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Badlands: A Novel (Cody Hoyt / Cassie Dewell Novels, 3) Mass Market Paperback – August 2, 2016
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In C.J. Box's Badlands, the town of Grimstad used to be a place people came from but were never headed to. Now it’s the oil capital of North Dakota. With oil comes money, with money comes drugs, and with drugs come the dirtiest criminals Grimstad’s new deputy sheriff Cassie Dewell has ever encountered. . .
Twelve-year-old Kyle Westergaard dreams of getting out of Grimstad and leading a better life. Even though Kyle has been written off as a “slow” kid, he has dreams deeper than anyone can imagine. One day, while delivering newspapers, he witnesses a car accident and takes a mysterious bundle from the scene. Suddenly he’s in possession of a lot of money―and packets of white powder―and Kyle can’t help but wonder whether his luck has changed…for better or for worse.
“Suspenseful―you can’t put it down.’’―Library Journal
When the temperature drops to 30 below and a gang war heats up, it’s up to Cassie to help restore law and order. But is she in over her head? As she is propelled on a collision course with a murderous enemy, she finds that the key to it all might come in the most unlikely form: a boy on a bike named Kyle. He keeps showing up where he doesn’t belong. And he seems to know something that Cassie does not about what lies beneath the surface of this small and troubled town…
“The unrelenting cold makes this the perfect beach read.”―Kirkus Reviews
This edition of the book is the deluxe, tall rack mass market paperback.
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“A violent, tension-packed, well-written thriller spiced with Box's vivid portrayal of the Western landscape that he loves…The Highway is the second new thriller this year from the prolific Box, who seems to get better with every book.” ―Associated Press on The Highway
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“Well-developed suspense...A vigilante revenge story.” ―People on Three Weeks to Say Goodbye
About the Author
- Publisher : Minotaur Books; Reissue edition (August 2, 2016)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0312546904
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312546908
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.26 x 0.99 x 7.52 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #20,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
What's new and interesting in this book is the picture of life on the new frontier - the fast growing and exploding Bakken Oil fields of North Dakota. A massive influx of wage-hungry men and women (though largely plying different trades), overwhelmed local infrastructure and lawlessness gives a good picture of what any of the silver mining boom towns of the late 1800's must have been like. It also provides the stew in which this book's mystery evolves.
This is a good story weaving what appears to be the long thread of the Cassie Dewell series - the game of wits with The Lizard King introduced two books ago - and a crime scenario that will be wrapped up between the covers of this book. Also, you can feel the North Dakotan ruthless winters in the writing. It made me think of the premium I'd need to relocate to North Dakota!
Cassie Dewell is developing into an interesting character. I'll keep reading.
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Nevertheless well written as usual and recommended as a stop gap measure until Joe returns. Hope that doesn't sound like damning with faint praise...C J Box is head and shoulders above most of the current crop of fiction writers.