One man hell-bent on avenging his family, the other dead-set on protecting his...
Joe Pickett always knew there'd be a day of reckoning. And now that day has come.
Two years ago, his daughter was beaten and dumped by the side of a country road. Joe's determination to avenge her forced him into a catastrophic confrontation with the Cates clan that left three of their number dead and put the two survivors behind bars. Now the youngest son, Dallas, is out of prison and back in town.
Joe knows exactly why he's returned, but all he can do is wait for Dallas to make the first move...
Head of Zeus * Crime Fiction
21 Mar 2017 * 400pp * £14.99 * 9781784973148
'I love Joe Pickett'
'Solid-gold A-list must-read'
Bracingly familiar pleasures expertly packaged... first-timers will be intrigued and fans amply rewarded'
'This outing is the most suspenseful yet in this world-class series, setting a new standard for Box'
Publishers Weekly, starred review
'We've noted previously how the fully fleshed family dynamic is one of this series' enduring strengths, and that pays dividends here as we viscerally feel Joe's fear for his loved ones and his powerlessness to protect them. Box masterfully tightens the suspense until we're caught in a vicious circle of our own and unable to stop reading'
'The unexpected, suspenseful turns will keep readers enthralled. Another winner for Box'
Library Journal, starred review
It has everything you could want: sharp, well-drawn characters, crystalline prose and a narrative that winds more and more tightly, until it's coiled to spring an explosive conclusion... C.J. Box is a sharp, compelling writer. And one to recommend to reluctant readers and thriller devotees alike'
'A masterful storyteller who writes sublimely about Wyoming's wild beauty, C.J. Box screws up the tension unbearably'
Grips from beginning to end... The detailed descriptions of the wild terrain of Wyoming brought the scenery vividly to life... This is the first time I have met Joe Pickett and look forward to reading more about him. A great read'
'Strong stuff, very well written'
'The characters are well drawn and the action is frenetic'
Box is deservedly getting a name for his Pickett books... pacy plots, an unusual setting and strong characterisations'
Box deserves to become more appreciated here... [He] paints a vivid picture of small-town feuds amid Wyoming's wide-open spaces'
C.J. Box is always impressive for the economy with which he places the reader into the world of the mountains... the characters never come across as less than convincing, and there is plenty of action. For an obdurate foe and scary risks to the hero, Vicious Circle is hard to beat'
'Plenty of action. For an obdurate foe and scary risks to the hero, Vicious Circle is hard to beat'
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C.J. Box is the author of twenty-two Joe Pickett novels, five stand-alone novels, and a story collection. He has won Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry Awards, as well as the French Prix Calibre .38. He has been a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, and his books have been translated into twenty-seven languages. A Wyoming native, Box has also worked on a ranch and as a small-town newspaper reporter and editor. He lives outside Cheyenne with his family. Follow him on @cjboxauthor cjbox.net