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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (2 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: C. J. Box Narrator: David Chandler Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Joe Pickett Series Release Date:
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Joe Pickett is the new game warden in Twelve Sleep, Wyoming, a town where nearly everyone hunts—and where the game warden, especially one like Joe who won’t take bribes or look the other way, is far from popular. So when he finds a local hunting outfitter dead, splayed out on the woodpile behind his state-owned home, he takes it personally. And even after the “outfitter murders,” as they have been dubbed by the local press after the discovery of the two more bodies, are solved, Joe continues to investigate, uneasy with the easy explanation offered by the local police.

As Joe digs deeper into the murders, he soon discovers that the outfitter brought more than death to his backdoor: he brought Joe an endangered species, thought to be extinct, which is now living in his woodpile. But if word of the existence of this endangered species gets out, it will destroy any chance of InterWest, a multi-national natural gas company, building an oil pipeline that would bring the company billions of dollars across Wyoming—and through the mountains and forests of Twelve Sleep. The closer Joe comes to the truth behind the outfitter murders, the endangered species, and InterWest, the closer he comes to losing everything he holds dear.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A great crime novel.”

    Lee Child

  • Open Season is a muscular first novel...Box writes as straight as his characters shoot, and he has a stand-up hero to shoulder his passionate concerns about endangered lives and liberties.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Pickett [is] an engaging change from the fast-driving, trigger-happy male heroes of so many contemporary crime novels…Open Season offers several unexpected twists and is greatly enlivened by concise but heartfelt descriptions of the Wyoming landscape…a very promising debut.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Intriguing, with a forest setting so treacherous it makes Nevada Barr’s locales look positively comfy, with a motive for murder that is as unique as any in modern fiction. Pickett is a refreshingly human and befuddled hero…But it’s Box’s offbeat way of telling the story that puts it on the best of the year track.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A fascinating, well-scripted debut novel...It’s a classic tale of Wild West justice.”

    USA Today

  • “An appealing first novel.”

    Boston Globe

  • “The unusual setting and flawed characters make for an enlightening...suspenseful read.”

    New York Daily News

  • “C. J. Box might represent an endangered species himself: a first novelist who is getting his due…Box’s book has it all—suspenseful plot, magnificent scenery, and a flawed male hero who is tough but truly connected to his family…profoundly memorable.”

    Boston Herald

  • “[A] debut mystery to be savored...Joe Pickett is a modern-day Gary Cooper, soft-spoken and good-hearted...Box has created an enduring hero in Joe...Once you stake out Open Season, you won’t want to turn loose until the limit is bagged and the back cover is closed.”

    Jackson Clarion-Ledger

  • “C. J. Box has written a fast-paced, intelligent mystery that draws us into the wide open spaces of Wyoming and introduces a memorable hero: Game Warden Joe Pickett, unwilling detective and a man with a conscience. A page-turner and a remarkable debut.”

    Margaret Coel, author of Buffalo Bill’s Dead Now

  • “[A] superb debut...Without resorting to simplistic blacks and whites, Box fuses ecological themes, vibrant descriptions of Wyoming’s wonders and peculiarities, and fully fleshed characters into a debut of riveting tensions. Meet Joe Pickett: he’s going to be a mystery star.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Every few years a novel appears that immediately sets itself apart from the crowd...Taking dead aim with his first sentence...Box remains square on target throughout this nearly word-perfect debut...Best of all, the soft-spoken Joe Pickett is a Gary Cooper for our time.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A high-country Presumed Innocent that moves like greased lightning.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Winner of the 2002 Barry Award for Best First Mystery Novel
  • Winner of the 2002 Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel
  • Winner of the 2002 Anthony Award for Best First Mystery Novel
  • Winner of the 2002 Gumshoe Award for Best First Novel
  • A 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Mystery/Thriller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Candace | 6/16/2011

    " I loved reading the Nevada Barr series and his books are a little like
    hers in that he is a game warden out west so you get the virtual trip
    out west when you read. Kind of like taking vacation without leaving home. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lora | 6/14/2011

    " Didn't even like it enough to read the free preview of the next book in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Julie | 5/14/2011

    " Good story, keeping me on the edge of my seat, but a little over-the-top in some aspects. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cynthia | 4/26/2011

    " this is the beginning of a really good series too! "

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