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Free Fire (A Joe Pickett Novel) (edición 2016)

por C. J. Box (Autor)

Series: Joe Pickett (7)

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When four environmental activists employed by Yellowstone Park are murdered in an isolated area, the Wyoming governor sends outspoken Joe Pickett, from the state's game and fish department, to investigate.
Miembro:BookHavenAZ
Título:Free Fire (A Joe Pickett Novel)
Autores:C. J. Box (Autor)
Info:G.P. Putnam's Sons (2016), Edition: Reprint, 448 pages
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Etiquetas:NewIn, Mystery HD, tmmpb, NCE $8.00

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Free Fire por C. J. Box

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This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
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WHAT'S FREE FIRE ABOUT?
As it appeared certain at the end of In Plain Sight, Joe was fired as a Game Warden. He's working on his father-in-law's ranch, trying to make it by (his family no longer lives in state property, either). Sure, Marybeth's business is doing pretty well, but it's not the same.

Then Governor Rulon comes calling. He liked Joe the first time they met, and he's pretty sure that Joe is the kind of straight-arrow he can count on. Someone figured out a weird loophole in the overlapping state and federal laws that govern the area of Yellowstone National Forest, and shot and killed several people and was unable to be prosecuted for it. Rulon's hands have been tied and he can't do anything about it. But he'd like Joe to go down and take a look, reporting to him, so Rulon can tell voters he looked into it.

Joe's a Game Warden again, but one at large. No one at Yellowstone is happy to have yet one more person poking around there. But Joe has a job and he's doing to do it right, no matter what feathers he ruffles.

FAMILY DRAMA
We don't get nearly enough time with the Pickett clan. Despite his hardships, things are good with Joe and Marybeth. Things could be better for the kids—because of their ages, and Joe's very public lack of a job.

Joe and the family are living in a house on Marybeth's Father-in-Law's ranch—where Joe is working. The relationship between the Father-in-Law and the Picketts is pretty strong. Maybe even stronger than the relationship between Marybeth's mother and the Picketts (the fact that Joe likes him probably accounts for a lot of that).

But it looks like things aren't all happy on the ranch—there's a lot of problems and who knows how long that'll work for everyone.

COMPETITION FOR STEPHANIE PLUM?
Not in a million years, did I think I'd compare Joe Pickett to Stephanie Plum. But this Wyoming Game Warden might be as hard on vehicles as that New Jersey bounty hunter. It's not as laughable yet, but it's getting there.

I actually enjoy it more than I'd think I would.

I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING
Now that I get to this point in the outline, I realize that there are two things I didn't see coming. The first is that here in book seven, we get a lot of Joe Pickett backstory. If you've ever wondered what Joe's childhood was like—or why we only hear about Marybeth's family, this book will tell you.

But what I meant to talk about when I wrote the headings was this: Nate Romanowski shocked me. I've talked before about Nate serving as Joe's Hawk/Joe Pike/Bubba Rogowski/Henry Standing Bear figure. We know what to expect from these figures—they're the heavies. They do the morally/legally questionable things. They're more likely to be the violent type (and more effective at the violent things anyway). But what Nate does here made me audibly gasp. I'm not saying he was wrong I just didn't expect it.

At the same time, there are things that happen to him at the beginning and end of the novel that were surprising, but they rank among the "huh, that's interesting," kind of thing, not a "what did I hear?" kind of thing.

A WORD ABOUT THE NARRATION
Actually, I don't really have anything to say here, Chandler delivers another solid job. He is the voice of Joe Pickett to me at this point. The two go together now.

SO, WHAT DID I THINK ABOUT FREE FIRE?
I thought Box did a great job of coming up with a way to keep Pickett as a Game Warden and at the same time not making Twelve Sleep, WY to have a murder-rate that rivals Cabot Cove, ME.

Putting him in Yellowstone was just icing on the cake, and the angle of this prosecution-free zone in the Park is brilliant. At this point in the series, readers know the regular cast of characters and this world—Box can lean into them—or start defying expectations—as he needs to. This is a comfortable place for fans to spend time, and judging by the number of times Pickett comes back? It stays that way. I get that and am already eager to get back to spending time with the Pickett clan. ( )
  hcnewton | Jan 11, 2021 |
Joe Pickett is asked by the governor to head into Yellowstone and investigate murder. It seems that a man has killed a group of people while they were camping and, weirdly, he was not punished for it.

The premise of this story is completely fascinating. The Sixth Amendment of the Constitution gives accused people the right to a speedy trial by a jury in the State and district where the crime has been committed. (See this explanation of the Vicinage Clause) There is a small section of Yellowstone that creeps over the Wyoming-Idaho border and extends into Idaho, with a population of zero people. The Vicinage Clause creates a strange loophole in this space, allowing perfect crimes to be committed. The area is essentially lawless. (The area was called the Zone of Death and it led me on a real-life trail of reading on the internet.)

Anyway, this is the seventh Joe Pickett story. Joe had a change to his job description in the last book, which made me a little nervous where Joe is concerned because I'm so used to how he does things. In Free Fire, he has to leave home again and stay in Yellowstone while he is conducting this investigation, which worried me because of how things went for the Pickett family when he did that in Out of Range (Joe Pickett #5). Thankfully, this time while Joe was away, they didn't fall so far off track as a family.

So there is murder and there are environmental things being investigated here. There is also some corruption in the government. It isn't surprising by now that I loved the role that Joe's friend Nate Romanowski played in the story, because he is one of the best things about the series. I wasn't as enamored with the landscape in this book even though it takes place in Yellowstone, which is super beautiful, because I'm such a huge fan of the scenery when Joe patrols the mountains, and he wasn't really doing that in this story. Still, this series is my favorite series out there and Joe Pickett is my favorite book character, and I'm ready to continue with the next installment of Joe's story.

I'm pretty amazed at how fresh and exciting C.J. Box keeps every installment. I'm not sure I've been able to keep my interest in a series long enough to make it through this many books, but I definitely don't want to stop with Joe Pickett.

Audiobook Notes: This is my favorite audiobook series and as long as David Chandler continues to narrate it, that will probably not change. I love listening to these stories so much. (Lately, since we've been staying at home all the time because of social distancing and Coronavirus, I've loved listening while I put puzzles together.)

Title: Free Fire by C.J. Box
Series: Joe Pickett #7
Narrated by: David Chandler
Publisher: Recorded Books
Length: 11 hours, 5 minutes, Unabridged ( )
  Asheley | Jul 6, 2020 |
Joe Pickett, having recently been fired from his job as a Wyoming game warden, is working on his father-in-law's ranch when he receives a call from the governor's office. Governor Rulon-a devious but down-home politico-has a special request, one Joe knows he can't refuse. For weeks, the headlines have been abuzz with the story of Clay McCann, a lawyer who slaughtered four campers in cold blood in a far-off corner of Yellowstone National Park. After the murders, McCann immediately turned himself in at the nearest park ranger station. It seemed like a slam-dunk case for law enforcement-except that the crimes were committed in a thin sliver of land with zero residents and overlapping jurisdiction, the so-called free-fire zone. McCann had taken advantage of a loophole in the law: neither the state of Wyoming nor the federal government can try him for his crime, so he walks out of prison a free man.

Governor Rulon, sensitive to the rising tide of public outrage over the McCann case, wants his own investigation into the murders. The governor will reinstate Joe as a game warden if he'll go to Yellowstone to investigate. Joe, happy to get his badge back, even under these circumstances, agrees. However, it quickly becomes clear to Joe that McCann is deeply involved with some illegal activity taking place in the park-something tremendously lucrative and unusually dangerous. As Joe and his partner Nate Romanowski search in the unlikeliest places to find the key to the murders, they find out that it may be hidden in the rugged terrain of the park itself. ( )
  jepeters333 | Dec 5, 2019 |
This one took place in Yellowstone National park. I thought the Yellowstone Zone of Death was something the author made up. Nope! He mentions at the end of the book that the Zone of Death and the microbes are real. I looked on line for more information on the Zone of Death. Scary. I enjoyed the book, and I liked it even more that I was able to learn some true information. Being set in Yellowstone was another plus. ( )
  shelbycassie | Aug 5, 2018 |
Excerpted from my original GR review (Apr 2009):
- Checked out at my local library after coming across a good review. This may be the first time I've jumped into the midst of a crime series, this I believe #7 of Joe Pickett. I liked it, was taken in by the Yellowstone setting and the rather creative premise of having an admitted murderer upfront, who avoids prosecution apparently by legal loophole. Author did a good job with the subplots, especially Pickett's discovery of his estranged father.
- Certainly above average in the crime genre but I'm more for the general lit.. ( )
  ThoughtPolice | May 7, 2018 |
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