LONG RANGE: C.J. Box’s 20th Joe Picket Novel Coming in March 2020

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On March 3, 2020, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is set to return for his twentieth adventure in Long Range, the latest novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author C.J. Box. 

Pickett, who was last seen in Box’s hit 2019 novel Wolf Pack, was first introduced in Open Season way back in 2001. Since then, the Pickett family—Joe, his wife Marybeth, along with their daughters Sheridan, Lucy, and April—have gone on to become the core (Nate Romanowski too) in one of the best-developed cast of characters the crime thriller genre has ever seen. In fact, Box’s emphasis on the Pickett family’s inner-dynamics is one of the defining things about his beloved franchise, and his ability to mix those interactions into his white-knuckle stories is unmatched by anyone else. 

Such as in life, Joe can’t always just focus on the task at hand, because he’s constantly dealing with real-world stuff too. Whether it’s his oldest daughter going off to college or inadvertently mixing it up with the family of his youngest girl’s boyfriend, Box manages to show both Joe Pickett the game warden, and Joe Picket the family man. And both are equally relatable and compelling. 

Last time around, Joe found himself going head-to-head with the FBI and DOJ after he was told to stand down and look the other way when a drone operator was caught using the technology to kill innocent animals in his district. Never one to turn a blinds eye to wrongdoing, Joe pursued the matter—which became infinitely more dangerous when a pack of killers working on behalf of the Sinaloa cartel stepped foot in Wyoming. 

In 2020, though, Joe will find himself in another dangerous situation as he once again tries desperately to protect those he loves. Check out the cover art and plot details below. 


Long Range#1 New York Times bestseller C.J. Box returns with a blazing new Joe Pickett novel, in which the Wyoming game warden must investigate a murder that happens on his turf–a murder committed from a confoundingly long distance.

When the wife of a prominent local judge is wounded on Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett’s turf, all signs point to the shot having been taken from an impossible distance. At the same time–just as he’s adjusting to the arrival of his first child–Joe’s best friend Nate Romanowski is suspected of being the assassin. All this happens while Joe is attempting to decipher a startling grizzly attack.

Beset by threats both man-made and natural, the two men must go to great lengths to keep their loved ones safe.



C. J. Box is the author of nineteen Joe Pickett novels, five stand-alone novels, and a story collection. He has won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry Awards, as well as the French Prix Calibre .38, and has been a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist. A Wyoming native, Box has also worked on a ranch and as a small-town newspaper reporter and editor. He lives outside Cheyenne with his family. His books have been translated into twenty-seven languages.

Next up for Box is his latest Cassie Dewell novel, The Bitterroots, which comes out on August 13, 2019, and follows the events of Paradise Valley (2017). 

Fans excited to get their hands on the next Joe Pickett novel can now pre-order Long Range wherever else books are sold. In the meantime, make sure you’re following C.J. Box on Facebook, Twitter, and his official website for more details. 


Praised as “One of the hardest working, most thoughtful, and fairest reviewers out there” by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, Ryan Steck has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). Steck also works full-time as a freelance developmental editor and pens a monthly thriller column for CrimeReads. For more information, be sure to follow him on Twitter and FacebookHe currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.

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