#1 New York Times–bestselling author C. J. Box newest release in the Joe Pickett series.

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.

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The reviews are in...

"In short, this outing is the most suspenseful yet in this world-class series, setting a new standard for Box."

-Publisher's Weekly,  AND BOXED*
A Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2017 Selection

"C.J. Box stuns once again with another gripping, lightning-quick plot that features multiple jaw-dropping moments and several tense action scenes. The competition doesn’t stand a chance when Box is on top of his game, and Vicious Circle is quite possibly his best work yet. A must-read for all thriller and mystery fans!"

-The REAL Book Spy

"...familiar pleasures expertly packaged...first-timers will be intrigued and fans amply rewarded."

-Kirkus Reviews

"We’ve noted previously how the fully fleshed family dynamic is one of this series’ enduring strengths, and that pays dividends here as we viscerally feel Joe’s fear for his loved ones and his powerlessness to protect them. Box masterfully tightens the suspense until we’re caught in a vicious circle of our own and unable to stop reading."


 "The unexpected, suspensful turns will keep readers enthralled.  Another winner for Box."

-Library Journal, *STARRED

"Become a Joe Pickett fan, you won’t be sorry!"

-Daily Republic

"'Vicious Circle' again proves why Box, who has won several awards, including the Edgar, is one of the best storytellers currently on the market."


"'Vicious Circle' might be Box's best book yet, and that's saying something after sixteen solid thrillers in a series that never fails to deliver. It's a pleasure to read along as Box tests Pickett's resolve and stretches his own limits."

-Arizona Republic

"What Box does very well is blend the modern day with the isolated West...very suspenseful and the action never slows down. Besides the riveting plot readers will also feel as if they are in the wilderness with the very descriptive scenes."

-Military Press

"Though it’s deep in the series, this book can be read standalone, and it comes with our recommendation – especially if you want to broaden your cold climate, wilderness noir bookshelf."

-Crime Fiction Lover (UK)

"Box...bring{s} rural Wyoming to life in a way that recalls Ron Rash or Daniel Woodrell...Vicious Circle is a stellar effort..."


"Box's storytelling prowess remains as exceptional as ever, matched this time by masterfully lyrical prose that places him alongside James Lee Burke and John Hart as a preeminent novelist as well, helping to make Vicious Circle a thriller of rare emotional depth that is at once riveting, relentless and impossible to put down."

- Providence Journal

"This storyline is very suspenseful and the action never slows down. Besides the riveting plot readers will also feel as if they are in the wilderness with the very descriptive scenes."

- Black Five

"Box nails it again with a story that lays out the clues and dares you to figure them out. {It} will have you screaming for the next installment. It's a book you'll want around."

-The Guam Daily Post

"this series...continues to be one of the very finest currently being published in any genre."


"There's a reason why Box is consistently at the top of the best-seller lists: He writes a compelling tale that also rings with emotional resonance."

-Associated Press

 “C.J. Box has been bringing Joe Pickett into the lives of fans for a good, long time. Yet even after all the titles surrounding this particular character, Pickett is still a thrilling hero who gives readers memorable adventures each and every time.”

-Suspense Magazine

 “Vicious Circle is perhaps the most intricately plotted installment in the series since its inception; Box never falls into the series trap of caricaturing his protagonist or making him seem larger than life. Pickett remains a good guy fighting the good fight, quietly and for all the right reasons.”


"Tense, violent, heart-searing and with plenty of humanity to go along with the evocative landscape, "Vicious Circle" is a wonderful book."

-New London Day

"Box does an excellent job of writing really frightening episodes in the story."

-Shelby News

"The remote mountain landscape and natural bounty of Twelve Sleep County make for a stunning backdrop to Box's swiftly tangling plots and his sharp eye for little character tells...Vicious Circle brings us the comfort of old friends, old enemies and a tasty bunch of new oddballs and losers."


"Box's expert writing brings both the characters and setting to life, as well as giving the reader something to think about. Nonetheless, he does not neglect plot. The book is fast-moving and the plot is highly engaging. The reader is drawn in as the suspense and violence escalate. This is not an easy book to put down."

-Reviewing the Evidence

"There’s a reason CJ Box is a fan favorite: the man knows how to tell a story...The characters are vivid, the landscape treacherous, and the outcome uncertain..."

-Curled Up

"CJ Box is very big in the United States and deserves to become more appreciated here. Box paints a vivid picture of small-town feuds amid Wyoming’s wide-open spaces."

- London Times

"Engaging, and enjoyable. A very good read in a superb series."

-Crime Watch

"This is a fast-paced page turner with lots of twists and turns...should appeal to all readers."


“[A]n unlikely hero who can barely survive on his paycheck, is decent and honest and continually wrecks his state vehicles in pursuit of poachers, criminals and other bad people.”

- Lincoln Journal-Star