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4.00118483412322 out of 54.00118483412322 out of 54.00118483412322 out of 54.00118483412322 out of 54.00118483412322 out of 5 4.00 (1,688 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: C. J. Box Narrator: David Chandler Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Joe Pickett Series Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9781436132961
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He may report directly to the governor, but former game warden Joe Pickett isn't necessarily more civilized. Especially now that someone is picking off elk hunters. And when an anti-hunting activist rolls into town, Joe must head off a deadly showdown. Ni Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Blood Trail draws the reader in, not in a gradual inviting manner but by the throat with a yank.”

    Denver Post

  • “Penetrating, incisive analysis of complex cultural and historical events and one man's heroic defiance make Cook’s long overdue second novel an event to celebrate. This is a writer with something to say and immense skills with which to say it.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The Joe Picket saga by talented crime fiction writer C.J. Box continues with a rich and layered murder mystery…Narrator David Chandler delivers a personal and gripping performance as Picket works his way deeper into the brutal crime and realizes that he is next on the list. Chandler narrates with a firm, unwavering voice that is at once emotional and intense. Listeners will feel like they're walking beside Picket through the wilds of Wyoming to track down the murderer. Tension abounds in this mystery, and Chandler knows exactly when to shift his tone, even slightly, to raise the stakes.” 

    AudioFile

  • “Award-winning mystery writer Box ratchets up the suspense in this tightly plotted example of his writing genius, his eighth thriller to feature Pickett. His sense of place and talent for character development are on a par with those of James Lee Burke. Highly recommended.” 

    Library Journal

  • “Box always addresses a New West issue, but there’s something great about the way he’s waited until the eighth installment to tackle the one that would seem most obvious, given his hero’s occupation. We prefer Box with the cowboy hat, but whether hatted or bareheaded, he continues to be red hot.” 

    Booklist

  • “More of a western than a mystery, like most of Joe’s adventures, and all the better for the open physical clashes that periodically release the tension between the scheming adversaries.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • New York Times Bestseller
  • Book Sense Pick

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drew Danko | 2/16/2014

    " I like novels about the outdoors, and C.J. Box provides plenty with his series about game warden Joe Pickett. I enjoy the characters, the settings and the plots. This last story line left some unanswered questions though. Will Joe extricate himself from all the legal problems he created? What happens to his friend and ex-con Nate? I'll assume the author will answer them in the next book rather than assume he wrote himself into a corner. But if he doesn't I'll be p-----. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lillian | 2/6/2014

    " An excellent read. C.J. Box continues to write very good books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 1/3/2014

    " First Joe Pickett book I've read. Pretty good, very violent, made me rethink my opinions about hunting, animal rights activists, and eating meat. Well written, likeable character, I would read another. This is 8th in the series, many references, some frustrating, to events in previous novels "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 12/31/2013

    " This was my first "Joe Pickett" novel (although the 8th in the Joe Pickett novels) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. A suspense novel filled with characters you get to know right away but one that kept me guessing to the end. Therefore, a great novel! I sure hope I can read more of this author's talent for writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie Maskus | 12/24/2013

    " Again another thrilling novel/mystery set in Idaho. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 12/18/2013

    " Excellent read, can't wait for the next CJ Box book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 12/14/2013

    " I really think this is the best Joe Pickett novel yet! C.J. Box comes up with new stories and plots, gets better with every one, and manages to keep the storylines flowing from one to another. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin Streetman | 12/8/2013

    " Currently blowing through it, be done today. Centers around hunters being hunted and the anti hunting movement. If you are not a vegan, I don't want to hear you are anti hunting, like factory farming is a good, kind, clean thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Avary | 11/14/2013

    " Really a well crafted story. The use of first person narration by an unidentified character is effective. Though there is some real gore, the story kept me enthralled to the very end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sparker4 | 11/7/2013

    " C.J. Box is awesome. This series gets better and better. Joe rocks! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 7/28/2013

    " Great mystery thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 7/23/2013

    " Enjoyed it - read for bookclub, and likely I'll read the rest of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine | 7/15/2013

    " Story held my interest from start to finish. I love the Joe Pickett character, the story is well developed and details well researched. I gave a copy of this book to a friend who is a long time hunter and he enjoyed it as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/17/2013

    " Good book. Like Joe Pickett. Read one that was after this one, so this is background for me. Will get some more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marion | 12/12/2012

    " i can't believe i finished all my c. j. box books. quelle tragedy. this one was just as wonderful as all the rest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janne | 12/10/2012

    " Another great Joe Pickett story! I think you either really like these books - or you don't... me, I am reading them one after the other, trying to stay in order, but someitmes going out of order based on what the libarary has available. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 11/23/2012

    " Wonderful, suspensful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olean Public Library | 10/21/2012

    " -First time with this author. It was good, but not great "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kandy | 9/24/2012

    " good local author. I have enjoyed his descriptions of the wyoming wilderness and the characters have developed well throughout the books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 9/24/2012

    " After finishing Free Fire, I immediately read Blood Trail. I'm usually good at identifying the villian but this one had me guessing for a long time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms. G | 6/9/2012

    " Is it that I forget how much I like this series or was this the best one yet? Not sure. But did enjoy the read lots. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 3/27/2012

    " Someone is killing and butchering hunters in Wymoning. Game warden Joe Pickett is put on the case by the governor and has to also deal with an aninals rights group. There is much more going on than initally appears. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jandblock | 3/2/2012

    " The first I read of this author but good and will read more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matthuvius Manhandlinglambs | 1/10/2012

    " Not very engaging or suspenseful. Main character is a paper-thin bore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelle | 10/3/2011

    " Very different than what I normally read, but I couldn't put it down! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben | 8/4/2011

    " Very predictable mystery with paper thin characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita | 7/6/2011

    " It is one of his more gorier books. Joe Pickett is the main character. He is a former National Parks ranger with a tendency to be there when the murder happens. It is a good series if you like Montana Wyoming and murder "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janne | 6/8/2011

    " Another great Joe Pickett story! I think you either really like these books - or you don't... me, I am reading them one after the other, trying to stay in order, but someitmes going out of order based on what the libarary has available. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 5/17/2011

    " Saw upon opening the book we'd read it before, obviously pre-goodreads! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Avary | 5/16/2011

    " Really a well crafted story. The use of first person narration by an unidentified character is effective. Though there is some real gore, the story kept me enthralled to the very end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita Kay | 5/7/2011

    " Not my favorite so far, but I had lots of distractions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 5/3/2011

    " CJ Box is such a good writer. He brings his characters and their situations to life! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leigh | 2/9/2011

    " Not as good as some of the other Pickett books. Plot wasn't that great, but I still enjoyed reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 1/19/2011

    " Had me guessing the whole timeas to who the killer was. I like those types of mysteries. Takes place in the Big Horn Mt area. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 1/7/2011

    " After finishing Free Fire, I immediately read Blood Trail. I'm usually good at identifying the villian but this one had me guessing for a long time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 10/5/2010

    " Enjoyed it - read for bookclub, and likely I'll read the rest of the series. "

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About the Author

C. J. Box is the author of the award-winning Joe Pickett series, including Open Season, Savage Run, Winterkill, Trophy Hunt, Out of Range, and In Plain Sight. He has also written numerous other stand alone novels, short stories, and essays. He is the winner of an Anthony Award, the Macavity Award, the Barry Award, and an Edgar Award for Best Novel. An avid outdoorsman, Box has hunted, fished, hiked, ridden, and skied throughout Wyoming and the mountains of the West. He lives outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming and serves on the board of directors for the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.

About the Narrator

David Chandler is an audiobook narrator who has read numerous titles for William Kent Krueger and C. J. Box, among others. He is the winner of two AudioFile Earphones Awards.