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Free Fire by C. J. Box

Free Fire (edition 2007)

by C. J. Box

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Title:Free Fire
Authors:C. J. Box
Info:Putnam Adult (2007), Hardcover, 368 pages
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Taking advantage of a legal loophole, a lawyer kills four environmental activists in Yellowstone National Park and walks away a free man. His murders were committed in the free-fire zone, a tiny strip of land with overlapping jurisdictions. As the public outcry intensifies, the governor hires recently fired game warden Joe Pickett to conduct a private investigation. Digging through Yellowstone's majestic yet dangerous landscape, Joe soon learns the park itself holds the secret to this terrible crime. ( )
  jepeters333 | Oct 28, 2013 |
Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is at an interesting juncture in his career. The governor offers him a position, but it's off the record. Joe is to go to Yellowstone National Park to investigate the circumstances surrounding four murders in an area called the Zone of Death – a remote corner of the park where, because of loopholes in the law, it's almost impossible to convict anyone of a crime committed there. The body count continues to mount after Joe's arrival. As Joe pieces together the information he gathers, he realizes that the murders are connected to a conspiracy, and that there could be someone on the inside who is trying to make sure that Joe doesn't uncover it. As if that isn't enough, Joe also has to confront painful memories from his past connected to the park.

As usual for this series, this was a page-turner. Who knew that being a game warden could be this dangerous? I was most drawn to the Yellowstone setting. Joe is there during the off-season, and the lack of tourist traffic gives the park an ominous aura. The natural features of the park like its geysers and hot springs are used to good effect, as is the Old Faithful Inn. After reading Box's description of the inn, I'd love to go to Yellowstone just to see it. This is becoming one of my favorite series when I'm in the mood for adventure. ( )
  cbl_tn | Apr 14, 2013 |
Best one so far, I think. Loved it, and loved the subject of the crime. ( )
  JessieP73 | Apr 6, 2013 |
Stuffed down his old boss's throat by a free-wheeling governor, Joe Pickett's back in his game warden red shirt, headed for Yellowstone to investigate the murder of four people from which the confessed killer walked away free.

Good story, if a bit far-fetched. As ineffective as Pickett often seems to be, it's a darn good thing his friend Nate's around to rescue him. ( )
  SunnySD | Mar 26, 2013 |
Continuing to work my way through the series and this had to be one of my favorite ones to date. Still love just the concept of following a Game Warden on adventures rather than a PI/Dectective/Agent... just a good twist on the norm. I loved all the information about Yellowstone National Park and now need to do some research about things I "learned" in the book to see if it was just Box's imagination. Can't wait to start the next book to see what happens next! ( )
  she_climber | Feb 10, 2012 |
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A half-hour after Clay McCann walked into the backwoods ranger station and turned over his still-warm weapons, after he'd announced to the startled seasonal ranger behind the desk that he'd just slaughtered four campers near Robinson Lake, the nervous ranger said, "Law enforcement will be here any minute. Do you want to call a lawyer?"
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Joe Picket returns, this time to the wilds of Yellowstone National Park. Deftly plotted and full of intrigue, Free Fire is C. J. Box's best novel yet.

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.

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Having recently lost his job as a Wyoming game warden, Joe Pickett is recruited by the devious governor Rulon to oversee a murder investigation involving a confessed killer and overlapping jurisdictions that enabled the man's release.

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