Vicious Circle by C. J. Box
(A Joe Pickett Novel)

80%

7 Critic Reviews

Bracingly familiar pleasures expertly packaged. The two families’ fraught history, tangled enough to fuel a whole season of high-country soap opera, keeps this installment from being the best place to take the initial plunge into the franchise, but first-timers will be intrigued and fans amply rewarded.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

The past comes back to haunt game warden Joe Pickett and his family with devastating effect in the thrilling new 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.
 

About C. J. Box

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C. J. BOX is the author of twelve Joe Pickett novels and three stand-alones, and has won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry awards, as well as the French Prix Calibre .38. He lives outside Cheyenne, Wyoming, with his family.
 
Published March 21, 2017 by G.P. Putnam's Sons. 377 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Peak Rank on Apr 09 2017
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Critic reviews for Vicious Circle
All: 7 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good
on Jan 23 2017

Bracingly familiar pleasures expertly packaged. The two families’ fraught history, tangled enough to fuel a whole season of high-country soap opera, keeps this installment from being the best place to take the initial plunge into the franchise, but first-timers will be intrigued and fans amply rewarded.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Apr 20 2017

In short, this outing is the most suspenseful yet in this world-class series, setting a new standard for Box.

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20Something Reads

Good
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Mar 24 2017

...Joe’s penchant for being unintentionally involved in the destruction of government property reaches a new and extremely unfortunate high water mark. Both elements, and others, are sure to resonate through future volumes of this series, which continues to be one of the very finest currently being published in any genre.

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My San Antonio

Above average
Reviewed by David Hendricks on Mar 22 2017

Box’s narrative is smooth, and the actions of numerous characters are handled with clarity. Dialogue also helps move the plot. A bit more realism and common sense would have helped this episode in Pickett’s career and made Box’s series more credible.

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Beauty and Lace

Good
Reviewed by Michelle on Apr 23 2017

The story was well paced with the action non-stop and a range of puzzle pieces to try and put together. We know who from early on, and we know why but the how is not an easy question to answer.

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The Republic

Good
Reviewed by Jeff Ayers on Mar 30 2017

There’s a reason why Box is consistently at the top of the best-seller lists: He writes a compelling tale that also rings with emotional resonance.

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Above average
on Mar 22 2017

...Box does all of this whilst still bringing rural Wyoming to life in a way that recalls Ron Rash or Daniel Woodrell. Not too shabby.

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