C.J. Box’s 21st Joe Pickett Novel Announced (with Details)


Get ready, because on March 2, 2021, things are about to “get western” when Joe Pickett returns for more action in Dark Sky, the highly-anticipated next thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author C.J. Box.

Pickett, a Wyoming game warden who was first introduced in the 2001 novel Open Season, has since gone on to become one of the most beloved characters in the genre today. Most recently, Joe anchored Box’s latest thriller, Long Range, which came out earlier this year and received rave reviews from readers and critics alike who praises his twisting, fast-paced story that kept many guessing right up until the very end.

For my money, Box’s franchise is the best series going today regardless of genre, and it’s not close. As he gears up to release the 21st book in his series, Dark Sky instantly becomes the most anticipated book of 2021 . . .  and judging by the plot details, Joe’s got his work cut out of him yet again when a hunting trip goes terribly wrong.

See the cover art and plot synopsis below.


Dark SkyWyoming game warden Joe Pickett must accompany a Silicon Valley CEO on a hunting trip–but soon learns that he himself may be the hunted–in the thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author C. J. Box.

The governor of Wyoming gives Joe the thankless assignment of taking a tech baron on a hunting trip. Unbeknownst to them, as they trek further into the wilderness, a hunter is hot on their heels. Joe must rely on his wits and his knowledge of the outdoors to protect himself and his charge. Meanwhile, when Joe’s closest friend Nate Romanowski and his own daughter Sheridan learn of the threat to his life, they follow him into the woods to rescue him, and all three come together for one final showdown.



C. J. Box is the author of twenty Joe Pickett novels, six 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.

Fans who are excited to get their hands on the next Joe Pickett thriller can now pre-order C.J. Box’s Dark Sky here, or anywhere else books are sold.


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 editor and pens a monthly thriller column for CrimeReads. For more information, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.

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