C.J Box

Interviewed 25 April 2020

C.J. Box

CJ Box is a Wyoming native and has worked as a ranch hand, surveyor, fishing guide, a small-town newspaper reporter and editor, and he owned an international tourism marketing firm with his wife Laurie. In 2008, Box was awarded the ‘BIG WYO’ award from the state tourism industry.

An avid outdoorsman, CJ has hunted, fished, hiked, ridden and skied throughout Wyoming and the Mountain West. He served on the board of directors for the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo and currently serves on the Wyoming Office of Tourism Board.

He and his wife Laurie live on their small ranch in Wyoming. They have three daughters and one (so far) grandchild.

Books by C.J. Box

Dark Sky

Game Warden Joe Pickett takes social media mogul Steve Price on a hunting trip, but Price has enemies ready to exploit the opportunity to bring him down.

Reviewed on 27 November 2021 by Chris Roberts

Long Range

Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett and hawk wrangler Nate Romanowski become entangled when the wife of a judge is killed by a sniper.

Reviewed on 04 July 2020 by Chris Roberts

The Bitterroots

Private investigator Cassie Dewell is asked to check the evidence against a man accused of rape. She’s initially unsympathetic, but is surprised at what she uncovers.

Reviewed on 31 January 2020 by Chris Roberts

Wolf Pack

Joe Pickett is re-installed as game warden for Wyoming’s Twelve Sleep County, and takes action against a drone operator, which brings him into conflict with the FBI and a team of killers known as the Wolf Pack.

Reviewed on 29 June 2019 by Chris Roberts

The Disappeared

The new Wyoming Governor asks game warden Joe Pickett to investigate the disappearance of a British woman, which is creating a stir in the British tabloids.

Reviewed on 04 July 2018 by Chris Roberts

Paradise Valley

Cassie Dewell has spent years tracking a serial killer known as the Lizard King. An attempt at a trap goes spectacularly awry so Cassie must find another route to finally bring him down.

Reviewed on 11 November 2017 by Chris Roberts

Vicious Circle

Game Warden Joe Pickett’s history with the Cates clan has given rise to a vicious circle of hatred which pitches his family into a fight for their survival.

Reviewed on 02 September 2017 by Chris Roberts

Off The Grid

Nate Romanowski’s attempt to stay off the grid is ended when two government agents pressure him into undertaking a special mission. Luckily his old friend Joe Pickett is around to give him a hand.

Reviewed on 12 November 2016 by Chris Roberts


Game warden Joe Pickett takes the law into his own hands when his adopted daughter is beaten close to death and his main suspect has an unshakeable alibi.

Reviewed on 14 May 2016 by John Cleal

Shots Fired

Ten stories from the foothills of the Rockies, home to game warden Joe Pickett, and all featuring some sort of conflict.

Reviewed on 26 September 2015 by Chris Roberts