Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley

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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
1432840908
Branch Call Number: x Large Print Coll
Characteristics: 487 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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USAF1969
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!

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maucarden
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.

PimaLib_WilliamB Apr 21, 2017

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.

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