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Let's go to that tropic vacation spot of the Midwest - North Dakota 30° below zero and falling
Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2015
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.