Monday, July 18, 2022

Opening paragraphs.............................

      When a high-powered rifle bullet hits living flesh it makes a distinctive—pow-WHOP—sound that is unmistakable even at tremendous distance.  There is rarely an echo or fading reverberation or the tailing rumbling hum that is the sound of a miss.  The guttural boom rolls over the terrain but stops sharply in a close-ended way, as if jerked back.  A hit is blunt and solid like an airborne grunt.  When the sound is heard and identified, it isn't easily forgotten.

-C. J. Box, as he opens Open Season, the first of many in his truly wonderful Joe Pickett series

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