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DU alum thinks out of the box for latest mystery

DU alumnus and mystery writer C.J. Box (BA ’81) will sign and read excerpts from his latest book, Nowhere to Run at 5 p.m. April 9 at Denver-area murder mystery bookstore Murder by the Book.

Nowhere to Run is part of a 10-book series featuring protagonist Joe Pickett, a Wyoming game warden and family man with an appetite for mystery. His relentless personality ensures criminals get their just desserts.

But unlike others in the series, Nowhere to Run is the first novel based on a real incident. Box turns the account into a thriller by throwing Pickett into the mystery.

“A couple of Wyoming game wardens encountered a pair of twin brothers who were identical down to their clothes,” Box says of the true story. “The brothers were cited for game violations, but no one ever saw them again. They gave off a weird vibe.”

The event’s attendees may already be familiar with Box. He has appeared at Murder by the Book for each of his novels’ releases — a total of 12 times.

“C.J. is a very good storyteller,” bookstore owner and DU alumna Lauri Verschure (JD ’82) says. “He makes his characters come to life, and he is an extremely entertaining speaker.”

Per bookstore tradition, event attendees can enjoy a cake decorated with the exact likeness of the new book cover. The event is free and expected to last one hour.

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