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The Highway: A Novel Hardcover – July 30, 2013
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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)
“One of the most suspenseful wilderness thrillers since Deliverance. And Box's characters are so real that you want to reach out and shake their hands or flee from them as fast as you can.” ―Associated Press on Back of Beyond
“Terrifically entertaining stuff that comes together with a bang in the end.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Back of Beyond
“Grade A...page-flying suspense with superior character portrayal...a great adventure.” ―Cleveland Plain Dealer on Back of Beyond
“Box knows life and death in the backcountry like few other writers today.” ―Library Journal on Back of Beyond
“Terrifically entertaining stuff that comes together with a bang in the end...” ―Booklist on Back of Beyond
“Once again, Box provides the complete suspense package...” ―Kirkus (starred review) on Back of Beyond
Top Customer Reviews
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
love the Joe Pickett mysteries. Read them all. The Highway was a bit too gruesome for me. But I am a C J Box fan.Published 8 days ago by Norman A. Purdue
C.J. Box’s THE HIGHWAY ©2013 is a thriller about a serial killer on the highways in the mid-west US. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Theresa de Valence
Not a gripping story at all. Not uplifting at all. Depressing ending. I was hoping for more from Detective Hoyt.....Published 1 month ago by Loren C. Owensby
Wow! I really was not ready for the intensity and suspense. What in the hell does C J think about when he unleashes one like this? Really grabs you!Published 1 month ago by mark harris
so this is about cody hoyt, who is better than some of Box's other characters because he's not perfect in that stereotypical range ridin' cowboy hat wearin' way that his other... Read morePublished 1 month ago by H.C. Carey
I could not finish this book. I normally don't have a weak stomach for intense scene descriptions, but this book turned my stomach inside out. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mommontoya