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Open Season (A Joe Pickett Novel) (edition 2002)

by C. J. Box

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Title:Open Season (A Joe Pickett Novel)
Authors:C. J. Box
Info:Berkley (2002), Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
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Tags:Read in 2012, USA

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Open Season by C. J. Box

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I've been trying to expand my appreciation for mysteries, and CJ Box was recommended by a friend. This was very good, even if it had that awkward intro feeling that first books often have. Joe Pickett is a great everyman character with good potential for growth. This is pretty suspenseful, more so than I find Robert Parker books, but not awful--even for an anxious person like me. ( )
  CherieDooryard | Jan 20, 2015 |
This is the first from the Joe Pickett series. It's an interesting start into a new serie. Joe is working as a game warden. He lives with his family (his pregnant wive and two daughters) in a small house in Twelve Sleep County. He isn't working there since a long time. Unfortunately he trusts people who are working with him but are on the evil side. They lay a lot of stones in his way and he is very close to lose his job but with his stubbornness he is able to solve the puzzle. ( )
  Ameise1 | Jul 26, 2014 |
It was a very good book. Informative as all his books are. ( )
  macoffkilter | Jan 26, 2014 |
Open Season is the first novel in the Joe Pickett series by author CJ Box. When a outfitting hunter turns up dead in his backyard, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett takes it personally. As he investigates it will take two more murders and the discovery of a thought to be extinct species discovered in Joe's woodpile before Joe solves the case. On the way it will put him and his family in danger.

I started this book with some element of trepidation. Oh no, I thought another book where somebody doing a ridiculous job becomes a detective solving murders.Read the full review here ( )
  thecrimescene | Aug 9, 2013 |
Very well written mystery. Makes me re-appreciate the Wyoming landscape. Can't wait to read all of his other books@ ( )
  JessieP73 | Apr 6, 2013 |
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To Molly, Becky, Roxanne, and especially for Laurie -- my partner, my anchor, my first reader, my love
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When a high-powered rifle bullet hits living flesh it makes a distinctive --pow WHOP -- sound that is unmistakable even at tremendous distance.
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Penzler Pick, July 2001: Mystery debuts are both exciting and problematic. Exciting, because one may always be about to discover the next Hammett or Chandler (or so the copywriters and publicists would have us believe), and problematic because originality in such a well-grooved genre is becoming more and more at a premium.

In advance reviews, Open Season has been pronounced "something special," (Booklist), and it lives up to the billing. It is not C.J. Box's skill at plotting (the story of greedy business interests and local corruption is fine, but familiar), but rather the character of hero Joe Pickett, a Wyoming game warden, that makes this a series kickoff to remember. Like all the best mystery protagonists, Pickett is stubbornly ready to risk everything when his own personal sense of morality is at stake. But Joe is also a guy who sometimes gets things wrong, and this characteristic of messing up adds a dimension of humanity to the book.

C.J. Box makes the town of Twelve Sleep, Wyoming (where Joe and his pregnant wife and his daughters have come to live in a tiny house that could be a lot nicer if Joe only had a job that paid better), come alive to the extent that one can almost smell the crisp mountain air and pine needles. The locals display an impressive array of grudge holding and "don't mess with us" attitudes, but Joe is unwilling to forget he's sworn to uphold and enforce a full battery of laws that many of these neighbors have no intention of obeying.

When a well-known poacher, with whom he has humiliatingly tangled, suddenly turns up dead in his own backyard, Joe finds himself at the top of a downward path that, first, will lead to more bodies and then will put his entire family into peril. Open Season doesn't pull its punches, and Box does allow bad things to happen to good people. Read it and find out how skillfully he handles both his hero's complexities and also the ambiguities inherent in a life dedicated to law enforcement. --Otto Penzler

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The debut of a writer hailed by Tony Hillerman as "a greatstoryteller" -- the first book in an engaging and gritty mystery series featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. Few first mysteries have been welcomed as enthusiastically as Open Season, or with better cause. "When a high-powered bullet hits living flesh, it makes a distinctive -pow-WHOP-sound that is unmistakable even at tremendous distance." And so it begins for Joe Pickett, a Wyoming game warden who, with the shot of a rifle, is thrust into a race to save not only an endangered species, but also the life and family he loves. C. J. Box knows the wilderness and he knows how to create a wonderfully authentic, vividly alive sense of place. Most of all, he knows how to create a memorable new hero: a man who is full of failings, but strong and honorable. This is mystery writing at its best-and the beginning of a brilliant new career. Author Biography: C. J. Box, a native of Wyoming, has worked as a ranch hand, a surveyor, a fishing guide, and as a small-town newspaper reporter and editor. Box is the president and CEO of Rocky Mountain International Corporation, a company that coordinates marketing for the state tourism departments of Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Idaho.… (more)

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