Fishing in the Sea of Cortez with two of my favorite friends and authors: John Lescroart and T. Jefferson Parker. Photo by Gary Bulla.
Caught this sixty-pound Roosterfish in the Sea of Cortez on a fly. Forty-five minutes later it was in the boat and then released. What a great fish!
Paradise Valley Signing
Thanks, Warwick's in La Jolla (near San Diego)!
Laramie County Library
Sisters on the Fly
C.J. had a great time meeting with the outdoor women's group Sisters on the Fly in Saratoga
This picture was taken at the Country Bookshelf in Bozeman, MT
Crimefest 2017 in Bristol, England
Taking Edgar Award out for its daily walk
(Kidding! The Edgar Awards requested a photo for a project they're doing.)
Western Heritage Award
CJB accepts the Western Heritage Award for Literature Endangered at the 2016 ceremony that took place at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
Look what greeted fliers at most airports in the country in March of 2015.
Dogs like CJ Box too!
G.P.Putnam Editor-In-Chief Neil Nyren and CJB celebrate the news that ENDANGERED debuts at #2 on the New York Times Bestseller List
CJB Meets Dave Barry
CJ met Dave Barry in St. Louis during the STONE COLD tour.
CJB and bestselling author Jacqueline Winspear were the guests of Poisoned Pen owner Barbara Peters on a lovely vintage train ride in Arizona.
Rick Holderman, editor of the California Hawking Club journal, brought a falcon and attended a book signing in San Diego. The club published falconry excerpts from Force of Nature in their journal.
Highlands Ranch, Denver
C.J. Box debuts THE HIGHWAY before 320 fans at the Highlands Ranch Library in July of 2013.
Jardin de Tuileries
During a walk around the Jardin de Tuileries in Paris, Julia Rittenberg took this candid shot of a French reader (she’s reading the French version of Three Weeks To Say Goodbye).
C.J. Box Meets The Sacketts
BREAKING POINT, the 13th Joe Pickett novel, is loosely based on an outgrageous overreach by the EPA against Mike and Chantell Sackett of Idaho. Here, CJB meets the Sacketts at a fundraiser for the Pacific Legal Foundation, who defended the couple and won a 9-0 U.S. Supreme Court victory.
Poisoned Pen, 2012
Wonderful readers pack Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale in March of 2012 for the Force of Nature tour.
In The Bahamas
C.J. proudly displays a four-pound bonefish caught on a fly off Grand Bahama in 2013.
Joe Pickett Fans in Arkansas
The lovely Cindy Lawrence and her daughter Caitlin Straton wore matching "I Love Joe Pickett" shirts to the Books in Bloom Book Festival in Eureka Springs, Arkansas in May, 2012.
Micheal Connelly, C.J. Box, Lee Child
Micheal Connelly, C.J. Box, and Lee Child are all published in France by Calmann-Levy. This photo was taken at a dinner party hosted by the publisher in March of 2012.
Lyon, France, 2012
A photographer asked C.J. Box to "look menacing" for a photo at the Quais du Polar book festival in Lyon in March, 2012. Then he asked him to write something on a chalk board.
The Real John Nemecek
Cheyenne resident John Nemecek was the high bidder to have his name in a book at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Volunteer Crisis Fund dinner. He didn't know at the time his name would be used as Nate Romanowski's one-time mentor and nemesis in FORCE OF NATURE (2012).
On the Highway
Montana-based long-haul truckers Butch and Dana Preston were kind enough to let C.J. Box tag along in their truck from Billings to Chicago in February of 2012. The purpose of the trip was to help with research for a future stand-alone tentatively called THE HIGHWAY. The Prestons couldn't have been better hosts.
Dallas Cowboys Stadium
C.J. was the guest of Dallas Cowboys CFO George Mitchell for the Oct. 24, 2011 Cowboys vs. Rams game.
This big dorado (Mahi-Mahi) was caught on a flyrod in the Sea of Cortez in 2011.
North Platte River Brown
This fine brown trout was caught on the North Platte River in September, 2011.
Nic "Slim" Cheetham of Corvus is the publisher of the C.J. Box novels throughout the United Kingdom.
CJ and Daisy
Photo by Molly Box.
This Yellowfin was landed on a 10-wt. flyrod in the Sea of Cortez.
On The Bighorn River, 2010
Paul Winer owns the Desert Oasis Bookstore in Quartzsite, Arizona. He is a nudist. That's C.J. on the right.
One Big Cutthroat
C.J. Box proudly holds out the biggest cutthroat trout he's ever caught. We're talking 25 inches and 7/8 pounds. On an 8-wt flyrod. At a secret undisclosed location in Montana. As always, no fish were killed in the making of this photograph.
The .500 Wyoming Express
C.J. Box test fires the new .500 Wyoming Express revolver manufactured by Freedom Arms in Freedom, Wyoming. Research can be fun.
On Top of The World
Doing research for an upcoming Joe Pickett novel, C.J. Box got permission to climb 250 ft. up the tower ladder to check out the top of a wind turbine in Wyoming.
C.J. Box shows off a Dorado (Mahi-Mahi) caught with a fly-rod in the Sea of Cortez in September of 2009.
CJ and RJ
C.J. Box participated in the Denver Kappa Kappa Gamma Books and Authors event in September of 2009 to help raise money for Craig Hospital. He shared the stage with movie icon (and author) Robert Wagner. A good time was had by all.
Lewis and Clark Sheriff's Department
Edgar Awards / NYC
After winning the Edgar Award, C.J. Box met with MWA Grandmaster award winners Sue Grafton and James Lee Burke.
Edgar Awards / NYC
C.J. Box with the Edgar Award for Best Novel for BLUE HEAVEN presented by the Mystery Writers of America in April, 2009.
Maine Deer Camp
Maine hunters and readers (clockwise from top left) Dave Barter, Bill Leach, Tom Jutrus, and Cliff Hoover display C.J. Box novels during a recent hunt at their deer camp near the Quebec Border.
Among the Horses
Photo By Roger Carey, 2008.
Among the Horses, Pt. Two
Photo By Roger Carey, 2008.
T. Jefferson Parker
Novelist and friend T. Jefferson Parker joined C.J. Box for the 2008 Laramie County Library Foundation fundraiser in Cheyenne.
C.J. Box with his French editor Robert Pepin in June of 2008. Editions de Seuil has published all of the novels in France. Doesn't Mr. Pepin look good in his new chapeau?
Bill Gordon (readers may recognize that name from BLOOD TRAIL) and Suzanne Marquez of Joseph Beth Booksellers in Lexington. For the 2008 BLOOD TRAIL tour, the fine booksellers of Joseph Beth donned black hats and continued to make Lexington one of the major highlights of the tour.
On The Encampment
C.J. Box proudly displays the first trout caught on the Encampment River in April of 2008. Later that day, it started snowing.
Yellowstone By Horseback
In the Fall of 2007, C.J. and his Gauntlet fishing buddies packed deep into Yellowstone on horseback. This is C.J. on Strawberry.
This photo is being used for the German edition of BLUE HEAVEN (January, 2008). Perhaps one of the few photos of C.J.Box without his black Stetson and looking particularly like the author of a thriller. You decide.
Festival of the Dark Book
Author Tim Cockey (left), and C.J. Box (right) participate in a panel discussion (in the center is French translator Didier) at the Festival International du Roman Noir de Frontignan la Peyrade in the South of France. C.J. thinks he is speaking like locals by using his hands to talk. Photo by Laurie Box.
Sheridan, My Sheridan
Judy Fuller of the Sheridan Friends of the Library presents C.J. Box with a “CJ” brand for being the speaker at the annual event, which also worked out to be the Wyoming debut of TROPHY HUNT. Many readers have noted the similarities between fictional Saddlestring and actual Sheridan in the Joe Pickett books. Hmmm.
Tim Sandlin has gone from crazy Wyoming writer (Sex and Sunsets, Sorrow Floats, Skipped Parts, Honey Don’t, etc.) to crazy Wyoming icon. C.J. Box participated in the Jackson Hole Writers Conference, organized by Sandlin, and visited with him at his Gros Ventre mountain cabin. Dog is unknown.
Bill, Taylor, and C.J.
Wyoming game warden Bill Haley and his daughter Taylor (who is very much like Sheridan Pickett) visit with C.J. Box during a "Christmas in Centennial" (Wyoming) event in December of 2004.
Ed and Pat Thomas of Book Carnival in L.A. embraced the Joe Pickett novels since the very first one, OPEN SEASON, and have been great supporters ever since. Ed, who reads everything and is respected for his opinion on books (and politics!) said TROPHY HUNT was the best one yet. And if you read Michael Connelly, you’ll recognize the name Ed Thomas from THE NARROWS. Yup, that’s him.
Once Upon A Crime
C.J. Box meets Patricia Frovarp and Gary Shulze of Once Upon A Crime in Minneapolis, a charming store where the owners REALLY know their inventory. If you go there, ask to see the secret back room, where things really get interesting.
James Lee Burke
C.J. Box with crime novel icon James Lee Burke at the Montana Festival of the Book in Missoula in September, 2005. They were on a panel called "Tough Guys." Photo by Pamela Burke.
Pheasants in Wyoming
A misinformed reader from Florida sent an angry email "correction" stating that he had read SAVAGE RUN and wanted to point out that the author made an error because there were NO pheasants in Wyoming. Pictured here are Kurt (l) and C.J. (r) Box, miserable failures at "catch-and-release" pheasant hunting. Photo taken near Hawk Springs, Wyoming.
Monster begat Imitation
In Tours, France, C.J.Box tries to scare passers-by by imitating a metal monster that exists for no comprehensible reason on a side street.
C.J. Box signs TROPHY HUNT for a long line of readers at Book Carnival in Los Angeles.
Behold, The Gauntleteers
The Gauntleteers appear for a second adventure, this time in Eastern Pennsylvania, courtesy of host author Brian Wiprud. We all learned what a pickeral is. It's a fish with huge, hairy teeth. Featured (l-r) are authors Brian Wiprud, T. Jefferson Parker, C.J. Box, and Ken Wilson. Photo by remote control.
American crime fiction novelist C.J. Box doesn't appreciate a castle in the Loire Valley in France and wishes he could order beer and chicken wings in the café to get him through the day.
C.J. and Belle
15-year-old labrador Belle poses with C.J. near his corral.
Have Your Cake and Read It Too
Murder by the Book in Denver has a cool tradition of replicating book covers on cakes, and they did an especially good job with TROPHY HUNT.
Game Warden Mark Nelson
Wyoming game warden Mark Nelson -- the official game warden consultant to C.J. Box -- catches and releases a beautiful brown trout on the Encampment River in Wyoming in May, 2007. FREE FIRE was released as well, a week later.
The Gauntlet 2005
This 16-inch rainbow was caught in the upper San Juaquin River in September of 2005 on the annual Gauntlet fishing trip, consisting of authors T. Jefferson Parker, Brian Wiprud, and Ken Wilson. C.J. is biting Brian's 5-weight rod in the photo. Photo by Brian Wiprud.
An Inconvenient Truth
C.J. Box tries to battle global warming on the side of his house in Wyoming but fails miserably during the Winter of 2007.
Wyoming National Guard troops Spc. Craig Hysell, Jake Dempster, and Sgt. Chris Urman sent this photo of their signed collection of C.J. Box books from their base in Iraq. We thank them for their service and for this great photo.
C.J. Box and two of his daughters backpack into Yellowstone National Park in 2006. This elk skull and antlers was found along the trail.
Working Chute #2 At Cheyenne Frontier Days
In the early 1990's, C.J. Box worked the bucking chutes at Cheyenne Frontier Days and was assigned Chute #2. Here he is (far right) with fellow bucking chutes volunteers (l-r) Dick Larken, Jack Miller, Doug Gaptor, and Bill Holm.
With John Sandford, Thrillerfest '16
With Tess Garritsen, Thrillerfest '16
Wyoming Women's Center
Talking with incarcerated women readers in Lusk, Feb. 2015.
This 95-pound tarpon was caught (and released) near San Juan, PR.
At the 2009 Edgar Awards
(L-R) T. Jefferson Parker, Meg Gardiner, James Lee Burke, CJB.
North Platte River, WY
CJ and Ace Atkins
CJ and fellow Putnam author and bestseller Ace Atkins prepare to explore some Wyoming back-country in the fall of 2016.
With "Goosebumps" Author RL Stine
With Author Sandra Brown in Dallas
Launch Party for THE HIGHWAY KIND
In Scottsdale at the Poisoned Pen to celebrate the November, 2016 launch of the anthology THE HIGHWAY KIND with contributors Gary Phillips, Diana Gabaldon, Patrick Millikin (Ed.), and James Sallis.