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    March 12, 2018
    WRITERS IN THE LOFT presents
    #1 New York Times bestselling author

    C.J. BOX
    with his new novel

    Friday, April 6, 7pm

    “One of today’s solid-gold, A-list, must-read writers”–Lee Child

    “The eighteenth installment of this hugely popular series delivers everything fans want: a compelling mystery, high-stakes action in a beautiful setting, and enjoyably humorous interaction between characters they’ve come to know and love. There’s a reason we keep coming back for more.”—Booklist

    “Series fans and newcomers alike will be rewarded….superlative...wry humor.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    Ticket package includes book, bar beverage, author presentation, Q+A and author meet-and-greet/signing

    Portsmouth, NH, March 9 - On Friday, April 6, The Music Hall welcomes to the stage #1 New York Times bestselling author C.J. Box, who has sold more than 10 million novels in the U.S. alone. He’ll talk about THE DISAPPEARED, his latest western mystery featuring Joe Pickett, as part of The Music Hall’s Writers in the Loft series.

    The 7pm event includes an author presentation and moderated Q+A, plus a book signing and a meet-and-greet. It will be held at The Music Hall Loft at 131 Congress Street, in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

    “For years, I’ve been hearing about C.J. Box and his character Joe Pickett, the Wyoming game warden who’s taken on environmental terrorists, rogue federal land managers, animal mutilators, cowboy hitmen, corrupt bureaucrats, and violent dysfunctional families. By all accounts, Pickett always ‘does the right thing,’ and I’m guessing that’s why so many Seacoast readers have been asking for him and C.J. Box,”  said Margaret Talcott, producer of Writers in the Loft and the evening’s moderator. “The popularity of Box’s work keeps growing - he has won every major prize in the crime fiction genre and sold more than 10 million books in the U.S. alone. I’m excited to welcome him to Portsmouth and thrilled to be continuing our focus on Western-inspired fiction in the Loft - our 2016 event with Craig Johnson and his Longmire book was such fun!”

    Joe Pickett and his family need to rebuild their lives and home after death and destruction rained down on them two years ago. But in the brutally cold Wyoming winter, there is always enough malfeasance on the contemporary frontier to keep Joe’s mind off his own troubles.

    Joe is surprised to get a call from Governor Allen asking him to undertake an investigation — he and the new governor did not exactly hit it off during their one previous encounter. Allen  wants Joe to look into the disappearance of Kate Shelford-Longden, a wealthy English woman who had been staying at Silver Creek Ranch but vanished after checking out of the luxury resort. Pickett knows that happens sometimes — these ranches are stocked with handsome young cowboys, and "ranch romances" are not uncommon, but months have passed and local law enforcement has come up short.

    The disappearance of “Cowgirl Kate” is not the only trouble Joe encounters. At the same time, his friend Nate Romanowski has asked Joe to intervene with the feds on behalf of falconers who can no longer hunt with eagles even though their permits are in order. And to top it off, there’s something suspicious going on at a burner at a nearby lumber mill, where neighbors have smelled the distinct odor of incinerated hair and flesh.

    As these cases converge, Joe Pickett once again finds himself at the center of greed, violence, and deadly intentions.

    C. J. Box is the author of seventeen Joe Pickett novels, five stand‐alones, and the story collection Shots Fired. He has won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry Awards, as well as the French Prix Calibre .38, and has been a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist. A
    Wyoming native, Box has also worked on a ranch and as a small‐town newspaper reporter and
    editor. His books have been translated into 27  languages. He lives on his small ranch in Wyoming.
    The ticket package for Writers in the Loft: C.J. Box on Friday, April 6, at 7pm, is $41 ($39 members). In addition to a reserved seat, the package includes a copy of THE DISAPPEARED  ($27, hardcover), a bar beverage, author presentation, Q+A, and book signing meet-and-greet.  Packages can be purchased online at TheMusicHall.org, over the phone at 603.436.2400 or in person at the B2W Box Office at the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street.

    For further information, or to request an author interview, please contact: Margaret Talcott, Producer, The Music Hall, at mtalcott@themusichall.org or Patricia Lynch, Executive Producer, at plynch@themusichall.org

    About Writers in the Loft
    Akin to The Music Hall’s anchor literary series, Writers on a New England Stage, Writers in the Loft features bestselling authors in a smaller, more intimate space. The series brings audiences today’s top authors, the best of fiction and nonfiction, and award-winners across categories. The evening package includes a reserved seat and bar beverage, author presentation and Q+A, a copy of the book, and a meet-and-greet book signing with the featured writer.

    Series Sponsor:  RMC Research Corporation

    Contributing Partner:  The University of New Hampshire

    Season Sponsors:  Carey & Giampa Realtors;  Portwalk Place; The River House restaurant


    “It’s a treat to see Joe’s daughter pulled into working with her father; there’s an unexpected role for his reptilian mother-in-law, the imperishable Missy Vankueren; a false lead he follows will have you whooping with laughter….The final pages find Box’s hard-used hero both triumphantly successful and in deep trouble once again in perhaps the most finely balanced conclusion in this rewarding series.”—Kirkus Reviews

    “The eighteenth installment of this hugely popular series delivers everything fans want: a compelling mystery, high-stakes action in a beautiful setting, and enjoyably humorous interaction between characters they’ve come to know and love. There’s a reason we keep coming back for more.”—Booklist

    “Superlative…[T]he book’s key environmental issue enhances the satisfying conclusion. Also welcome are Box’s underrated touches of wry humor, generally overlooked as one of his strengths. Series fans and newcomers alike will be rewarded.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)


    “The unexpected, suspenseful turns will keep readers enthralled.  Another winner for Box.”—Library Journal (starred review)

    “Bracingly familiar pleasures expertly packaged…first-timers will be intrigued and fans amply rewarded.”—Kirkus Reviews

    “This outing is the most suspenseful yet in this world-class series, setting a new standard for Box.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    “We’ve noted previously how the fully fleshed family dynamic is one of this series’ enduring strengths, and that pays dividends here as we viscerally feel Joe’s fear for his loved ones and his powerlessness to protect them. Box masterfully tightens the suspense until we’re caught in a vicious circle of our own and unable to stop reading.”—Booklist

    “C. J. Box is back and better than ever.”—Providence Journal

    “Box's outstanding series, known for its expert plotting and character development, reaches a new high with Vicious Circle ... again prov[ing] why Box, who has won several awards, including the Edgar, is one of the best storytellers currently on the market." —South Florida Sun‐Sentinel

    “A stellar installment in C.J. Box's ongoing series ... Box utilizes the wild and open spaces of Wyoming to create a brooding atmosphere that's as intense as the story line. Readers both new and old will enjoy figuring out with Pickett how to stop an unstoppable villain while keeping intact everything that he holds dear. There's a reason why Box is consistently at the top of the best‐seller lists: He writes a compelling tale that also rings with emotional resonance.” —Associated Press

    About The Music Hall
    The Music Hall is a performing arts center featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus - one, a landmark 1878 Victorian theater, designated an American Treasure for the Arts by the National Park Service’s Save America's Treasures Program, the other the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner,  named "best performing arts venue" by Yankee Magazine and the recipient of the NH AIA award for design excellence.

    With acclaimed signature series including Writers on a New England Stage – a partnership between The Music Hall and New Hampshire Public Radio – and the Intimately Yours music series, we bring top authors and artists to both stages. Also, HD broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera and the National Theatre of London as well as extraordinary cinema fill both screens almost every night of the year.

    This dynamic arts center urges patrons to Explore + Learn via master classes, post film panel discussions, and matinees for children. An anchor organization in this historic working seaport, The Music Hall is one of downtown Portsmouth’s biggest employers and largest contributors to the regional economy: The Music Hall and its patrons contribute $7.1 million annually to the local economy through show and visitor related spending.

    Innovative in its outlook, the organization is community oriented and committed to making the Seacoast flourish. The Music Hall is a 501(c)3 nonprofit managed by a professional staff with the assistance of a volunteer board. Though global in the scope of its artists and programs, The Music Hall operates independently with the support of 3,000 members, 300 corporate partners and 58 community partner organizations. Welcoming more than 100,000 patrons (including 20,000 children) each year from the tri-state area and beyond, The Music Hall is the region’s center for the performing arts, literature and education…easy to get to, impossible to forget.

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    “The crown jewel of Portsmouth’s cultural scene”- Yankee Magazine

    “The beating cultural heart of New Hampshire's seacoast” - Boston Globe
    Margaret Talcott, Producer