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Posted on: July 28, 2020

Read-A-Likes: C.J. Box

CJ Box Read-Alikes

Author C.J. Box is most known for his modern westerns following Joe Pickett, a Game Warden in Wyoming. If you enjoy stories with unlikely heroes, sweeping landscapes, and gripping mysteries waiting to be solved, you may enjoy one of these thrilling stories!


Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman

Dry BonesSet in the back-country of northern Pennsylvania, this book is the first in the Henry Farrell series following a veteran loner who moves to a small town in Pennsylvania to take over as Sheriff. With an atmospheric writing style and descriptive imagery, it’s no wonder this book is often referred to as a "Rural Noir" mystery. The book also won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller and the Edgar Award for Best First Novel.






A Stranger Here Below by Charles Fergus

71r9efA1sGL (1)The first in a thrilling series of historical mysteries set in 1835 Pennsylvania. Outsider Gideon Stoltz must overcome his first real challenge as newly promoted Sheriff when his friend, the honorable Judge Biddle, unexpectedly commits suicide. Convinced there is more to the case, Gideon must solve the crime with only the primitive tools at the time.






Desolation Mountain by William Kent Krueger

81bmVxtLuRLThis story weaves together Native American lore with a suspenseful ride through the rugged Minnesota landscape. Desolation Mountain is the 17th book in the Cork O’Connor series but stands on its own as a modern western. Krueger’s atmospheric writing combining details about the Ojibwa culture brings the place and people of the story to life.






Cold Dish by Craig Johnson

Cold DishCold Dish is the first book in the Walt Longmire Series (we also own the DVDs). This book follows disgruntled Sheriff Walt Longmire who is nearing retirement, his fast-talking Deputy Victoria Moretti, and Walt’s lifelong friend Henry Standing Bear as they race to solve a murder before the killer continues to enact their vengeance. Filled with vivid details of Absaroka County, Wyoming, and wry humor, fans of ’Open Season’ are sure to enjoy this story.






Texas Ranger by James Patterson & Andrew Bourelle

Texas RangerAfter sacrificing his personal life to pursue his career, Texas Ranger Rory Yates must now risk his badge and reputation to clear his name and solve the murder of his ex-wife.


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