THE BITTERROOTS Debuts at #2 on the NYT Bestsellers List

We’re pleased to announce that THE BITTERROOTS debuted at #2 on the combined hardcover and ebooks list for fiction on August 25 in the New York Times. It garnered #3 for hardcover fiction. The novel also debuted in the top five for the Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today.

THE BITTERROOTS was the second C.J. Box novel to debut at #2 in the NYT in 2019.

At the Wall Street Journal, it reached #4 on the eBook Fiction and Combined Print/eBook Fiction lists, and #5 on the Hardcover Fiction list.

THE BITTERROOTS also nabbed the #4 spots on the Apple iBooks list and the USA Today General list. It’s entering its third week in the top 10 on the Publisher’s Weekly Hardcover Fiction list, where it debuted at #3. It has remained in the top 10 on the Barnes & Noble Hardcover Fiction list, and it’s an ABA IndieBound Bestseller.

THE BITTERROOTS is Available August 13, 2019

A riveting new novel from New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author C. J. Box.

The ties that bind can burn you.

Former sheriff’s investigator Cassie Dewell is trying to start her life over as in private practice. She’s her own boss and answers to no one, and that’s just the way she likes it after the past few tumultuous years. All that certainty changes when an old friend calls in a favor: she wants Cassie to help exonerate a man accused of assaulting a young woman from an influential family. 

Against her own better judgment, Cassie agrees. But out by the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana, twisted family loyalty runs as deep as the ties to the land, and there's always something more to the story. The Kleinsassers have ruled this part of Montana for decades, and the Iron Cross Ranch is their stronghold. They want to see Blake Kleinsasser, the black sheep of the family, put away forever for the assault. As Cassie attempts to uncover the truth, she must fight against a family whose roots are tangled and deadly―as well as the ghosts of her own past that threaten to bring her down. 

With The Bitterroots, master storyteller C. J. Box delivers another searing novel of loyalty, lies, and lethal retribution.

WOLF PACK Debuts at #2 on the NYT Best Seller List

We sincerely thank all of our readers for making WOLF PACK the biggest debut in Joe Pickett history. It debuted at #2 on the New York Times Best Sellers list for hardcover fiction AND combined hardcover and eBook sales. It also debuted at #2 on the Wall Street Journal list and #3 on the USA Today list. The novel remained on the NYT list for five consecutive weeks. We salute you!

WOLF PACK is Available on March 12, 2019

In his nineteenth crime novel featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett, #1 New York Times bestselling author C.J. Box's WOLF PACK (G.P. Putnam's Sons; March 12, 2019; $27.00)examines the clash between nature and twenty-first century technology in the American West.   Pickett, the righteous lawman and consummate family man, is pitted against a mysterious drone that has appeared in the local skies, terrifying wildlife. As they investigate the identity of the owner of the drone and his curious intentions, Pickett and another local game warden - one of the few women at work in the field, based on a real person - encounter a more complex web of crime involving a dangerous drug cartel and the shrouded realities why the pilot seems to live a charmed life being protected by the Department of Justice and two FBI agents.

Katelyn Hamm, the game warden in the territory neighboring Joe's, is patrolling the meadows during the spring thaw when she comes upon a herd of deer being wrangled and terrified by a hovering drone. Spotting a white SUV making a getaway toward Joe's jurisdiction, she warns him. Joe is also baffled by the mysterious aircraft, and it leads him to an enigmatic man named Bill Hill who has recently moved to the area. Joe has his suspect, but there is a complication: Bill Hill's son Justin is dating Joe's youngest daughter, Lucy.

Meanwhile, in Arizona, four vicious killers have slaughtered three people in their suburban Scottsdale home. They are the Wolf Pack, operatives for the notorious Sinaloa cartel and they are searching for someone called Ernie Mecca. Now they are heading north to Wyoming to further the search. Joe and Katelyn are unaware of the violence headed to their sparsely populated corner of the world. When FBI agents show up at Katelyn's door and tell her to stand down, Joe's suspicions are heightened. And Joe's instincts are usually right.

"It's difficult to come up with new superlatives to describe C. J. Box's Joe Pickett series," says the Providence Journal, "thriller writing at its very best, as big and broad as the Wyoming landscape painted in shades mixed perfectly between dark and light." Lee Child calls C.J. Box "one of today's solid-gold, A-list, must-read writers," and The Globe and Mailgets right to the point saying "C.J. Box is one of America's finest mystery authors."

" of his most tightly wound tales, with more thrills than a snowy road on a steep mountain and more authority than the governor of Wyoming." -Kirkus Reviews 

"As always, Box takes familiar elements of his long running series...and seamlessly combines them into a read that makes your heart race, even though you won't leave the couch until you've turned the last page. Half mystery, half thriller, totally worthwhile...You can just about set your watch by a Joe Pickett novel in March; the number-one-best-selling author's legion of fans will be counting down the minutes." -Booklist 

"Box has made a strong case to stand among the luminaries of modern crime fiction." -Crime Reads

"Box continues to find brilliant new ways to shake things up...C.J. Box's Joe Pickett franchise is good enough to go toe-to-toe with any other series in print today, regardless of genre . . . and Wolf Pack is the most unexpected, relentless, and action-packed novel he's ever written." -The Real Book Spy

THE DISAPPEARED Set to Debut March 27

Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett has two cases to contend with, both of them lethal, in the electrifying new novel from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author.

Wyoming’s new governor isn’t sure what to make of Joe Pickett, but he has a job for him that is extremely delicate. A prominent British businesswoman never came home from the high-end guest ranch she was visiting, and the British Embassy is pressing hard.

Pickett knows that happens sometimes – these ranches are stocked with handsome young cowboys, and “ranch romances” aren’t uncommon. But no sign of her months after she vanished? That suggests something else.

At the same time, his friend Nate Romanowski has asked Joe to intervene with the feds on behalf of an issue passionately felt by falconers, but inexplicably being blocked. It seems like a matter of lesser importance to Joe right now, but the more he digs into both cases, the more someone is trying to stop him. Is it because of the missing woman or the falconers? Or are they somehow connected?

The answers, when they come, will be even worse than Joe could even have imagined.

Why CJ Box Characters Wear CINCH

As I write this piece in my office above our barn in Wyoming, I realize I’m wearing a CINCH shirt and jeans and I didn’t even plan on it. It’s just what I wear. 

Many of you might be familiar with my novels including the Joe Pickett series. Joe is a Wyoming game warden who lives with his growing family in the fictional town of Saddlestring located in the Bighorn Mountains. There are seventeen books in the series and I’m working on The Disappeared – the 18th – right now.

Read the full blog here.


PARADISE VALLEY debuts at #4 on the NYT Bestseller List

C.J. Box has done it again – PARADISE VALLEY is #4 on the New York Times hardcover fiction list! And it’s heading up lists across the country – read on for more:

PARADISE VALLEY’s #4 spot makes it the highest-charting installment in the Highway Quartet, just barely edging out BADLANDS, which peaked at #5 on the NYT list.

It’s also #5 on the Publishers Weekly list, #6 on the Barnes & Noble list, #8 on the Wall Street Journal list, and #10 on the USA Today list!

OFF THE GRID Wins 2017 Spur Award for Best Contemporary Novel

WWA announces 2017 Spur Award winners

...Since 1953, Western Writers of America has promoted and honored the best in Western literature with the annual Spur Awards, selected by panels of judges. Awards, for material published last year, are given for works whose inspiration, image and literary excellence best represent the reality and spirit of the American West...

...New York Times best-selling mystery writer C.J. Box picked up his first Spur. Previously honored with the Edgar Alan Poe Award from Mystery Writers of America in 2009, the Western Heritage Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 2016, and countless other awards, Box won in the Contemporary Western Novel for Off the Grid, one of his popular novels about Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. Box’s first novel in that series, Open Season, was a Spur finalist in 2002.

Details here:

Check Out The Cover Of VICIOUS CIRCLE...

The past comes back to haunt game warden Joe Pickett and his family with devastating effect in the thrilling new novel from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author.
The plane circled in the dark. Joe Pickett could just make out down below a figure in the snow and timber, and then three other figures closing in. There was nothing he could do about it. And Joe knew that he might be their next target.
            The Cates family had always been a bad lot. Game warden Joe Pickett had been able to strike a fierce blow against them when the life of his daughter April had been endangered, but he’d always wondered if there’d be a day of reckoning. He’s not wondering any longer. Joe knows they’re coming after him and his family now. He has his friend Nate by his side, but will that be enough this time? All he can do is prepare . . . and wait for them to make the first move.

Publication day: March 21, 2017


CJ Box Wins 2016 Western Heritage Award for Literature

The National Cowboy Museum and Western Heritage Center in Oklahoma City awarded its 2016 Literature Award to C.J. Box for Endangered (2015).

You can view his acceptance speech via the Wrangler Network here:

Past winners for this award have included The Poacher’s Daughter by Michael Zimmer (Five Star/Cengage Gale) in 2015, The Son by Philipp Meyer (HarperCollins) in 2014, Unbroke Horses  by D.B. Jackson (Goldsminds Publishing) in 2013, rode by Thomas Fox Averill (University of New Mexico) in 2012, Impatient with Desire by Gabrielle Burton (Hyperion Books) in 2011, and The Sundown Chaser by Dusty Richards (Berkley) in 2010.


Off The Grid Debuts at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List

Off the Grid, the 16th Joe Pickett novel, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Book Review for Hardcover Fiction on March 27, 2016.  It also debuted at #1 on Bookscan and Publishers Weekly the same week.

Additionally, Off The Grid debuted at #3 for E-Book Best Sellers on the New York Times and #2 for Combined Print and E-Book Best Sellers.

A sincere thank you to all the readers for making this happen.

News On The Joe Pickett Television Series

There won't be one. We have withdrawn the project from the producers who were in charge of developing and placing a series.

Why? We didn't like the direction they were going. It is of paramount importance that if a Joe Pickett series is ever produced and broadcast that it maintain the characters, storylines, sequence, themes, location, and narrative integrity of the books. Naming actors "Joe Pickett" or "Marybeth" or "Nate Romanowski" and creating wholly new personalities and motivations for them in a faux-Wyoming location won't cut it.

If and when there is ever a Joe Pickett television series we owe it to our readers and ourselves to present a quality product based on the unique world of the novels - not shaped by the brand of the network or the predilections of the producers. We want to be proud of the end result.

A television series (or movie) is not the be-all and end-all for a novelist.

What is the be-all and end-all? Meeting the expectations of enthusiastic and dedicated readers of the Joe Pickett series book by book. We don't want to let you down. And we can hold out until we're absolutely assured it will be done right.