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Publication Order of Joe Pickett Books

Publication Order of Joe Pickett Short Stories/Novellas

Dull Knife (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Master Falconer (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Honor & ... (With: Sandra Brown) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Precious Cargo (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Joe Pickett Collections

Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Hoyt/Dewell Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Blue Heaven (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Three Weeks to Say Goodbye (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Travel Smart: Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho (With: Paul Otteson) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Bibliomysteries Books

The Book of Virtue (By: Ken Bruen) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Thing (By: Laura Lippman) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Case (By: Nelson DeMille) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Acceptable Sacrifice (By: Jeffery Deaver) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Leaves a Bookmark (By: William Link) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Final Testament (By: Peter Blauner) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rides a Stranger (By: David Bell) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By: Andrew Taylor) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of Ghosts (By: Reed Farrel Coleman) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Compendium of Srem (By: F. Paul Wilson) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
What's in a Name? (By: Thomas H. Cook) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Remaindered (By: Peter Lovesey) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sequel (By: R.L. Stine) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gospel of Sheba (By: Lyndsay Faye) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Book Club (By: Loren D. Estleman) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nature of My Inheritance (By: Bradford Morrow) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
It's in the Book (By: Max Allan Collins,Mickey Spillane) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scroll (By: Anne Perry) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of the Lion (By: Thomas Perry) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Men (By: Megan Abbott) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Condor in the Stacks (By: James Grady) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery, Inc. (By: Joyce Carol Oates) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Every Seven Years (By: Denise Mina) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Travelling Companion (By: Ian Rankin) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Citadel (By: Stephen Hunter) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reconciliation Day (By: Christopher Fowler) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By: John Harvey) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haze (By: James W. Hall) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hoodoo Harry (By: Joe R. Lansdale) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pretty Little Box (By: Charles Todd) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seven Years (By: Peter Robinson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hemingway Valise (By: Robert Olen Butler) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By: Michael Koryta) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By: John Connolly) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl Who Did Say No (By: David Handler) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Traitor (By: Martin Edwards) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark Door (By: Lisa Unger) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Honeymoon Trap (By: Peter Swanson) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Chronological Order of Bibliomysteries Books

The Book of Virtue (By: Ken Bruen)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scroll (By: Anne Perry)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pronghorns of the Third Reich(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Acceptable Sacrifice (By: Jeffery Deaver)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Leaves a Bookmark (By: William Link)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seven Years (By: Peter Robinson)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Thing (By: Laura Lippman)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of Ghosts (By: Reed Farrel Coleman)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Book Club (By: Loren D. Estleman)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By: Andrew Taylor)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Final Testament (By: Peter Blauner)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rides a Stranger (By: David Bell)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
What's in a Name? (By: Thomas H. Cook)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
It's in the Book (By: Max Allan Collins,Mickey Spillane)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nature of My Inheritance (By: Bradford Morrow)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Remaindered (By: Peter Lovesey)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Compendium of Srem (By: F. Paul Wilson)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gospel of Sheba (By: Lyndsay Faye)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sequel (By: R.L. Stine)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of the Lion (By: Thomas Perry)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Men (By: Megan Abbott)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Every Seven Years (By: Denise Mina)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Citadel (By: Stephen Hunter)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Condor in the Stacks (By: James Grady)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery, Inc. (By: Joyce Carol Oates)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Travelling Companion (By: Ian Rankin)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haze (By: James W. Hall)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By: John Harvey)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reconciliation Day (By: Christopher Fowler)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hoodoo Harry (By: Joe R. Lansdale)(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pretty Little Box (By: Charles Todd)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By: John Connolly)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hemingway Valise (By: Robert Olen Butler)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By: Michael Koryta)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Case (By: Nelson DeMille)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl Who Did Say No (By: David Handler)(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Traitor (By: Martin Edwards)(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark Door (By: Lisa Unger)(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Honeymoon Trap (By: Peter Swanson)(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Lee Coburn Books

with Sandra Brown
Lethal (By: Sandra Brown) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Honor & ... (With: Sandra Brown) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The MatchUp Collection Books

Honor & ... (With: Sandra Brown) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deserves to Be Dead (By: John Sandford,Lisa Jackson) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Getaway (By: Lisa Scottoline,Nelson DeMille) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Midnight Flame (By: Christopher Rice,Lara Adrian) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Short Story (By: Karin Slaughter,Michael Koryta) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Past Prologue (By: Diana Gabaldon,Steve Berry) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Faking a Murderer (By: Lee Child,Kathy Reichs) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dig Here (By: Charlaine Harris,Andrew Gross) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Taking the Veil (By: J.A. Jance,Eric Van Lustbader) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rambo on Their Minds (By: Gayle Lynds,David Morrell) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Footloose (By: Val McDermid,Peter James) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Best American Mystery Stories 2006(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Once Upon a Crime: An Anthology of Murder, Mayhem and Suspense(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hook, Line & Sinister(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mysterious Writers: The Many Facets of Mystery Writing(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Inherit the Dead(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Highway Kind(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Mystery Stories 2017(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder, They Wrote: Five Bibliomysteries by Edgar Award-Winning Authors(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gather at the River(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Mystery Stories 2020(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Birds of Prey: The Harlan Coben Challenge(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Killin’ Time in San Diego: Bouchercon Anthology 2023(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

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 perfectly 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. 

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 addition 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 experimentation, 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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22 Responses to “C.J. Box”

  1. Sharon Smith: 1 month ago

    Hello and Thank You, for being such a Wonderful story teller! Having just discovered your Joe Pickett series through Three Inch Teeth, I am now going back to find Open Season if I can, to read all of them. At 76 years young it is a fantastic wonder to be gripped by such a descriptive vivid imagination. I am really enjoying the stories.

  2. Bob Francati: 1 year ago

    If you have not read any of the works of CJ Box you are truly missing a great read. I have read all of his works and have had the pleasure of meeting him in person. Humble and very interesting sums it all up. Do yourself a favor and get to know all of the characters in his world. You will not be sorry.

  3. Charlotte Moncrief: 1 year ago

    Great selection of choosing David Chandler as narrator for the Joe Pickett series! He is so clever with his multi-voice characters which adds so much to the stories.

  4. Charlotte Moncrief: 1 year ago

    I am 71 and grew up watching cowboys and Indians on TV. My father is constantly outside owing to my love of nature. So, I find your books very satisfying in the spirit of adventure. Love Nate and Joe. My state of AL is definitely different than WY and that makes great reading. Great job…keep up the good work.

  5. Doris England: 1 year ago

    Read all of your books, some twice. Love your developments of your characters, the descriptions make them seem real; love how you focus on the animals, showing your kindness and how lucky we have them on earth. Traveled to Wy, Idaho, Mt, Yellowstone this past summer just to see what you describe about the landscapes, forrest, and sky. Can’t wait to watch more Joe Pickett series. Its wonderful that Joe is kind, caring, can understand how some people are so conflicted without being cruel & mean to the bad guys. Please keep your well written stories coming, never get tired of the them. Cassie Dewell is my favorite PI. Thank you for opening the western states to some of us living without the enjoyment of seeing open spaces. You are one of my favorite writers.

  6. Thomas w grimes: 2 years ago

    My buddy in new Zealand put me on to you great stuff really refreshing

  7. Virginia LaCroix: 2 years ago

    I have just this year read your books. I was a neighbor to your mom and dad in Quartzsite. I remember seeing you in your big black hat visiting with your uncle and your parents. I am looking forward to your next book.

  8. Glenn Southee: 2 years ago

    I do a lot of reading. I chanced upon this series while looking for modern western books to read. Box’s ability to shape characters, paint the scenes in our minds and deliver masterful stories time and again is a true art. Thank you sir and keep those books coming.I see you hunt, fish and ski etc etc. Something we do a lot of in NZ.

  9. Don Douglas: 2 years ago

    Love your books! Just finished all of them and am sad there are no more. Looking forward to new ones!

  10. Robert G Seamon: 2 years ago

    Just finished 21. Can’t wait till 22. I’m doing chemo now and reading gets my mind off the side effects.

    • Robin Nancy: 2 years ago

      Best to you in your fight against disease! Thank heavens for BOOKS! I don’t know what I’d do without them! I st learned (on Jeopardy) that in the 50’s a special edition of FARENHEIT 451 was published with an ASBESTOS COVER! How cool is that! I’d love to have one!
      Keep reading and keep getting better!
      Best to you from San Antonio!

  11. Beverly Fildes: 2 years ago

    I love the Joe Pickett series…can’t get enough of the characters and the nicely wound plots with amazing visual descriptions and incredible detail. So imagine my surprise when reading “Vicious Circle” and saw a glaring error on page 144. Missy didn’t hang Bud Longbrake from the wind turbine…she killed her next husband, “The Earl”. There is also a small name confusion further back in the book. I’m sure I’m not the first Joe Pickett fan to notice that but it did surprise me since details always seem so incredibly accurate . How are books in a series like this edited in order to be sure that content tracks?

  12. David Hoy: 3 years ago

    Have read all 20 Pickett’s Dewell books twice this year. Characters are addictive and your environment descriptions create mind pictures that provides clarity to the mounting suspense of the plots. Truly 👍👍

  13. Carolyn Jolly: 3 years ago

    I love your books. Joe and Nate are some of my favorite characters of all time. Please keep up the good work.

  14. gene costantino: 3 years ago

    Read them all.Not a bad book in the bunch .I cannot wait for the sequal to dark Sky and the damage that Nate can bestow on the second meanest Falconer in the wild west.

  15. Loren Alexander: 3 years ago

    I read my first CJ Box book about 3 years ago. Since then I have read them all but the last one. Which I will read. I live in Montana and know and understand your descriptions of the areas mentioned in your box’s. I also really like Nate. When he gets involved you know things are about to happen. Keep on writing please.

  16. Thomas P Hoey: 3 years ago

    I became a fan about 4 years ago. I have read all of your books and consider you my favorite story teller. I have spent some time in Montana and wyoming and love them both. Im 80 and live in New Jersey. Spent my whole life in the sporting goods business Skied all over the u.s. and Europe Major windsurfer. Thank you for shareing your talent with us.

  17. Diane McCameron: 3 years ago

    Dear Mr. Box, I enjoy your books. I grew up in Texas and still have a cowgirl spirit even though I am older. I have enjoyed the mystery writers who are popular now, but I am getting picky. Our world has gotten so mean and cruel and polarized, I am hoping that your style of writing and others like you will influence our society to be more thoughtful and mild and loving. I am hoping to plant a seed in your mind. We need a change and you can help make it more positive. Thank you for sharing your talents!!!!

    • ron: 1 year ago

      I requested CJ Box books “in order” but got this site with everything from other writers

      • Graeme: 1 year ago

        This page lists all of CJ Box’s books in order. It also lists any series that CJ Box has written in with other authors.

  18. Sandra Dever: 3 years ago

    I am a female, aged 75 and have been reading your Joe Picket series for years, as does my daughter.
    I just finished and loved “Dark Sky” but I want to find out what Nate is going to do. Please hurry with your next book.

    • George Birach: 2 years ago

      Can’t wait for season #2 of “Joe Pickett “ Please hurry!!!!


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