She almost caught the notorious Lizard King serial killer once. Now, he’s back—with a vengeance.
For three years, Investigator Cassie Dewell has been on the 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. Now, working for the Bakken County, North Dakota sheriff's department, Cassie has set what she believes is the perfect trap for the Lizard King—and she has lured him and his truck to a depot. But the plan goes horribly wrong…and Cassie loses her job, her reputation, and her hope for justice.
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. But Kyle's disappearance may have a more sinister meaning than anyone realizes…Now Cassie must track down Kyle and 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.
About the Author
C.J. Box is the author of more than a dozen novels including the award-winning Joe Pickett series. He’s the winner of the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, the Barry Award, and an Edgar Award and L.A. Times Book Prize finalist. Open Season was a 2001 New York Times Notable Book. Box lives with his family outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming.
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