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

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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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Having read a later book in this series, I thought I'd go back to the beginning and read this first book. While I am sure it will have fans, it just didn't work for me. I should have known that a series about a game warden wouldn't appeal. There are little creatures that appear in a woodpile. Cool, but there are too many holes in the story of these little ones. It felt rather jumbled.

I hated that the game warden's children lost their puppy and kitty to coyotes. You'd think a game warden wouldn't give his kid pets only to let them die. There was a good deal of environmental positing, and not always a view I support. Too much hunting, too much violence, not a strong enough story line. One rather grisly image of a kitty, and violence directed at children.

I can understand why many will like this series, but having given two books in it a chance, I'm done.

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  TooBusyReading | Mar 11, 2016 |
3.5 stars
Joe Pickett's debut - a Wyoming State Game Warden, and all-around good guy. A little "slow" on the uptake - or so everyone thinks. They think wrong. Good plotting and likable character I want to get to know better. I'll keep reading this series. ( )
  BookConcierge | Mar 4, 2016 |
Great debut and great series! Loved this first book by C. J. Box. Can't wait to read the 2nd book in the series. Breezed right through this one! C. J. Box can tell a great story where you feel you are right there in the outdoors of Wyoming. Riveting suspense which make the pages turn fast! ( )
  eadieburke | Jan 19, 2016 |
I wanted to read the authors books in the order they were written. This is his first and the first with the primary character being Joe Pickett. A good read - the pace picked up as the book progresses. The book had a very interesting blend of environmentalism and crime drama. I llok forward to reading more by this author. ( )
  labdaddy4 | Aug 31, 2015 |
This is the first book in a series. Joe Picket is a Wyoming Game Warden who seems singularly un-macho. He seems to be on the fringes of the law enforcement community in the area. He started his career there by ticketing the governor for fishing without a license and he is having trouble living that down. A body turns up in his own woodpile and his own child becomes involved so he takes this problem on with gusto. A great series beginning. ( )
  gbelik | Jul 8, 2015 |
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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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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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