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A TRUE TREAT FOR CRIME THRILLER AFICIONADOS!

C.J. Box gives his stalwart series staples Joe Pickett and Nate Romanowki a book off, but Cassie Dewell proves to be every bit their equal in the perfectly plotted Paradise Valley.

Cassie is lead investigator for the Bakken County Sheriff’s Department, located in the hinterlands of western North Dakota, a sleepy area until oil bubbled to the surface and drastically changed its landscape, literally and figuratively.  Those changes include the presence of a serial killer known as the “Lizard King,” who’s claimed, among others, Cassie’s own fiancé.  Her pursuit of him through badlands both old and new is replete with the expected twists and turns, as well as unexpected political ramifications she must confront along the way.

The personal touch alone makes Paradise Valley a true treat for crime thriller aficionados.  Box’s trademark Hemingway-esque minimalist prose is on keen display here as usual, and in Cassis Dewell he’s created a female protagonist every bit the equal of more traditional male genre staples.  Riveting and relentless.

~ Jon Land (TopShelf Reviews)