In Plain Sight

In Plain Sight

A Joe Pickett Novel

Book - 2006
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"J. W. Keeley is a man with a score to settle. He blames one man for the death of his brother: Joe Pickett. And now J. W. is going to make him suffer. Spring has finally come to Saddlestring, Wyoming, and game warden Joe Pickett is relieved the long, harsh winter is finally over. However, a cloud of trouble threatens to spoil the milder weather-local ranch owner and matriarch Opal Scarlett has vanished under suspicious circumstances. Two of her sons, Hank and Arlen, are battling for control of their mother's multi-million-dollar empire, and their bitter fight threatens to tear the whole town apart. Everyone is so caught up in the brothers' battle that they seem to have forgotten that Opal is still missing. Joe is convinced, though, that one of the brothers killed their mother. Determined to uncover the truth, he is attacked and nearly beaten to death by Hank Scarlett's new right-hand man on the ranch-a recently arrived stranger who looks eerily familiar. A series of threatening messages and attempts to sabotage Joe's career follow. At first, he thinks the attacks are connected with his investigation of Opal's disappearance, but he soon learns that someone else is after him-someone with a very personal grudge who wants to make Joe pay . . . and pay dearly."--Publisher.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2006
Branch Call Number: FICTION BOX
Characteristics: 305 p.; 24 cm


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Jan 28, 2019

JW Keeley is the father of Aprl Keeley, the Picketts' foster dtr who dies in a previous book. JW blames Joe and seeks revenge. He gets hired by 1 of the Scarletts and then starts working with the other brother. In the end, JW kills both feuding Scarletts. A 3rd brother, Wyatt - mentally challenged - rips JW's arm off and leaves him for Joe. Joe gets fired, goes to live with Missy, kills JW (shoots him in the head). Re: Opal: she died of a heart attack. 1 brother (Arlen), aware that her new will left the ranch to the other brother, buried her and bribed Opal's lawyer to say that Opal had another will where she left the ranch to Arlen, even though the will actually said to leve it to Hank. Wyatt, to preserve the memory of his dead mother digs up the body and performs taxidermy on it, sets the house on fire and walks into the fire with Opal's body (funeral pyre). Std Joe Pickett story

Jul 17, 2018

Make it an outstanding half-dozen books in the Joe Pickett series by CJ Box. . .In Plain Sight is indeed book #6 and it is another great read. Box is superb at establishing the scene and characters that fit naturally while keeping both compelling. This was not my favorite of the series because it does not focus quite as much on Joe in nature with his Game Warden work. It is, however, excellent story-telling and in this case the theme to the wild that is our West is woven to describe land ownership and the third generation curse. Read the whole series - you won't regret it.

Sep 05, 2016

Wow! I won't spoil the surprising ending. This is a good story. I find C.J.Box very readable, and easily get past occasional improbabilities.

nfentonn Jul 21, 2014

Another cj box joe Pickett winner.

Nov 04, 2007

This is one of the series about game warden Pickett. It is excellent.

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