Savage Run (2002)
A Joe Pickett novel from #1 New York Times-bestselling author C.J. Box.
C.J. Box's debut novel, Open Season, with its memorable hero, thrilling plot, and vivid settings, was hailed by critics as "suspenseful" (New York Daily News), "fascinating" (USA Today), and "heartfelt" (The Washington Post Book World), "a high-countryPresumed Innocent that moves like greased lighting" (Kirkus Reviews). Now Box returns with a gripping and suspenseful new mystery, as dramatic and brutal as its Wyoming setting.
When a massive explosion occurs deep within the forests of Twelve Sleep County and a colorful environmental activist appears to have perished in the blast, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is called to the scene to help investigate. The case is wrapped up quickly, explained as an environmental publicity stunt gone wrong, but Joe isn't convinced. He soon discovers clues that suggest a deadly conspiracy–one that will test his courage, his survival skills, and his determination to “do the right thing” despite all costs.
Set against the rugged Wyoming landscape, Savage Run is a highly textured novel—and an exciting confirmation of the talents of a writer hailed by Tony Hillerman as "a great storyteller."