Open Season by C.J. Box

Mystery Book Club

Open Season Discussion Questions

  1. What do you think of the 3rd person narration?
  2. Does the description of a bullet hitting living flesh seem like a good way to start a mystery?
  3. Did you expect the poacher to pull a gun on Joe Pickett in the Prologue?
  4. The next chapter starts with Joe making breakfast and doesn’t address how he survived, what do you think?
  5. Did you expect Ote to be the dead man in Joe’s backyard?
  6. Would having someone point your own gun at you change a person?
  7. From the Prologue and first chapter, do you like Joe Pickett?
  8. Are the excerpts from the Endangered Species Act at the beginning of the chapter interesting?
  9. Do the descriptions in the book make you feel like you are in Wyoming?
  10. What do you think of the scenes from Sheridan’s perspective?
  11. What did you think of Vern’s job offer to Joe to work for the drilling company?
  12. Does Joe’s mother in law seem like a caricature when you meet her?
  13. Does a triple funeral with a Ford F-250 rather than a vault seem odd?
  14. The book was published in 2001, does it feel dated?
  15. How creepy was the guy threatening Sheridan?
  16. Who is your favorite character?
  17. Does the state bureaucracy seem realistic?
  18. What do you think of a supposedly extinct species, the Miller weasel being the reason for murder?
  19. What did you think of the killing field of the last colony of Miller weasels?
  20. Did you expect Marybeth to be shot?
  21. Did you think that Vern and Wacey were the villains?
  22. Do you like seeing anything from Wacey’s twisted perspective?
  23. Was the last chapter which takes several months later a good addition?
  24. Did you like the book?
  25. Would you read more in the series?

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