C.J. Box

C.J. Box is the author of the acclaimed Joe Pickett series. The series follows the exploits of Pickett who is a game warden in the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming. The series has received a number of awards and is particularly popular for the quality of the plotting as well as the way in which the surrounding landscape is brought vividly to life.

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C. J. Box Novels

Joe Pickett Series
 Box Open Season

Open Season (2001)

Review

“When a high-powered rifle bullet hits living flesh, it makes a distinctive—pow-WHOP—sound that is unmistakable even at tremendous distance.”

And so it begins for Joe Pickett, a Wyoming game warden who, with the shot of a rifle, is thrust into a race to save not only an endangered species, but to unravel a mystery that threatens the life and the family he loves…

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 Box Savage Run

Savage Run (2002)

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In Savage Run—C.J. Box’s acclaimed follow-up to his career-making debut Open Season—game warden Joe Pickett looks into the bizarre death of an environmental activist…and what he finds is bigger and far more sinister than anything he imagined.

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Box Winterkill

Winterkill (2003)

Review

Joe Pickett’s pursuit of a killer through the rugged mountains of Wyoming takes a horrifying turn when his beloved foster daughter is kidnapped. Now it’s personal.

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Box Trophy Hunt

Trophy Hunt (2004)

Review

It’s an idyllic late-summer day in Saddlestring, Wyoming, and game warden Joe Pickett is fly-fishing with his two daughters when he stumbles upon the mutilated body of a moose. Whatever – or whoever – attacked the animal was ruthless: half the animal’s face has been sliced away, the skin peeled back from the flesh. Shaken by the sight, Joe starts to investigate what he hopes in an isolated incident.” “Days later, after the discovery of a small herd of mutilated cattle, Joe realizes this something much more terrifying than he could have imagined. Local authorities are quick to label the attacks the work of a grizzly bear, but Joe knows otherwise. The cuts on the moose and the cattle were too clean, too precise, to have been made by jagged teeth. Are the animals only practice for a killer about to move on to another, more challenging prey?” Soon afterward, Joe’s worst fears are confirmed. The bodies of two men are found within hours of each other, in separate locations, their wounds eerily similar to those found on the moose and cattle. There’s a vicious killer, a modern-day Jack the Ripper, on the loose in Saddlestring – and it appears his rampage is just beginning.

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Box Out of Range

Out of Range (2005)

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Joe Pickett is attempting to survive his mother-in-law's wedding to a wealthy local rancher when he receives some disturbing news: Will Jensen, a fellow Wyoming game warden and a good friend, has killed himself. And Joe's been picked to temporarily run Jensen's Teton district.

Jackson Hole is a far cry from Joe's hometown of Saddlestring -- it's the epicenter for many environmental extremists and an elite playground for the rich and powerful -- and Joe quickly finds himself over his head. Yet despite the pressures of his new job and his surprising and disturbing attraction for a married woman named Stella, he can't get his friend's suicide out of his mind. By all accounts, Will had changed in the last few months of his life, becoming violent and unpredictable.

Meanwhile, back at home, Marybeth is frightened by threatening phone calls and asks the outlaw falconer Nate Romanowski for assistance, not realizing she has opened the door to much more than help.

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Box In Plain Sight

In Plain Sight (2006)

Spring has finally come to Saddlestring, Wyoming, and game warden Joe Pickett is relieved the long, harsh winter is over. However, a dark cloud threatens to spoil the milder weather. Local ranch owner and matriarch Opal Scarlett has vanished under suspicious circumstances. Two of her sons, Hank and Arlen, are battling for control of their mother's multi-million-dollar empire, and their bitter fight threatens to tear the whole town apart.

Everyone is so caught up in the brothers' battle that they seem to have forgotten that Opal is still missing. Joe is convinced, though, that one of the brothers murdered their mother. Determined to uncover the truth, he is attacked and nearly beaten to death by Hank Scarlett's new right-hand man on the ranch - a recently arrived stranger who looks eerily familiar... A series of threatening messages and attempts to sabotage Joe's career follow. At first, he thinks the attacks are connected with his investigation of Opal's disappearance, but he soon learns that someone else is after him - someone with a very personal grudge who wants to make Joe pay... and pay dearly.

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Box Free Fire

Free Fire (2007)

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Box Blood Trail

Blood Trail (2008)

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Box Below Zero

Below Zero (2009)

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Box Nowhere To Run

Nowhere to Run (2010)

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Box Cold Wind

Cold Wind (2011)

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Box Force Of Nature

Force of Nature (2012)

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Box Breaking Point

Breaking Point (2013)

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Box Stone Cold

Stone Cold (2014)

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Box Shots Fired

Shots Fired: Stories from
Joe Pickett Country
(2014)

Short Stories

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Box Endangered

Endangered (2015)

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Off the Grid (2016)

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Vicious Circle (2017)

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Joe Pickett e-Books
Box Dull KnifeDull Knife (2005) Box Master FalconerThe Master Falconer (2006)
Non-Series
Box Blue HeavenBlue Heaven (2008) Box Three Weeks To Say GoodbyeThree Weeks to Say Goodbye (2009)
CJ Box Back of BeyondBack of Beyond (2011)
Review
Box The HighwayThe Highway (2013)

Critical Acclaim

Open Season - Winner 2002 Anthony Award Best First Novel, Winner 2002 Barry Award Best First Novel, Finalist 2002 Edgar Award Best First Novel, Finalist 2002 Macavity Award Best First Novel
Nowhere To Run - Finalist 2010 Barry Award Best Novel
Blue Heaven - Winner 2009 Edgar Award Best Mystery