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July 01, 2007


Ken Van Durand

I think C.J. Box is one of the most under-appreciated writers of crime fiction.

While I was not as disappointed as you in novels 2-6, I agree that "Free Fire" is the best since his debut.

Alot of writer's A-Game is less fulfilling than Box's B-Game.

His books read as fast for me as any I read. His style is deceptively compelling.

Perhaps, all that Pickett has been through since that debut set this one up for excellence.

Your comment about Hiaasin hit the bullseye.

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