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Wolf Pack
By (author): C. J. Box
9780525538196 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Crime Mar 12, 2019
$36.00 CAD
Active 6.2 x 9.3 x 1.2 in 384 pages Putnam G.P. Putnam's Sons
Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett encounters bad behavior on his own turf—only to have the FBI and the DOJ ask him to stand down—in the thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times-bestselling author C.J. Box.

The good news is that Joe Pickett has his job back, after his last adventure in The Disappeared. The bad news is that he’s come to learn that a drone is killing wildlife—and the drone belongs to a mysterious and wealthy man whose son is dating Joe’s own daughter, Lucy.

When Joe tries to lay down the rules for the drone operator, he’s asked by the FBI and the DOJ to stand down, which only makes him more suspicious. Meanwhile, bodies are piling up in and around Joe’s district in shocking numbers. He begins to fear that a pack of four vicious killers working on behalf of the Sinaloa cartel known as the Wolf Pack has arrived. Their target seems to be the mystery man and everyone—including Joe, Nate, and others—who is associated with him.

Teaming up with a female game warden (based on a real person, one of the few female game wardens at work in Wyoming today) to confront these assassins, Joe finds himself in the most violent and dangerous predicament he’s ever faced.

Story Locale: Wyoming

Series Overview: Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett, an everyman hero with a penchant for stepping into trouble, works with an outlaw falconer and his resourceful wife and daughters to protect the land of Twelve Sleep Country from hunters, ecoterrorists, cowboy hit men, and rogue government agents, among others.


MORE OF WHAT READERS LOVE: C.J. Box’s loyal fans love suspense, the outdoors, and the very human ups and downs of family man Joe Pickett. Wolf Pack will deliver all of their favorite things in spades.

A STRONG SET-UP WITH A NEW HOOK: Technology vs. nature, the mystery of the witness relocation program, a child in peril—Wolf Pack lays a perfectly gripping hook. It also introduces a new publicity angle, with the introduction of a female game warden, who is based on a real person that C.J. Box is doing ride-alongs with.

THE GOOD OLD GOOD GUYS, REALLY BAD BADDIES: Joe, Lucy, Nate Romanowski, and many fan favorite characters will be back…and they’ll be matched up against the worst bad guys C.J. Box has ever put on the page.

GREAT TRACK, GREAT REVIEWS: C.J. Box’s sales are growing every year—his latest hardcover, The Disappeared, spent 5 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list—a record for him. We continue to find new readers thrilled by the Joe Pickett series, and the reviews keep on getting better. Wolf Pack is poised to keep the trends going.

PAPERBACK TIE-IN: The paperback of The Disappeared will feature a teaser from Wolf Pack.

C. J. Box is the author of eighteen 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.

Author Residence: Cheyenne, Wyoming

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Praise for Wolf Pack

“One of his most tightly wound tales, with more thrills than a snowy road on a steep mountain and more authority than the governor of Wyoming.”—Kirkus Reviews

“As always, Box takes familiar elements of his long running series…and seamlessly combines them into a read that makes your heart race, even though you won’t leave the couch until you’ve turned the last page. Half mystery, half thriller, totally worthwhile…You can just about set your watch by a Joe Pickett novel in March; the number-one-best-selling author’s legion of fans will be counting down the minutes.”—Booklist

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