Open Season

Open Season Summary

The first novel in the thrilling series featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett from #1 New York Times bestselling author C. J. Box. 

Joe Pickett is the new game warden in Twelve Sleep, Wyoming, a town where nearly everyone hunts and the game warden—especially one like Joe who won't take bribes or look the other way—is far from popular. When he finds a local hunting outfitter dead, splayed out on the woodpile behind his state-owned home, he takes it personally. There had to be a reason that the outfitter, with whom he's had run-ins before, chose his backyard, his woodpile to die in. 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, 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.

Book Reviews


Best Climax book Ever5 star

Book had me book from chapter to chapter. Great character development. You fall in love with Joe right of the bat. Must read won’t regret.55

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Can you do a “Do Over”2 star

Rewrite the last few chapters of this book and send me a new copy.25


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Open Season4 star

It was an easy read. I never wanted to put the book down. I’m a hunter and outdoorsman so I appreciate Box’s attention to detail. It was a tiny bit predictable but still very interesting and I bet this would translate to a good movie too45


Terrific Read5 star

This book keeps the reader engaged throughout. There are very few moments where the story doesn’t have you thinking critically. Was a book you had to finish as soon as possible.55


Easy read4 star

Joe Pickett is the consummate Ranger/Warden/Family man ! You definitely want him on your side. Story sets the stage for the series and while you learn lots about the man, it doesn't take too long to figure out the bad guys and why they do what they do. Will continue to read the books.45

Betty McGee

Open Season5 star

Can't wait to read the next book. Great characters.55


Great story telling5 star

Enjoyed the characters, flaws and all. It was well written and moved along at a good pace55

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