G. P. Putnam's Sons
c/o Penguin Group USA
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9780399160769, $26.95, www.penguin.com
STONE COLD provides a fine Joe Pickett novel and is a recommendation for any who like thrillers replete with sudden disappearances, rich strangers, a secretive Wyoming ranch, and murder. Joe Pickett is a game warden, who is assigned to get at the root of all these problems until he discovers that all of the evidence is merely the tip of the iceberg. When his rooting around uncovers a dangerous killer who takes a dislike to Joe, this only proves to be one of his evolving problems in a case that assumes a life of its own. Intrigue, mystery, and detective work blend in an engrossing saga filled with satisfying twists and turns of plot.