The Bitterroots

The Bitterroots

by C. J. Box


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A riveting new novel from New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author C. J. Box.

The ties that bind can burn you.

Former sheriff’s investigator Cassie Dewell is trying to start her life over as in private practice. She’s her own boss and answers to no one, and that’s just the way she likes it after the past few tumultuous years. All that certainty changes when an old friend calls in a favor: she wants Cassie to help exonerate a man accused of assaulting a young woman from an influential family.

Against her own better judgment, Cassie agrees. But out by the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana, twisted family loyalty runs as deep as the ties to the land, and there's always something more to the story. The Kleinsassers have ruled this part of Montana for decades, and the Iron Cross Ranch is their stronghold. They want to see Blake Kleinsasser, the black sheep of the family, put away forever for the assault. As Cassie attempts to uncover the truth, she must fight against a family whose roots are tangled and deadly—as well as the ghosts of her own past that threaten to bring her down.

With The Bitterroots, master storyteller C. J. Box delivers another searing novel of loyalty, lies, and lethal retribution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250051059
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/13/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 4,835
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

C. J. BOX is the New York Times bestselling author of many novels including the Joe Pickett series. He has won the Edgar Alan Poe Award for Best Novel (Blue Heaven, 2009) as well as the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, and the Barry Award. Over four million copies of his novels have been sold in the U.S. alone and they have been translated into twenty-seven languages. He lives in Wyoming.

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The Bitterroots 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 5 days ago
not at all like joe pickett books
Anonymous 6 days ago
slow moving plot
Anonymous 3 days ago
The research connection must not care for the people living in the Bitterroot valley. The details were stupid and boring. The story was sad, poorly put together and flopped. I always look forward to This author's material but this is a mess.
Anonymous 5 days ago
I looked forward to this book and it did not disappoint cassie is a wonderful character and she is at the center of this novel . well plotted but I wished it had not ended so quickly.
Craig1954 7 days ago
Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. C. J. Box doesn't disappoint. We know early on who the bad guys are but the fun in the story is the how and why.
PageJunkie 7 days ago
The backdrop of a nearby forest fire lends this 5th installment of the Cassie Dewell series an air of urgency and imminent danger. Cassie finds herself investigating a long-established and powerful family on their turf. As with all books authored by C.J. Box , you find yourself drawn in by the characters, the well-developed plots, and even the character of the locations. Family members with deeply buried secrets and dark hearts keeps the readers following the storyline for just one more more more page. Just when you think you’ve solved the crime, Box throws another twist to the plot that leaves your skin crawling. I don’t know if I’m more impressed or frightened that Box can write characters as endearing as Joe Pickett (Joe Pickett series) and as deranged, twisted, and downright creepy as the characters we’ve seen in the Cassie Dewell series and the stand-alone Blue Heaven. Thank you to NetGalley and Manotaur Books for an Advanced Readers Copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous 8 days ago
Great read.Exciting book. Can't wait for his next book. Have read all of C.J.Box books!!!!!!!
3no7 8 days ago
“The Bitterroots” by C. J. Box is the fourth book in the Cassie Dewell series. Each book can be read individually, and all feature Cassie Dewell, whose previous career in law enforcement was intense and tumultuous as she pursued and apprehended a serial rapist and murderer who operated as a long-haul trucker. She is still haunted by his menacing presence every time an eighteen-wheeler thunders by her on the highway. A quick but thorough history of the events between the last book and this one details just how Dewell reached her status as a licensed private investigator in Bozeman, Montana. Dewell finds herself with a case far removed from her usual skip-trace clients when a friend asks her to investigate the arrest of Blake Kleinsasser, the oldest son in a prominent family who owns a huge ranch near Bitterroot Range. Kleinsasser, who left the family business to run a successful hedge fund, is charged with scandalously inappropriate behavior with a minor relative. Dewell’s job is not to determine his guilt or innocence, but to assure that every step taken by the prosecutor is legal, one hundred percent by the book. Box pulls readers into the distasteful investigation as Dewell interviews participants and learns more than she ever wanted to know about the Kleinsasser Family Trust. The Kleinsassers remind her more of a cult than a family. Dewell discovers that what really binds the family together is envy, resentment, and hate. The geography of Montana plays an important part in the story with mountains, valleys, rivers, and plains, pushed together as if jammed against a wall. It is the “Summer of Fire” in Montana, with long fire lines that extend across the mountains and layers of smoke that give the impression of truncated buttes not mountains. “The fire seemed like a living thing, a snake, a nocturnal beast more alive at night than during the day. It burned bright enough that it stained the bellies of low-hanging clouds with pink hues.” Readers can use Google Earth to absorb the intensity of the massive mountains and the intervening valleys; follow the road as Dewell choses to leave Interstate Highway 90 after Butte and cuts south and west on two-lane state roads, or take a casual look around Deer lodge prison farm and Lolo Hot Springs. Box keeps Dwell’s sense of justice and respect for the law remained intact, but pushes her to the limit as she uncovers inconsistencies in the statement of a girl who was likely traumatized and contends with a family that is toxic, twisted, and paranoid. Box pushes readers to the limit as a massive eighteen-wheel tractor-trailer, a black Peterbilt tractor, with a boxy cab and long nose like the lizard king’s, idles on a suburban street and the driver watches a neighborhood school with his eyes. “The Bitterroots” starts as a routine investigation for Dewell and gains momentum until it the crushing, traumatic ending. When the Montana smoke clears, there is surprise for everyone. I received a review copy of “The Bitterroots” from C. J. Box, St. Martin’s Press, and Minotaur Books. Box has written a detailed, intense story that moves quickly and authoritatively. The geography is stunning, the characters complex, and the plot compelling. It is a book for new readers and die-hard Box fans alike.
Christine_QueenofBooks 10 days ago
A book that will make you forget your bedtime! Thank you to Minotaur for a free arc of this title for review I'd seen him around, but this was my first C. J. Box. It's part of a series focused on PI Cassie, but I dove in with book #4 and felt that worked fine. Cassie's called to investigate a case against Blake, the oldest son of a prominent ranch family. She doesn't want to take the job (working for his defense) but agrees to give the evidence against him a sniff test. Sounds pretty mellow so far, right? I'd say this one starts off quietly, but the action ramps up by the halfway point. There's almost this Southern gothic feel, with forest fires ravaging in the distance and this feeling that no one's quite telling the truth - and no one is all that safe. This would be a great one to tear through in an afternoon at the beach, or to be creeped out by after dark. Four stars - it really did make me want to stay up way too late, just to find out what would happen next. And I'm looking forward to reading some C. J. Box backlist!