C. J. Box

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C. J. Box
BornCharles James Box
(1958-11-09) November 9, 1958 (age 62)
Casper, Wyoming, U.S.
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Denver
GenreMystery fiction thriller (genre)

Charles James (C.J.) Box Jr. is an American author of more than twenty novels. Box is the author of the Joe Pickett series, as well as several stand-alone novels, and a collection of short stories. The novels have been translated into 27 languages. Over ten million copies of his novels have been sold in the U.S. alone. The first novel in his Joe Pickett series, Open Season, was included in The New York Times list of "Notable Books" of 2001.[1] Open Season, Blue Heaven, Nowhere To Run, and The Highway have been optioned for film and television, the latter being adapted into the television drama series Big Sky, which debuted in November 2020.[2] In March 2016, Off The Grid debuted at #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list.

Personal life and education[edit]

Box is a Wyoming native and currently lives in the state. He grew up in the town of Casper. Box graduated with a degree in Mass Communications from the University of Denver.


  • For Open Season, Box won the Anthony Award, the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, and the Barry Award, all in the Best First Novel category.
  • Prix Calibre 38 Award (France)
  • Blue Heaven, his first stand-alone novel, won the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Novel of 2008.[3]
  • 2008 "BIG WYO" Award from Wyoming Tourism[4]
  • 2010 Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Award
  • 2016 Western Heritage Award for Literature by the National Cowboy Museum


Joe Pickett novels[edit]

  1. Open Season (Putnam, July 2001) ISBN 978-0-399-14748-7
  2. Savage Run (Putnam, June 2002) ISBN 978-0-399-14887-3
  3. Winterkill (Putnam, May 2003) ISBN 978-0-425-19595-6
  4. Trophy Hunt (Putnam, June 2004) ISBN 978-0-399-15200-9
  5. Out of Range (Putnam, May 2005) ISBN 978-0-399-15291-7
  6. In Plain Sight (Putnam, May 2006) ISBN 978-0-399-15360-0
  7. Free Fire (Putnam, May 2007) ISBN 978-0-399-15427-0
  8. Blood Trail (Putnam, May 2008) ISBN 978-0-399-15488-1
  9. Below Zero (Putnam, June 2009) ISBN 978-0-399-15575-8
  10. Nowhere to Run (Putnam, April 2010) ISBN 978-0-399-15645-8
  11. Cold Wind (Putnam, March 2011) ISBN 978-0-399-15735-6
  12. Force of Nature (Putnam, March 2012) ISBN 978-0-399-15826-1
  13. Breaking Point (Putnam, March 2013) ISBN 978-0-399-16075-2
  14. Stone Cold (Putnam, March 2014) ISBN 978-0-399-16076-9
  15. Endangered (Putnam, March 2015) ISBN 978-0-399-16077-6
  16. Off the Grid (Putnam, March 2016) ISBN 978-0-399-17660-9
  17. Vicious Circle (Putnam, March 2017) ISBN 978-0-399-17661-6
  18. The Disappeared (Putnam, March 2018) ISBN 978-0-399-17662-3
  19. Wolf Pack (Putnam, March 2019) ISBN 978-0-525-53819-6
  20. Long Range (Putnam, March 2020) ISBN 978-0-525-53823-3

Cassie Dewell novels[edit]

Stand-alone novels[edit]

Short stories[edit]

  1. Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country (Putnam, July 2014) ISBN 978-0-399-15858-2

(Included in Shots Fired)

  • Dull Knife (2005) ("A Joe Pickett Story")
  • The Master Falconer (2006)
  • Le Sauvage Noble (2007)


  1. ^ "Notable Books - Fiction - Results Listing". NYTimes.com. 2001-12-02. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  2. ^ Lachenal, Jessica (November 17, 2020). "The 'Big Sky' Book Ending Promises A Major Twist". Bustle. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  3. ^ "About C.J. Box | CJ Box Web Site". Cjbox.net. Archived from the original on 2012-01-30. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  4. ^ "Wyoming Business Report". Archived from the original on 2016-10-05.

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