The Disappeared by C.J. Box (Joe Pickett series, # 18)

Publication Info: Published March 20th 2018, by G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Kindle edition courtesy of my local library

Summary : Joe’s daughters are growing up. Sheridan, the oldest and a new college graduate, recently got a job at an upscale dude ranch. She lives there year round and works as a Wrangler.

Joe gets called into action by the new governor. A prominent British businesswoman has gone missing and she was last seen at the Silver Creek Ranch where Sheridan works. Joe doesn’t want to get his daughter involved but he knows she could have important information.

Meanwhile, at a nearby sawmill, the burner occasionally works into the wee hours of the morning. An unusual acrid smell — that of singed hair and vaguely like chicken — comes from it. This is noticed by an older woman who is then seriously injured in a hit and run.

At a wind farm, the largest in the country, their operations look a bit shady to Nate Romanowski, who is looking into the disappearance of local eagles and other birds for a couple of fellow falconers.

All of this comes together in another page turning book in the Joe Pickett series and little is as it appears to be initially. It also wouldn’t be a Joe Pickett book without something burning or blowing up on him. This time it happens in a more shocking way!

Comments: I continue to be a huge fan of the Joe Pickett series. The Disappeared ended on a cliff hanger and I had to immediately get the next book–the most current one in the series. I admit I fell for the trick!

Recommended for mystery readers and those who like books with a Western setting. I strongly recommend reading the series from the beginning.