STORM WATCH: C.J. Box’s Next Joe Pickett Novel Announced (with Details)


Joe Pickett, America’s favorite game warden, rides back into action on February 28th, 2023 in Storm Watch, the all-new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author C.J. Box.

Here we go, time to say goodbye to summer! It never really feels like fall until the next Joe Pickett book is announced, so go ahead and break out those hooded sweatshirts and sweatpants, because we finally have all the details on the forthcoming new book—the twenty-third in Box’s beloved series. But first, a little history on the series . . .

Joe Pickett was first introduced almost twenty-two years ago in Open Season, C.J. Box’s stunning debut novel that paved the way for this genre-bending franchise. Falling somewhere between modern-day westerns and crime thrillers, nobody has been able to capture readers’ attention like Box, who’s never afraid to throw big action and big twists into the mix. He’s also one of few authors who has also never hesitated to kill off big characters, keeping his fans on edge and flipping pages to see who’ll make it out of the latest book and into next year’s offering. And while all of those factors create excitement and suspense, nobody has developed a whole family of characters the way Box has with the Picketts. From little girls in Open Season to the adults they are today, readers have watched Joe’s girls grow up with him, riding shotgun to some of their most defining moments.

Most recently, Joe (along with his wife, Marybeth, and best friend Nate Romanowski) was seen earlier this year in Shadows Reel. (There’s also a member of the Pickett family who ups in Box’s just-released Cassie Dewell novel, Treasure State.) That book, which took place just before Thanksgiving, landed Joe in the crosshairs of a dangerous killer . . . and judging by the synopsis for Storm Watch, things aren’t about to get any easier this time around.

Check out the official plot details and cover art below.


Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett investigates a mysterious death at a secret remote high-tech facility in this riveting new novel from #1 New York Times bestseller C.J. Box

When a prominent University of Wyoming professor goes missing, authorities are stumped. That is, until Joe Pickett makes two surprising discoveries while hunting down a wounded elk on his district as an epic spring storm descends upon him. First, he finds the professor’s vehicle parked on a remote mountainside. Then Joe finds the professor’s frozen and mutilated body. When he attempts to learn more, his investigation is obstructed by federal agents, extremists, and Governor Colter Allen.

Nate Romanowski is rebuilding his falconry company—and financing this through crypto mining with the assistance of Geronimo Jones. He’s then approached by a shadowy group of local militant activists that is gaining in power and influence, and demanding that Wyoming join other western states and secede from the union—by force, if necessary. They ask Nate to throw in with them, but he’s wary. Should he trust them, or is he being set up?

As a storm of peril gathers around them, Joe and Nate confront it in different ways—and maybe, for the first time, on opposite sides.


C. J. Box is the author of twenty-three Joe Pickett novels, eight stand-alone novels, and a story collection. He has won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and two Barry awards, as well as the French Prix Calibre .38, the Western Heritage Award for Literature, and two Spur Awards. An avid outdoorsman, Box has hunted, fished, hiked, ridden, and skied throughout Wyoming and the Mountain West. He is an executive producer of ABC TV’s Big Sky and Joe Pickett on Spectrum Originals and Paramount+, both of which are based on his novels.

Fans excited to get their pre-order in for Storm Watch can now do so here or anywhere else books are sold. In the meantime, make sure to check out Treasure State, C.J. Box’s sixth book in his Cassie Dewell series.


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