THREE-INCH TEETH: C.J. Box’s Next Joe Pickett Novel Set for February 2024 Release (with Details)


It’s about to get Western’ around here because on February 27, 2024, Joe Pickett, America’s favorite game warden, rides back into action in Three-Inch Teeth, the latest can’t-miss thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author C.J. Box.

Joe Pickett has first introduced almost twenty-three years ago in Open Season, C.J. Box’s stunning debut novel that paved the way for this genre-bending franchise. Falling somewhere between a modern-day western and crime thriller, 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 Storm Watch. Now, he’ll return to take on two threats . . . one a dangerous animal, the other . . . a familiar enemy who has returned to settle an old score.

Check out the cover art and plot details below.


Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett faces two different kinds of rampaging beasts—one animal, one human—in this riveting new novel from #1 New York Times bestseller C.J. Box.

A rogue grizzly bear has gone on a rampage—killing, among others, the fiancee of Joe’s daughter. At the same time, Dallas Cates, who Joe helped lock up years ago, is released from prison with a list of six names tattooed on his skin. He wants revenge on the people who sent him away: the people he blames for the deaths of his entire family and the loss of his reputation and property.

Targeted are a judge, the county prosecutor, his lawyer, a prison guard—and both Nate Romanowski and Joe Pickett. Using the grizzly attacks as cover, Cates devises a method of violence identical to the bear killings and sets out to methodically check off his list.



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’s an executive producer of Joe Pickett on Paramount+ as well as Big Sky, both of which are based on his novels.

Fans looking to get their Joe Pickett fix ahead of the release of Box’s new book can now watch season two of Joe Pickett on Paramount+ (also streaming on Amazon Prime). In the meantime, Three-Inch Teeth is available for pre-order here, and anywhere else books are sold.



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