Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley

Large Print - 2017
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Setting a trap for a serial killer she has hunted for three years, investigator Cassie Dewell is disgraced when the operation goes horribly wrong, a situation that is further complicated by the loss of her job, the disappearance of a troubled youth and her determination to catch the killer at any cost
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2017
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781432840907
1432840908
Branch Call Number: FIC MYS
Characteristics: 487 pages ; 23 cm
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Cassie Dewell was a chief investigator but the trap she set for a murderer went sideways and she has been suspended from her job. She uses her free time to look at how she can catch the elusive, Lizard King, this leads her to a series of missing youths and remote mountain cabins.


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Cheryl_in_IT Oct 07, 2019

Listened to on a road trip through S. Dakota and Wyoming. Kinda fun to listen to C.J. Box in the appropriate setting (or close, at least).

Cassie Dewall is growing on me and I was relieved to have the Lizard King Saga draw to a close. I felt that if it went on for one more book, I was done with it, but it had a decent enough ending.
I enjoyed the story, though it still feels darker than his other work, and has me looking at everyone cynically for a few days afterwards.

I did not like this as an audiobook. The narrator herself is not bad, but the narration of this on stressed me out. The volume of the narration shifted from very quiet to very loud from time to time (one quiet character, one loud and brash, etc.) Some of the character voices (did the narrator or Box decide to model Edie McClurg for the housewife?) were aggravating and took a while to get used to, and then, the worst part: there were parts in the book where people were yelling at each other so much that I had to shut the book off and take a break. It was like listening to two people get into a fight in front of you - especially when one character starts tearing the other one down... ugh. Rough. I'd read it in text if I had to do it over again.

Overall, I'm glad we're done with Ronald and his hijinx. Next....

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betsymarzoni
Jul 18, 2019

I liked the main character of this series, Cassie, better than the character from his other series, Joe Pickett. But I can understand why Joe is so popular with readers in this area. Both series are set in the wild west upper mountain states and there is a lot of untamed wilderness in these books, which would appeal to many. I prefer the more character oriented Cassie Sewell series. She is dogged.

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Matthew412
Dec 22, 2018

Enjoyed this read. Now intend to read the other (earlier) books in the series.

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2013Retire
Nov 30, 2018

this is the best of the Box books I have read thus far.
excellent!

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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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