“Cold Wind” by C.J. Box is a riveting and atmospheric addition to the Joe Pickett series, blending suspense, environmental themes, and the rugged charm of the Wyoming landscape. In this gripping installment, the story picks up with Joe Pickett, the steadfast and principled game warden, as he finds himself embroiled in a complex case that hits close to home.
The novel opens with a shocking scene: the body of a man is found hanging from a high-torque wind turbine, and all evidence points to Earl Alden, the husband of Joe’s mother-in-law, Missy. As Joe delves into the investigation, he uncovers a tangle of family secrets, business rivalries, and environmental conflicts surrounding the wind farms that are changing the landscape of Wyoming.
Box’s skill in storytelling shines as he explores the controversial issue of wind energy and its impact on the community and environment. The rugged beauty of Wyoming’s scenery is vividly depicted, serving as both a backdrop and a character in the narrative. Joe Pickett’s unwavering dedication to justice and the truth drives the story, as he navigates through layers of deceit and power struggles.
“Cold Wind” is more than just a murder mystery; it’s a story about family loyalties, the cost of progress, and the moral complexities that often accompany change. The characters are well-developed, each with their own motivations and secrets, adding depth to the suspenseful plot.
For readers who enjoy a blend of mystery, action, and environmental drama, “Cold Wind” is a compelling read. C.J. Box’s ability to weave topical issues into a fast-paced narrative makes this novel not only entertaining but also thought-provoking. As Joe Pickett confronts the chilling truths behind the murder, readers are taken on an exhilarating journey through the wild and often unforgiving landscapes of the American West.