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Open Season (Joe Pickett 1) (Joe Pickett series)

Open Season (Joe Pickett 1) (Joe Pickett series) [Kindle Edition]

C.J. Box
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well-engineered tension, fully fleshed characters and an easy story-telling knack mark Box out as a great talent for the future. -- The Guardian, 25 January 2003

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There's nothing unusual about the sound of a gunshot in Twelve Sleep. Here in remotest Wyoming, where elk roam the pine forests and cougars prowl the mountains, everyone owns a gun. But when Joe Pickett hears two sharp cracks ring out months before hunting season, it's his job to investigate. As game warden in Twelve Sleep, father-of-two Joe Pickett is not only badly paid and poorly housed, but deeply unpopular. So when the source of the shots - a well-known poacher - gets off scott-free after a humiliating confrontation, the locals are delighted. And then the poacher turns up dead in the Pickett's backyard. Charged with investigating the first murder he's ever encountered, Joe soon finds himself swamped with questions. How did the dead man get to his house? What was in the empty cooler by his side? And why do his colleagues want to sweep the case under the rug? Battling grudge-holding neighbours, corrupt officials and out-of-town activists, Joe begins to unravel a mystery that threatens the life and the family he loves.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1143 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0399147489
  • Publisher: Corvus (1 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EYSND4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,847 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
By Maxine Clarke VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Open Season is the first of a longish series (10 or so) of books about Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. Open Season was first published in the US in 2001 but it, and the whole of the series so far, is being published in the UK this year (2011) by Corvus - one title a month, apparently.
Because Open Season was available for £1 for a Kindle download as part of Amazon's UK 12 books of Christmas promotion, I decided to give it a go. Although I was not particularly interested in reading about a game warden, I'd enjoyed the previous two standalones by C J Box that I'd read, Three Weeks to Say Goodbye and Blue Heaven, both also published in the UK by Corvus. And, I'm pleased to report, Open Season is very much up to standard.
The two main things going for the novel are the character and situation of Joe Pickett and his family; and the author's evident love for the countryside of Wyoming and its natural wildlife. To take the first theme first, Joe is a keen, dedicated young ranger, relatively recently qualified and with a pregnant wife and two young daughters. His first job is to look after the region around the small town of Twelve Sleep, which involves checking that hunters are not shooting animals at the wrong time of year, or too many of them, or with the wrong guns, etc. He earns only $26,000 a year, which is not enough for his family to live on, but he loves his job and spends far more than his allotted hours out in the woods and mountains. This leads on to the second theme, in which the author conveys his deep love for the area - he's sympathetic with all views, and provides a telling account of the upsides and downsides of the conservationists as well as the hunters and those who need to make a living off the land, really drawing the reader in to his passions.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - Will buy the series eventually 20 July 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I like a couple of other reviewers picked this up during the "12 DAYS OF KINDLE" offer for £[] over the Christmas period along with "Blue Heaven" by the same auther but only got round to reading them, no idea why I left it so long as it was a cracking story and a new author for me. I will definately be looking to read the rest of the books in this series by this author. Highly recommend others read this book and this author for that matter
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it 4 Oct. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Never read anything from this author before, but Amazon recommended this book so I gave it a whirl. I enjoyed it thoroughly, though did have to suspend belief a bit at times. But that's no bad thing. It was definitely a page turner and I look forward to spending some more time with Joe Pickett in the future. If you want an easy read give this book a go.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new series from Wyoming 23 July 2001
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Fine new mystery series continue to erupt out of the American West faster than even Tony Hillerman can write gushing jacket blurbs for them. C.J. Box might never have actually been a game warden like his debuting hero Joe Pickett, but as a former ranch hand, surveyor, fishing guide, newspaper reporter and coordinator of tourism he certainly knows the Wyoming territory Joe covers. "He patrolled a tract to the west of Saddlestring, a huge, nearly treeless expanse that stretched from the river to the foothills of the Bighorns," Box tells us. "It was deceptive, complicated country, and he had always liked it..." Pickett is deceptive and complicated himself, a struggling young husband and father who combines eagerness and ambition, strength and fragility into an interesting, original package. He lets a deer poacher disarm him on his first day on the job, and never quite lives down the shame -- especially when the same loudmouthed poacher winds up dead in Pickett's own backyard. Joe then agonizes over an obviously corrupt job offer from his mentor and former boss for so long that when he finally accepts it, he's the only one surprised that the old crook no longer needs him. The same softness of judgement surrounds Pickett's friendship with a flashy fellow warden, and this lapse threatens the safety of Joe's serious and touching daughter, Sheridan -- especially when she makes an amazing enviromental discovery that could very well have both George W. Bush and Steven Speilberg knocking on her door...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spine tingling and heart warming 25 Feb. 2011
The first in a series of crime novels featuring game warden, Joe Pickett, and set in the remote, forested Twelve Sleep County in Wyoming. Pickett is a character who grows on the reader: he's no slick and savvy hard man but a family guy trying to do his job well and live an honest life. He can't even handle a gun very well. When a poacher who Joe has previously caught illegally shooting deer, turns up dead in Joe's backyard, he realises that there is a something dodgy going on in the forests he patrols. He begins to uncover a secret that people will go to any lengths to keep hidden. With the viewpoint switching at times to Joe's seven-year-old daughter, Sheridan, who is closely involved in events, this is a fresh take on the detective story with a strong Western flavour and fascinating subject matter. Spine tingling and heart warming.

TW Reviewer Cath Staincliffe author of the popular Sal Kilkenny mysteries and the series creator of TV Blue Murder)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 5 April 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Having just finished and enjoyed Blue Heaven by this author i decided to try Open Season and im really glad i did as he has produced another great story. This is the first in the Joe Picket series and i know there are a lot more which are slowly being released in this country. Hes already well known in the States. Ive downloaded Savage Run and Winterkill and im hoping that the rest of the series becomes available too. C.J.Box has quickly become one of my favourite authors.
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