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."
"...one 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