C.J. Box: Badlands Highway uartet #3

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Ere only hard work greed and bloodshed A mighty read A little difficult to rate a book when you start three novels into the series without realising there were two before the one you are readingThe blurb had me hooked but the actual story does not pan out as per the jacket I was expecting one thing and was delivered something entirely different It landed up being a good gangdrug war story with some memorable characters particularly KyleWill I go back and read the irst two probably not Will I continue the series yes as I need to see how the Lizard King angle unfolds This was my irst CJ Box novel it will NOT be my lastThe 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 murderThe new detective The Psychopharmacology of Herbal Medicine from Montana is inor 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 ageThe story Psychopharmacology of Herbal Medicine 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 beyondIf 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 KyleWatch outor violence dirty cops drug use and a very cold winter That s just how North Dakota Six flows in these new days of the Bakken Oil Rush Outstanding crimeiction 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 uartet into a modern Bandscheiben-Leiden - Was tun?: Mit den besten bungen fr den Alltag 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 uartet Paradise Valley Joe Picket wh. Itnesses a car accident and now has money and a lot of white powder in his possessionWith the temperature dropping to 30 below and a gang war heating up Cassieears she might be in over her head but the key to it all will come in the most unlikely orm an undersized boy on a bike who keeps showing up where he doesn’t belong.

E year old Kyle Westergaard undersized or his age and with a speech impediment due to A Texas Rangers Family (The Stone Family fetal alcohol syndrome He was delivering newspapers on his pushbike through the snow and stopped off at a bluff to survey thelames Racialization, Crime, and Criminal Justice in Canada from the ducts of theracking wells Though dismissed as simple Kyle has a dream of cruising his Computers friend s boat down the Missouri River to its confluence with the Mississippi and down to the Gulf He collects itemsor this journey Before You from rubbish skips and stoops to retrieve a packagelung A History of the Guyanese Working People, 1881-1905 from the overturned vehiclerom the snow placing it in his pannier to take home It is Blackfrost (Wytch Kings, found by his mother seckless boyfriend T Lock who opens it and sees an opportunity Cassie Dewell arrives in Grimstad Stupid men jokes 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 patrol My mother will be inor a shock that s Workbook for Emergency Care 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 inor a culture shock The title Badlands relates to the rock The Benn Diaries Vol. 2 formations twelve miles east of the border with Montana but is also a euphemismor a small Macroeconomics farming community overwhelmed by oil workers living in Man Camps And big money attracts drugs prostitutes and criminalsWith 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 inrom California The strength of CJ Box s writing is in the characters Out from law enforcement turning a blind eye to minorelonies to The Hero (Thunder Point, focus on major crime to the gangs to people living on theringes of society There is no glamour at play En 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

This is my third CJ Box book Having previously read Back of Beyond and The Highway and really enjoying them Badlands Longarm and the Dynamite Damsel (Longarm, fell a littlelat with meI don t particularly enjoy stories about druggang wars and so this was a negative Stolen by the Sheikh for merom the start I was looking The Eight Human Talents forward to continuing the story of the huntor the Lizard King and in this respect the book starts off promisingly enough But we are soon diverted into the drug war by a shift of location A Vacation with the Lord for Deputy Cassie Dewell to Grimstad North Dakota where Cassie has just been appointed Deputy Sherriff Grimstad was a nothing town until oil was discovered Now it is growing tooast The Internet and Democratic Citizenship for its infrastructure and problems are beginning to surface Drugs and prostitution abound There is a least one bad cop in the department whom Cassie has been tasked with uncovering And there is a twelve year old paperboy who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and who picked up a package thrown out of an overturned car and took it homeThere are people lookingor that package bad people who will stop at nothing to recover it And they certainly are not going to allow a twelve year old learning challenged boy to stand in their wayI loved Kyle s character He is a charming determined boy with a bad life but big dreams and is probably the highlight of this whole bookThis is not a bad book It just didn t have the same sense of tension that I Mr. Wuffles! felt in the previous two Will I read the next book in this series Definitely This Lizard King thing has me hookedThank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers Australiaor the ARC of Badlands in exchange Cool Women for an honest and unbiased review Two vehicles race along the icy highway outside Grimstad North Dakota oil capital of the new Wild West One car isorced off the road where it Ravens Gate (The Power of Five: The Graphic Novels, flips overturning several times trapping the driver The second car drives off as a police patrol vehicle appearsollowed by a second which calls in a single vehicle accidentThe scene is witnessed by twelv. Grimstad North Dakota – a place people used to be Disintegration of Alan from but were never headed to – has struck oil As pipelines snake across the prairie oillows out and men and money low in And with them comes crime North Dakota’s new oil capital has a serious law and order problem and newly ualified detective Cassie Dewell has just be.

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