Badlands - C. J. Box

Badlands

By C. J. Box

  • Release Date: 2015-07-28
  • Genre: Police Procedural
Score: 4
4
From 155 Ratings

Description

In C.J. Box's Badlands, the town of Grimstad used to be a place people came from but were never headed to. Now it’s the oil capital of North Dakota. With oil comes money, with money comes drugs, and with drugs come the dirtiest criminals Grimstad’s new deputy sheriff Cassie Dewell has ever encountered. . .

Twelve-year-old Kyle Westergaard dreams of getting out of Grimstad and leading a better life. Even though Kyle has been written off as a “slow” kid, he has dreams deeper than anyone can imagine. One day, while delivering newspapers, he witnesses a car accident and takes a mysterious bundle from the scene. Suddenly he’s in possession of a lot of money—and packets of white powder—and Kyle can’t help but wonder whether his luck has changed…for better or for worse.

“Suspenseful—you can’t put it down.’’—Library Journal

When the temperature drops to 30 below and a gang war heats up, it’s up to Cassie to help restore law and order. But is she in over her head? As she is propelled on a collision course with a murderous enemy, she finds that the key to it all might come in the most unlikely form: a boy on a bike named Kyle. He keeps showing up where he doesn’t belong. And he seems to know something that Cassie does not about what lies beneath the surface of this small and troubled town…

“The unrelenting cold makes this the perfect beach read.”—Kirkus Reviews

Reviews

  • Badlands Another Great One

    5
    By Lovemy4cats
    C.J.Box just keeps the good books coming. I always love reading about Joe Pickett and his family and now I have Cassie to look forward to also. Can't wait for a new Joe Pickett and the next Cassie . Thank you C.J.Box !!!
  • Badlands

    4
    By Qanik1
    The book was a good read. I enjoyed the way the plot unfolded and the bad guys got their just rewards. The Cassie character is a modern western gal and I look forward to the next North Dakota installment.
  • Badlands

    5
    By TXAGGIE83
    Another great read. Like the rest, never long enough!!! Couldn't put it down. Now I have too wait for the next release.
  • Better Than Expected

    4
    By Mandanite
    Being a nearly life-long North Dakotan is what initially got me to choose this book, in part to single out the exaggerated and incorrect information about life here that I've seen so often in other stories that use my state as their locale. Surprisingly, there's very few; Mr. Box has done his research well. I also expected a cheesy plot like the one in the "North Dakota"-based movie, "Wooly Boys," a film I generously give a 1-star rating. Having finished "Badlands," I'm hoping the author writes a sequel to finish the "Lizard King" scenario, and I believe "Badlands" would make a worthwhile film, as long as Box was involved with writing the screenplay. As a North Dakotan (who doesn't mind -30 degree winters) I can recommend "Badlands" for plausibility, and as an avid reader, Mr. Box as an author. 4-1/2 stars. -8.21.15, Mandan, ND
  • Excellent read!

    4
    By Johnsonmikej
    Overall, this was an excellent book. It has just enough suspense to keep the readers attention. I gave it 4 stars because it ends so abruptly.
  • Mr.

    2
    By 65 Bennett
    Superficial at best. Earlier novels much better.
  • Redemption

    4
    By ynptrailrunner
    Badlands redeemed the killing off of Cody in the last book by bringing forth a strong female character in Cassie. She held her own throughout the story, even in the rough and tumble locale in which this book resided. I do have to say that the book flowed too quickly and I found myself finishing the book in two sittings wishing that there had been more set up of characters and story line. Enjoyed the strength given to young Kyle; the hero apparent. I look forward to the next installment and hopefully centering on finding the Lizard King.
  • Badlands

    5
    By Dun Readit
    Superb characters great read.
  • enormcash

    3
    By enormcash
    Just average.