Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley

Book - 2017
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"For three years, Investigator Cassie Dewell has been on a hunt for a serial killer known as The Lizard King. He works as a long haul trucker. His prey are the "lot lizard" prostitutes who frequent truck stops. And she 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. Standing by, ready to close the net are half a dozen undercover officers, including Cassie's fiance Ian. But the plan goes horribly wrong, and the blame falls to 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, telling everyone he is going on a long-planned adventure. Kyle's grandmother begs Cassie to find him and with nothing else to do, she agrees--all the while planning a new trap for The Lizard King. But Cassie is now 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?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250051042
Branch Call Number: F BOX
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 25 cm

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Roxanne52
Mar 04, 2018

What evil a rides the highway! another perfectly crafted tale...

dustbunny53 Jan 16, 2018

I had to keep reading into the night to see how this ended, and I wasn't disappointed.

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jeffbaker2_4
Jan 11, 2018

Good plot, however the story seemed to wrap up very quickly. It seemed like Box had a deadline or something that he needed to meet even though he had story left to write.

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McAnnieG
Nov 18, 2017

The violence was pretty intense at times so I can't give it a 5/5 the rest of the story deserves.

Hunting a serial killer known as the Lizard King, has cost Cassie Dewell professionally.

When her son's friend Kyle goes missing and the possibility that he has been kidnapped by the serial killer her bosses think is dead, Cassie sets off to find Kyle and hopefully capture the Lizard King.

Plenty of plot twists. Another truly great read by CJ Box.

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Eil_1
Nov 14, 2017

What an amazing book! The plot takes off and the action never stops. Another fantastic story from C.J.Box. Will definitely read more of his offerings.

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vinifera_1
Oct 19, 2017

Another great read from C.J. Box. Really enjoyed his Cassie character, and like the Joe Pickett novels, hope to read more of her exploits in the future.

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0007548100dmw
Oct 17, 2017

Another very good C.J. Box book. Excellent story that is exciting and attention holding from beginning to end.

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rinaldoverde
Oct 04, 2017

C.J. just seems to get better and better like aged whiskey. This is his best yet with the slightly overweight and much widowed Cassie a refreshing addition to his cast of imperfect hero figures. Other than a dramatic explosion and a very satisfying climax, nothing over dramatic to wear the reader out before it's time. In other words, excellent pacing to the story.
Just a thought: How would we like to see a team up between Cassie and Joe Pickett?

bookreader1001 Aug 31, 2017

Cassie Dewell had never given up her search for the Lizard King and knows he is still out there somewhere kidnapping women from truck stops. With new information that the Lizard King (Ronald Pergram) is active again. Cassie convinces her boss to set up a sting operation that goes horribly wrong leaving several local police and her fiance dead. Cassie is made the scapegoat and forced to resign the force. Kyle Westergaard a friend of Cassie's son and an other boy have disappeared, Kyle's grandmother asks Cassie to help find them as a private investigator because no one on the police force has taken her seriously or the time to fill out a missing person(s) report. While investigating the boy's disappearance she finds out that a woman also went missing the same day in Town. This leads Cassie to the conclusion that Ronald Pergram the Lizard King is still alive and did not die in the explosion as previous thought. With help from Bull Mitchell and Sheriff Bryan Pederson and trusted deputies Cassie tracks the Lizard King to his remote cabin and come face-to-face with the man that has haunted her for so long.

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Bookworm1562
Aug 21, 2017

Paradise Valley is entertaining. I appreciate reading about the realities and politics of small town rural policing. This was no Mayberry RFD.

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