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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

C J Box revives some characters from BACK OF BEYOND to populate

C J Box revives some characters from BACK OF BEYOND to populate this thriller of a mystery story. Once I realized that this is NOT the same style as my favorite Joe Picket books, I quickly got engrossed in this fast passed story that covers only a couple of hair raising...
C J Box revives some characters from BACK OF BEYOND to populate this thriller of a mystery story. Once I realized that this is NOT the same style as my favorite Joe Picket books, I quickly got engrossed in this fast passed story that covers only a couple of hair raising days in a few people's lives. Evil travels the highways and I might just need to avoid highways for a few days until I get my breath back! 




Cody Hoyt, ex-alcoholic policeman, has bypassed the law again, for all the right reasons, but bypass them he did. This has given his purely politically minded boss just the excuse he needed to fire Cody. Unfortunately, Cody's new rookie partner, Cassie Dowell, was sent to spy on Cody to provide the evidence of his wrongdoing. As a single mom, she felt obliged to follow through, but she also felt terrible doing this to a man she truly respects for his record of closed cases.




As Cody and Cassie moan their situations in a local bar, Cody breaks his sobriety. But a couple hours later, Cody's son, Justin, calls to tell his Dad that Justin's girlfriend and her sister have gone missing while they were traveling the highways to Justine's house for Thanksgiving. Cody leaves to check out the situation, even though he no longer has "cop status". Cassie, on her own time, mans the computer to seek information. After a few hours, communications for Cody stops also, and Cassie goes on the search for answers. Troubles they will find, as pure evil shows it's ugly face. 




This is definitely a darker story than other C J Box books, but the thrills and "issues" are definitely shining through in this story also. The book is populated with deeply flawed characters whom you will root for, and also with purely evil characters whom you wish never existed in real life---but , unfortunately, they do exist. Fortunately for me, Box manages to give just enough descriptions so that I "got the evil" without lots of gratuitous descriptions of blood, gore, and excessively described pain. The "possibilities" that Box describes are so reasonably likely, that it made my mind race for possible solutions. I love that Box tells a great story, which also makes me think, as well as just enjoy his great mysteries. Could this be a future new series for Box? let's hope so!!!

posted by RonnaL on July 30, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

this is a depraved book that I read and sorry that I did I would

this is a depraved book that I read and sorry that I did I would warn anyone thinking about getting it to leave it off your list, just not worth the read worst Box book yet

posted by Larryb52 on August 6, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    Generally a good plot but......

    Moved slowly thru 300 pages. Like other reviewers said, not enough action.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Just not up to his normal standards.

    Just not up to his normal standards.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    Only okay

    I did enjoy this book but not nearly as much as I have enjoyed C J Box books in the past. I think I will stick with Joe Pickett unless I wait longer for many more reviews. I would in hindsight have skipped over this one, as his books are pretty costly. I usually feel they are well worth the cost, as he does write very well, but not in this case.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2013

    So so not enough action.

    So so not enough action.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

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    The Joe Pickett series has always been a favorite of mine. How


    The Joe Pickett series has always been a favorite of mine. However, this standalone gets off to a slow start, a very slow beginning. The reader has to plow through half the novel, learning about two teenage sisters driving supposedly to their divorced father in Omaha for Thanksgiving. The older sister, Danielle, is an airhead; the younger, Grace, practical and determined. Danielle is driving and decides to go to Helena to visit her boyfriend. And thereby hangs a tale: They break down along the way and a predator long-distance trucker abducts and imprisons them in a dungeon.

    At this point, the reader has reached the halfway mark of the story, the plot of which is just about to begin. And the rest is quite obvious. Cody Hoyt, who appeared in a previous book, is a renegade detective who gets fired just as the girls disappear. They were attempting to visit his son, Danielle’s boyfriend, so Cody undertakes to find them. When his partner, Cassie, a relative neophyte, doesn’t hear from him for several hours, she determines to follow his footsteps.

    Joe Pickett quality the novel isn’t. It certainly is well written, but tedious and, to some extent repetitious. While the story is somewhat interesting, it is not particularly entertaining or gripping. And certainly not suspenseful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2013

    I like Joe Pickett better

    Too dark

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  • Posted August 24, 2013

    can't recommend

    I was so disappointed in this book. When did C.J. Box get such a sick mind? I liked the female deputy a lot. The constant references to an earlier work were irritating; I couldn't remember which book it was. I don't want to get into the sick mind of criminals, I just want to read the story. Hope his next one is better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    if you like mysteries, check it out.

    I found it hard to put down. I wanted to know what was happening next. A little graphic in places

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    CJ Box delivers once again

    I'm always ready to read one of CJ Box's novels and this one was very good except for one small problem. I purchased this on my nook and the last couple of pages were missing. Except for that I would have given this a 5 star rating.

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  • Posted August 17, 2013

    This was a good read but not in the same category of the Joe Pic

    This was a good read but not in the same category of the Joe Pickett series which are great reads.

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