not described in any more detail than necessary - and when a human body turns up with similar injuries, a task force is set up consisting of some characters from previous novels - the unpleasant sheriff, an FBI agent and, of course, Joe, representing "biology". Joe rapidly finds that most of the other task force members are either uninterested or actively hostile to the investigation, perhaps because of the effect of the deaths on local tourism and other business, so he finds himself the only person who is prepared to investigate the deaths with an unbiased perspective, that is, without assuming that aliens have been at work.
In view of the family's financial challenges, Marybeth, Joe's wife, has given up her part-time jobs at the stables and the library, and is reinventing herself as a freelance business adviser. Her main clients are Cam and Marie Logue, a couple who have bought the Saddlestring realtor's office and have moved into an old house in the woods where Cam grew up. Cam's family moved away from the region when he was a teenager, so he is pleased to return as an adult with his own wife and young daughter, Jessica.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Joe Pickett always makes a very interesting read that you can't put down.
Published 4 days ago by mrs valerie baulch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good as usual.
Published 26 days ago by Lesley
5.0 out of 5 stars Trophy Hunt
Really good read and looking forward to buy more by this author. Would recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries.
Published 1 month ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars a page turner
A convoluted and intriguing tale ,well written and keeps you involved all the way through . Dodn't want to put it down. excellent!
Published 1 month ago by alan reeve
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant book from C J Box
What can I say I love this author. The only problem is not finding enough time to read! Truly unputdownable! And that should be adopted as a word just for this author.
Published 1 month ago by Perfeq
5.0 out of 5 stars My collection
I biught to go with my collection but I have not read it yet, but like all his other books it will be good
Published 1 month ago by Maureen Calder
5.0 out of 5 stars Trophy Hunt Five Star Rating
Joe Pickett a sure fire read.Joe is a bit of a jobs worth yet high on integrity and a good family man but does he attract trouble . Read more
Published 1 month ago by jacko
4.0 out of 5 stars Box adds a mystical dimension to his modern western mystery.
CJ Box delivers again in this tale about cattle mutilations and murder in twelve sleep county. Joe Pickett is a believable and likeable character, and is supported by a strong... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tracy
3.0 out of 5 stars Pity about the typos
Enjoyed reading the book, but I have a thing about typing errors in many Kindle books. Why can't basic checks be made?
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Trophy Hunt
This author reminds me of the style of James Lee Burke, who is one of my favourites, so that is praise in itself. I have read several of C. J. Read more
Published 3 months ago by patriciadarvill
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