C. J. Box is the author of twelve Joe Pickett novels and two stand-alones, and has won the Edgar, Anthony, Mcavity, Gumshoe, and Barry awards, as well as the French Prix Calibre .38 and a French Elle magazine literary award. His books have been translated into twenty-five languages. He lives outside Cheyenne, Wyoming, with his family.

Book List in Order: 38 titles


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    The return of Cassie Dewell in Treasure State, the latest in the series that inspired the ABC hit series Big Sky, finds Cassie in Montana on the trail of a con man.Investigator Cassie Dewell—now the lead character in this year's most sensational...



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    Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett and his wife Marybeth make separate discoveries that put the Pickett family in a pair of killers’ crosshairs in this thrilling new novel in the bestselling series.A day before the three Pickett girls come home for Th...



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    Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett must accompany a Silicon Valley CEO on a hunting trip--but soon learns that he himself may be the hunted--in the thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author C. J. Box. When the governor of Wyoming ...



  • "A collection of the year''s best mystery short fiction selected by New York Times best-selling and Edgar Award-winning author C. J. Box.C. J. Box , #1 New York Times best-selling author of the hugely popular Joe Pickett series, selects the best sh...



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    Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett must investigate an attempted murder--a crime committed from a confoundingly long distance--in the riveting new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author C. J. Box. When Joe Pickett is asked to join the rescue...



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    The ties that bind can burn you. Former sheriff’s investigator Cassie Dewell is trying to start her life over as in private practice. She’s her own boss and answers to no one, and that’s just the way she likes it after the past few tumultuou...



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    Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett encounters bad behavior on his own turf--only to have the FBI and the DOJ ask him to stand down--in the thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times-bestselling author C.J. Box. The good news is that Joe Pickett has h...



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    Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett has two cases to contend with, both of them lethal, in the electrifying new novel from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author. Wyoming's new governor isn't sure what to make of Joe Pickett, but he has a job for h...



  • She almost caught him once. Now, he’s back. For three years, Investigator Cassie Dewell has been on a hunt for a serial killer known as the Lizard King whose hunting grounds are the highways and truck stops where runaways and prostitutes are mos...







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    The past comes back to haunt game warden Joe Pickett and his family with devastating effect in the thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author C. J. Box. The plane circled in the dark. Joe Pickett could just make out down below a...



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    Nate Romanowski is off the grid, recuperating from wounds and trying to deal with past crimes, when he is suddenly surrounded by a small team of elite professional special operators. They’re not there to threaten him, but to make a deal. They need ...



  • In C.J. Box's Badlands, the town of Grimstad used to be a place people came from but were never headed to. Now it’s the oil capital of North Dakota. With oil comes money, with money comes drugs, and with drugs come the dirtiest criminals Grimstad...



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    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 ward, April, has run off with him. And then comes even worse news: The body of a girl has bee...



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    From C. J. Box, the 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. Over the course of eighteen...



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    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 phil...



  • When two sisters set out across a remote stretch of Montana road to visit their friend, little do they know it will be the last time anyone might ever hear from them again. The girls -- and their car -- simply vanish. Former police investigator ...



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    Breaking Point, however, takes Joe Pickett into uncharted territory. The question is: What will he do when he gets there? It was always good to see Butch Roberson, Joe thought -- a hardworking, upright local business owner whose daughter was frien...



  • Short tales about deadly books, by top mystery authors In frigid Wyoming lies a mystery that stretches back to Nazi Germany. Lyle and Juan wait outside the lawyer's house in ski masks, pistols hidden behind their backs. Shortly after dawn, Paul P...



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    He never wanted to tell Joe Pickett 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. In 1995, Nate was in a secret Special Forces unit abroad w...







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    A chilling short story of death and retribution from the New York Times-bestselling author of "Cold Wind". Twenty-two degrees below zero on a high mountain lake in Wyoming. Game warden Joe Pickett was carefully sliding across to check the license...



  • Cody Hoyt, while a brilliant cop, is an alcoholic struggling with two months of sobriety when his mentor and AA sponsor Hank Winters is found burned to death in a remote mountain cabin. At first it looks like the suicide of a man who's fallen off the...



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    When Earl Alden is found dead, dangling from a wind turbine, it's his wife, Missy, who is arrested. Unfortunately for Joe Pickett, Missy is his mother-in- law, a woman he dislikes heartily, and now he doesn't know what to do-especially when the early...



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    A dramatic short story of justice both old and new from the New York Times-bestselling author of Cold Wind. The West is not the way it’s portrayed in the movies. But when a man from the East brings trouble for Nate Romanowski and his friend Joe Pic...



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    It's Joe Pickett's last week as temporary game warden in the mountain town of Baggs, Wyoming, but his conscience won't let him leave without checking out the strange reports coming from the wilderness: camps looted, tents slashed, elk butchered. Not ...



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    It begins with a phone message: Tell Sherry April called. And suddenly Joe Pickett's family is shaken to the core. April, Pickett's foster daughter, was murdered six years ago. His daughter Sherry starts to believe there's a chance that April is stil...



  • Jack and Melissa McGuane have spent years trying to have a baby. Finally their dream has come true with the adoption of their daughter, Angelina. But nine months after bringing her home, they receive a devastating phone call Angelina's birth father,...



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    It's elk season in the Rockies, but this year a different kind of 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 mounta...



  • A twelve-year-old girl and her younger brother are on the run in the Idaho woods, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder -- four men who know exactly who William and Annie are. And where their mother lives. Retired policemen from L...



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    Joe Pickett's been hired to investigate one of the most cold- blooded mass killings in Wyoming history. Attorney Clay McCann admitted to slaughtering four campers in a backcountry corner of Yellowstone National Park--a "free-fire" zone with no reside...







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    Ranch owner and matriarch Opal Scarlett has vanished under suspicious circumstances during a bitter struggle between her sons for control of her million-dollar empire. Joe Pickett is convinced one of them must have done her in, and when he becomes th...



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    A good friend and fellow game warden has killed himself, and Joe Pickett's been chosen to temporarily run his district. But Jackson, Wyoming, is a far cry from Joe's hometown of Saddlestring--and it doesn't help that now Joe feels compelled to invest...



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    Pickett faces his most baffling--and dangerous--adventure yet... Local authorities are quick to label a rash of animal mutilations as the work of a grizzly bear, but Joe Pickett suspects that something far more sinister is afoot. And when the bodi...



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    It's an hour away from darkness. a bitter winter storm is raging, and Joe Pickett is deep in the forest edging Battle Mountain, shotgun in his left hand. his truck's steering wheel handcuffed to his right -- and Lamar Gardiner's arrow-riddled corpse ...



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    When a massive explosion occurs deep within the forests of Twelve Sleep County and a colorful environmental activist appears to have perished in the blast, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is called in to help investigate. The case is wrapped up quick...



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    "When a high-powered bullet hits living flesh, it makes a distinctive -- pow-WHOP -- sound that is unmistakable even at tremendous distance." And so it begins for Joe Pickett, a Wyoming game warden who, with the shot of a rifle, is thrust into a race...








Complete Series List in Order

Cassie Dewell

1) Badlands (Aug-2015)
2) Paradise Valley (Jul-2017)
3) The Bitterroots (Aug-2019)
4) Treasure State (Oct-2022)

Cody Hoyt

1) Back of Beyond (Aug-2011)
2) The Highway (Aug-2013)

Joe Pickett

1) Open Season (Jul-2001)
2) Savage Run (May-2002)
3) Winterkill (May-2003)
4) Trophy Hunt (Jun-2004)
4.5) The Master Falconer (Apr-2011)
5) Out of Range (May-2005)
6) In Plain Sight (May-2006)
6.5) Dull Knife (Oct-2011)
7) Free Fire (May-2007)
8) Blood Trail (May-2008)
9) Below Zero (Jun-2009)
10) Nowhere to Run (Apr-2010)
11) Cold Wind (Apr-2011)
12) Force of Nature (Mar-2012)
13) Breaking Point (Mar-2013)
14) Stone Cold (Mar-2014)
15) Endangered (Mar-2015)
16) Off the Grid (Mar-2016)
17) Vicious Circle (Mar-2017)
18) The Disappeared (Apr-2018)
19) Wolf Pack (Mar-2019)
20) Long Range (Mar-2020)
21) Dark Sky (Mar-2021)
22) Shadows Reel (Mar-2022)
Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country (Jul-2014)

Multi-Author Series List

Bibliomysteries

3) Pronghorns of the Third Reich (Nov-2012)

Award-Winning Books by C.J. Box

Blue Heaven
2009 Edgar Allan Poe Award -- Novel
Off the Grid
2017 Spur Award -- Contemporary
Open Season
2002 Anthony Award -- First Novel
2002 Macavity Award -- First Mystery