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Badlands Hardcover – July 28, 2015
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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
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“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
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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.
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!
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A novel with a lot of twists and turns. Cassie figures them all out. The setting is a small town in western North Dakota during the oil boom.Published 2 hours ago by Allen Dahle
The first C.J. Box I read, THE HIGHWAY, I found riveting. Naturally, I dashed out to the library and snapped up BADLANDS ©2015, the next in the series. Read morePublished 14 hours ago by Theresa de Valence
I hte to say it because I live within a fe hundred miles of the Bakkan oil fields and from what I hear Box' account is based on fact. A good story hen you add the pesonal element.Published 1 day ago by sue klus
I enjoyed reading this library book and I am counting it for North Dakota in my US state challenge. This book is more of a thriller than a mystery, in that the bad guys are... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kindle Customer Thomas
C J Box does well with a new protagonist. I can'r wait for further adventures.Published 7 days ago by James A. MacStravic
Kept u on the edge of your seat. I like the back n forth between characters. Especially when young peopklevcome out ahead.Published 15 days ago by Barbara Pasman