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The Highway: A Novel Paperback – July 1, 2014
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“Filled with believable characters and hard, realistic dialogue, [this] perfectly paced novel offers a suspenseful story laced with more than a few shockingly unexpected plot twists.” ―Publishers Weekly Signature Review
“A violent, tension-packed, well-written thriller spiced with Box's vivid portrayal of the Western landscape that he loves.” ―Associated Press
“A nonstop, action-filled race against time. Rolling down the superhighway of suspense, this thriller will leave readers breathless.” ―Library Journal (starred review)
“Be warned: This is one scary novel.” ―Toronto Globe and Mail
“The Highway is the summer's most terrifying novel...Prepare to be scared.” ―Orlalndo Sun Sentinal
“A fast-moving, edge-of-your-seat page-turner. I really couldn't put it down.” ―Criminal Element
“Get off the genre interstate and take The Highway.” ―Billings Gazette
More About the Author
In 2015, Endangered debuted at #2 on the New York Times Bestseller List in March and Badlands debuted at #5 in August.
Box is a Wyoming native and has worked as a ranch hand, surveyor, fishing guide, a small town newspaper reporter and editor, and he owned an international tourism marketing firm with his wife Laurie. In 2008, Box was awarded the "BIG WYO" Award from the state tourism industry. An avid outdoorsman, Box has hunted, fished, hiked, ridden, and skied throughout Wyoming and the Mountain West. He served on the Board of Directors for the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. They have three daughters. He lives in Wyoming.
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I do not like books that are too gruesome. Once I started reading The Highway and realized what kind of a bad guy we were dealing with, I started worrying about what I was in for. Much to my relief, Box managed to walk a fine line between presenting enough detail to horrify me without pushing me over the edge to "I can't read any more of this."
I love a book with plot turns that surprise me, and The Highway did - twice. It also introduces a new character, Investigator Cassie Dewell of the Lewis and Clark County Montana Sheriff's Department, who I hope we will be seeing more of.
Some of the characters in The Highway were introduced in a previous book, Back of Beyond. However, there is absolutely no need to have read Back of Beyond in order to fully enjoy reading The Highway. I highly recommend this book to all fans of C.J. Box and to anyone who likes an action-packed suspenseful thriller.
In my case, I almost took an early exit from the "...Highway" because of its extreme victimization of women. At the outset, there is a detailed account of a stalking/killing that is stomach-turning. The author may have intended to bring a big problem (the random killing of prostitutes) to the surface and the book certainly serves that purpose; but many if not most of the female characters here are unintelligent, unpleasant, or otherwise life's victims of some kind or another. This includes the protagonist with respect to victimization. For me, the dark side often overwhelmed the action story. There are often murder and mayhem in the Joe Pickett series, but somehow they're in balance with the rest of the story.
So, overall, if sadism is not your thing, give this one a miss.
Cody Hoyt, ex-alcoholic policeman, has bypassed the law again, for all the right reasons, but bypass them he did. This has given his purely politically minded boss just the excuse he needed to fire Cody. Unfortunately, Cody's new rookie partner, Cassie Dowell, was sent to spy on Cody to provide the evidence of his wrongdoing. As a single mom, she felt obliged to follow through, but she also felt terrible doing this to a man she truly respects for his record of closed cases.
As Cody and Cassie moan their situations in a local bar, Cody breaks his sobriety. But a couple hours later, Cody's son, Justin, calls to tell his Dad that Justin's girlfriend and her sister have gone missing while they were traveling the highways to Justine's house for Thanksgiving. Cody leaves to check out the situation, even though he no longer has "cop status". Cassie, on her own time, mans the computer to seek information. After a few hours, communications for Cody stops also, and Cassie goes on the search for answers. Troubles they will find, as pure evil shows it's ugly face.
This is definitely a darker story than other C J Box books, but the thrills and "issues" are definitely shining through in this story also.Read more ›
I reviewed this book as a standalone and I have not read the preceding book, Back of Beyond. On that basis, character development was weak, even for the main character (not Cody). Action was predictable but not necessarily realistic or true-to-life. No attempt was made to use Montana's natural beauty or weather extremes to any practical effect nor to entertain or enlighten the reader. Unfortunately for me, the time spent inside the killer's mind was disturbing and done in a way that did not make the book compelling, enjoyable or very suspenseful.
My recommendation is to skip this Box book and wait for Box to bring back Joe Pickett or read Back to Beyond before reading this book. In looking at some of the other reviews, those who read Back of Beyond first seemed to enjoy this book more than I did. Maybe there is something to that.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book a lot. Very tense story line, but very grim subject for those of you who wouldn't like violence
In a story. A good surprise ending. Read more
The Joe Pickett series is fine - this one is sick. About half way through I decided that there are too many other GOOD books to read and dumped itPublished 10 days ago by J. White
It's difficult to write a review of this book without disclosing the ending. Not to worry, I will not. I have a diesel motorhome and will avoid truck stops is all I could say! LOLPublished 23 days ago by John M. Palamaro
This is a stand alone novel not in the Joe Pickett series. While I found the writing very good, along with the story, I couldn't get past how the subject line made me feel. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Traci
Scaring how close this is to things happening on today's highways. Love C.J. Box' writing.Published 1 month ago by Wilma Immonen
Written so well you can really see and feel what the characters were feeling! It is my third C.J. Box book and I am definitely reading more.Published 1 month ago by Melissa
Published by Macmillan Audio in 2013
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Duration: 9 hours, 53 minutes
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So creepy, nothing like many of Box's works. Had to buy the next book of the series. Makes you wonder when the "hero" gets killed early in the story.Published 1 month ago by Jbirdsall