News and Interviews 2005-2010
Interview with Ali Karim of The Rap Sheet
"The Men From Laramie"
Foreign rights for C.J. Box novels include: United Kingdom - Robert Hale, both OUT OF RANGE and IN PLAIN SIGHT. Germany - Heyne (Random House) for BLUE HEAVEN. Japan - Hayakawa Publishing Company for BLUE HEAVEN and the short story PIRATES OF YELLOWSTONE. France - Seuil for OUT OF RANGE and IN PLAIN SIGHT, and BLUE HEAVEN.
C.J. Box recently sat down for an extensive hour-long interview with Paula B of The Writing Show. The interview, which covers OUT OF RANGE, IN PLAIN SIGHT, the Joe Pickett series in general, and the craft and nuts-and-bolts of writing, is available via download or podcast. The interview can be found on the website link below, or on iTunes (The Writing Show), Yahoo Podcasts, and other services.
In 2007, two new C.J. Box novels will be published. In May, the seventh Joe Pickett novel, FREE FIRE, will be published in hardcover by G.P. Putnam's Sons. In FREE FIRE, Joe is sent to Yellowstone National Park to investigate the murders of four campers in a remote corner of the park by a man who willingly confesses that he did it. The catch is an anomaly in actual federal law lets the murderer walk away. Of course, there is much more to what happened than meets the eye and Joe Pickett finds himself deep into a conspiracy much bigger than he could have imagined. BLUE HEAVEN, a stand-alone thriller set in North Idaho, is scheduled to be published by St. Martins Press in October. Three years in the writing, BLUE HEAVEN is the story of two children who are fishing who witness the execution of a man by four others in a backcountry campground. The murderers give chase, but the children escape into the woods. Soon, the murderers -- all retired LAPD veterans -- volunteer at the local sheriff's office to lead the search for the missing kids. BLUE HEAVEN is told in real time over 60 hours by the five principals in the novel. Watch for future updates and check the website for additional information on FREE FIRE and BLUE HEAVEN.
Foreign Rights Announced
Foreign rights for C.J. Box novels include: United Kingdom - Robert Hale, both OUT OF RANGE and IN PLAIN SIGHT. Germany - Heyne (Random House) for BLUE HEAVEN. Japan - Hayakawa Publishing Company for BLUE HEAVEN. France - Seuil for OUT OF RANGE and IN PLAIN SIGHT.
C.J. Box will participate in the first-ever Yellowstone Nature Writer's Field Conference January 28 - February 3, 2007. The five-day literary workshop will include " * 5 days with award-winning nature writers and publishers! * The “wild” in wilderness and master techniques to share its amazing stories! * An exchange - bring your curiosity and leave with a piece of Yellowstone in your soul! * Wolves and elk wandering free, geysers spouting, bald eagles soaring, and trumpeter swans floating on the Firehole River! * One-on-one interaction with faculty in the field, at workshops and social events! * Bracing days of nature. Cozy nights and workshops at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and the Old Faithful Snow Lodge. This 5-day workshop seeks literary inspiration through park exploration and expert guidance from accomplished writers and publishers. Our conference director is “Digger” Jerry George, author of several books and columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Panelists will include Jim Robbins, author of several books including one on Yellowstone, contributor to national magazines and stringer for the New York Times; Malcom Margolin, award-winning author and publisher of Heyday Books; and C.J. Box, bestselling mystery writer and creator of the Joe Pickett series about a Wyoming Game Warden.
(From Publishers Weekly) C.J. Box's three stand-alone thrillers, the first about a young girl and her brother on the run in the woods of northern Idaho, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder, and who are intent on finding them before they can breathe a word of what they know, for publication in fall 2007, to Ben Sevier at Minotaur, in a major deal, by Ann Rittenberg of the Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency (world English and Germany). Box's Joe Pickett mystery series will continue to be published by Putnam/Berkeley.
The short story PIRATES OF YELLOWSTONE (see below) has been selected for inclusion in the tenth volume of Houghton Mifflin's BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2006. The editors, Otto Penzler and guest editor Scott Turow (Presumed Innocent) made the announcement February 2 from New York. The anthology will appear in the fall of 2006.
To better position C.J. Box’s stand-alone thriller, St. Martins Press has moved the publication date from October, 2007 to January, 2008. In other Blue Heaven news, the rights for France have been purchased by Seuill. So far, Blue Heaven will appear in Germany, Japan, and France.
The audio rights to FREE FIRE were recently purchased by Recorded Books. This is the first C.J. Box novel to arrive in audio since WINTERKILL. Other authors offered by Recorded Books, LLC include Patricia Cornwell, Janet Evanovich, John Grisham, Elmore Leonard, James Patterson, John Sandford, and Stephen King.
Library Journal will announce in January that it has chosen C.J. Box’s IN PLAIN SIGHT as the Best Mystery of 2006.
A new illustrated limited edition hard-cover short story by C.J. Box entitled NOBLE SAVAGE will be published by ASAP in 2007. Past sold-out limited editions included DULL KNIFE (2005) and THE MASTER FALCONER (2006). The introduction to NOBLE SAVAGE was written by literary giant James Crumley, author of THE LAST GOOD KISS and other iconic novels. NOBLE SAVAGE is the story of Jimmy Two Bulls, a Lakota, who joins his cousin Lyle in modern-day Paris to help fulfill the desires of a certain class of French women who want to have babies that are half American Indian. Jimmy meets Sophie, the wife of a notorious gangster/politician. Amidst burning cars and societal upheaval, Jimmy and Sophie take each other on a dark downward spiral with shocking results. This is something quite different -- and special -- from C.J. Box. To reserve your copy of NOBLE SAVAGE, email email@example.com.
...Or, what is the ZONE OF DEATH? The new Joe Pickett Novel, FREE FIRE, scheduled for a May 10 debut, is already attracting some attention. Legislation may be introduced in the U.S. Senate by Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi to close the Yellowstone “Zone of Death” loophole. What is the “Zone of Death,” you ask? The legal theory was advanced by Michigan State Law Professor Brian C. Kalt, who served as an invaluable advisor to C.J. Box as he wrote FREE FIRE. We’ll let Professor Kalt explain it as he did in his legal abstract called “The Perfect Crime” published by the Georgetown Law Journal. Abstract: This article argues that there is a 50-square-mile swath of Idaho in which one can commit felonies with impunity. This is because of the intersection of a poorly drafted statute with a clear but neglected constitutional provision: the Sixth Amendment's Vicinage Clause. Although lesser criminal charges and civil liability still loom, the remaining possibility of criminals going free over a needless technical failure by Congress is difficult to stomach. No criminal defendant has ever broached the subject, let alone faced the numerous (though unconvincing) counterarguments. This shows that vicinage is not taken seriously by lawyers or judges. Still, Congress should close the Idaho loophole, not pretend it does not exist. In plain English, this means a murderer could go free given the right set of circumstances – the exact set of circumstances explored in FREE FIRE, where four campers are slaughtered in a remote corner of Yellowstone National Park. Enter Joe Pickett.
The Critics Are Raving... Publishers Weekly *STARRED REVIEW* raves, "...absorbing...his best yet...The author vividly evokes Yellowstone's natural beauty, but the book's real power emanates from Pickett's (and Box's) passion for preserving the wilderness and stopping those who would cynically destroy it." Library Journal *STARRED REVIEW* states, "...Box, winner of the Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry Mystery awards, knows how to turn on the nail-biting suspense and violence until the cliff-hanger of an ending...Highly recommended." Booklist *STARRED REVIEW* says, "...Though Joe's far out in no-man's-land, as professionally on his own as he's ever been, the family man's moral compass is as strong as ever. And setting the action in the bubbling Yellowstone caldera--which could blow sky high any minute, we're told--is a masterstroke, lending both urgency and the long view to the proceedings. Once again, recommended for practically everybody..." Kirkus calls FREE FIRE "One of the Hot Releases of 2007..."
From Berkley / Penguingroup IN PLAIN SIGHT to debut in mass market paperback on May 1, 2007 LIBRARY JOURNAL named IN PLAIN SIGHT as the Best Mystery of 2006 # ISBN-10: 0425215792 # ISBN-13: 978-0425215791 List Price: $7.99 Available for pre-order now and available May 1 everywhere.
Neal Rubin Mystery writer spins tale with prof's findings You need not commit the perfect crime to get away with murder, as long as you pick the perfect place. Please do not consider that to be consumer information. As a general policy, The Detroit News does not encourage murder, or even simple assault. In East Lansing, however, a smart and perhaps alarmingly crafty associate professor found a 50-square-mile loophole in the law that might permit free-and-clear mayhem -- and his discovery has now been immortalized in a novel. "Free Fire," the latest mystery by C.J. Box about a Wyoming game warden named Joe Pickett, arrives in bookstores Thursday. It's inspired by an article in the Georgetown Law Journal by Brian Kalt of the Michigan State University College of Law. Dipping as briefly as possible into the legalities of it, the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says defendants are entitled to be tried by a jury from the state and legal district in which the crime occurred. Heaven knows why Kalt was looking, but he detected an oddity at Yellowstone National Park. The entire 3,472-square-mile park falls into the district of Wyoming, but small chunks of it sit in Idaho and Montana. "Say that you are in the Idaho portion of Yellowstone," Kalt said, "and you decide to spice up your vacation by going on a crime spree. You make some moonshine, you poach some wildlife, you strangle some people and steal their picnic baskets." As quickly as possible, the authorities would hustle you to Cheyenne for trial. But wait: The Constitution plainly says that the jury has to be from the state (Idaho) and district (Wyoming) in which the dastardly deeds were done. That would be Idaho's chunk of Yellowstone, where the population is exactly zero. Since there's no available jury, there can be no trial, which pretty much rules out a conviction. Kalt concedes that lesser charges might be brought in other states. And if you have evil intentions, you'd best act fast; a Wyoming senator is looking into closing the loophole. But for now, I'm thinking of Coleman Young's warning in that memorable first inaugural address: "To all those pushers, to all rip-off artists, to all muggers: It's time to leave Detroit; hit Eight Mile Road!" The part he forgot was, "Then head northwest for 1,550 miles -- and when you get to Old Faithful, turn left." Reach Neal Rubin at (313) 222-1874 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers have named C.J. Box their 2007/2008 Writer of the Year. C. J. Box is the author of the eight novels including the award-winning Joe Pickett series. He’s the winner of the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, the Barry Award, and an Edgar Award and L.A. Times Book Prize finalist. His novels have been cited by the New York Times (2001 Notable Book), Booksense 76, People Magazine, Booklist, and many other publications. His short stories have been featured in America’s Best Mystery Stories 2006 and limited-edition printings. The novels have been national bestsellers and have been translated into 12 languages. FREE FIRE (A Joe Pickett Novel) was published in May of 2007 by Penguin/Putnam and reached #29 on the New York Times Bestseller List. BLUE HEAVEN will be published by St. Martins Press in January 2008. Box is a Wyoming native and has worked as a ranch hand, surveyor, fishing guide, a small town newspaper reporter and editor, and he co-owns an international tourism marketing firm with his wife, Laurie. An avid outdoorsman, He serves on the Board of Directors for the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. Box lives with his family outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming.
FREE FIRE Available on Audio
Recorded Books LLC has announced that the audio version of FREE FIRE will be available on CD and cassette August 27, 2007. The unabridged novel, narrated by actor David Chandler, is 10.75 hours long and costs $18.50 for ten cassettes or ten CD's. The audio version can be ordered at www.recordedbooks.com or from your favorite bookseller.
Meeting Across the River: Stories Inspired by the Haunting Bruce Springsteen Song (edited by Jessica Kaye and Richard Brewer) was released by Bloomsbury USA in the summer of 2005. In addition to the C.J. Box short story "Pirates of Yellowstone" are stories by luminaries including Pam Houston, Eric Garcia, David Corbett, Gregg Hurwitz, and Steve Hamilton and others. The anthology is available at your favorite bookstore, and can be ordered in softcover, or in CD, or MP3 versions. DESCRIPTION: From Booklist The characters in these stories inspired by Bruce Springsteen's song about a promised land, "Meeting across the River," will never grasp or even fully comprehend such a place. For them, as in the song, the promised land remains elusive. The song, of course, leaves a lot of details to the imagination, which allows the contributors to this collection to fill in the blanks. All the song reveals is some small-time hoods, a "last chance" deal that is about to go down across a river, an unnamed narrator, a guy named Eddie, and a reward of "two grand." Will girlfriend Cherry stay? It appears doubtful. On so enigmatic a foundation, 20 diverse stories have been erected, most the work of already published, if not particularly well known, writers who have put their hearts into fleshing out tales of small-time losers, petty criminals, and other assorted misfits who dare to dream of a promised land.