C. J. Box - Author

About the Author

C. J. Box   is the winner of an Anthony Award, the Prix Calibre .38, the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, the Barry Award and the 2009 Edgar Award for Best Novel. His novels are US bestsellers and have been translated into 21 languages. Box lives with his family outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

 

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Recent critical acclaim for C J Box:

 

'another cracking thriller packed with suspense' Daily Mirror

 

'Gripping and expertly constructed' The Sunday Times

 

'One of the best thrillers of the year.  C J Box owes me a night's sleep' Tess Gerritsen

 

'An unusual, intelligent thriller that resonates long after the last page is turned' George Pelacanos

 

'A non-stop thrill ride that has you rooting for the characters every step of the way' Harlan Coben

 

'One of today's solid gold A list must-read thrillers' Lee Child

 

'Box delivers the goods' Robert Crais

 

'In the crowded field of crime fiction, C J Box has quickly established himself as an original voice.  he is fresh, captivating, and has something to say' Michael Connelly

Featured books by C. J. Box

Shots Fired

Shots Fired

Author: C. J. Box Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/07/2014

'One of the most talented thriller writers at work today.' Ten stories from international bestseller C.J. Box, full of dark deeds and dangerous impulses. In 'Shots Fired', one of four Joe Pickett stories, Joe's investigation into a radio call threatens to become his last. In 'Pirates of Yellowstone', two Eastern Europeans, strangers in a strange land, find our just how ruthless American tough guys can be. In 'Le Sauvage Noble', a Lakota Indian takes a job at Disneyland Paris acting the 'noble savage' until he meets a woman who shows him what savage really means. These gripping tales are proof, once again, of why Box is a force to be reckoned with.

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The Highway

The Highway

Author: C. J. Box Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/05/2014

There's a killer on the road. A predator who calls himself the Lizard King. And two young women are lost in his hunting grounds...It was Danielle and Gracie's secret. A teenage adventure. A 1,000 mile drive along the spine of the Rocky Mountains to visit Danielle's boyfriend in Montana. Their parents were never to know. But now the girls have simply vanished. The only person who knows they're missing is Danielle's boyfriend. He persuades his father - a disgraced, suspended cop - to search for them. But he too simply disappears...

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Stone Cold

Stone Cold

Author: C. J. Box Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/03/2014

Everything about the man is a mystery: the secluded ranch in the Black Hills, the women who live with him, the secret philanthropies, the private airstrip, the sudden disappearances. And the persistent rumors that his wealth comes from killing people. Game warden Joe Pickett owes Wyoming's Governor a favour, so he can't refuse the clandestine order to head north and find out what Medicine Wheel County's reclusive multi-millionaire is up to. Joe's not the first investigator to arrive in Medicine Wheel, but after his predecessor burned to death in a hotel fire, will he be the first to leave alive? As winter's first storm closes in, Joe will that there's more than one stone-cold killer stalking the Black Hills.

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Back of Beyond

Back of Beyond

Author: C. J. Box Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2012

Another cracking stand-alone crime novel from the award-winning U.S. crime writer. A washed up but brilliant cop finds the mentor he has relied on to keep him ‘on the wagon’ burnt to death in a remote log cabin. The start of a relentless, compelling story that constantly springs surprises and makes you keep turning the pages.

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Nowhere to Run

Nowhere to Run

Author: C. J. Box Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/2011

A Maxim Jakubowski Great Male Crime Sleuth. Game Warden Joe Pickett is a major star in the USA, having already headlined over a dozen cases. His adventures are finally being released properly in the UK at the rate of a title per month. This is chronologically his 10th outing. A gentle, married man with a keen sense of justice, he patrols the Wyoming Mountains and rights wrongs with a passion. The cowboy, with obligatory hat, as modern sleuth.

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Open Season

Open Season

Author: C. J. Box Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2011

Open Season by C. J. Box

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Blue Heaven

Blue Heaven

Author: C. J. Box Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2011

  Winner of the 2009 Edgar Award for best novel.   Cracking, pacey and well written thriller focusing on a group of retired Los Angeles policemen. One who is trying to solve the murder case he can’t let drop, the others, driven into situations they never planned for, trying to cover it up. Don’t miss the author'sThree Weeks to say Goodbye , which is just as good.  

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Three Weeks to Say Goodbye

Three Weeks to Say Goodbye

Author: C. J. Box Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2010

A cracking thriller that kept me guessing right through to the end.  Even when I began to get an idea about what linked everyone together, there were still plenty of unknowns to keep me turning the pages fast.  It’s got a very nasty paedophile centre, a high body count and lots going on, a good story, well written and highly recommended. Comparison: Linwood Barclay, Harlan Coben, Lisa Gardner.

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Other books by C. J. Box

C.J. Box Highway Quartet Collection

C.J. Box Highway Quartet Collection

Author: C. J. Box Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/08/2017

Here together in a convenient ebook bundle, the four thrilling mysteries in the Highway Quartet Collection from Edgar Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author C.J. Box: Back of Beyond Cody Hoyt, although a brilliant cop, is an alcoholic struggling with two months of sobriety when his friend Hank Winters turns up dead in a remote mountain cabin. At first it looks like suicide, but Cody knows Hank better than that. As Cody digs deeper into the case, all roads lead to foul play. After years of bad behavior with his department, Cody in no position to be investigating a homicide. But he will stop at nothing to find out who murdered Hank. And why... The Highway 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. Convinced by his son and his former rookie partner, Cassie Dewell, former police investigator Cody Hoyt begins the drive to the girls' last known location. As Cody makes his way to the stretch of highway where they went missing, Cassie discovers that Gracie and Danielle Sullivan aren't the first girls who have disappeared in this area. This majestic landscape is the hunting ground for a killer. Can Cassie overcome her doubts and lack of experience and use her innate skill? Can Cody Hoyt battle his own demons and find this killer before another victim vanishes on the highway?BadlandsTwelve-year-old Kyle Westergaard dreams of getting out of Grimstad and leading a better life. One day, while delivering newspapers, he witnesses a car accident and takes a mysterious bundle from the scene. Suddenly he's in possession of a lot of money-and packets of white powder-and Kyle can't help but wonder whether his luck has changed...for better or for worse. When a gang war heats up, it's up to Cassie Dewell to help restore law and order. As she is propelled on a collision course with a murderous enemy, she finds that the key to it all might come in the most unlikely form: a boy on a bike named Kyle. He seems to know something that Cassie does not about what lies beneath the surface of this small and troubled town... Paradise Valley 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 most likely to vanish. Cassie almost caught him...once. Now, she has set what she believes is the perfect trap. But the plan goes horribly wrong, and the blame falls on Cassie. Disgraced, she loses her job. At the same time, Kyle Westergaard, has disappeared and Kyle's grandmother begs Cassie to find him. Cassie agrees-all the while hunting the truck driver. Kyle's disappearance may have a more sinister meaning than anyone realizes. With no allies, no support, and only her own wits to rely on, Cassie must take down a killer who is as ruthless as he is cunning.

Edge of Winter

Edge of Winter

Author: C. J. Box Format: Ebook Release Date: 14/02/2017

An e-book bundle of the first three Joe Pickett novelsOpen Season:There's nothing unusual about the sound of a gunshot in Twelve Sleep. Here in remotest Wyoming, where elk roam the pine forests and cougars prowl the mountains, everyone owns a gun. But when Joe Pickett hears two sharp cracks ring out months before hunting season, it's his job to investigate the first murder he's ever encountered. Battling grudge-holding neighbours, corrupt officials and out-of-town activists, Joe begins to unravel a mystery that threatens the life and the family he loves.Savage Run:Game warden Joe Pickett is called to a bizarre crime scene deep within the forests of Twelve Sleep County, Wyoming. The case is wrapped up too quickly, and Joe's search for the truth leads him ever deeper into the wilderness of the Bighorn Mountains. With two unlikely allies at his side, and two hired killers on his heels, Joe can't avoid the legendary Savage Run - a treacherous, isolated canyon with no crossing...Winterkill: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 splayed against the tree in front of him. Lamar's murder and the sudden onslaught of the snowstorm warn: Get off the mountain. But Joe knows this episode is far from over. Somewhere in the dense timber, a killer draws his bowstring - with Joe as his prey...

Badlands

Badlands

Author: C. J. Box Format: Ebook Release Date: 28/07/2015

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's new deputy sheriff Cassie Dewell has ever encountered. . .Twelve-year-old Kyle Westergaard dreams of getting out of Grimstad and leading a better life. Even though Kyle has been written off as a "e;slow"e; kid, he has dreams deeper than anyone can imagine. One day, while delivering newspapers, he witnesses a car accident and takes a mysterious bundle from the scene. Suddenly he's in possession of a lot of money-and packets of white powder-and Kyle can't help but wonder whether his luck has changed...for better or for worse."e;Suspenseful-you can't put it down.''-Library JournalWhen the temperature drops to 30 below and a gang war heats up, it's up to Cassie to help restore law and order. But is she in over her head? As she is propelled on a collision course with a murderous enemy, she finds that the key to it all might come in the most unlikely form: a boy on a bike named Kyle. He keeps showing up where he doesn't belong. And he seems to know something that Cassie does not about what lies beneath the surface of this small and troubled town... "e;The unrelenting cold makes this the perfect beach read."e;-Kirkus Reviews

C. J. Box Collection

C. J. Box Collection

Author: C. J. Box Format: Ebook Release Date: 07/07/2015

Here together for the first time in a convenient ebook bundle, four thrilling mysteries from Edgar Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author C.J. Box: Blue Heaven 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. Retired policemen from Los Angeles, the killers easily persuade the local sheriff to let them lead the search for the missing children. Now there's nowhere left for William and Annie to hide...and no one they can trust. Until they meet Jess Rawlins. Rawlins is only one against four men who will stop at nothing to silence their witnesses. But in this thrilling mystery novel from C.J. Box, these ex-cops don't know just how far Rawlins will go to protect William and Annie...and see that justice is done. Three Weeks to Say Goodbye 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, a teenager, never signed away his parental rights-and he wants her back. Worse, his father, a powerful Denver judge, will use every trick in the book to make sure it happens. The McGuanes attempt to meet face-to-face with the father and son...but soon it becomes clear that there's something sinister about their motivations-and that love for Angelina is not one of them. A horrifying game of intimidation and double crosses begins that quickly becomes a death spiral where everyone is suspect and no one is safe. Now Jack and Melissa will stop at nothing to protect their child-even though time is running out... Back of Beyond Cody Hoyt, although a brilliant cop, is an alcoholic struggling with two months of sobriety when his friend Hank Winters turns up dead in a remote mountain cabin. At first it looks like the suicide of a man who's fallen off the wagon, but Cody knows Hank better than that. As Cody digs deeper into the case, all roads lead to foul play. After years of bad behavior with his department, Cody in no position to be investigating a homicide. But he will stop at nothing to find out who murdered Hank. And why...The HighwayWhen 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 Cody Hoyt has just lost his job and has fallen off the wagon after a long stretch of sobriety. Convinced by his son and his former rookie partner, Cassie Dewell, he begins the drive south to the girls' last known location. As Cody makes his way to the lonely stretch of Montana highway where they went missing, Cassie discovers that Gracie and Danielle Sullivan aren't the first girls who have disappeared in this area. This majestic landscape is the hunting ground for a killer whose viciousness is outmatched only by his intelligence. And he might not be working alone. Time is running out for Gracie and Danielle...Can Cassie overcome her doubts and lack of experience and use her innate skill? Can Cody Hoyt battle his own demons and find this killer before another victim vanishes on the highway?

Bis zur letzten Seite

Bis zur letzten Seite

Author: C. J. Box Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/09/2014

Der Tag fangt schlecht an fur Paul Parker, einen betagten Rechtsanwalt. Im winterlichen Wyoming lauern ihm die Gangster Lyle und Juan in der Morgendammerung auf und nehmen ihn als Geisel. Jahre nach ihrer letzten Begegnung vor Gericht glaubt Lyle, dass Parker ihm noch etwas schuldig ist. Mit vorgehaltener Waffe zwingen die Kriminellen den Anwalt, mit ihnen zur alten Ranch der Anglers hinauszufahren. Dort gibt es eine Bibliothek mit auerst wertvollen Sammlerstucken, auf die es die beiden abgesehen haben. Doch ihr Coup lauft nicht wie geplant ... In den Storys der Reihe "e;Bibliomysteries"e; geht es immer um Kriminalflle, die im Zusammenhang mit Bchern stehen: mit alten Bchern, seltenen Manuskripten, unschtzbaren Stcken. Und natrlich geht es auch um diejenigen, die sie unbedingt haben wollen: Buchhndler, exzentrische Sammler, Bibliothekare, Buchliebhaber - oder einfach: Leser.

Highway

Highway

Author: C. J. Box Format: Ebook Release Date: 30/07/2013

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."e;If CJ Box isn't already on your list, put him there."e; - USA TodayWhen 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 Cody Hoyt has just lost his job and has fallen off the wagon after a long stretch of sobriety. Convinced by his son and his former rookie partner, Cassie Dewell, he begins the drive south to the girls' last known location. As Cody makes his way to the lonely stretch of Montana highway where they went missing, Cassie discovers that Gracie and Danielle Sullivan aren't the first girls who have disappeared in this area. This majestic landscape is the hunting ground for a killer whose viciousness is outmatched only by his intelligence. And he might not be working alone. Time is running out for Gracie and Danielle...Can Cassie overcome her doubts and lack of experience and use her innate skill? Can Cody Hoyt battle his own demons and find this killer before another victim vanishes on the highway?

Big Sky Collection

Big Sky Collection

Author: C. J. Box Format: Ebook Release Date: 15/11/2012

C. J. Box's first three thrillers in one fast-paced, dramatic collection.Three Weeks To Say Goodbye After years of trying for a child, Jack and Melissa McGuane adopted a beautiful baby girl. Nine months later, a call from the adoption agency plunges them into every parent's worst nightmare: the father never signed away his parental rights, and now he wants his daughter back. The teenage biological father has no love for his daughter and Jack and Melissa can't understand why he and his father want the girl so badly. With three weeks until they must legally hand over their baby, just how far outside the law are they prepared to go to find out?Blue HeavenIf twelve-year-old Annie hadn't been angry with her mother, she would never have taken her younger brother William on a secret fishing trip deep into the North Idaho woods and they would never have witnessed the execution. Now they're running for their lives. There's nowhere for William and Annie to hide. And no one they can trust. Until they meet Jess Rawlins. Rawlins, an old-school rancher, knows something is wrong with the law in Blue Heaven. But he is only one against four men who will stop at nothing to silence their witnesses...Back of BeyondWhen Detective Cody Hoyt finds the dead body of his AA sponsor in a burned-out mountain cabin, he doesn't know what to believe. Was this the last desperate act of an addict? Or is that exactly what someone wants him to think? Cody's determined to avenge the man who was always there for him and, when evidence incriminates a wilderness guide, Hoyt is ready to track him down. The only problem is the guide has Cody's son, and he's taking him into the back of beyond.

Pronghorns of the Third Reich

Pronghorns of the Third Reich

Author: C. J. Box Format: Ebook Release Date: 12/11/2012

Short tales about deadly books, by top mystery authorsIn frigid Wyoming lies a mystery that stretches back to Nazi GermanyLyle and Juan wait outside the lawyer's house in ski masks, pistols hidden behind their backs. Shortly after dawn, Paul Parker, an aged lawyer, and his old dog step into the cold. The thugs kill the dog, and take the lawyer hostage. Parker's day has started badly and is going to get much worse.Once a fine lawyer, Parker's enthusiasm has slipped with age, and criminals like Lyle are part of the reason for his disillusionment. Years after they last saw each other in court, Lyle is convinced that Parker owes him something. At gunpoint, Lyle and Juan make Parker lead them to the old Angler ranch, to open up a hidden library whose volumes hold the secret to forgotten riches, and the strangest war profiteering scheme to ever come out of the Great Plains.

Back of Beyond

Back of Beyond

Author: C. J. Box Format: Ebook Release Date: 02/08/2011

The Edgar(R) Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author delivers a thriller about a troubled cop trying to save his son from a killer in Yellowstone.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 wagon, but Cody knows Hank better than that. Sober for fourteen years, Hank took pride in his hard-won sobriety and never hesitated to drop whatever he was doing to talk Cody off a ledge. When Cody takes a closer look at the scene of his friend's death, it becomes apparent that foul play is at hand. After years of bad behavior with his department, he's in no position to be investigating a homicide, but this man was a friend and Cody's determined to find his killer. When clues found at the scene link the murderer to an outfitter leading tourists on a multi-day wilderness horseback trip into the remote corners of Yellowstone National Park-a pack trip that includes his son Justin-Cody is desperate to get on their trail and stop the killer before the group heads into the wild. Among the tourists is fourteen-year-old Gracie Sullivan, an awkward but intelligent loner who begins to suspect that someone in their party is dangerous. In a fatal cat and mouse game, where it becomes apparent the murderer is somehow aware of Cody's every move, Cody treks into the wilderness to stop a killer hell bent on ruining the only thing in his life he cares about.C. J. Box's Back of Beyond is a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 Mysteries title.

Three Weeks to Say Goodbye

Three Weeks to Say Goodbye

Author: C. J. Box Format: Ebook Release Date: 06/01/2009

New York Times bestselling author C.J. Box's novels have been called "e;red hot"e; (Booklist) and "e;edge-of-your-seat read[s]"e; (Omaha World-Herald). Now he delivers a novel that will steal your sleep as much as it will wrench your heart. Three Weeks to Say Goodbye is a novel about something that could be anyone's worst nightmare. . . 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, a teenager, never signed away his parental rights-and he wants her back. Worse, his father, a powerful Denver judge, will use every trick in the book to make sure it happens. The McGuanes attempt to meet face-to-face with the father and son...but soon it becomes clear that there's something sinister about their motivations-and that love for Angelina is not one of them.A horrifying game of intimidation and double crosses begins that quickly becomes a death spiral where everyone is suspect and no one is safe. Now Jack and Melissa will stop at nothing to protect their child-even though time is running out...C.J. Box has once again written a bone-chilling thriller that will keep you guessing until the very last page.

Blue Heaven

Blue Heaven

Author: C. J. Box Format: Ebook Release Date: 08/01/2008

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 Los Angeles, the killers easily persuade the local sheriff to let them lead the search for the missing children. Now there's nowhere left for William and Annie to hide...and no one they can trust. Until they meet Jess Rawlins.Rawlins, an old-school rancher, knows trouble when he sees it. He is only one against four men who will stop at nothing to silence their witnesses. But in this thrilling mystery novel from C.J. Box, these ex-cops don't know just how far Rawlins will go to protect William and Annie...and see that justice is done.Blue Heaven is the winner of the 2009 Edgar Award for Best Novel.

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