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I liked the main character of this series, Cassie, better than the character from his other series, Joe Pickett. But I can understand why Joe is so popular with readers in this area. Both series are set in the wild west upper mountain states and there is a lot of untamed wilderness in these books, which would appeal to many. I prefer the more character oriented Cassie Sewell series. She is dogged.
Enjoyed this read. Now intend to read the other (earlier) books in the series.
I had to keep reading into the night to see how this ended, and I wasn't disappointed.
Good plot, however the story seemed to wrap up very quickly. It seemed like Box had a deadline or something that he needed to meet even though he had story left to write.
The violence was pretty intense at times so I can't give it a 5/5 the rest of the story deserves.
Hunting a serial killer known as the Lizard King, has cost Cassie Dewell professionally.
When her son's friend Kyle goes missing and the possibility that he has been kidnapped by the serial killer her bosses think is dead, Cassie sets off to find Kyle and hopefully capture the Lizard King.
Plenty of plot twists. Another truly great read by CJ Box.
What an amazing book! The plot takes off and the action never stops. Another fantastic story from C.J.Box. Will definitely read more of his offerings.
Another great read from C.J. Box. Really enjoyed his Cassie character, and like the Joe Pickett novels, hope to read more of her exploits in the future.
Another very good C.J. Box book. Excellent story that is exciting and attention holding from beginning to end.
C.J. just seems to get better and better like aged whiskey. This is his best yet with the slightly overweight and much widowed Cassie a refreshing addition to his cast of imperfect hero figures. Other than a dramatic explosion and a very satisfying climax, nothing over dramatic to wear the reader out before it's time. In other words, excellent pacing to the story.
Just a thought: How would we like to see a team up between Cassie and Joe Pickett?
Paradise Valley is entertaining. I appreciate reading about the realities and politics of small town rural policing. This was no Mayberry RFD.
This is the third Cassie Dewell novel and I am not yet sold on her anywhere near the way I felt towards Joe Pickett novels from the start. Having said that I also want to say after a slow start to reading over a few days I suddenly shut off the television and poured through it with a determination to get to the conclusion. Not all of the Box novels are equal to each other. Paradise Valley sounds wonderful but C.J. Box has a dark side that comes out in his novels of murderers and the people who catch them. I may be forced to reread earlier Dewell novels to reset my attitude towards her.
When I received PARADISE VALLEY I was so excited to sit down to another great C. J. Box 'Joe Pickett' novel. Love those books. But, hold on. This isn't a Joe Pickett novel. It's a Cassie Dewell sequel to THE HIGHWAY. The Lizard King is back and as despicable as ever. It took me a couple chapters to get over being miffed (my fault anyway for making an assumption), and then settled in for another really excellent read by Box. Some really interesting twists and turns and a real tour through North Dakota and Montana along with two trips into Yellowstone. The ending is well done with a really interesting twist. Have to say that not all male writers are good at writing with a female lead (and vice versa), but Box does a pretty credible job with Dewell and I do like her dogged excursion through lots of tenuous clues to locate the bad guy and save a couple hostages. Would like to have seen a more public punishment for the bad guys in law enforcement, but that's just me - and in this case, the end is the means. Highly recommend the book. Enjoy. PS - next Joe Pickett book will be out March 20, 2018 titled THE DISAPPEARED. Rats!
I have heard C.J. Box referred to as a writer's writer, as he is award winning, critically acclaimed, and admired by other authors. It's so easy to see why as his prose is sharp and evocative and his stories never slow.
Box is a resident of Wyoming and most of his books are set there but at times he wanders into Montana and North Dakota as he does in this third Cassie Dewell book.
This is the third book in the saga of the murderous Lizard King, but Box catches up the new reader to the series quite well.
Cassie is an investigator with the Bakken County Sheriff's Dept, in North Dakota. Or she is until her plan to trap the Lizard King goes horribly wrong and she is made a scapegoat who then has to resigns. She has moved from Montana to the oil fields of Bakken during the oil boom and has stayed in Bakken with her son, Ben and her mother Isabel during the oil bust. But now heartbroken and nearly broken, Cassie is on her own with her belief that the Lizard King still lives to torture and murder.
The Lizard King is an independent long distance truck driver who kidnaps women from truck stops, plays with them and then discards them; usually where their bodies are never found. But now like so many middle aged men, he just wants to retire and spend time with his family. Though in his case he has to make his own family and maybe he needs to be a bit of a disciplinarian.
Darn it, a man has a right to a quiet retirement. Cassie disagrees and so does her friend, Leslie Behaunek the prosecutor in North Carolina who had the Lizard King but lost him.
While Cassie is looking for a hint of the Lizard King, two young friends of her son have disappeared on a Huck Finn type adventure down the Missouri River. Cassie is hired by the grandmother of one of boys to find them. The first hint of the boys is in a tiny Montana town far from the Missouri River.
Cassie returns to Montana to investigate the boys' disappearance, realizing there may be a connection to the Lizard King when she discovers a small cluster of disappearances in Bakken the day of the tragic attempt to end the Lizard King's long reign of horror.
An old fashioned posse is formed with the help of a long retired, old outfitter Bull Mitchell, Sheriff Bryan Pederson of the Park County Sheriff’s Dept and three of his deputies. Hopefully Bull and the Sheriff will reappear in subsequent Cassie Dewell books as they are rough, tough, and ready to go. Did I happen to mention that Bull is also downright amusing and Pederson has intriguing possibilities?
With the formation of the posse and the trip in the mountains of Montana, Cassie finds her mojo again and becomes the tough decisive law officer she has always been.
As always the beauty of the landscape figures strongly in Box's novels.
He also has his usual say about the over regulation and interference by the government. Rarely is the government above the local level featured in any positive manner in Box's books. But then again, he is a Western writer.
Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in return for an honest and fair review.
I read an advanced (uncorrected proof) of the latest in the Cassie Dewell series. No spoilers, I promise. It's great. If you've followed the other books, you will continue on the search that was begun by Cody Hoyt and carried on by Cassie for the Lizard King. She has tracked the truck driver once again- the man who lures prostitutes into his truck and kidnaps them, and making their bodies vanish. Cassie has a full proof plan with the support of the North Dakota police department. But then everything goes wrong.
You'll see a couple of other familiar faces from previous books here, including a favorite from the Cody Hoyt books appear once again. It's a good read, and highly entertaining, and I really like what Box has done creating this series and hunt with Cassie, and her obsession with catching this killer, and carrying on Cody Hoyt's determined, but sketchy methods, to even more of a degree, in this book.
I'd like to get to know Cassie a bit more as a person beyond her love of her kid and her desire to track down the bad guy. She could be a good one to dive into more character analysis.