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Open Season

(2001)
(The first book in the Joe Pickett series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Anthony Awards Best First Novel
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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Used availability for C J Box's Open Season

Hardback Editions

September 2008 : USA Library Binding

Title: Open Season
Author(s): C J Box
ISBN: 1-4395-4889-7 / 978-1-4395-4889-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Putnam Pub Group
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December 2002 : UK Hardback
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Title: Open Season
Author(s): C J Box
ISBN: 0-7090-7320-8 / 978-0-7090-7320-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd
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December 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: Open Season
Author(s): C J Box
ISBN: 1-58547-248-4 / 978-1-58547-248-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Center Point Pub
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May 2002 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Open Season (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): C J Box
ISBN: 1-4176-6111-9 / 978-1-4176-6111-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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July 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: Open Season (A Joe Pickett Novel)
Author(s): C J Box
ISBN: 0-399-14748-9 / 978-0-399-14748-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Putnam Adult
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Paperback Editions

May 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: Open Season (A Joe Pickett Novel)
Author(s): C J Box
ISBN: 0-399-57660-6 / 978-0-399-57660-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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May 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: Open Season (A Joe Pickett Novel)
Author(s): C J Box
ISBN: 0-399-57661-4 / 978-0-399-57661-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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June 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Open Season (A Joe Pickett Novel)
Author(s): C J Box
ISBN: 0-425-26528-5 / 978-0-425-26528-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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February 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Open Season (Joe Pickett)
Author(s): C J Box
ISBN: 1-84887-836-2 / 978-1-84887-836-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corvus
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August 2004 : USA Paperback

Title: Open Season
Author(s): C J Box
ISBN: 0-606-31147-5 / 978-0-606-31147-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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May 2002 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Open Season (A Joe Pickett Novel)
Author(s): C J Box
ISBN: 0-425-18546-X / 978-0-425-18546-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Audio Editions

August 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Open Season (Joe Pickett Series)
Author(s): C J Box
ISBN: 1-5012-6026-X / 978-1-5012-6026-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books on Brilliance Audio
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February 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Open Season: A Joe Pickett Novel
Author(s): C J Box
Publisher: Recorded Books
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February 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Open Season: A Joe Pickett Novel
Author(s): C J Box
Publisher: Recorded Books
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2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Open Season
Author(s): C J Box
ISBN: 1-4407-8708-5 / 978-1-4407-8708-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

February 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Open Season (Joe Pickett series Book 1)
Author(s): C J Box
Publisher: Corvus
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May 2002 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Open Season (A Joe Pickett Novel Book 1)
Author(s): C J Box
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA