The Highway

C.J. Box

Minotaur Books

When two sisters set out across a remote stretch of Montana road to visit their friend, little do they know it will be the last time anyone might ever hear from them. The girls—and their car—simply vanish…


"A violent, tension-packed, well-written thriller spiced with Box's vivid portrayal of the Western landscape."—Associated Press

Former police investigator Cody Hoyt has just lost his job and has fallen off the wagon after a long stretch of sobriety. Convinced by his former rookie partner, Cassie Dewell, to conduct a search, he begins the drive south to the girls’ last known location. As Cody makes his way to the lonely stretch of Montana highway where they went missing, Cassie discovers that Gracie and Danielle aren’t the first girls who have disappeared there. This majestic landscape is the hunting ground for a killer whose viciousness is outmatched only by his intelligence. And he might not be working alone…


"A nonstop, action-filled race against time…will leave readers breathless."—Library Journal (starred review)

Time is running out for Gracie and Danielle. Can Cassie overcome her fears and use her innate skills to find the sisters? Can Cody battle his own demons and stop this killer before another victim vanishes on THE HIGHWAY?

"If C.J. Box isn’t already on your list, put him there."—USA Today



Read an Excerpt


4:03 P.M., Tuesday, November 20
HE CALLED HIMSELF THE LIZARD King. The prostitutes known as lot lizards feared him. More precisely, they feared his legend, the idea of him. None of them who’d ever seen his face up close lived to describe it.
He was parked in the back row of trucks with his diesel engine idling, his running lights muted, his hair slicked back, and a bundle of tools on the floorboard on the right side of his seat within easy reach. He was hunting but there was no need to go after his prey. The lot lizards would come to him.
The truck stop was four


Praise for The Highway

  "Filled with believable characters and hard, realistic dialogue, [this] perfectly paced novel offers a suspenseful story laced with more than a few shockingly unexpected plot twists."—Publishers Weekly Signature Review

"A violent, tension-packed, well-written thriller spiced with Box’s vivid portrayal of the Western landscape that he loves."—Associated Press

"A nonstop, action-filled race against time. Rolling down the superhighway of suspense, this thriller will leave readers breathless."—Library Journal (starred review)

"Be warned: This is one scary novel."—Toronto Globe and Mail

"The Highway is the summer’s most terrifying novel...Prepare to be scared."—Orlalndo Sun Sentinal

"A fast-moving, edge-of-your-seat page-turner. I really couldn’t put it down."—Criminal Element

"Get off the genre interstate and take The Highway."—Billings Gazette

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  • C.J. Box

  • C.J. Box is the bestselling author of Three Weeks to Say Goodbye, and fourteen other novels including the award-winning Joe Pickett series. Blue Heaven won the Edgar Award for Best Novel in 2009, and Box has won the Anthony Award, the Macavity Award, and the Barry Award. His first novel, Open Season, was a New York Times Notable Book and an Edgar Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist. Box’s work has been translated into twenty-six languages. He lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
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    C. J. Box


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The Highway

C.J. Box



Minotaur Books