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At the start of this overly complicated thriller from bestseller Box, his first stand-alone, siblings Annie and William Taylor, ages 12 and 10, witness a gruesome murder in the woods outside the small Idaho town of Kootenai Bay, nicknamed Blue Heaven for its abundance of retired LAPD officers. Annie and William make a run for it after they're spotted by the killers, a group of crooked LAPD cops who retired to Idaho eight years earlier after pulling a complicated heist in California that left a man dead. Rancher Jess Rawlins becomes the children's only hope of survival after they take refuge in his barn. Jess must stay one step ahead of the killers, who have volunteered to help the local authorities investigate the children's disappearance. Annie and William's mother is frantic, as the scheming officers try to persuade her the children are gone for good. A subplot involving a retired California detective pursuing the original robbery case adds too many extra characters and undercuts the suspense. Readers expecting the same brisk story lines as the author's Joe Pickett crime novels (Free Fire, etc.) will be disappointed. 100,000 first printing; author tour. (Jan.)
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A thriller with a heart. (The Boston Globe)
One of the best thrillers of the year. It kept me up most of the night, the way few books have ever done. C.J. Box owes me a night's sleep! (Tess Gerritsen)
A first-rate thriller, peopled by complex characters and unpredictable action. Don't miss it. (T. Jefferson Parker)
A first-rate, edge-of-your seat read. (Omaha World-Herald)
A non-stop thrill ride--a provocative suspense novel that has you rooting for the characters every step of the way. (Harlan Coben)
An unusual, intelligent thriller that resonates long after the last page is turned. (George Pelecanos)
A suspenseful tour de force. (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
Relentless. C.J. Box sucked me in with good cops, bad cops, and missing money, then blind-sided me with unexpected twists and surprises in this novel of clashing cultures and dark secrets. Box delivers the goods! (Robert Crais) --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.