Wyoming Arts Council

New C.J. Box novel hits NYT charts

C.J. Box’s new novel, “Blue Heaven,” has debuted at number 25 on the New York Times’ best-seller list. This is the Cheyenne author’s first published novel that doesn’t feature game warden Joe Pickett. It is, however, set in the Rocky Mountain West, Idaho to be specific.

Here’s a description from C.J.’s web site:

A twelve-year-old girl and her younger brother go on the run in the woods of North Idaho, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder—four men who know exactly who William and Annie are, and who know exactly where their desperate mother is waiting for news of her children’s fate. Retired cops from Los Angeles, the killers easily persuade the inexperienced sheriff to let them lead the search for the missing children.

William and Annie’s unexpected savior comes in the form of an old-school rancher teetering on the brink of foreclosure. But as one man against four who will stop at nothing to silence their witnesses, Jess Rawlins needs allies, and he knows that one word to the wrong person could seal the fate of the children or their mother. In a town where most of the ranches like his have turned into acres of ranchettes populated by strangers, finding someone to trust won’t be easy.

With true-to-life, unforgettable characters and a ticking clock plot that spans just over 48 hours in real time, C.J. Box has created a thriller that delves into issues close to the heart: the ruthless power of greed over broken ideals, the healing power of community where unlikely heroes find themselves at the crossroads of duty and courage, and the truth about what constitutes a family. In a setting whose awesome beauty is threatened by those who want a piece of it, BLUE HEAVEN delivers twists and turns until its last breathtaking page.

Here’s C.J.’s book tour info for Wyoming:
Cheyenne, Thurs., 1/24, 4 p.m., City News, 1722 Carey Avenue, (307)-638-8671
Fri., 1/25, 5:30 p.m., Chickering Bookstore, 203 South Second St. Contact Lois Chickering, (307) 742-8609 or chickeringbooks@wyo2u.com
Casper, Mon., 1/28, 4 p.m., Ralph’s Books, 215 S. Montana Ave.
Sheridan, Tue., 1/29, 7 p.m., The Book Shop, 117 N. Main St. Contact Pennie Vance, (307) 672-6505 or
Yellowstone National Park, Mon., 9/22, noon. Details TBA.

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