EndangeredEndangered by C.J. Box is the 15th book in the “Joe Pickett” thriller series. Publisher: Putnam, March 2015

She was gone. Joe Pickett had good reason to dislike Dallas Cates, even if he was a rodeo champion, and now he has even more—Joe’s eighteen-year-old ward, April, has run off with him.

And then comes even worse news: The body of a girl has been found in a ditch along the highway—alive, but just barely, the victim of blunt force trauma. It is April, and the doctors aren’t sure if she’ll recover. Cates denies having anything to do with it—says she ran away from him, too—and there’s evidence that points to another man. But Joe knows in his gut who’s responsible. What he doesn’t know is the kind of danger he’s about to encounter. Cates is bad enough, but Cates’s family is like none Joe has ever met before.

Joe’s going to find out the truth, even if it kills him. But this time, it just might.

Wow, there was so much going on with April; with Nate; with the Cates; with the sage grouse, that it was so interesting to see how Joe kept it all together and all together he did in this riveting and hardcore tome that kept me turning the pages because I had to know what happens next.

The story got a little bogged down in the middle but then pow, we were on a roller coaster that was filled with twists, turns and bumps traveling at full speed ahead streaming to finale that left me euphoric because C.J. Box has written another fast-paced drama that was both riveting and suspenseful and I can’t wait for the next book in this grippingly engaging series.

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