C.J. Box’s Latest ‘Joe Pickett’ Novel Debuts At No. 2 On NYT Bestsellers, Bested By Dolly Parton

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

C.J. Box’s latest novel in the “Joe Pickett” series debuted high on the “New York Times” bestseller list this week, but was kept off the top spot by a famous blonde and her co-author.

“Shadows Reel,” the 22nd novel in the series about Box’s famous game warden, debuted at number two on the NYT bestseller list for hardback fiction and combined hardback/ebook this week, after being released on March 8.

The number one slot was taken by Dolly Parton and James Patterson, whose book “Run, Rose, Run,” was released the same week.

Although it would have been nice to be number one, Box had no hard feelings about Parton and Patterson’s book debuting in the top spot, he told Cowboy State Daily on Friday.

“If I have to get edged out of the number one ranking on the ‘New York Times’ best-seller lists for hardback fiction and combined hardback /eBook, I can think of worse situations than being bumped by Dolly Parton,” Box told Cowboy State Daily. “I love Dolly like everyone does.”

Parton and Patterson’s book is about a young country singer named Rose, who is harboring a secret that could destroy her music career. Parton has said the book is inspired by her life, and she will soon release an album of songs inspired by the novel.

“Shadows Reel” is about Pickett and his wife Marybeth each finding clues to sinister crimes that puts their family in potential danger.

Box’s latest Pickett book debuted at number three on the bestseller list.

The series based on the Pickett novels, “Joe Pickett,” was renewed for a second season last month. Box is serving as an executive producer on the series, as he does for “Big Sky,” which is based on his Cassie Dewell novels and airs on ABC.

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