Below Zero

Below Zero

Book - 2009
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Penguin Putnam
Award-winning and national-bestselling writer C. J. Box returns with a vengeance in this thrilling new novel featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett.

Below Zero begins with an unassuming phone message: "Tell Sherry April called." But Sherry-Joe Pickett's oldest daughter, Sheridan-and the Pickett family are shaken to the core. April, Pickett's foster daughter, was killed in a horrific murder and arson spree six years prior. To Joe, it doesn't seem even remotely possible that April could have survived the massacre described in Winterkill. He was there. But Sherry starts to believe there's a chance that April is still alive; the girl on the other end of the phone is able to recall family incidents that only April could know.

Joe, however, remains suspicious, especially when he discovers that the calls have been placed from locations where serious crimes have occurred.

At the same time, an older man and a much younger girl cross the country. The man is on a mission to repent for the crimes he's committed against the environment during his lifetime. He ultimately wants to offset each incident until he not only becomes carbon neutral, but actually drops below zero- as if he's never existed. As the path of these travelers starts to intersect with the Pickett family's, the question is raised: Is this young girl April-or are Joe and his family the victims of the cruelest of hoaxes?

Baker & Taylor
Shocked by a phone message that his believed-dead foster daughter may still be alive, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett becomes increasingly suspicious when subsequent calls are placed from locations where serious crimes have occurred.

Blackwell North Amer
"Tell Sherry April called." That simple phone message shakes Joe Pickett's oldest daughter, Sheridan, and the rest of the family to the core. To Joe, it doesn't seem even remotely possible that April could have survived the massacre, described in Winterkill, six years before. He was there, and he was unable to save her. But Sheridan starts to believe there's a chance that April is still alive, and her suspicions are confirmed when the person sending texts to her cell phone is able to recall family incidents only April could know.
Meanwhile, a dying Chicago mobster named Stenko and a much younger girl cross the country. He's on a mission to reconcile with his extreme environmentalist son before he goes. His son wants Stenko to repent for the environmental crimes he's committed during his lifetime, by not just becoming carbon neutral, but reducing his carbon footprint to below zero - as if he'd never even existed.
But when "April's" texts start to refer to "bad things," and when Joe discovers they come from locations throughout the West where vicious murders have taken place, alarm bells go off. Joe, Sheridan, and Nate Romanowski take to the road to connect the texts with the crimes.
As Stenko and his companions start to cross paths with Joe, Sheridan, and Nate, the question looms: Is this girl April, or is the Pickett family the victim of the cruelest of hoaxes?

Baker
& Taylor

Shocked by a phone message that Sherry's believed-dead foster daughter may have survived the events of Winterkill, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett becomes increasingly suspicious when subsequent calls are placed from locations where serious crimes have occurred.
Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett's teenage daughter, Sheridan, receives a text message with a staggering implication: that April, the foster daughter thought to have died 6 years ago in a massacre, is still alive. If it really is April who's texting, she's in danger, and for Pickett, the only thing worse than losing her the first time would be losing her again. Pickett must negotiate FBI politics, recruit his fugitive friend Nate Romanowski, and take a crash course in cell-phone-tracking technology to find her.

Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2009
ISBN: 9780399155758
0399155759
Characteristics: 342 p. ; 24 cm

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jimg2000
Jul 14, 2013

The title "below zero" appeared suddenly in the final pages of the book; and its tie-in to the story became immaterial almost as sudden. Often tedious and pointless twists slowed its pace so much that I almost gave up after a third in. A bit of editing would have done wonders to the story as the basic plot lines were very good.

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jgraham48
Jul 04, 2013

Many reasons to like this one: Joe Pickett's eldest daughter, Sheridan, comes along on the mission; interesting family details about Marybeth, Lucy and April Pickett; Nate Romanowski plays a crucial role - I want to know more about him! - and Joe gets help from the FBI without compromising his principles.

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johnnybookreader
Jul 11, 2012

This is somewhere around the eighth or ninth thriller by C.J.Box I've read and not one has been bad. How does he do it? I've read a lot of the mystery writers dotting the landscape these days and a lot of them have hit the wal and burst into flames! Sue Grafton, Michael Connelley, James Lee Burke, are unreadable and Robert Crais of late has been flirting the edge; Joseph Wambaugh is back on form after years of mediocrity or lassitude. But Box just keeps cranking out the good stuff! "Below Zero" is proof!

333abilene Oct 26, 2011

C. J. Box is one of my favorite authors for action novels. I have not read a bad or even mediocre one yet, and that includes BELOW ZERO. Again, he has come across with a new and interesting theme.

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cmllow
Oct 17, 2011

This was a random pick out from the library shelf. It is a mystery novel with a rural backdrop which is something I wouldn't normally read. Some of the author's other novels aluded to blood and gore but this one wasn't as graphic as I thought it would be, in fact on a par with any other novel in the genre. I will read another of the author's books.

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chrisengelking
Jan 13, 2011

Box missed the target with this installment in the Joe Pickett series. The story and characters didn't develop at an even pace and I was often reading chapters forward before anything really happens that advances the story to it's inevitable/predictable conclusion.

kodibyrd Sep 07, 2009

Good read and this is a new author for me. I will have to pick up some of his earlier books.

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