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The past comes back to haunt game warden Joe Pickett and his family with devastating effect in this thrilling novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author C. J. Box.
The plane circled in the dark. Joe Pickett could just make out down below a figure in the snow and timber, and then three other figures closing in. There was nothing he could do about it. And Joe knew that he might be their next target.
The Cates family had always been a bad lot. Game warden Joe Pickett had been able to strike a fierce blow against them when the life of his daughter April had been endangered, but he d always wondered if there d be a day of reckoning. He s not wondering any longer. Joe knows they re coming after him and his family now. He has his friend Nate by his side, but will that be enough this time? All he can do is prepare...and wait for them to make the first move.
Praise for Vicious Circle
The unexpected, suspenseful turns will keep readers enthralled. Another winner for Box. Library Journal (starred review)
Bracingly familiar pleasures expertly packaged...first-timers will be intrigued and fans amply rewarded. Kirkus Reviews
This outing is the most suspenseful yet in this world-class series, setting a new standard for Box. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
We ve noted previously how the fully fleshed family dynamic is one of this series enduring strengths, and that pays dividends here as we viscerally feel Joe s fear for his loved ones and his powerlessness to protect them. Box masterfully tightens the suspense until we re caught in a vicious circle of our own and unable to stop reading. Booklist
C. J. Box is back and better than ever. Providence Journal
Praise for Off the Grid
With this exceptional entry, Box solidifies his place at the upper end of the crime fiction pantheon. Publishers Weekly (starred, boxed review)
Filled with high suspense, formidable characters, and an action-packed ending more vivid than most movies. Off the Grid never falters as Box again delivers an exceptional thriller. South Florida Sun-Sentinel
You can t help turning the pages and holding your breath until you find out where this scary, all-too-plausible caravan is heading. Kirkus Reviews
A terrorist thriller with a uniquely western flair...This is a breakneck story that Pickett fans will want to read in one sitting. Booklist
Picking up a new C. J. Box thriller is like spending quality time with family you love and have missed....It s a rare thriller series that has characters grow and change. An exciting reading experience for both loyal fans as well as newcomers. Associated Press
A terrific read yet again from C. J. Box. Suspense Magazine
Box is a master. The Denver Post
Off the Grid is a warning of sorts in that it shows how U.S. national security is vulnerable to a terrorist attack. It is not only informative, but challenges people s minds as they learn about western culture. To date this might just be one of Box s best. Military Press
C. J. Box continues his spectacular roll with the darkly mesmerizing Off the Grid....Pickett and Romanowski have become the gold standard, playing off each other perfectly as different sides of the same coin. The Providence Journal
Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett flicked his eyes between the screen of the iPad mounted in front of him and the side window, as the vast dark pine forest spooled out beneath the Cessna Turbo 206 below. He tried to keep his eyes wide open so he wouldn t miss anything but he fought against his instinctive reaction to close them tightly in anticipation of the inevitable engine failure that would result in his quick and fiery death in the Bighorn Mountains.
For the first time in his life, he understood the desire for the fidgety solace of a set of prayer beads, and he wished he had some.
It was Halloween night, and the pilot, John Wilson Bill Slaughter, a stout and compact man in his early sixties with an aluminum-colored crew-cut, eased down the nose of the small plane. Black timber filled the windscreen. Joe tried to breathe.
Twelve hundred feet, Slaughter said through the headset to both his co-pilot Gail Herdt and Joe who was looped in.
Roger, she said.
Both Slaughter and Herdt were retired from the military as well as members of the Wyoming Civil Air Patrol. Herdt was an art teacher at Pinedale Middle School, and Slaughter had a small Angus cattle operation near Torrington.
Why twelve hundred feet? Joe asked, trying to keep the panic out of his voice.
We normally don t drop below two thousand feet at night, Herdt said calmly. It s not considered very safe.
So don t tell anyone, Slaughter said.
Joe asked, Then why are we doing it?
She looked over her shoulder at him alone in the backseat. To see better, she said, matter-of-fact.
Joe nodded. His mouth was dry and he felt like he could throw up at any second. He gripped an overhead strap so hard with his right hand he d lost all feeling in his fingers. His stomach surged with every turn, drop, and climb.
Is he okay? Slaughter asked Herdt.
Are you okay? she asked him directly.
Dandy, he lied.
The crowns of lodgepole pines shot by below them so quickly it was mesmerizing. The crowns of the trees rose from the inky forest and were illuminated light blue by the slice of moon and the hard white stars. The visual maelstrom of passing treetops reminded Joe of snow blowing through his headlights in a blizzard. The trees seemed to be so close he could reach out and touch them.
We hardly ever crash, Bill Slaughter said.
Herdt laughed and told him to stop it.
Joe stared at the back of Slaughter s round head and tried to burn two holes in it with his eyes. Although he appreciated the time and effort that went into being members of the Civil Air Patrol, he didn t appreciate their black humor at the moment.
So what s this guy likely to do if he finds himself lost? Slaughter asked Joe through the headset.
What do you mean?
Is he the kind of guy who panics?
Joe thought about it. No. He s too dumb to panic.
Auteur C. J. Box
Détails sur le produit
Date de publication 10.01.2018
Nombre de pages 400
Type de produit Livre de Poche
Dimension 191 x 108 x 27 mm
Poids du produit 219 g