i enjoyed this book, as I have previous C. J. Box' Joe Pickett novels. The sense of place and of the culture of the place that Box does so well makes me feel as if I have been able to directly experience a beautiful part of the country, and the culture of this rugged area. That said there is an underlying thread in the difficulties that often seems to arise in these novels that is a direct outgrowth of the native reticence shown in all of the participants. Leaves me shouting at the text, "for goodness sakes, just open up and talk to one another, you are all blundering about in the dark!"
In particular, I am convinced that the denouement is not totally unavoidable, that the people of Wyoming could hear all of the facts and come up to a better solution for those involved, but that would involve a risk that seems not be acceptable to the person most directly affected.