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“A violent, tension-packed, well-written thriller spiced with Box's vivid portrayal of the Western landscape that he loves...Box seems to get better with every book.” ―Associated Press on The Highway

“If C.J. Box isn't already on your list, put him there.” ―USA Today on The Highway

“A non-stop, action-filled race against time. Rolling down the superhighway of suspense, this thriller will leave readers breathless.” ―Library Journal (starred review) on The Highway

“Filled with believable characters and hard, realistic dialogue, Edgar winner Box's perfectly paced novel offers a suspenseful story laced with more than a few shockingly unexpected plot twists.” ―Publishers Weekly Signature Review on The Highway

“Be warned: This is one scary novel.” ―Toronto Globe and Mail on The Highway

“One of America's best thriller writers...the reader is taken for a terrifying ride.” ―New York Journal of Books on The Highway

“The Highway is the summer's most terrifying novel... Prepare to be scared.” ―Orlando Sun-Sentinel on The Highway

About the Author

C. J. Box is the New York Times bestselling author of many novels including the Joe Pickett series. He has won the Edgar Alan Poe Award for Best Novel (Blue Heaven, 2009) as well as the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, the Barry Award, and the 2010 Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Award for fiction. Open Season, Blue Heaven, Nowhere to Run, and The Highway have been optioned for film and television. Over four million copies of his novels have been sold in the U.S. alone and they have been translated into twenty-seven languages. He lives in Wyoming.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st edition (July 28, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312583214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312583217
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (617 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Cheryl Stout TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 2, 2015
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I have read all of the C.J. Box books and have especially enjoyed the Joe Pickett series. But BADLANDS, which follows after BACK OF BEYOND and THE HIGHWAY, brings us back to Cassie Dewell and I like her.

A little overweight, 36 years old, a mom, and a darn good police officer, Cassie leaves Montana, where she was unappreciated and is now the Chief Investigator on the Bakken County Sheriff's Department based out of Grimstad, North Dakota.

Grimstad is a BOOMING oil town. The details given on the oil industry by author Box were fascinating. To go from a sleepy, dying small town to a population of over 60,000 practically overnight causes all kinds of problems, especially for law enforcement.

Not only is Cassie tracking down drug lowlife but serial killer Lizard King introduced in THE HIGHWAY is still very much on Cassie's radar.

Box describes the places he writes about so well. I always feel like I would recognize those places immediately if I ever saw them. I felt the same about Grimstad. And he described the biting cold very well too - I needed to put a sweatshirt on partway through the book.

Characters are fully described - good guys and bad. The storyline is exciting, full of new info (at least to me), and is a great continuation of this latest series.
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Cassie Dewell has just taken a new job as Senior Investigator with the police department of Grimstad, North Dakota. The sheriff warns her that the job won’t be easy. She’s stepping into the New Wild West.

The discovery of oil has created a boomtown economy. The area is swarming with single men who are often rough around the edges – twenty men to every woman. Money is pouring into the town and so are biker gangs and drugs. Homicides are on the rise. And the sheriff fears that there may be corrupt cops on his team.

Scarcely has Cassie settled into her office when tattooed body parts start showing up all over town. Cassie is small, plump and frizzy-haired, but she’s not afraid to use her gun when needed. She shot a perp dead in her last job, which gets her respect in Grimstad from day one. Not only that, she’s very sharp.

C.J. Box does a great job with the characters in this book. Cassie is admirable. The sheriff is endearing. And we get very fond of a twelve-year-old paperboy named Kyle who delivers his papers conscientiously at twenty below zero – and sees something he’s not supposed to. Kyle has fetal alcohol syndrome, and he becomes a bit of a hero in this story. The bad guys, including dirty cops, small-time dealers, miscellaneous low-lifes, and vicious Salvadoran thugs, are equally well drawn.

I loved Cassie’s investigative smarts, and the action is very satisfying. Badlands is as good, or better, than the Joe Picket novels, which I’ve followed steadily. I’d be pleased to see Cassie show up in another book. I have hope, since there’s a serial killer out there who hates her guts. She needs to catch him!
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This is my first non Pickett novel and I loved almost everything about it. I love me some Joe Pickett, but sometimes his hijinks, boy scout attitude, borderline ineptitude (learn how to shoot a gun Joe) gets a little much. And in this book theres a new sheriff in town. Or more accurately a Chief Investigator. She's gritty and real and gets down and dirty with investigations, in a way that Joe often doesnt.

I for one like the darker grittier world that she inhabits and it is a great counterpoint to joes often bumbling approach to law enforcement. Its definitely different than Joe. This story follows our heroine who moves out of Montana and into Oil Town USA, in this case in North Dakota, as she adapts to her new home, deals with the aftermath of a trying serial killer case (discussed in previous non-pickett books) and investigating a new murder and drug case in her new town. It also follows the newspaper boy who witnesses and then ends up in middle of things, all so he can launch his boat adventure.

I liked a lot of things about this book: Mr. Box again demonstrates his ability to spin an interesting story while painting a vivid picture of the Place, which is always one of the main characters; our hero is much more adept at law enforcement then Joe, and seems to learn and grow in a way that he never quite can; the mystery slowly unfolds in the fine tradition James Lee Burke; I genuinely cared about both the characters they were compelling.

Unfortunately for me, there was just something missing about the story. The "beat" felt wrong. It was a little slow getting started--I wasn't pulled right in. And I think CJ is less familiar (obviously) or less comfortable or just plain not as good writing female characters.
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This was the first C.J. Box novel I have read, although I have been aware of his reputation as an excellent (and award-winning) author for some time. When I saw that he was releasing this stand-alone novel (at least billed as such), I thought this was a good time to see if he had the moxie that readers claimed. The answer? Yes, he does. I was immediately attracted to the setting of the novel...the Badlands of North Dakota are an area I'm a bit familiar with, just enough to know it's a perfect setting for the novel he was writing here. As much as I was also pleased with our protagonist, police deputy Cassie Dewell (slightly frumpy, lacking self-confidence, smart lady and that sealed the deal for me - I love her), it was immediately obvious that Dewell was a recurring character from a previous novel, as was the criminal she was out to get in the beginning chapters. Not exactly my definition of a stand-alone novel and I knocked of a darned star for that. This was clearly a continuation of Box's last "non-series" novel which - convolutedly - makes *this* a series. Clear as mud? Gah. I hate it when the marketing department of publishers pull this kind of shenanigans, because it meant I had to go back and purchase the previous novel that featured Cassie to be caught up. To be fair, one could figure out what happened by reading Badlands as the backstory is filled in, but for those readers who don't like that sort of thing I just wanted to throw out that warning.

As to the rest of Badlands....it is an excellent story once we get past the wrap-up of the previous book's plot and Cassie accepts employment in Grimstad, North Dakota - in the Badlands. The setting is as much a character in the story as any person is - Box is that good with his setting.
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