Books by CJ Box

  • Endangered

    Coming March 10, 2015

    New York Times–bestselling writer C. J. Box returns with a thrilling new novel, featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett.

    She was gone. Joe Pickett had good reason to dislike Dallas Cates, even if he was a rodeo champion, and now he has even more—Joe’s eighteen-year-old daughter, April, has run off with him.

  • Shots Fired

    From C. J. Box, the Top Three  New York Times-bestselling author of the Joe Pickett novels, comes a thrilling book of suspense stories about the Wyoming he knows so well—and the dark deeds and impulses that can be found there.

    "The 10 selections, which include four Joe Pickett tales, are filled with Box trademarks: drama, darkness, surprise twists, and a palpable sense of a wild, magnificent, and sometimes cruel Wyoming.” - Publishers Weekly

  • Stone Cold

    The electrifying new Joe Pickett novel from the New York Times bestselling author.

    Everything about the man is a mystery: the massive ranch in the remote Black Hills of Wyoming that nobody ever visits, the women who live with him, the secret philanthropies, the private airstrip, the sudden disappearances. And especially the persistent rumors that the man’s wealth comes from killing people.

  • The Highway

    Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel, the New York Times bestselling author of Back of Beyond and Breaking Point and the creator of the Joe Pickett series is back.

    “If CJ Box isn’t already on your list, put him there.” – USA Today

  • Breaking Point

    Critics called Force of Nature an “amazing” (Associated Press), “outstanding” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune), “warp speed showdown between good and evil” (Denver Post). “This is the best Box I’ve ever read, and I’ve read them all” (Library Journal).

    Breaking Point, however, takes Joe Pickett into uncharted territory. The question is: What will he do when he gets there?

  • Force of Nature

    Joe Pickett never wanted to know about it, but Nate Romanowski always knew trouble was coming out of his past. Now it's here, and it may not only be the battle of his life -- but of Joe's.

  • Back of Beyond

    Edgar winner and New York Times Bestselling author of Cold Wind and Blue Heaven takes nail-biting suspense to a new level on August 2, 2011 with Back of Beyond...  

    Chosen as a Kirkus Reviews "Best of Fiction" for 2011.

    Where do you turn when there’s no turning back?
    “Terrifically entertaining.”  -- BOOKLIST

  • Cold Wind

    C. J. Box's Nowhere to Run was "wonderful" (Denver Post), "terrific" (Chicago Tribune), "outstanding"(Publishers Weekly). His new novel is all of that, and more.

  • Nowhere to Run

    Storm coming...

    The extraordinary new Joe Pickett novel from the Edgar Award-winning author is now available nationwide and garnering unprecedented reviews. Four weeks on the extended New York Times Best Seller List...

    Box’s series is the gold standard,” wrote Library Journal about Below Zero, but never has he written a novel as harrowing as Nowhere to Run.

  • Below Zero

    Edgar Award-winning author C. J. Box was on the New York Times Bestseller List for two weeks the summer of 2009 with this thrilling new novel featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett.

  • Three Weeks to Say Goodbye

    New York Times bestselling author CJ Box’s novels have been called “red hot,” (Booklist) “an edge-of-your-seat read,” (Omaha World-Herald) and “unforgettable, powerful.” (Bookreporter).  Now, he delivers a novel that steals your sleep as much as it wrenches your heart.  It’s a novel that could be anyone’s worst nightmare…

  • Blood Trail

    It’s elk season in the Rockies, but this year one hunter is stalking a different kind of prey. When the call comes in on the radio, Joe Pickett can hardly believe his ears: game wardens have found a hunter dead at a camp in the mountains—strung up, gutted, skinned, and beheaded, as if he were the elk he’d been pursuing. A spent cartridge and a poker chip lie next to his body.

  • Blue Heaven

    WINNER OF THE 2008 EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL... Four weeks on the extended New York Times bestseller list...Optioned for film by producers Michael Besman ("About Schmidt") and Cameron Lamb...Selected by the American Library Association as a 2008 Reading List award winner in the category "Adrenaline"...

    This break-out novel from the author of the New York Times Bestselling Joe Pickett novels is "a non-stop thrill-ride…a provocative suspense novel that has you rooting for the characters every step of the way." -- Harlan Coben

  • Free Fire

    Joe Pickett returns, this time to the wilds of Yellowstone National Park. Deftly plotted and full of intrigue, Free Fire is C.J. Box’s best novel yet.

    Joe Pickett, recently fired from his job as a Wyoming game warden, is working on his father-in-law’s ranch when he receives a visit from the governor. Governor Rulon – a devious but down-home politico – has a special request, one Joe knows he can’t refuse. For weeks, the headlines have been abuzz with the story of Clay McCann, a lawyer who slaughtered four campers in a far-off corner of Yellowstone.

  • In Plain Sight

    J. W. Keeley is a man with a score to settle. He blames one man for the death of his brother: Joe Pickett. And now J.W. is going to make him suffer.

    Spring has finally come to Saddlestring, Wyoming and game warden Joe Pickett is relieved the long, harsh winter is finally over. However, a cloud of trouble threatens to spoil the milder weather—local matriarch and ranch owner 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 valley apart.

  • Out of Range

    Game Warden Joe Pickett returns in a twisting, action-packed tale of greed, power, and murder. And meat.

    "In the crowded field of crime fiction, C.J. Box has quickly established himself as an original voice. When I came across the world of Joe Pickett, I was reminded of the time I discovered the work of Tony Hillerman. Like Hillerman, Box is exploring new territory. He is fresh, captivating, and has something to say." - Michael Connelly

  • Trophy Hunt

    This time, I wanted to write a mystery. Of course, the previous Joe Pickett novels are considered mysteries, or thrillers set in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming. With Trophy Hunt, I set out to construct a full-fledged mystery filled with death and deception that will keep the reader in suspense until the last pages – and, I hope, thinking about it long afterward. 

  • Winterkill

    WINTERKILL is one of the TOP TEN MYSTERIES OF 2003 according to Oline Cogdill of the South Florida Sun Sentinal: "Few mystery authors who use the environment as a plot foundation are as even-handed and clear-eyed as Box. In his third novel, Box blends the hot-button issue of survivalists, the FBI interventions at Waco and Ruby Ridge and personal freedom into a thrilling and heart-wrenching plot."

  • Savage Run

    Laconic Joe Pickett returns to his slightly offbeat duties in Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains in C. J. Box's Savage Run. Joe is called to the scene when an exploding cow kills a famous ecoterrorist, Stewie Woods, and his bride of three days, who were peacefully spiking trees. A visit to the cow's pugnacious owner leaves Joe defensive, angry, and curious: Why doesn't the rancher ask any questions about the bizarre accident that happened on his land?

  • Open Season

    Open Season has been pronounced "something special," (Booklist), and it lives up to the billing. It is not C.J. Box's skill at plotting (the story of greedy business interests and local corruption is fine, but familiar), but rather the character of hero Joe Pickett, a Wyoming game warden, that makes this a series kickoff to remember. Like all the best mystery protagonists, Pickett is stubbornly ready to risk everything when his own personal sense of morality is at stake. But Joe is also a guy who sometimes gets things wrong, and this characteristic of messing up adds a dimension of humanity to the book.

  • Badlands

    The Edgar Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author is back with a masterpiece of suspense set in a time and place that readers won’t soon forget.

    “Brilliant…the most effective of his thrillers since his Edgar-winning Blue Heaven.” - Booklist *STARRED* Review

    Twenty miles across the North Dakota border, where the scenery goes from rolling grass prairie to pipeline fields, detective Cassie Dewell has been assigned as the new deputy sheriff of Grimstad—a place people used to be from, but were never headed to. Grimstad is now the oil capital of North Dakota. With oil comes money, with money comes drugs, and with drugs come the dirtiest criminals hustling to corner the market.