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Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley

A Novel

Highway Quartet (Volume 4)

C. J. Box

Minotaur Books

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She almost caught him once. Now, he’s back.

For three years, Investigator Cassie Dewell has been on a hunt for a serial killer known as the Lizard King whose hunting grounds are the highways and truck stops where runaways and prostitutes are most likely to vanish. Cassie almost caught him...once.

Working for the Bakken County, North Dakota sheriff's department, Cassie has set what she believes is the perfect trap and she has lured him and his truck to a depot. But the plan goes horribly wrong, and the blame falls on Cassie. Disgraced, she loses her job and investigation into her role is put into motion.

At the same time, Kyle Westergaard, a troubled kid whom Cassie has taken under her wing, has disappeared after telling people that he’s going off on a long-planned adventure. Kyle's grandmother begs Cassie to find him and, with nothing else to do, Cassie agrees—all the while hunting the truck driver.

Now Cassie is a lone wolf. And in the same way that two streams converge into a river, Kyle's disappearance may have a more sinister meaning than anyone realizes. With no allies, no support, and only her own wits to rely on, Cassie must take down a killer who is as ruthless as he is cunning. But can she do it alone, without losing her own humanity or her own life?

Paradise Valley continues the Highway Quartet series from bestselling author C. J. Box.

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CHAPTER

ONE


“THE TRAP IS SET and he’s on his way,” Cassie Dewell said to Sheriff Jon Kirkbride. She was out of breath from mounting the stairs to the third floor instead of waiting for the elevator.

Kirkbride...

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Praise for Paradise Valley

Praise for Paradise Valley:

"Thrilling plot, evocative setting, deep characterization; this book has them all." —Reviewing the Evidence

"[Box has] crafted fascinating characters and put them in riveting, challenging circumstances that test their mettle and threaten their worlds." —The Durango Herald

Praise for Badlands:

“Suspenseful—you can’t put it down.” —Library Journal (starred)

Brilliant…the most effective of his thriller since his Edgar-winning Blue Heaven.” –Booklist (starred)

"A suspenseful, professional-grade north country procedural...The unrelenting cold makes this the perfect beach read.” –Kirkus Reviews

"Fascinating...Box is a master.” –The Denver Post

"Absorbing...strong and compelling." –Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Intriguing...An enthralling thriller." –Associated Press

"Box’s latest thriller burnishes his reputation as the dean of contemporary Western suspense." –BookPage

"Cassie Dewell is a complex and multi-faceted protagonist who is one of the more interesting characters to emerge from the thriller genre over the past couple of years." –Book Reporter

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About the author

C. J. Box

C.J. BOX is the bestselling author of Badlands, The Highway, and more than twenty 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, the Barry Award (twice), the Western Heritage Award for Literature, and the Spur Award. Box’s work has been translated into twenty-seven languages. He splits his time between Cheyenne and his ranch in Wyoming.

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