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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.

 

Author photo © Roger Carey

 

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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Open Season

Open Season

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

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Other books by C. J. Box

The Disappeared

The Disappeared

Author: C. J. Box Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2018

No motive, no suspect, no trace. Who doesn't want her found? Joe Pickett is 300 miles from home, enduring the worst weather January in Wyoming can throw at you. He's in the small mountain town of Saratoga, on the trail of a British woman who checked out of the remote ranch she was holidaying at and disappeared. But the missing woman is only the beginning. Something is not right in Saratoga. Why has the local game warden also disappeared? Why is local law enforcement spooked? Why is the new state governor taking such an interest in the case? Joe will have to find the answers before he too joins the disappeared. 'Terrific plots, muscular writing, unlikely heroes and wild terrain' DAILY MAIL. 'An exemplary writer of crime novels' FINANCIAL TIMES.

The Disappeared

The Disappeared

Author: C. J. Box Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/03/2018

No motive, no suspect, no trace. Who doesn't want her found? Joe Pickett is 300 miles from home, enduring the worst weather January in Wyoming can throw at you. He's in the small mountain town of Saratoga, on the trail of a British woman who checked out of the remote ranch she was holidaying at and disappeared. But the missing woman is only the beginning. Something is not right in Saratoga. Why has the local game warden also disappeared? Why is local law enforcement spooked? Why is the new state governor taking such an interest in the case? Joe will have to find the answers before he too joins the disappeared. 'Terrific plots, muscular writing, unlikely heroes and wild terrain' DAILY MAIL. 'An exemplary writer of crime novels' FINANCIAL TIMES.

The Disappeared

The Disappeared

Author: C. J. Box Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/03/2018

No motive, no suspect, no trace. Who doesn't want her found? Joe Pickett is 300 miles from home, enduring the worst weather January in Wyoming can throw at you. He's in the small mountain town of Saratoga, on the trail of a British woman who checked out of the remote ranch she was holidaying at and disappeared. But the missing woman is only the beginning. Something is not right in Saratoga. Why has the local game warden also disappeared? Why is local law enforcement spooked? Why is the new state governor taking such an interest in the case? Joe will have to find the answers before he too joins the disappeared. 'Terrific plots, muscular writing, unlikely heroes and wild terrain' DAILY MAIL. 'An exemplary writer of crime novels' FINANCIAL TIMES.

Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley

Author: C. J. Box Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2018

PARADISE VALLEY... THE END OF THE ROAD. For three years, Chief Investigator Cassandra 'Cassie' Dewell has been hunting the Lizard King. Twice she has come close to taking him, but this time she surely has him. The trap is set and baited. What happens next will cost three policemen their lives and Cassie her job. But she can't give up the hunt - she refuses to believe the charred body they pull from the flames is the Lizard King's. Tracking two missing fourteen-year-old boys, Cassie - alone - takes to the road. A road from which, quite possibly, there is no return. A road that ends in Paradise Valley.

Endangered

Endangered

Author: C. J. Box Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2018

Blood is always thicker than water. Joe Pickett has good reason to dislike Dallas Cates. His eighteen-year-old foster daughter, April, has just run off with him. Then comes even worse news: April has been found barely alive in a ditch along the highway, and the doctors don't know if she'll recover. Of course, Cates denies having anything to do with it but Joe knows in his gut who's responsible. The problem is there's no proof. Joe's going to find out the truth, if it kills him. And, as he confronts the ruthless Cates clan, it just might.

Breaking Point

Breaking Point

Author: C. J. Box Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2018

Butch Roberson was known by all as a local business owner, a hard worker, and a family man. Then he disappeared, leaving two dead bodies in his wake. Now he's known as a murderer - though Joe Pickett cannot believe someone as gentle as Butch could have the instincts of a killer. But when Joe hears the story of how Butch was bullied by the authorities, of how his longed-for retirement home was taken away from him, of how his finances were destroyed and his family torn apart - he starts to wonder if perhaps the man just cracked. It's an awful story. But is it the whole story? When Joe investigates further, he finds himself in the middle of a war he never expected and never wanted. Powerful forces want Roberson not just caught, but dead - and the same goes for anyone who stands in their way.

Stone Cold

Stone Cold

Author: C. J. Box Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2018

Everything about the man is a mystery... No one knows where he came from, how he made his money or what's drawn him to the isolated Black Hills of North Wyoming. His generosity has won the locals over, but are his motives above suspicion? After a string of disappearances, Joe Pickett isn't the first investigator to pursue this enigmatic millionaire, but will he be the first to leave alive? With winter's first storm closing in, Joe's about to discover there's a stone-cold killer stalking the hills - and he's not alone.

Vicious Circle

Vicious Circle

Author: C. J. Box Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2017

One man hell-bent on avenging his family, the other dead-set on protecting his... Joe Pickett always knew there'd be a day of reckoning. And now that day has come. Two years ago, his daughter was beaten and dumped by the side of a country road. Joe's determination to avenge her forced him into a catastrophic confrontation with the Cates clan that left three of their number dead and put the two survivors behind bars. Now the youngest son, Dallas, is out of prison and back in town. Joe knows exactly why he's returned, but all he can do is wait for Dallas to make the first move...

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.

Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley

Author: C. J. Box Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/07/2017

PARADISE VALLEY... THE END OF THE ROAD. For three years, Chief Investigator Cassandra 'Cassie' Dewell has been hunting the Lizard King. Twice she has come close to taking him, but this time she surely has him. The trap is set and baited. What happens next will cost three policemen their lives and Cassie her job. But she can't give up the hunt - she refuses to believe the charred body they pull from the flames is the Lizard King's. Tracking two missing fourteen-year-old boys, Cassie - alone - takes to the road. A road from which, quite possibly, there is no return. A road that ends in Paradise Valley.

Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley

Author: C. J. Box Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/07/2017

PARADISE VALLEY... THE END OF THE ROAD. For three years, Chief Investigator Cassandra 'Cassie' Dewell has been hunting the Lizard King. Twice she has come close to taking him, but this time she surely has him. The trap is set and baited. What happens next will cost three policemen their lives and Cassie her job. But she can't give up the hunt - she refuses to believe the charred body they pull from the flames is the Lizard King's. Tracking two missing fourteen-year-old boys, Cassie - alone - takes to the road. A road from which, quite possibly, there is no return. A road that ends in Paradise Valley.

Vicious Circle

Vicious Circle

Author: C. J. Box Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/03/2017

One man hell-bent on avenging his family, the other dead-set on protecting his... Joe Pickett always knew there'd be a day of reckoning. And now that day has come. Two years ago, his daughter was beaten and dumped by the side of a country road. Joe's determination to avenge her forced him into a catastrophic confrontation with the Cates clan that left three of their number dead and put the two survivors behind bars. Now the youngest son, Dallas, is out of prison and back in town. Joe knows exactly why he's returned, but all he can do is wait for Dallas to make the first move...

Vicious Circle

Vicious Circle

Author: C. J. Box Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/2017

One man hell-bent on avenging his family, the other dead-set on protecting his... Joe Pickett always knew there'd be a day of reckoning. And now that day has come. Two years ago, his daughter was beaten and dumped by the side of a country road. Joe's determination to avenge her forced him into a catastrophic confrontation with the Cates clan that left three of their number dead and put the two survivors behind bars. Now the youngest son, Dallas, is out of prison and back in town. Joe knows exactly why he's returned, but all he can do is wait for Dallas to make the first move...

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...

Off the Grid

Off the Grid

Author: C. J. Box Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2016

There's no hiding off the grid. Joe Pickett's old friend Nate Romanowski is off the grid, lying low while the FBI search for him. But they're not the only ones looking. Nate finds himself confronted by agents who need his help assessing a potential terror threat in Wyoming's Red Desert - in return they'll make Nate's criminal record disappear. Nate knows they can't be trusted - but with his liberty at stake, he has to comply... for now. Meanwhile, Joe's heading south, under orders from State Governor Rulon to investigate a rash of crimes and an uptick in secretive federal activity along Interstate 80... As they pursue their quarries, both men will be drawn deep into the Red Desert, 9,000 square miles of bleak, punishing terrain, home to a secret that could take them both down.

Off the Grid

Off the Grid

Author: C. J. Box Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/03/2016

There's no hiding off the grid. Joe Pickett's old friend Nate Romanowski is off the grid, lying low while the FBI search for him. But they're not the only ones looking. Nate finds himself confronted by agents who need his help assessing a potential terror threat in Wyoming's Red Desert - in return they'll make Nate's criminal record disappear. Nate knows they can't be trusted - but with his liberty at stake, he has to comply... for now. Meanwhile, Joe's heading south, under orders from State Governor Rulon to investigate a rash of crimes and an uptick in secretive federal activity along Interstate 80... As they pursue their quarries, both men will be drawn deep into the Red Desert, 9,000 square miles of bleak, punishing terrain, home to a secret that could take them both down.

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