Open Season by C.J. Box
Joe Pickett works as a game warden in Wyoming, where he lives with his wife and two young daughters. In this fine debut novel, he uncovers a devious plot involving wildlife – and lowlifes. I picked up this book because it’s set in the West (and I wish Craig Johnson would write a little faster, please!) and because the books in this series always seem to get strong reviews. At first I was surprised to find Joe so vulnerable, and then I was glad he’s so human (and, in the end, so brave). Another aspect of these books that is strongly appealing is the importance of Joe’s family, and particularly the beautiful relationship he has with his two little girls. They say liking the main character is the key factor in whether you follow an entire mystery series, so I’m hooked. The second and third books are in my pile of books to read, and I can’t wait.