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I am continuing to like deputy Cassie Dewell, and this series. So the main character in this book besides Cassie, is Kyle a young impaired boy who is struggling to make a life with his recovering addict mother. I feel for the boy as he was a fetal alcohol syndrome baby, who is damaged in some ways, but not others. Having watched similar children in real life it is heart wrenching to see the struggles they endure due to their mothers maternal drinking. The Lizard King a serial killer makes an appearance before escaping. Then Cassie has to deal with MC13 drug dealers warring with the local bikers/dealers. Lots of action. These books would make a great TV series.
Not my favorite of C.J. Box's books. It's a good story and well written, and gives an interesting picture of the Dakota oil boom and the issues surrounding this, but it just wasn't a story I felt engaged with. "Good, but not my cuppa tea" would be my take-away for Badlands.
It does continue some elements from The Highway, which I appreciated, and I am enjoying Cassie's growth as a detective.
I am a big fan of Craig Johnson's Longmire series. However, this is an interesting point of view from a police woman who changes jobs and finds herself in a boom town. The police woman who is the lead in the story reminds of Allison Tolman's character in Fargo. I thought she could have done a little more in the story--it rather unfolds around her as opposed to her figuring out who the bad guys are.
A lot of seemingly gratuitous blood and gore, but the story itself is really well written.
Disappointing after reading Back of Beyond. Compared to that riveting title, this story is predictable. Nothing mysterious, no nail-biting moments of dread like Back of Beyond. It's nothing more than ok. I was surprised to read about a character from Back of Beyond mentioned in the more recent Badlands. So Mr. Box is linking his stand-alones. As usual for C. J. Box the writing is very good, so it would provide a worthwhile distraction on a snowy day.
This is an interesting book so far. I first noticed this title when i went to the "Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market" in East Bellevue. I find her to be a good author.
Very interesting dual stories about the Bakken and drug trade around it. Unfortunately, some immature moron wrote their own comments in pen in the large-print copy I read, so I assume the library will toss it.
Well-told story, with details of life in the cold north that took me back to northern Michigan.
Thanks to a massive oil discovery, once-dying Grimstad, North Dakota, has been transformed into a sprawling boom town full of newcomers and new construction -- as well as drugs, gangs, and violence. Early one morning, 12-year-old paperboy Kyle Westergaard witnesses a vehicle force another car off the road -- with fatal consequences. But the police say it's a single-car accident, and Kyle has complicated things with the theft of a bag from the crashed car -- a bag that lots of people want. Narrated by both Kyle and deputy sheriff Cassie Dewell (readers of The Highway will remember her), this atmospheric novel brims with suspense and action.
It took a little time to get engaged in this book but once the characters came together, it got quite good. I've just found this author and I've really enjoyed his writing (Joe Pickett series).
I enjoyed this Book! Good Plot, Vivid characters, Narrative flowed, tight condensed style of writing. Found myself thinking about the story during the day, wondering what would happen next!
This story takes place among the oil fields (fracking) of North Dakota, and the main character is a police investigator, Cassie, from Montana. Grimstad is a town in turmoil as the ranching and farming give over to the oil fields and the industries and people associated with them.
Good pace, suspenseful. Interesting protagonist(s). another excellent series by CJ Box!
I'be read all of C.J. Box's books since 2001. A big fan of his, like you who are reading my summary, my criticism. Maybe "Badlands" is out of his comfort zone, a state too far away from home. Having a 12 year old speech challenged boy riding his bicycle in 32 degree below zero weather on his way to take down seasoned butchers is a little too much for me to accept. The book seems a little too forced. Maybe Box wants to step away from Joe Pickett and is looking in the wrong climate. And the violence is too graphic!
I enjoyed this story tremendously. Great read! I can not wait till the next one.
It was okay but like the joe pickett series. kind of a let down. Hopefully this is only a bump in the road for him.