C.J. Box in the News

Author C.J. Box takes his outside chance at success


'Stone Cold' is his 14th novel featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett


At first blush, Wyoming seems the least likely setting for a bestselling mystery series. After all, with just shy of 600,000 residents, the nation's least-populous state has fewer bipeds than Omaha, Neb., and a violent crime rate that barely registers a pulse. Only recently have the independent-minded citizens of the Cowboy State begun to warm to its unofficial nickname: "The Big Empty."

C.J. Box on The Hugh Hewitt Show (The Highway)


HH: You know, I do about 700 hours of original programming every single year. But at least at the beginning of the year, I know four of those hours, sometimes five or six, are going to be devoted to my favorite authors. Vince Flynn always comes by, Daniel Silva always comes by, Alex Berenson always comes by, and C.J. Box always comes by. And then I have to say four to six, because C.J. usually turns out two books a year. But this year, he has started with his absolute best yet. Well, I have a soft spot for the Yellowstone book, of course, but Breaking Point is the new Joe Pickett novel by C.J. Box. He’s in the studio with me. C.J., welcome back, it’s great to have you.

CJB: It’s great to be here. Thanks for having me back.

HH: Let’s, for the people who have lived in a cave and haven’t listened to the Hugh Hewitt Show, they’re going to run out and buy Breaking Point, but I always say to them that’s fine, they all stand alone, people can buy any of your novels. But they ought to start at the beginning of the Joe Pickett series and work through it. Tell people a little bit about who Joe is before we get to Breaking Point.

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Scaling the mountaintop: C.J. Box continues to sell novels


When C.J. Box’s most recent novel, “The Highway,” debuted at No. 7 on the New York Times bestseller list this week, few were surprised. The Casper-born author’s books have, for the past several years, sold at a comparable clip to novels by Dan Brown, Khaled Hosseini and Robert Galbraith, as J.K. Rowling has taken to calling herself.

“The Highway” is Box’s fifth-consecutive novel to register in the Times’ top 15 and third to make the top 10.

On Monday, he was back at home in Cheyenne following a two-week national book tour, marveling at his place next to Brown and Rowling on the bestseller list.

Box, 54, may be as close to a sure thing as exists in the publishing world, but he still conveys a sense of awe at his own success.

“I can’t quite believe it,” he said in a phone interview. “I think it must be a misprint.”

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