C.J. Box Books In Order

Reading the C. J. Box books in order means catching up with 16 Joe Pickett novels, 2 Cody Hoyt series, 3 Cassie Dewell series, 2 standalone novels and 2 short stories as well. Quite a lot of books, but well worth the read!

C. J. Box (website), aka Charles James Box, is an American author best known for his Joe Pickett mystery series.

The author is a native of Wyoming. Born in 1958 in Casper, WY, where he also grew up, he graduated with a degree in Mass Communications from the University of Denver.

Over the years he held many jobs, including being a ranch hand, a fishing guide, surveyor, as well as a small town newspaper reporter and editor. At some point, he became the owner of an international tourism marketing firm together with his wife, Laurie.

He was and is involved in various aspects of tourism, earning the “BIG WYO” Award from the state tourism industry. He was on the Board of Directors of Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo and these days he serves on the Wyoming Office of Tourism Board.

For his books, C. J. Box received several awards, including the Anthony Award, Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award and the Barry for Open Season. His first standalone novel, Blue Season, received the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Novel of 2008.

He is currently living outside of Cheyenne with his family.

His novels have been translated into over 20 languages (and in fact, my first Joe Pickett novel was several years back in Hungarian – my native language).

At some point, I owned all the Joe Pickett books, but I’ve in the meantime given many to the local charity bookshop for those who cannot afford to buy books. I still have one more, a trade paperback called Free Fire, bought several years ago.

Of course I continue to buy the latest Joe Pickett novels as soon as they come out, however, these days I rather buy them as Kindle downloads due to lack of space in my home.

Joe Pickett novel

Here are the C. J. Box books in order of publication and chronological order (which in his books is pretty much the same) for all his writing.

Joe Pickett Books In Order

The Joe Pickett series is about a game warden living in Wyoming, who is not very popular in the area since everyone around there hunts. Joe is as straight as it gets and finds his calling as he solves murder case after case.

1. Open Season (Joe Pickett #1), 2001

2. Savage Run (Joe Pickett #2), 2002

3. Winterkill (Joe Pickett #3), 2003

4. Trophy Hunt (Joe Pickett #4), 2004

5. Dull Knife (Joe Pickett #4.5), 2011

6. Out of Range (Joe Pickett #5), 2005

7. In Plain Sight (Joe Pickett #6), 2006

8. Free Fire (Joe Pickett #7), 2007

9. Blood Trail (Joe Pickett #8), 2008

10. Below Zero (Joe Pickett #9), 2009

11. Nowhere to Run (Joe Pickett #10), 2010

12. Cold Wind (Joe Pickett #11), 2011

13. The Master Falconer (Joe Pickett #11.5), 2011

14. Force of Nature (Joe Pickett #12), 2012

15. Breaking Point (Joe Pickett #13), 2013

16. Stone Cold (Joe Pickett #14), 2014

17. Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country (Joe Pickett #14.5), 2014

18. Endangered (Joe Pickett #15), 2015

19. Off the Grid (Joe Pickett #16), 2016

20. Vicious Circle (Joe Pickett #17), 2017

Should we read the Joe Pickett novels in order?

I’ve read most of the books in this series in order, and I think they can be read out of order easily. Each book stands on its own and if you read them out of order, you won’t miss much.

However, if you’re on this site, you know how much I love reading the books in order, so you definitely know my view on this question 🙂

Cody Hoyt Series In Order

The Cody Hoyt series has currently 2 books and has at center stage the alcoholic Cody Hoyt, who is a cop on the way to destruction. He was a great cop and had everything going for him until the alcohol got the better of him.

1. Back of Beyond (Cody Hoyt #1), 2011

2. The Highway (Cody Hoyt #2, Cassie Dewell #1), 2013

Cassie Dewell Series In Order

1. The Highway (Cassie Dewell #1, Cody Hoyt #2), 2013

2. Badlands (Cassie Dewell #2), 2015

3. Paradise Valley (Cassie Dewell #3), 2017


Standalone Novels and Short Stories by C. J. Box

Over the years the author has written two standalone novels as well. They are listed below in the order of publication.

le Sauvage Noble, 2007 (short story – and long price! sadly it’s only available as used book)

Blue Heaven, 2008

Three Weeks to Say Goodbye, 2009

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  1. Teri L Curtis says:

    I’ve read them all, have them all, and will read them again in a few years!

  2. Jeannie Lewin says:

    I love the Joe Pickett series! I have read them all and looking forward to the next one. Would like to know when that will be?
    Please keep them coming. Like Nate very much too.
    Would like to see April a little more congenial. She would be much happier. Lol.
    Thank you for these wonderful books that all family members can enjoy.

  3. D.von says:

    So how come April dies in Winterkill but is going out with Dallas Cates in Endangered?

  4. Stephanie says:

    My husband and I have read All the Joe Picket books thus far and have preordered the newest one…we love these books. Besides enjoying CJ Box’s style of writing and his characters, we especially enjoy the terrain and locations he writes about. We lived in several cities in Wyoming over 12 years and can’t get over how many places he mentions that we experienced…we laugh and say “we didn’t realize there were so many murders in our little towns.”

    We will be sad after we have finished all the different series. These books have made for many interesting conversations!

  5. Jennifer says:

    A few typos in the titles here. Winterkill. In Plain Sight. I really love this site, I am sad to see title typos here and there.

    • Ricky says:

      Jennifer you can’t say there’s a typo in a name, as the author has created the story title meaning that they know what it’s called an if it’s right. That’s is the right way to spell WinterKill, unless you mean that he was suppose to put a space, which he wasn’t as he created the book title. In Plain Sight is correct as Plane is a thing that flies in the sky. Sight and In is spelt correct. So you’re in the wrong as for typos, not the author

      • Suz Baer says:

        spelt….? I thought spelt was a grain. Perhaps spelled is the correct word to use?

        • Mystery Sequels says:

          Both forms are correct. It depends on where you live. Americans prefer the spelled form, while Europeans (especially Brits) rather use the spelt form.

  6. Will we see the end of the Lizard King?

    • Carol Benton says:

      Have read Badlands. Loved it. My first C. J.Box book. It needs a sequel. Hope to find out what happens with the Lizard King.

  7. Andrea Arquitt says:

    Where does Pronghorns of the Third Reich fit?

  8. It’s not vital to read them in order – but I think you’ll enjoy them more if you do. The back story never swamps the plot, but there’s wry humour in the adventures of Marybeth’s mother, and watching Sheridan grow up, and develop from a child into a key player. And Joe himself has a back story that gently comes out over the span of these great novels.

  9. Audrey Doherty says:

    Dear Mr. Box

    Have just finished your book “Off The Grid” and while I liked it as much as I have
    enjoyed reading all of your Joe Pickett and Nate series.
    However I have one serious complaint with how Daisy was abused.
    In portraying Joe’s Trek across the desert it was explained that Joe’s
    feet were burning right through his work boots. With that description in mind
    Daisy’s paws would have been raw, blistered and bleeding.
    Also when he returned to his vehicle in the desert Daisy remained inside the
    Vehicle with her head cocked, expectantly. It was sent on fire and burned. See page #276.
    No where do you have her getting out. Nor do you say that she jumps down and follows
    Joe and the girl, taking cover behind rocks. Next mention of Daisy is when she went
    with Sheridan and others to the rock formations.

    My input is that Joe knew he was going to be in the desert and should have left Daisy home.
    Gasped when I thought Daisy was stilled in the vehicle. Fortunately I didn’t think you
    would kill her. She is very special to me.

    Keep the series going.

    Audrey Doherty

  10. anthony e otway says:

    i have just started reading the joe pickett series again. to get the best out of the series start with number one and read in order. this way you get the feel off the characters and understand when you lose them in the series. the growing up of his daughters and foster daughter is compelling. the joe pickett series tells of family life and his job and his help for nate .
    i reccomend this series to every one who likes good books

  11. Tracy says:

    le Sauvage Noble, 2007 (short story – and long price! sadly it’s only available as used book)

    This is included in Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country published in 2014.

  12. Kenla lane says:

    I definitely read series in order. If I read the first 2 books and like them staying in order is the best experience for me. I like to follow the characters as they age. I love CJ Box books😍

  13. Martin oshea says:

    Would be good to have a stand alone Nate R series telling how he became the man he is

  14. Grant dalen says:

    Can’t wait for cjs next book.

  15. anthony otway says:

    i would suggest reading the joe pickett series in publication order . this fits all characters into the series

    • Betty George says:

      I have read them all in order & that is most certainly the way to read them. I can’t wait till the next Joe Pickett!

  16. John Davidson says:

    Love the Joe Pickett books. I was really shocked by Cody Hoyts death. Didn’t see that coming. Great characters. Very enjoyable. Can’t wait for the next book. Keep up the good work.

  17. Bonnie Story says:

    I love your books.
    What is the name of the book where Nate meets
    Joe & his family? How did they meet & become such
    good friends?

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