C.J. Box Books In Order – Complete List of Novels

Reading the C. J. Box books in order means catching up with 23 Joe Pickett novels, 6 Cody Hoyt/Cassie Dewell series, 2 standalone novels, several short stories, and collections as well. Quite a lot of books, but well worth the read!

Here are the C. J. Box novels in order of publication and chronological order for all his series.

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Three-Inch Teeth
Three-Inch Teeth (Joe Pickett #24), 2024

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Joe Pickett Books In Publication Order

  1. Open Season (#1), 2001
  2. Savage Run (#2), 2002
  3. Winterkill (#3), 2003
  4. Trophy Hunt (#4), 2004
  5. Dull Knife (#4.5), 2011
  6. Out of Range (#5), 2005
  7. In Plain Sight (#6), 2006
  8. Free Fire (#7), 2007
  9. Blood Trail (#8), 2008
  10. Below Zero (#9), 2009
  11. Nowhere to Run (#10), 2010
  12. Cold Wind (#11), 2011
  13. The Master Falconer (#11.5), 2011
  14. Force of Nature (#12), 2012
  15. Breaking Point (#13), 2013
  16. Stone Cold (#14), 2014
  17. Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country ( #14.5), 2014
  18. Endangered (#15), 2015
  19. Off the Grid (#16), 2016
  20. Vicious Circle (#17), 2017
  21. Disappeared (#18), 2018
  22. Wolf Pack (#19), 2019
  23. Long Range (#20), 2020
  24. Dark Sky (#21), 2021
  25. Shadows Reel (#22), 2022
  26. Storm Watch (#23), 2023
  27. Three-Inch Teeth (#24), 2024

Joe Pickett Short Stories

Joe Pickett Short Story Collections

Cody Hoyt / Cassie Dewell Series In Publication Order

  1. Back of Beyond (#1), 2011
  2. The Highway (#2), 2013
  3. Badlands (#3), 2015
  4. Paradise Valley (#4), 2017
  5. The Bitterroots (#5), 2019
  6. Treasure State (#6), 2022

Standalone Novels in Publication Order

C.J. Box Novellas

Anthologies and Collections

Series Contributed To


Best American Mystery Stories

Overview of the Joe Pickett Series

The series follows the life of Joe Pickett, a game warden in Wyoming, as he navigates through his job and personal life in the rural west.

Joe is a dedicated family man who takes his job seriously, and he frequently finds himself caught up in dangerous situations as he investigates various crimes in the region. Throughout the series, he faces a range of challenges, including environmental concerns, corruption, and violence, while also grappling with personal issues and relationships with his wife and daughters.

One of the recurring themes in the series is the tension between modern life and traditional values, as Joe and other characters struggle to balance the demands of a changing world with their deep attachment to the land and way of life in the rural west.

The books are known for their strong sense of place and vivid descriptions of the western landscape, as well as their complex characters and intricate plotlines. As the series progresses, readers become increasingly invested in the lives of Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett and the other characters, making the books a compelling and addictive read for fans of crime fiction and western literature.

Should We Read the Joe Pickett Series in Order?

The Joe Pickett series is written with a strong narrative arc that develops over time, with recurring characters and storylines that build on each other. Each book builds on the previous one and adds new layers to the overarching story.

Reading the books out of order may confuse and spoil important plot points, which can detract from the overall reading experience. In addition, the character development of game warden Joe Pickett, his family, and his colleagues evolves throughout the book series, and reading the books in order allows readers to fully appreciate these changes and understand how they fit into the larger story.

Furthermore, the books often refer back to events from previous installments, so readers who start with a later book may miss important details that would enhance their understanding and enjoyment of the story.

Overall, reading the Joe Pickett series in order allows readers to fully immerse themselves in the world that C.J. Box has created, follow the growth of the characters, and fully appreciate the depth and complexity of the book series as a whole. Every year a thrilling new novel in the Joe Pickett series is released, which makes the readers of the bestselling series extremely happy. The latest Joe Pickett novel is Three-Inch Teeth, published in 2024.

Overview of the Cody Hoyt/Cassie Dewell Series

The series revolves around the investigative work of Cody Hoyt, a troubled former cop, and Cassie Dewell, a recently divorced single mother who works as a private investigator.

The first book in the series, Back of Beyond, introduces readers to Cody, who is struggling with alcoholism and personal demons, and Cassie, who is hired to investigate the disappearance of a wealthy businessman in Montana. As they delve deeper into the case, they uncover a web of deceit and corruption that leads them on a dangerous journey through the wilderness.

In subsequent books, including The Highway and Badlands, Cody and Cassie continue to investigate complex cases involving violent crime, corruption, and political intrigue. Along the way, they must navigate personal relationships and confront their demons, making the series as much about the characters’ personal journeys as it is about the crimes they investigate.

The series is known for its fast-paced action, complex characters, and vivid descriptions of the western landscape. As the book series progresses, readers become increasingly invested in the lives of Cody and Cassie, making the books a compelling and addictive read for fans of crime fiction and western literature.

C.J. Box Biography – About the Author

C J Box books in order

C. J. Box, aka Charles James Box, is the New York Times bestselling author of the Joe Pickett mystery series.

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

C.J. Box worked a variety of jobs after college, including as a ranch hand, surveyor, fishing guide, and newspaper reporter. He also worked for a time as a Wyoming game warden, an experience that inspired his game warden Joe Pickett series of novels. At some point, he owned an international tourism marketing firm 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 serves on the Wyoming Office of Tourism Board these days.

C J Box is currently living outside of Cheyenne with his family.

The C J Box novels have been translated into over 30 languages, and overall, the books have sold both in the US and abroad missions of copies.

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 Wyoming game warden 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. For me, reading the CJ Box books in order is one of the biggest joys when I know the latest novel has been just released and I can get ahold of it right away.

The most popular C.J. Box series is Joe Pickett. He is a Wyoming game warden in the small town of Twelve Sleep. This is a town of hunters, so it’s understandable that game wardens are not viewed with the utmost respect by the natives.

Joe is especially hated because he doesn’t take bribes and he takes his job seriously. Most people there love their rifles and love their drinks as well, not a healthy combination, especially when Joe has to give tickets to armed drunks who are caught in the act.

In The Disappeared, Joe works two cases at the same time. First, there is the disappearance of three British women who were visiting a local ranch, and second, he and his friend, Nate Romanowski, are called to investigate the killings of some eagles, which is a Federal offense. The problem is that someone wants Joe to stop investigating, but so far it’s not sure which case is someone trying to stall.

A popular Joe Pickett short story, The Master Falconer, was named a chilling short story of death and retribution, as well as a dramatic short story of justice both old and new.

In addition to his writing, Box is a frequent public speaker and commentator on outdoor and wildlife issues. He has served on the board of directors for the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo and the Wyoming Humanities Council. He currently lives with his family in Wyoming.

C.J. Box Awards

Several of the books written by C J Box received awards, including the Anthony Award, Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, the Barry Awards, Prix Calibre 38 (France), and the Maltese Falcon Award (Japan). His first standalone novel, Blue Season, received the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Novel of 2008. He was also awarded the 2016 Western Heritage Award for Literature by the National Cowboy Museum, as well as and the Spur Award from Western Writers of America for Best Contemporary Novel.

  • Anthony Award Best First Novel winner in 2002 for Open Season
  • Edgar Award Best Novel winner in 2009 for Blue Heaven
  • Barry Award Best Novel winner in 2016 for Badlands
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  1. i have loved all your books – thought i had read them in order but find i missed dull knife. Am reading Three Weeks to Say Goodbye. Please don’t stop writing about Joe Pickett. I just like your style of writing. Keep it up.

  2. Love your books, I’ve lived in Livingston, Bozeman, Bigfork, and Alberton for around 40 years; I know the country you tell about around the Yellowstone. You descriptions of people, events, way’s of living in that interesting part of the world are spot on. Parts of your stories cause me to laugh out loud as you depict the types of folks one can encounter there. I love your sense of justice too. Just started the Cassie Dewell series, because of the TV show. I stopped watching the tv and went straight to the source of the inspiration for it and am so glad I did.

    I worked for a Paso Fino ranch outside of Livingston for about 2.5 years. It was at the top of Coke Dale Rd. something like 6000 +/- acres. The owner was a nut, a well known nut. She’d been adopted by a wealthy Shell Oil daughter.. They were actually lovers, but in order for my boss to receive a substantial inheritance from her lover when she passed, they had to become mother and daughter. Both of them were a bit off, well more that a bit, and the huge amount of money caused them to become seriously eccentric. Anyway, it’s just interesting the types of people who are in the world.

    I now live in MO. It fits my budget and lifestyle. Thank you so much for your super fun books and for your honesty in portraying the kinds of folks and adventures you’ve encountered in the north west part of this country.

  3. I had the pleasure of visiting Yellowstone in Winter (a New York Times trip) this past January and absolutely loved every minute. Born and raised in Sweden I spent my summers on an island with no running water, electricity or indoor plumbing. The Joe Pickett series was introduced to me and I have almost finished the whole series. I LOVE these books. C.J. Box has an uncanny ability to describe the nature and having spent time watching for wildlife in freezing cold temperatures I can feel the winters and storms he describes. Thank You! Love the mysterious mr N.

  4. just wondering when your next book will be out, enjoy all your books ,but Joe Pickett is the best, I have read all of your books and collect them. I also lived in wyo. most of my life ( rock river ) but have retired in vernal ut.
    have a merry xmass

    1. I can’t wait for the next book i have been having a great time and sometimes read.one in one day ?

  5. Just Read the book .. stop Whining about spelling …Great books …. Audio books don’t have
    Spelling ,punctuation problems.. only thing is you loose your place when you fall asleep
    And you wake up to find out were you were at. Humm chapter 4 or 6 LOL
    People whine about everything . Spelling .who’s doing What .President s , writer’s
    And how the person is driving the car next to you .
    Bless all you perfect people .why not try the other people’s job next time.
    Sure glad most of my posts, remarks gets lost in space to the Internet LOL

  6. Just finished the newest Joe Picket book “Disappeared”. Another great story with
    the usual twists, turns and surprises. Left a lot of unanswered questions and
    story lines. Can’t wait for the next book in the series. Any idea when it will be
    coming out?

  7. Le Sauvage Noble is available within “Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country” (a collection which is widely available through public libraries).

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

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

    1. 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

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

    1. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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?

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

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

    1. 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!

  20. 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.

    1. I felt the same way. I was so sure he would be found alive; perhaps c j box has a surprise in stor!

      1. Ignore the spoilers! They are really good reads and good characters anyway!

  21. 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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