C.J. Box’s VICOUS CIRCLE Reviewed

Vicious Circle C.J. Box March 21st, 2017 G.P. Putnam’s Sons Vicious Circle by C. J. Box is not the usual mystery/thriller novel. It is reminiscent of the classic old-time western with “High Noon” coming to mind. Besides an intense plot, readers get a flavor for what it is like to live on the Western frontier of Wyoming. Box noted, “The way the previous book ended, I knew Dallas and Brenda Cates will be back, because I made sure to set up a dilemma. It has many of the elements of a classic Western. The bad guy gets out of jail and sets out for revenge, making sure it is personal. He attacks Joe’s family forcing him to protect them even if it...

C.J. Box – The OFF THE GRID Interview

Off The Grid by C. J. Box brings back Nate Romanowski, the beloved rugged individualist. This book delves into a number of themes, some of which Box has become known for: getting the Federal government to acquiesce to the States, a contemporary Western, a solid description of the western landscape, and the issues facing western states. But, beyond that he explores the possibility of how terrorists can use technology to harm Americans, the vulnerability of the US communication systems, and the overzealous government surveillance. It might seem that a lot of issues are covered in the novel, but Box has a knack for brilliantly intertwining...

C.J. Box’s OFF THE GRID Reviewed

Off The Grid Book 16 in the Joe Pickett Series C.J. Box G.P. Putnam March 8th, 2016 Off The Grid by C. J. Box brings back Nate Romanowski, the beloved rugged individualist. This book delves into a number of themes, some of which Box has become known for: getting the Federal government to acquiesce to the States, a contemporary Western, a solid description of the western landscape, and the issues facing western states. But, beyond that he explores the possibility of how terrorists can use technology to harm Americans, the vulnerability of the US communication systems, and the overzealous government surveillance. It might seem that a lot of...

BADLANDS by C.J. Box Reviewed Aug10

BADLANDS by C.J. Box Reviewed

BADLANDS C.J. Box July 28th, 2015 Minotaur Books BADLANDS by C. J. Box brings back the exciting character, Cassie Dewell, who can best be described as a female Joe Pickett.  Readers are wondering if Box is creating another suspenseful and riveting series.  As with all his books he allows the Western landscape to become almost a supporting character. The plot highlights Grimstand, North Dakota, a booming oil town similar to the Old West during the Gold Rush. Readers become acquainted with this town when Cassandra (Cassie) decides to accept the job here as the chief investigator for Sherriff Jon Kirkbride.  She is looking forward to starting...

C.J. Box: The BADLANDS Interview

BADLANDS by C. J. Box is the follow up to last summer’s thriller, THE HIGHWAY. It brings back the character Cassie Dewell who has moved from Montana to Grimland, North Dakota, a shale oil boomtown.  Not only is she still tracking the serial killer, the Lizard King, but now must deal with biker gangs, drugs, and a murder witnessed by Kyle Westergaard, a twelve year old suffering from fetal alcohol syndrome.  As Cassie struggles to find answers the plot’s suspense ratchets up. Elise Cooper:  Would you describe Cassie as a female Joe Pickett?  J. Box: Yes, in that she is not a super cop and has a family element. She is not drop dead gorgeous,...