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"Edgar Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author C.J. Box is back with a masterpiece of suspense set in a time and place that readers won't soon forget. Twenty miles across the North Dakota border, where the scenery goes from rolling grass prairie to pipeline fields, detective Cassie Dewell has been assigned as the new deputy sheriff of Grimstad-a place people used to be from, but were never headed to. Grimstad is now the oil capital of North Dakota. With oil comes money, with money comes drugs, and with drugs come the dirtiest criminals hustling to corner the market. In the small town resides twelve-year-old Kyle Westergaard. Even though Kyle has been written off as the "slow" kid, he has dreams deeper than anyone can imagine. He wants to get out of town, take care of his mother, and give them a better life. While delivering newspapers, he witnesses a car accident and takes a mysterious bundle from the scene. Now in possession of a lot of money and packets of white powder, Kyle wonders if his luck has changed. When the temperature drops to 30 below and a gang war heats up, Cassie realizes that she may be 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: an undersized boy on a bike who keeps showing up where he doesn't belong. Because a boy like Kyle is invisible. But he sees everything"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, ©2015
ISBN: 9780312583217
Branch Call Number: BOX
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 25 cm


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Cheryl_in_IT Oct 07, 2019

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.

IndyPL_RobinK Sep 09, 2019

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.

Jan 14, 2019

A lot of seemingly gratuitous blood and gore, but the story itself is really well written.

Oct 08, 2018

checked out 8/21/15

Jul 28, 2018

A good read but to some degree violent/gory.

Mar 30, 2017

Bloody good!

Nov 29, 2016

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.

Oct 25, 2016

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.

Aug 19, 2016

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.

Apr 03, 2016

Well-told story, with details of life in the cold north that took me back to northern Michigan.

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Apr 10, 2019

On page 62 Cassie reflects -
"Her mother didn't possess any kind of internal governor. Whatever she thought came out through her mouth."

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