As I wrote in a review last year, in 2016, I set out on a quest to read all of Michael Connelly’s books (he’s best known for his character Detective Bosch). I didn’t read them all in a row, but would buy used copies of three to four of his books at a time, keep them on my to-read shelf, and grab one when the mood struck. I’m now caught up, so I’d been looking for someone else with whom I could do the same. Lee Child wasn’t right for me. Through a stop at a used bookstore in Bar Harbor, Maine last year, I landed on C.J. Box.

Endangered is his sixth novel in the Joe Pickett series (which is the basis for the Joe Pickett show on Paramount+, which I didn’t know about until I was well into this book). Pickett is a Wyoming game warden, looking into the slaughter of a flock of sage grouse. But while he’s trying to figure out who would do such a thing, he gets a call that his daughter April has been found on the side of the road, left for dead. And he’s pretty sure he knows who did it.

I started with Endangered because that’s the one I found in Hull’s Cove Bookstore (which has since sadly closed), and I know there’s stuff that happened in previous novels that informed some of the actions of characters in this one. Box gives a little backstory that I’m sure is there for the benefit of someone like me, but I still felt a little lost. It also has a lot of page breaks, which I found distracting,

But otherwise, the book was…and here it is again…aggressively fine! The story had twists I didn’t anticipate, which is what you hope with this kind of novel.

I ordered a used copy of the first book in the Pickett series, and it’s on my to-read shelf. I don’t think it’ll take more than a year to end up in my hands, as I’m a bit ashamed to say Endangered was (but hey — there’s a lot out there to read!)

Nail polish: Blinded by the Ring Light by OPI.

Like this post? Buy Jen a cup of coffee.

Disclosure: links are affiliate links.

Subscribe via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Jen Miller

Jen Miller

Jen A. Miller is a an author and freelance writer. Her memoir, Running a Love Story, was a Philadelphia Inquirer best book of the year. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, SELF, Buzzfeed and the Guardian, among others.

Leave a Comment