Breaking Point by C.J. Box
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
There's more than one breaking point in this novel. Butch Roberson is pushed to the edge when the EPA suddenly starts fining him $70,000 per day until he restores the fully permitted construction site of his dream home to pristine condition. Two EPA agents are murdered, and Butch goes on the lam into the wilderness surrounding his home. Joe Pickett is drafted by his new Fish and Game director to provide the Feds with full cooperation when they take over the local investigation. His breaking point comes when he discovers the truth behind the EPA's actions. Even Marybeth reaches a breaking point when her dream of restoring an abandoned hotel is scuttled. It's a tense plot, and the questions it raises about the reaches and limits of government power make it all the more realistic. The basic novel premise is based on a real-life case too.
I really enjoyed this installment in the Joe Pickett series, and I'm eager to discover what's in store next for the Picketts.
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