BOOKS

Open Season

C. J. Box

RRP: £7.99

1 February 2011

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9781848878365

RRP: £6.49

1 February 2011

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9780857891822

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.

REVIEWS

A fabulous debut - a great crime novel and a great modern-day western rolled into one. All the elements are here: a tremendous sense of Wyoming's scenic grandeur, vivid characters, and a high-stakes plot that moves like a rifle bullet.
Lee Child

One of the most talented thriller writers at work today.
Daily Express

Joe doesn't let us down...exhilerating
New York Times on FREE FIRE

The gold standard... addictive
Library Journal for BELOW ZERO

I read one book and then hunted out four more... Box has it all
Toronto Globe and Mail

An absolute must
Kirkus Reviews * For OUT OF RANGE

The award-winning crime writer is making a definitive landing in the UK this year... Box certainly keeps the action ticking.
Time Out