Open Season

C. J. Box - Author

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ISBN 9780425185469 | 304 pages | 07 May 2002 | Berkley | 4.25 x 6.73in | 18 - AND UP
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Joe Pickett is a Wyoming game warden who, with the shot of a rifle, is thrust into a race to save not only an endangered species, but to unravel a mystery that threatens the life and the family he loves.

“C.J. BOX is a great storyteller” Tony Hillerman

Open Season is a great crime novel.” Lee Child

“Meet Joe Pickett: He’s going to be a mystery star.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“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

“Every few years a first novel appears that immediately sets itself apart from the crowd. As readers, we feel that special shock of recognition that announces, ‘Here is something special.’ 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)

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

“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

“A high-country Presumed Innocent that moves like greased lightning.” Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“A fascinating, well-scripted debut novel…In Gary Cooper style, Pickett is transformed into a man with a mission to save his family, then exact his vengeance. It’s a classic tale of Wild West justice.” USA Today

“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 C.J. Box: Awards, Nominations, etc. for Open Season:

  • Nominated for an Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author

  • Nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller

  • Winner of the Gumshoe Award for Best First Novel (awarded by Mystery Ink)

  • A New York Times Notable Book

  • One of the Chicago Tribune’s Ten Best Mysteries of 2001

  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller for 6 weeks

  • A BookSense 76 selection

  • Finalist for the Western Writers Association’s Medicine Pipe Bearer Award (award for best first novel)

  • Warner Bros. Pictures has optioned Open Season with Bruce Willis and Arnold Rifkin’s Cheyenne Entertainment attached to produce

  • Publishers Weekly named Box one of the rising stars of crime fiction

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