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4.0 out of 5 stars Saving the mother-in-law from hell, 4 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Cold Wind (Paperback)
C.J. Box's latest in the Joe Pickett series features some familiar characters, touches on some new political issues and includes a good amount of action. "Cold Wind" finds Fish and Game Warden Pickett's much detested mother-in-law, Missy, accused of murdering her wealthy fifth husband, Earl Alden. Everyone in the Wyoming town of Saddlestring, where the crime occurs, is ready to believe the worst of Missy Alden and the Sheriff and local district attorney believe that they have more than enough evidence to convict her. Urged on by his distraught wife, Pickett jumps into case along its margins to try and prove that his mother-in-law, guilty of many ethical and more moral infractions, did not kill her husband. His informal investigation gradually turns up more and more evidence that the murder victim had a long line of enemies who hated him enough to do him in.

Moving at a pretty good clip, the plot also includes a long look at the wind energy industry, the ins and outs of the construction of wind farms, and the possible fleecing of the national Government as unscrupulous operators take advantage of federal subsidies for new energy sources--this being the trademark airing of local vs. federal issues that author Box works into most of his Wyoming-based novels. .

Also a big part of the action in "Cold Wind" is renegade/super hero, Nate Romanowski who narrowly avoids an assassination attempt that kills his girlfriend and sets him on the road to bloody revenge. His place in the story eventually connects at the end of Joe Pickett's slow piecing together of a solution to the murder case.

C.J. Box fans will not be disappointed with this clever and rapidly moving story that hits familiar touchstones and provides a satisfying conclusion. While you may not always agree with the political and social issues that Box drops into his novels, they reasonably represent the environment that the author writes about and are rarely uninteresting.

This is a satisfying read that is hard to put down once started. Highly recommended.
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