Joe Pickett

33 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 28,737 ratings

Open Season Publisher's Summary

Joe Pickett is the new game warden in Twelve Sleep, Wyoming, a town where nearly everyone hunts and the game warden—especially one like Joe who won't take bribes or look the other way—is far from popular. When he finds a local hunting outfitter dead, splayed out on the woodpile behind his state-owned home, he takes it personally. There had to be a reason that the outfitter, with whom he's had run-ins before, chose his backyard, his woodpile to die in. Even after the "outfitter murders," as they have been dubbed by the local press after the discovery of the two more bodies, are solved, Joe continues to investigate, uneasy with the easy explanation offered by the local police.

As Joe digs deeper into the murders, he soon discovers that the outfitter brought more than death to his backdoor: he brought Joe an endangered species, thought to be extinct, which is now living in his woodpile. But if word of the existence of this endangered species gets out, it will destroy any chance of InterWest, a multi-national natural gas company, building an oil pipeline that would bring the company billions of dollars across Wyoming, through the mountains and forests of Twelve Sleep. The closer Joe comes to the truth behind the outfitter murders, the endangered species and InterWest, the closer he comes to losing everything he holds dear.

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  • Book 1

    • Open Season

    • A Joe Pickett Novel
    • By: C. J. Box
    • Narrated by: David Chandler
    • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4,260
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,830
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3,810

    Joe Pickett is the new game warden in Twelve Sleep, Wyoming, a town where nearly everyone hunts and the game warden—especially one like Joe who won't take bribes or look the other way—is far from popular. When he finds a local hunting outfitter dead, splayed out on the woodpile behind his state-owned home, he takes it personally. There had to be a reason that the outfitter, with whom he's had run-ins before, chose his backyard, his woodpile to die in.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • As refreshing as sunrise in the mountains

    • By AudioAddict on 10-02-16

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 2

    • Savage Run

    • A Joe Pickett Novel
    • By: C. J. Box
    • Narrated by: David Chandler
    • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,809
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,609
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,605

    An Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry Award winner, C. J. Box delivers the second pulse-pounding installment in his critically acclaimed series. While investigating a string of bizarre murders, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is forced to flee across treacherous terrain with a deadly tracker on his trail.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Box brings the West alive!

    • By Kelly on 01-30-14

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 3

    • Winterkill

    • Joe Pickett, Book 3
    • By: C. J. Box
    • Narrated by: David Chandler
    • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,396
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,256

    In the third adventure in C. J. Box’s engrossing series, Joe Pickett finds himself at the center of a confrontation between a special investigative team and a group of government-hating survivalists camped out on federal land. With the help of a mysterious stranger, Joe lays his life on the line to protect an innocent girl before a wave of violence surges over the Bighorn Mountains.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I can not seem to put it down!

    • By Vickie Oakley on 08-20-13

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 4

    • Trophy Hunt

    • A Joe Pickett Novel
    • By: C. J. Box
    • Narrated by: David Chandler
    • Length: 11 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,354
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,208
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,206

    It's an idyllic late-summer day in Saddlestring, Wyoming, and game warden Joe Pickett is fly-fishing with his two daughters when he stumbles upon the mutilated body of a moose. Whatever - or whoever - attacked the animal was ruthless: half the animal's face has been sliced away, the skin peeled back from the flesh. Shaken by the sight, Joe starts to investigate what he hopes in an isolated incident.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Twistingly Complex

    • By sherylsplace on 04-23-15

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Trophy Hunt

    • Joe Pickett, Book 4
    • By: C. J. Box
    • Narrated by: David Chandler
    • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    It’s an idyllic late-summer day in Saddlestring, Wyoming, and game warden Joe Pickett is fly-fishing with his two daughters when he stumbles upon the mutilated body of a moose. Whatever or whoever attacked the animal was ruthless: half the animal’s face has been sliced away, the skin peeled back from the flesh. Shaken by the sight, Joe starts to investigate what he hopes is an isolated incident.

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 5

    • Out of Range

    • By: C. J. Box
    • Narrated by: David Chandler
    • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,226
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,063

    C. J. Box's best-selling Joe Pickett novels have earned him a spot on every serious suspense fan's shortlist of favorites. The tightly constructed Out of Range brings game warden Joe to a new, remote beat in Wyoming's vast countryside to investigate the suspicious death of the previous warden.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One Good Man In A Three Horse Hole

    • By gone2ground on 07-30-12

    Regular price: $25.89

  • Book 6

    • In Plain Sight

    • A Joe Pickett Novel
    • By: C. J. Box
    • Narrated by: David Chandler
    • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,137
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 992
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 986

    C. J. Box has won a host of awards, including the Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry. In Plain Sight sees game warden Joe Pickett's life take a turn for the worse after millionaire Opal Scarlett goes missing. As Pickett discovers more and more disturbing truths, it becomes clear that someone wants the dogged game warden to keep his nose out of the investigation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Raw & Real

    • By Amazon Customer on 12-07-11

    Regular price: $31.47

  • Book 7

    • Free Fire

    • By: C. J. Box
    • Narrated by: David Chandler
    • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,556
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,378
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,372

    Best-selling author C. J. Box—an Anthony and Macavity Award winner—earned starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Booklist for this exceptional mystery. Taking advantage of a legal loophole, a lawyer kills four people in Yellowstone National Park and walks away a free man. As the public outcry intensifies, the governor hires former game warden Joe Pickett to conduct a private investigation.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • One of the best Joe Pickett books

    • By Margaret on 03-18-16

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Free Fire

    • By: CJ Box
    • Narrated by: David Chandler
    • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Joe Pickett, having recently been fired from his job as a Wyoming game warden, is working on his father-in-law’s ranch when he receives a call. Governor Rulon - a devious but down-home politico - has a special request. Clay McCann, a lawyer who slaughtered four campers in cold blood in a far-off corner of Yellowstone National Park, had immediately turned himself in at the nearest park ranger station - except that the crimes were committed in a thin sliver of land with zero residents and overlapping jurisdiction, the so-called free-fire zone.

    Regular price: $26.11

  • Book 8

    • Blood Trail

    • By: C. J. Box
    • Narrated by: David Chandler
    • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,169
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 971
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 968

    Former game warden Pickett is now a special agent reporting directly to the governor. With someone targeting elk hunters, Pickett must head off a potentially deadly showdown when a flamboyant anti-hunting activist rolls in to town.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Each book better than the one before

    • By Bergerhoo on 12-20-15

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Blood Trail

    • By: C. J. Box
    • Narrated by: David Chandler
    • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    It’s elk season in the Rockies, but this year one hunter is stalking a different kind of prey. When the call comes in on the radio, Joe Pickett can hardly believe his ears: game wardens have found a hunter dead at a camp in the mountains - strung up, gutted, skinned, and beheaded, as if he were the elk he’d been pursuing. Governor Rulon is forced to end hunting season early for the first time in state history - outraging hunters and potentially crippling the state’s income from the loss of hunting license revenue.

    Regular price: $33.57

  • Book 9

    • Below Zero

    • By: C. J. Box
    • Narrated by: David Chandler
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 865
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 864

    New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box's Below Zero is the 10th novel featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. The telephone calls from her stepdaughter April send chills down the spine of Joe's daughter Sherry. Wasn't April murdered six years ago in a bloody massacre? Wondering how this youthful caller knows details only April could know, Sherry becomes confused while Joe grows suspicious. Is the caller April - or are Joe and his family victims of a cruel hoax?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good plot, good writing, good narration

    • By Snoodely on 03-31-10

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Below Zero

    • By: C. J. Box
    • Narrated by: David Chandler
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    'Tell Sherry April called.' That simple phone message shakes Joe Pickett’s oldest daughter Sheridan and the rest of the family to the core. To Joe, it doesn’t seem even remotely possible that April could have survived the massacre six years before. He was there, and he was unable to save her. But Sheridan starts to believe there’s a chance that April is still alive, and her suspicions are confirmed when the person sending texts to her cell phone is able to recall family incidents only April could know.

    Regular price: $32.53

  • Book 10

    • Nowhere to Run

    • A Joe Pickett Novel
    • By: C. J. Box
    • Narrated by: David Chandler
    • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,117
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 971
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 967

    Joe Pickett's in his last week as the temporary game warden in the town of Baggs, Wyoming, but there have been strange things going on in the mountains, and his conscience won't let him leave without checking them out: reports of camps looted, tents slashed, elk butchered. And then there's the runner who simply vanished one day. Joe doesn't mind admitting that the farther he rides, the more he wishes he could just turn around and go home.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • JP needs to go to Absaroka County with Longmire!

    • By Diana on 03-12-15

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Nowhere to Run

    • By: C. J. Box
    • Narrated by: David Chandler
    • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Joe Pickett’s in his last week as the temporary game warden in the isolated town of Baggs, Wyoming, but there have been strange things going on in the surrounding mountains, and his conscience won’t let him leave without checking them out: reports of camps looted, tents slashed, elk butchered. And then there’s the runner who’s gone missing – an Olympic hopeful who’d been training in the region and then just ... vanished.

    Regular price: $26.11

  • Book 11

    • Cold Wind

    • A Joe Pickett Novel
    • By: C. J. Box
    • Narrated by: David Chandler
    • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,600
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,371
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,359

    When Earl Alden is found dead, dangling from a wind turbine, it's his wife, Missy, who is arrested. Unfortunately for Joe Pickett, Missy is his mother-in- law, a woman he dislikes heartily, and now he doesn't know what to do-especially when the early signs point to her being guilty as sin. But then things happen to make Joe wonder: Is Earl's death what it appears to be? Is Missy being set up? He has the county DA and sheriff on one side, his wife on the other, his estranged friend Nate on a lethal mission of his own, and some powerful interests breathing down his neck.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent, edge of my seat the whole time

    • By Dennis on 03-26-11

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Cold Wind

    • By: CJ Box
    • Narrated by: David Chandler
    • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    When Earl Alden is found dead, dangling from a wind turbine, it's his wife, Missy, who is arrested. Unfortunately for Joe Pickett, Missy is his mother-in-law, a woman he dislikes heartily, and now he doesn't know what to do - especially when the early signs point to her being guilty as sin. But then things happen to make Joe wonder: Is Earl's death what it appears to be? Is Missy being set up?

    Regular price: $26.11

  • Book 12

    • Force of Nature

    • A Joe Pickett Novel, Book 12
    • By: C. J. Box
    • Narrated by: David Chandler
    • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,426
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,269

    New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box delivers a novel starring Joe Pickett’s sidekick: fan favorite Nate Romanowski.

    In Force of Nature, trouble comes calling from Nate’s past in the Special Forces, and the colleague he once called a friend won’t stop until those who know a deadly secret are silenced. Everyone close to Nate is at risk, including Joe and his family. To save them, Nate will have to convince law-abiding Joe to finally break a few rules along the way.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best mystery series ever----great performance of t

    • By Byron on 08-16-12

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Force of Nature

    • By: CJ Box
    • Narrated by: David Chandler
    • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    In 1995, Nate was in a secret Special Forces unit abroad when a colleague did something terrible. Now high up in the government, the man is determined to eliminate anyone who knows about it, and Nate knows exactly how he'll do it – by striking at Nate's friends to draw him out. The entire Pickett family will be a target, and the only way to fight back is outside the law. Nate knows he can do it, but he isn't sure about his straight-arrow friend – and all their lives could depend on it.

    Regular price: $26.11

  • Book 13

    • Breaking Point: A Joe Pickett Novel Book 13

    • By: C. J. Box
    • Narrated by: David Chandler
    • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,372
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,229

    The recipient of Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity Awards, New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box has won almost every honor in his field. In Breaking Point, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is glad to catch up with old friend Lyle Pendergast, but then the man goes missing and is named a suspect in the death of two EPA employees. All signs point to Lyle’s guilt, but the more Joe digs into the case, the more he realizes he’s stepped into the middle of a deadly power play.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Darn near a true story...

    • By karen on 10-23-13

    Regular price: $27.99

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