A modern Western based on a true story

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“Breaking Point” by C.J. Box (Putnam, 384 pgs., $26.95)

C.J. Box melds hot-button ecology issues and thrilling plots while balancing the story between environmental and human issues.

Box’s high standards have never been more evident than in the 13th novel in his series about Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. “Breaking Point” skillfully shows how government can enhance lives and preserve the environment, while also portraying a legal system run amok. But “Breaking Point” is no treatise pitting an individual against the big, bad Goliath of government. The tense plot of “Breaking Point” provides edge-of-the-seat suspense filled with unpredictable twists and realistic characters worth caring about.

Many people are near thr breaking point, as Joe learns when he becomes personally and professionally involved in the problems of neighbor Butch Robertson.

The hardworking owner of a construction company, Butch is the prime suspect in the murder of two armed EPA agents who had come to stop him from building on his land. Butch planned to build a retirement home for himself and his wife on land for which they had scrimped and saved for years, but suddenly found themselves in a legal quagmire to which there seemed to be no solution.

Based on a true incident, “Breaking Point” is infused with the frontier spirit of an old-fashioned Western as the good guys try to track down the bad guys.

Box’s contemporary spin on the Western makes “Breaking Point” an explosive thriller that careens from one unpredictable twist to another.

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