Open Season

Box, C. J.

Book - 2002
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Open Season
When game warden, Joe Pickett gets close to the truth about the outfitter murders and endangered species, his life and the lives of his family face terrible danger.

Publisher: New York : Berkeley Prime Crime, 2002, c2001
Edition: Berkeley Prime Crime mass-market ed
ISBN: 042518546X
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY BOX 2002
Characteristics: 296 p. ;,18 cm


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A Wyoming Game warden's life gets turned upside down when the forest gets deadly.

Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is supposed to spend his days keeping an eye on the wildlife and hunters in Twelve Sleep County, but he seems to find trouble wherever he goes. This first book in the series has it all-oil pipelines, natural gas conglomerates, and endangered species living in Joe’s... Read More »

When game warden, Joe Pickett gets close to the truth about the outfitter murders and endangered species, his life and the lives of his family face terrible danger.

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Jan 15, 2015
  • josh2506 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great read. Joe Pickett is a very likeable character, likewise his daughter Sheridan. Loved the book and looking forward to reading more of his novels.

Jan 03, 2015
  • billmacrotarian rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Open Season is the first of the Joe Pickett series featuring the murder solving game warden. There’s a good mystery that revolves around an endangered species. Passages of the book are very simply written almost as though they were intended for young adults. Box does telegraph who the bad guys are fairly early on. Probably he was just learning his craft at the time. However, I found this one essential to understand Pickett’s family situation and it was a pretty solid story at that. If you have read others in this series and enjoyed them then Open Season is a must.

Apr 05, 2013
  • scrowell_09 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed the book and think this is probably a pretty good series to read. It's a fast, easy read with a good storyline.

Dec 06, 2011
  • DeltaQueen50 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Open Season is the first book in the C.J. Box’s series about Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett. Set in the fictional country of Twelve Sleep, Joe is the newly appointed Game Warden, replacing his mentor Vern Dunnegan in the position. Joe is a straight up family man, loving his wife, his two daughters, and his job.

Unfortunately he finds himself in the middle of an investigation involving three dead outfitters, and although someone is quickly charged with the crime, Joe is far from satisfied. Digging deeper seems to be an unpopular choice both with the locals and his federal department, and the more attention Joe gives this case, the more trouble he is bringing down upon himself and his family.

This is an excellent introduction to what looks to be a great series. Joe Pickett is far from a super man, but he is an admirable, honest person trying to do the right thing. The setting, although fictional is all to easy to pinpoint on a map, snuggled in against the scenic Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming. The last third of this book really keep me on the edge of my seat, and jumped this book up another notch in my appreciation. Intelligent with good-pacing and an excellent sense of place, Open Season will soon be followed by book number two.

Nov 26, 2011
  • boonerator rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This writer really paints a picture of the west and the outdoor culture through a very sympathetic character. And luckily for us, he is prolific. Start with this one and work your way to newestg.

Oct 11, 2011
  • ChloesMama rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This was one of those books that I read only because it was recommended to me. The thought of a "game warden" generating any kind of suspense seemed unlikely to me....but, thankfully I listened to my friend and gave this one a shot. I LOVED this book. Joe Pickett is such a "real" character that I was instantly enthralled. It is such a fresh read, new concept. Loved it.

Nov 05, 2007
  • Cabby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love this author.


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