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C.J. Box Books In Order

Publication Order of Joe Pickett Books

Open Season (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Savage Run (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Winterkill (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trophy Hunt (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Out of Range (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In Plain Sight (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Free Fire (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Trail (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Below Zero (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nowhere to Run (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cold Wind (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Force of Nature (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Breaking Point (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stone Cold (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Endangered (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Off the Grid (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Joe Pickett Short Stories

Dull Knife (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Master Falconer (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Joe Pickett Collections

Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Cody Hoyt Books

Back of Beyond (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Highway (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Badlands (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Blue Heaven (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Three Weeks to Say Goodbye (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Inherit the Dead (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Bibliomystery Short Stories

Pronghorns of the Third Reich (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


About C.J. Box:

C.J. Box is an American best-selling writer, author of seventeen novels and best known for his series of books, the “Joe Pickett” series. Born and raised in Wyoming, C.J. Box lives with his wife Laurie and three daughters, Becky, Roxanne and Laurie, just outside of Cheyenne. Distinguished for his relentless style of writing, action-packed and gripping stories and his trademark cowboy image, Box is a man of the outdoors, and is a rodeo enthusiast. He has served as one of members of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo’s Board of Directors. During breaks from his writing, Box is a fisher, hunter, skier and hiker, excelling both in his literary and extra-literary pursuits. His novels have sold more than 3 million copies in the US and has been translated to 27 languages, including German, French, Japanese, Portugese, to name a few.

Personal Life

Box was born and raised in Casper, the oldest of his three siblings. He belongs in a clan of third-generation Wyomites. Being exposed to a world of letters at a young age, with his father being an elementary school principal and his mother teaching at the Wyoming School for the Deaf, Box developed an interest in reading despite their family having no bookshelves of any sort. His interest in writing brought him to his high school’s newspaper, in which he became the editor. His presence in the paper led to the school paper winning national awards.

After finishing his high school studies, he went to the University of Denver where he also entered the college newspaper.

Aside from writing, Box was a ranch hand, fishing guide, and a surveyor.After concluding his formal education, he looked for agents to help him in pursuing a literary career, many of which led to disappointments. He spent a few years as a small town newspaper reporter and sports editor for the Saratoga Sun. He and his wife then proceeded to start a tourism business, the Rocky Mountain International, which became a huge success because of their innovative ideas on promoting the Rocky Mountain area.

He spends his time writing in a four-acre piece of land in Riverside, 20 miles south of Saratoga. His love for nature and wildlife is captured perfecly in his Joe Pickett character, going through adventures in the Mountain West, Yellow Stone, Big Horn Mountains, and a number of other settings. Despite his interest in the dangers of nature and the fragility of human relations, he claims that he “want(s) to write about real people and different points of view.” His writing stresses the importance of research and the believability of his characters and the situations they find themselves in.

He is also known for popularing fiction, especially since he notes that many of his readers are male, which is rare for an industry with mostly female audiences. Yet despite the action-filled nature of his stories, he is commended for his independent and fully-developed female characters and unstereotypical portrayal of Western male characters. Many of his male characters are fraught with contradictions and emotional problems, many of which they are only forced to face.

Writing Career

On 2001, he published Open Season under G. P. Putnam’s Sons, immediately capturing the interests of critics and readers alike. The novel got him three prizes, namely Anthony Award, the Gumshoe Award, the Macavity Award, and the Barry Award for the Best Debut Novel of the year and was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The same novel was also a New York Times Notable Book. Inspired by the success of this first novel, Box decided to continue the book’s story as a series and devote his life to writing.

He followed Open Season with Savage Run, published on 2002, continuing with Winterkill (2003), Trophy Hun (2004), Out of Range (2005), In Plain Sight (2006), and Free Fire (2007)

2008 was a big year for Box’s life and career. Box’s and his wife’s tourism marketing firm was getting bigger. Box was then awarded the “BIG WYO” Award from the state tourism industry Blood Trail was published, reviving the Joe Pickett series by enlarging the cast of characters and developing a lot of the previous characters and plots. Eventually, the novel was nominated for IMPAC Dublin (Ireland) Literary Award .

After Blood Trail was released, Box decided to write another novel that is not connected to the Joe Pickett series. The idea spawned Blue Heaven, a thriller-drama featuring a twelve-year old girl witnessing an execution-style murder. Blue Heaven revealed Box’s skill and versatility as a writer by writing on new subjects, displaying a fresh style and by dabbling with mystery fiction, a genre Box was not that known for before. The book was then awarded Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Mystery Novel of 2008.

The following year, he released another additon to the Joe Pickett series, Below Zero. He then released another stand-alone novel, Three Weeks to Say Goodbye, another novel which starkly contrasts with Box’s other works.

The Joe Pickett series continues with Below Zero, which was released on 2009, Nowhere to Run (2010), and Cold Wind (2011). On 2011, he published Back of Beyond, another stand-alone work under St. Martin’s Minotaur.

Box released Force of Nature (2012), which focused on the character of Nate Romanowski, and Breaking Point (2013) as the latest installment of the series. He also finished his latest stand-alone novel, The Highway, another explorative work by Box, which features him working with suspense-thriller elements. The said work was met with much praise for it sheds new dimension into Box’s writing style. Despite this hint of expermentation, Box still maintains his definitive portrayal of Western life in The Highway.

He also published three collections of short stories, Dull Knife (2005) (“A Joe Pickett Story,” The Master Falconer (2006) and le Sauvage Noble (2007), all of which are limited editions only.

Box recently announced in his website that he will be releasing a Joe Pickett book on March 2014 to be titled Stone Cold. Also, an anthology of Box’s published short stories will be published on July, 2014, to be titled Shots Fired.

Blue Heaven is now being eyed for a feature film by the producers of`About Schmidt, a 2002 New Line Cinema comedy. The project has already received financial support. and actors Joe Pesci, Jack Nicholson, and Alec Baldwin have already been talked with to participate in the film.

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