Skip to main content
Cover for Three Weeks to Say Goodbye

Three Weeks to Say Goodbye

A Novel

C.J. Box

Mass Market

List Price: 8.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (1/5/2009)

February 2009 Indie Next List

“Three Weeks to Say Goodbye is a chilling novel of an adoption gone wrong, when adoptive parents find themselves in danger of losing their daughter and in the midst of a sinister plot.”
— Lisa Casper, Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO
View the List


New York Times bestselling author C.J. Box's novels have been called "red hot" (Booklist) and "edge-of-your-seat read[s]" (Omaha World-Herald). Now he delivers a novel that will steal your sleep as much as it will wrench your heart. Three Weeks to Say Goodbye is a novel about something that could be anyone's worst nightmare. . .

Jack and Melissa McGuane have spent years trying to have a baby. Finally their dream has come true with the adoption of their daughter, Angelina. But nine months after bringing her home, they receive a devastating phone call…

Angelina's birth father, a teenager, never signed away his parental rights—and he wants her back. Worse, his father, a powerful Denver judge, will use every trick in the book to make sure it happens. The McGuanes attempt to meet face-to-face with the father and son…but soon it becomes clear that there's something sinister about their motivations—and that love for Angelina is not one of them.

A horrifying game of intimidation and double crosses begins that quickly becomes a death spiral where everyone is suspect and no one is safe. Now Jack and Melissa will stop at nothing to protect their child—even though time is running out…

C.J. Box has once again written a bone-chilling thriller that will keep you guessing until the very last page.

Praise For Three Weeks to Say Goodbye: A Novel

“Skilled pacing and well-developed suspense…a vigilante revenge story.” —People

“Compelling and convincing.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Gut-wrenching…packs the kind of punch few thrillers, or novels of any kind, ever do.” —Providence Journal

“Frightening...Box understands the West and Westerners like no other writer.” —Rocky Mountain News

“A terrifying…suspense-filled thriller.” —Toronto Globe and Mail

“Impossible to put down.” —

“Box has built a reputation for writing knife-edge suspense while incorporating solid social issues. And he does so again here…Tight writing, dead-on characterizations, and fierce action come together in the wrenching Three Weeks to Say Goodbye.” —Billings Gazette

Three Weeks to Say Goodbye has all of the same ingredients that made [his other popular novels] hits.” —South Jersey News

Minotaur Books, 9780312365738, 368pp.

Publication Date: November 3, 2009

About the Author

C. J. Box is the author of over twenty Joe Pickett novels, as well as several stand-alone novels and a story collection. 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. He lives with his wife on their ranch in Wyoming. His books have been translated into twenty-seven languages. He’s an executive producer of ABC TV’s Big Sky, which is based on his Cody Hoyt/Cassie Dewell novels, and executive producer of the Joe Pickett television series for Spectrum Originals.