Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Librarian Meredith leads the May book group discussion of "Open Season" by C.J. Box.
The first novel of the Joe Pickett series, Box's 2001 debut novel was lauded by high-profile authors (Joe Hillerman, Lee Child, and many others) and book critics alike.
Set in the wild uplands of Wyoming, Joe Picket is a husband, father, and the new game warden in a small-town district. He's an affable, morally upright everyman who is also prone to the types of bumbling moves we all dread (ticketing the unlicensed fisherman who turns out to be the new state Governor, having his gun snatched from its holster by a poacher). When said poacher is found dead on Joe's woodpile clutching an empty cooler with unidentified animal scat, and a pair of hunters is found dead at an elk camp up in the mountains, it opens up a mystery that becomes laced with danger for Joe and his family.
This tightly plotted novel features fully fleshed-out characters that are as colorful and unforgettable as the rugged lands around them. Box also portrays both sides of the conservation vs. development dichotomy with skill and finesse set against a backdrop of local political and beauracratic intrigue.
"Open Season" is a fast-moving thriller that will apeal to fans of mysteries, Westerns, and mainstream fiction alike.
The Scandinavia Public Library chooses a book monthly (except for December) to read and discuss as a group on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. Selections vary widely and readers are welcome to participate as frequently as they choose.