Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley

Large Print - 2017
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"For three years, Investigator Cassie Dewell has been on a hunt for a serial killer known as the Lizard King whose hunting grounds are the highways and truck stops where runaways and prostitutes are most likely to vanish. Cassie almost caught him...once. Working for the Bakken County, North Dakota sheriff's department, Cassie has set what she believes is the perfect trap and she has lured him and his truck to a depot. But the plan goes horribly wrong, and the blame falls on Cassie. Disgraced, she loses her job and investigation into her role is put into motion. At the same time, Kyle Westergaard, a troubled kid whom Cassie has taken under her wing, has disappeared after telling people that he's going off on a long-planned adventure. Kyle's grandmother begs Cassie to find him and, with nothing else to do, Cassie agrees?all the while hunting the truck driver. Now Cassie is a lone wolf. And in the same way that two streams converge into a river, Kyle's disappearance may have a more sinister meaning than anyone realizes. With no allies, no support, and only her own wits to rely on, Cassie must take down a killer who is as ruthless as he is cunning. But can she do it alone, without losing her own humanity or her own life?" -- from author's web page.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Wheeler Publishing, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2017
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781432840907
Characteristics: 487 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Nov 18, 2017

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.

Nov 14, 2017

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.

Oct 19, 2017

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.

Oct 17, 2017

Another very good C.J. Box book. Excellent story that is exciting and attention holding from beginning to end.

Oct 04, 2017

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?

Aug 31, 2017

Cassie Dewell had never given up her search for the Lizard King and knows he is still out there somewhere kidnapping women from truck stops. With new information that the Lizard King (Ronald Pergram) is active again. Cassie convinces her boss to set up a sting operation that goes horribly wrong leaving several local police and her fiance dead. Cassie is made the scapegoat and forced to resign the force. Kyle Westergaard a friend of Cassie's son and an other boy have disappeared, Kyle's grandmother asks Cassie to help find them as a private investigator because no one on the police force has taken her seriously or the time to fill out a missing person(s) report. While investigating the boy's disappearance she finds out that a woman also went missing the same day in Town. This leads Cassie to the conclusion that Ronald Pergram the Lizard King is still alive and did not die in the explosion as previous thought. With help from Bull Mitchell and Sheriff Bryan Pederson and trusted deputies Cassie tracks the Lizard King to his remote cabin and come face-to-face with the man that has haunted her for so long.

Aug 21, 2017

Paradise Valley is entertaining. I appreciate reading about the realities and politics of small town rural policing. This was no Mayberry RFD.

Aug 20, 2017

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.

Aug 04, 2017

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!

Jul 09, 2017

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.

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