The Crew Reviews Podcast

Go behind the scenes with the world’s greatest storytellers. Hosted by CE Albanese, Mike Houtz, and Sean Cameron.

TCR Episode #110 | CJ Box - Shadows Reel

February 14th, 2022

Like his main protagonist Joe Pickett, C.J Box is not a man who seeks out the spotlight, but the spotlight seems to find him. When you do your job as well as Joe, and as well as C.J. Box, you draw attention. And since his debut novel OPEN SEASON in 2021, Box has drawn the attention of a legion of fans and won almost universal critical acclaim. Now, with television adaptations of both his Joe Pickett and Cassie Dewell book series, the spotlight is brighter than ever. He joined the Crew to discuss his 22nd Joe Pickett story, SHADOWS REEL.



A day before the three Pickett girls come home for Thanksgiving, Joe is called out for a moose poaching incident that turns out to be something much more sinister: a local fishing guide has been brutally tortured and murdered.  At the same time, Marybeth opens an unmarked package at the library where she works and finds a photo album that belonged to an infamous Nazi official. Who left it there? And why?
She learns that during World War II, several Wyoming soldiers were in the group that fought to Hitler’s Eagles Nest retreat in the Alps—and one of them took the Fuhrer’s personal photo album. Did another take this one and keep it all these years?  When a close neighbor is murdered, Joe and Marybeth face new questions: Who is after the book? And how will they solve its mystery before someone hurts them…or their girls?  
Meanwhile, Nate Romanowski is on the hunt for the man who stole his falcons and attacked his wife. Using a network of fellow falconers, Nate tracks the man from one city to another. Even as he grasps the true threat his quarry presents, Nate swoops in for the kill and a stunning final showdown.



C.J. Box is the author of over thirty novels, winning the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and two Barry awards, as well as the French Prix Calibre .38 and French Elle magazine literary award. His books have been translated to twenty-seven languages. He lives with his wife Laurie on their ranch in Wyoming, and like Joe Pickett, is the father of three daughters. He is an executive producer on ABC TV’s Big Sky, which is based on his Cody Hoyt/Cassie Dewell novels, as well as executive producer of Joe Pickett for Paramount Studios/Spectrum Originals.



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