'Endangered' switches seamlessly between thrilling crisis, Wyoming countryside

March 25, 2015 12:10 PM

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In his Joe Pickett novels, C.J. Box has established a clear-eyed approach to balancing environmental and human issues in compelling plots. Box continues those high standards in his 15th novel about this Wyoming game warden, but a personal situation is even more important in the thrilling "Endangered."

On the environmental side, Joe has stumbled over the slaughter of a flock of 21 sage grouse, a species that is close to reaching the endangered status. The endangered status would be controversial, wrapped up in "politics and economics." Many in Wyoming, including the governor, are against it becaus...

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