#Book Þ Badlands ë eBook or E-pub free

Cassie Dewell has just relocated to Grimstad, North Dakota She has a new job as chief investigator for the police department Grimstad is booming due to oil fracking and the town is booming Along with the oil also comes drugs and crime When a small boy with fetal alcohol syndrome sees a wreck and finds a bag full of money and drugs his whole world is turned upside down Cassie must solve the crime and save the boy, while finding corruption in the police department Enjoyed the read. I enjoyed reading this library book and I am counting it for North Dakota in my US state challenge This book isof a thriller than a mystery, in that the bad guys are revealed early on The suspense builds as they start killing people, while they look for a missing bag of drugs worth over a million dollars The key to the missing drugs is a 12 year old boy who is mentally challenged, due to fetal alcohol syndrome This book 2 in the Cassie Dewell series, but it read ok as a stand alone Ca I enjoyed reading this library book and I am counting it for North Dakota in my US state challenge This book isof a thriller than a mystery, in that the bad guys are revealed early on The suspense builds as they start killing people, while they look for a missing bag of drugs worth over a million dollars The key to the missing drugs is a 12 year old boy who is mentally challenged, due to fetal alcohol syndrome This book 2 in the Cassie Dewell series, but it read ok as a stand alone Cassie is a single mother, widow of a soldier killed in Afghanistan She has quit her job in Montana to take a better job in N Dakota She is now the Chief Investigator for the Bakken County, ND, Sheriff s Dept The Sheriff warns her that there could be corrupt deputies in his department and she must only report to him This book takes place during a bitter N Dakota winter where temperatures drop to minus 20 or 30 overnight and don t get above freezing 32F in the daytime A good book to read in the hot summer I read it in 3 days, finding it hard to put down about half way through.I thought the characters were believable and the plot moved along briskly I liked the ending There is a plot line that sets up book 3 in the series I plan to readof this series #Book õ Badlands ⚻ Grimstad, North Dakota a place people used to be from, but were never headed to has struck oil As pipelines snake across the prairie, oil flows out and men and money flow in And with them, comes crime North Dakota s new oil capital has a serious law and order problem and newly qualified detective Cassie Dewell has just been assigned as its deputy sheriffTwelve year old Kyle Westergaard is one of Grimstad s paperboys Even though Kyle has been written off as the slow kid, he has dreams deeper than anyone can imagine he wants to get out of town, take care of his alcoholic mother, and give them a better life While delivering newspapers, he witnesses a car accident and now has money and a lot of white powder in his possessionWith the temperature dropping tobelow and a gang war heating up, Cassie fears she might be in over her head but the key to it all will come in the most unlikely form an undersized boy on a bike who keeps showing up where he doesn t belong It s hard to imagine a better written book Lean sentences Story first, last, and always Really, really impressed with this.Cassie Dewell, who we met in Box s The Highway, where she first battled the Lizard King, the long haul trucker serial killer, confronts him again She then leaves Helena, Montana s, sheriff s department for a fictional Grimstad note the play on words , North Dakota, which resembles oil booming, ice cold Williston She lands smack in the middle of a drug turf war betwee It s hard to imagine a better written book Lean sentences Story first, last, and always Really, really impressed with this.Cassie Dewell, who we met in Box s The Highway, where she first battled the Lizard King, the long haul trucker serial killer, confronts him again She then leaves Helena, Montana s, sheriff s department for a fictional Grimstad note the play on words , North Dakota, which resembles oil booming, ice cold Williston She lands smack in the middle of a drug turf war between a biker gang and MS 13 Kyle Westergaard, a twelve year old paper boy found a drug courier s load of cash and meth and took it home to help his formerly alcoholic, drug addicted Mom Her boyfriend finds it and immediately thinking he is clever starts a play that will inevitably bring on the traffickers assassins Cassie s new job with the Grimstad Sheriff s puts her in the sights of the deputies who re on the drug lords payroll Box masterfully shows us what the boy, Kyle, does And, we learn there will be at least oneencounter with the Lizard King.One of the few I ve read within a twenty four hour period You just can t not like it Since I read The Highway by Mr Box I have not been able to stop reading his books I can t get my hands on his books fast enough His latest one is a good one I thought however that it was a little bit of a change from his current books It was not as high pressure intensity with the action or the killer being as prominent Yet, despite all of this I still liked this book a lot and read it quickly I was drawnto Kyle s storyline then I was Cassie While they are both tied together in th Since I read The Highway by Mr Box I have not been able to stop reading his books I can t get my hands on his books fast enough His latest one is a good one I thought however that it was a little bit of a change from his current books It was not as high pressure intensity with the action or the killer being as prominent Yet, despite all of this I still liked this book a lot and read it quickly I was drawnto Kyle s storyline then I was Cassie While they are both tied together in the end, I felt that Cassie s side was somewhat lackluster Kyle was such a sweetheart I was cheering for him the whole time I would have to say that this book wascharacter driven then action paced This was my first CJ Box novel, it will NOT be my last.The pace was great, writing crisp and the characters well defined It s a hard cruel world in the new North Dakota where Oil Fracking has caused a boom in money, drugs and murder.The new detective from Montana is in for a number of shocks while the boy with a bit of mental and speech disability has already seen and heard it all at a very young age.The story follows the detective as she works her way through the evidence and the young boy as This was my first CJ Box novel, it will NOT be my last.The pace was great, writing crisp and the characters well defined It s a hard cruel world in the new North Dakota where Oil Fracking has caused a boom in money, drugs and murder.The new detective from Montana is in for a number of shocks while the boy with a bit of mental and speech disability has already seen and heard it all at a very young age.The story follows the detective as she works her way through the evidence and the young boy as he continues to plan his dream escape, down the Missouri River to the great Mississippi and beyond.If you like stories that involve the innocence of kids mixed up in the big old crazy adult world, try this one You re bound to like Kyle.Watch out for violence, dirty cops, drug use and a very cold winter That s just how North Dakota flows in these new days of the Bakken Oil Rush Outstanding crime fiction in the Arctic winter weather of Grimstad, North Dakota Grimstad is ground zero in an explosive oil boom and as it s new Chief Investigator, Cassie Dewell get s busy investigating crooked deputies and a missing shipment of meth by the MS 13 gang Author C J Box builds the third installment of The Highway Quartet into a modern, fast moving western thriller with richly drawn characters in a world of compellingly entertaining prose you ll long remember It s now on to th Outstanding crime fiction in the Arctic winter weather of Grimstad, North Dakota Grimstad is ground zero in an explosive oil boom and as it s new Chief Investigator, Cassie Dewell get s busy investigating crooked deputies and a missing shipment of meth by the MS 13 gang Author C J Box builds the third installment of The Highway Quartet into a modern, fast moving western thriller with richly drawn characters in a world of compellingly entertaining prose you ll long remember It s now on to the 4th book in the Highway Quartet Paradise Valley Joe Picket who First Sentence Twelve year old Kyle Westergaard was halfway through his route delivering the Grimstad Tribune when he heard the high whine of car engines on the highway in the dark Det Cassie Dewell, working with the FBI, thinks they may finally have caught the Lizard King, an independent long haul trucker, a serial killer of prostitutes, and the man partially responsible for the murder of her boss But do the they enough to hold him Leaving her former post behind, Cassie has transferred to First Sentence Twelve year old Kyle Westergaard was halfway through his route delivering the Grimstad Tribune when he heard the high whine of car engines on the highway in the dark Det Cassie Dewell, working with the FBI, thinks they may finally have caught the Lizard King, an independent long haul trucker, a serial killer of prostitutes, and the man partially responsible for the murder of her boss But do the they enough to hold him Leaving her former post behind, Cassie has transferred to be the new deputy sheriff in Grimstad, ND, a town filled with oil money and drugs The sheriff suspects the town is about to be flooded with a shipment of meth that came into town is went missing A very vicious motorcycle gang is in town looking for them Can Cassie find them first And what is the role of a young boy on a bicycle The Lizard King is a through thread, and an excellent, unsettling one One need not have read previous books in order to catch the thread, although one may be enticed so do to That s not a bad thing One thing that was interesting was to learn the difference between independent truckers and company drivers Box is very good at creating a sense of place by painting mental pictures December in North Carolina was brown and gray but not white Light rain fell from a close granite sky The hardwood trees were tall and skeletal and a thick brown carpet of leaves covered the forest floor Box presents an interesting and balanced picture of the positive impact from the economic impact of oil companies on previously small, struggling communities, while also focusing on the negative secondary results of money, drugs, guns and crime In this instance, those negatives are very dark, and very violent Cassie is an excellent protagonist smart, strong, intelligent yet not without her own issues You become involved with her and her life What is particularly nice, is that in Sheriff Jon Kirkbride she has a supportive boss Kyle proves that no child should be underestimated or disregarded Badlands is exciting and gripping with an explosive plot twist One becomes completely involved in a story which provides a satisfying conclusion and a continuing thread to the next book.BADLANDS Pol Proc Det Cassie Dewell North Dakota Contemp ExBox, C.J 3rd in seriesMinotaur Books July 2015 I liked this a lot, but time will tell if Detective Cassie Dewell proves as engaging a character as Box s Joe Pickett as the hero of the author s terrific series of 15 books featuring a Wyoming game warden An overweight single mother with an aging, kibitzing mother, Cassie leaves her position in Helena, Montana, for a post with the sheriff s department in an oil boom town over the line into North Dakota The sleepy town has undergone recent gone unprecedented growth and now is the site of a gan I liked this a lot, but time will tell if Detective Cassie Dewell proves as engaging a character as Box s Joe Pickett as the hero of the author s terrific series of 15 books featuring a Wyoming game warden An overweight single mother with an aging, kibitzing mother, Cassie leaves her position in Helena, Montana, for a post with the sheriff s department in an oil boom town over the line into North Dakota The sleepy town has undergone recent gone unprecedented growth and now is the site of a gang war over the drug business, with police corruption an inevitable factor given the money at play Cassie barely gets a chance to move before a series of brutal murders begins, and it s a catch up ballgame that kept me on the edge throughout I love the way her mind works in reading the clues and the brave cat and mouse game she plays to trap her dangerous adversaries.From the beginning, we spend a lot of time in the mind of a 12 year old boy, Kyle, who collects a package of drugs and money that fell out of a fatal car crash he witnesses on his paper route He is a loner, tagged by everyone as a retard, but his main problem appears to be a speech defectthan intellectual challenges He hopes the money can help save his mother, who is struggling with poverty, drug and alcohol abuse, and looking for love in all the wrong places Her greedy boyfriend interferes with his plans and brings the wolves to their door with a scheme to profit from the windfall Kyle s resourcefulness and resilience in this tough situation where even the police can t be trusted is a wonder to behold His constantly biking around in 20 below zero weather never failed to put an edge of worry in my sympathy for his desperate straits.The strength of the Pickett series lies in the unconventional job for its crime investigator, his dogged Dudley Do Right character willing to pursue underhanded means to achieve justice, the outdoor settings of the action, and themes relating to the rural environment of the mountain west and its exploitation Having atypical law enforcement officer for a protagonist takes away some of the uniqueness for Box s work, but having a woman as hero has some interesting challenges to make up for that loss Like Pickett, and unlike so many other fictional detectives with tormented personalities, Cassie is emotionally healthy, has a playful mind, and is easy to identify with I look forward to giving her a chance in any future reads unclear if this is a series I am not sure if I will backtrack to the pair of books set in Montana, Back of Beyond and The Highway , the latter of which has some backstory for Cassie Two vehicles race along the icy highway outside Grimstad, North Dakota, oil capital of the new Wild West One car is forced off the road where it flips, overturning several times, trapping the driver The second car drives off as a police patrol vehicle appears, followed by a second which calls in a single vehicle accident.The scene is witnessed by twelve year old Kyle Westergaard, undersized for his age and with a speech impediment due to fetal alcohol syndrome He was delivering newspapers o Two vehicles race along the icy highway outside Grimstad, North Dakota, oil capital of the new Wild West One car is forced off the road where it flips, overturning several times, trapping the driver The second car drives off as a police patrol vehicle appears, followed by a second which calls in a single vehicle accident.The scene is witnessed by twelve year old Kyle Westergaard, undersized for his age and with a speech impediment due to fetal alcohol syndrome He was delivering newspapers on his pushbike through the snow and stopped off at a bluff to survey the flames from the ducts of the fracking wells Though dismissed as simple, Kyle has a dream of cruising his friend s boat down the Missouri River to its confluence with the Mississippi and down to the Gulf He collects items for this journey from rubbish skips and stoops to retrieve a package flung from the overturned vehicle from the snow, placing it in his pannier to take home It is found by his mother s feckless boyfriend, T Lock, who opens it and sees an opportunity Cassie Dewell arrives in Grimstad from Helena, Montana, appointed Chief Investigator to Sheriff Kirkbride who suspects corruption within his department She has a reputation as an uncompromising detective, and her mother and young son are to join her there She soon discovers that not everyone welcomes her, particularly her predecessor, sent back out on patrolMy mother will be in for a shock, that s for sure She s a vegan and she s into sustainable and organic Whatever that is, Kirkbride said, taking a long pull of his beer She s in for a culture shock The title Badlands relates to the rock formations, twelve miles east of the border with Montana, but is also a euphemism for a small farming community overwhelmed by oil workers living in Man Camps And big money attracts drugs, prostitutes and criminals.With temperatures dropping to thirty below, body parts appear around town, identified by tattoos as a man starting a chapter of the Sons of Freedom The disappearance of others suggests the town is witnessing a gang war, with the vicious Hispanic MS 13 Mara Salvatrucha muscling in from California The strength of CJ Box s writing is in the characters from law enforcement turning a blind eye to minor felonies to focus on major crime, to the gangs, to people living on the fringes of society There is no glamour at play here, only hard work, greed and bloodshed A mighty read