Below Zero

Below Zero

A Joe Pickett Novel

Book - 2009
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Center Point Pub

It's an unassuming phone message: "Tell Sherry April called," but the Pickett family is shaken to the core. Sherry is Joe Pickett's oldest daughter. April is his foster daughter who was killed in a murder, arson spree. April couldn't have survived the massacre, yet Sherry believes that her sister is alive, since the girl who talks to her recalls incidents only April would know. Even then, Joe 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 is criss-crossing the country with a much younger girl. The man is on a mission to repent for his crimes against the environment. His plan is to offset each incident until it not only becomes carbon neutral but drops below zero. As the path of these travelers starts to intersect with the Pickett Family's, the question remains: 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.

Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2009
ISBN: 9781602855045
Characteristics: 431 p. (large print) ; 23 cm


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This time and insane environmental terrorist and his criminal father must be pursued and thwarted by Joe Pickett, and his vigilante sidekick/partner Nate Romanowski (who Joe has just sprung from prison). And in the midst of this, Joe's daughter Sheridan, gets e-mail from her sister April, thought to have perished in flames some 6 years before. And April is travelling with the terrorists.

Kris--Pt. Roberts

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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