News and Interviews 2016
There's a Section of Yellowstone Where You Can Get Away with Murder
By Jacob Baynham
August 3, 2016
The blood is still drying on Clay McCann's hands when he walks into a remote ranger station, slides a warm gun across the desk, and informs the ranger that he's just killed four campers.
"Do you want me to call a lawyer?" the alarmed ranger asks.
"I am a lawyer," McCann says.
So begins C. J. Box's 2007 thriller Free Fire, the seventh in a book series about a Wyoming game warden. The novel's plot spins on the premise that in an uninhabited, 50-square-mile portion of Yellowstone National Park, you can legally get away with murder.
The book's premise originates from a 14-page article called "The Perfect Crime" by Michigan State University law professor Brian Kalt. The article describes a judicial no-man's land in the Idaho part of Yellowstone, where a person can commit a crime and get off scot-free due to sloppy jurisdictional boundaries.
'Off the Grid,' A Conversation With C.J. Box
03/08/2016 09:00 pm ET
Off the Grid centers around the politically charged topics involving jihadi terrorism and the U.S. government's attempts to deal with it. In light of the San Bernardino attack, will you talk about these issues?
I've done extensive reading on the subject, and was struck by the fact that our government is investigating potential terrorist plots in all fifty states. That seemed remarkable to me, especially when I thought about my home state of Wyoming with its small population.
What kind of activity could be going on here? Then I linked that question up with the fact that there's a huge NSA facility right over the Wyoming border in Bluffdale, Utah. That installation is designed for spying on domestic and international conversations.
Penguin Random House Blog
FEB 19, 2016 RANDOM NOTES
Sixteen novels in, what do you think accounts for the wealth of themes, storylines and characters that have kept your Joe Pickett series fresh and filled with surprises?
Although the first Joe Pickett novel (Open Season) was written as a one-off at the time, the characters, themes, location, and style introduced in that book provided a great framework for the series to grow. I’ve never had to regret the foundation laid in that book. Also, because the books take place in real time the characters mature and change from book to book. For example, Joe Pickett’s daughter Sheridan is seven years old in Open Season and now 22 in Off the Grid. Because the characters get older and benefit (or not) from previous situations in the books I think that helps keep the series fresh. Plus, since each book includes a theme or controversy unique to the story (endangered species, alternative energy, the ethics of hunting, or in the case of Off the Grid — domestic terrorism) they are all stand-alones in their own way.