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A twelve-year-old girl and her younger brother go on the run in the woods of North Idaho, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder---four men who know exactly who William and Annie are, and who know exactly where their desperate mother is waiting for news of her children’s fate. Retired cops from Los Angeles, the killers easily persuade the inexperienced sh...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 8th 2008 by Minotaur Books (first published 2007)
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Mar 27, 2009 Gina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: suspense fans.
Recommended to Gina by: Group Read
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Ok, so my library is doing this thing forValentines Day called "blind date" where they wrapped up a bunch of books in pretty paper and you don't know what book you checked out til you unwrap it. I figured it's good to read random books once in a while. This was my book. The teaser said there was a plot twist and just like any blind date, this was a bit of an exaggeration. Still it was a fun read and maybe I could go as high as 4 stars but I read another book by this guy and hated it so that has,...more
I felt the author gave a true portrayal of what life is like in Idaho. The idea that Californian's should stay in California. They move to Idaho to get away from the chaos and then try to change and manipulate things to be more like California. Go figure. I also liked the fact that Box points out that Idaho is known for racists groups. Groups by the way “That we chased out of Idaho several years ago".

SIDENOTE: Racist groups whose leaders ironically came from California. (Carl Story and Vincent...more
May 01, 2009 L rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
Box does great characters. That's all there is to it. Here he give us bad guys, good guys, morally lazy guys, incompetent guys, annoying+ guys & gals . . . essentially all the folks you need to populate a good mystery novel. But it's the kids, Annie & William, and the old-time rancher, Rawlins, who make the book. Oh, there's a plot, of course, the mystery of just who did what and when, the worries about who will come out of it alive (that would be the thriller angle), and a few messed up...more

This was an enjoyable enough read although unrealistic at times. To make a long story short, two children come up missing. They were going fishing to a remote area in the woods. A busy body postal worker offered them a ride & took them to their destination. She asked them if it was okay with their mom. When they were reported missing, she bragged & boasted that she was the last person to “see them alive.” The mother never even confronted her. If I was their mom, I would have ki...more
Barbara Mitchell
I raced through this novel from a few years ago, one of my finds at our book sale. Anything by C. J. Box is an automatic grab after all, and this one really had my heart pounding. It begins with two children, Annie and her younger brother William, witnessing a murder. Then one of the killers sees them and the chase is on.

The setting is a small town in Idaho that is in transition because a large number of retired cops have moved there from Los Angeles. They've brought money but even as they claim...more
I finished this one in just 3 days. It's certainly a page-turner. But, to me, it's a formulaic thriller filled with good guys & bad guys & simplistic commentary on developments in ranching country in North Idaho. Also, there were implausible developments. Most notably, after the 2 kids at the center of the story witness a murder by 3 ex-cops, they are rescued by another coconsipirator, who for some reason shields the kids from discovery, then takes them to his home & calls the guys h...more
Aug 04, 2014 Chella added it
Shelves: not-good
Annie and William witness a murder while fishing in a nearby river. As they flee from the horrible scene, they soon realize the killers have seen them and are now looking to get rid of them as well. Believing they have been rescued by a retired LAPD cop with the intention of providing help, Annie overhears him in conversation and realizes he is one of the 4 murderer's. We are then introduced to a newly retired cop who has shown up in the small town also known as Blue Heaven, and he's looking to...more
This book reminded me a lot of the book A Simple Plan by Scott Smith (also a movie starring Billy Bob Thornton and Bill Paxton). Except the characters who have involved themselves in a bad situation, and proceed to dig themselves into a deeper and deeper hole, are not likable. Part of why "A Simple Plan" works so well is that, in spite of all the bad things they are doing, you are pulling for them to get away with it.
The guys in Blue Heaven are bad guys in every way, who will stop at absolutely...more
Rex Fuller
Box defends North Idaho from the bias of those who've never been there and adds a great child-witness escape story with a superb character in the pantheon of real cowboys, Jess Rawlins. It's not part of the Joe Pickett series but just as good.
What a great find! I went to the library looking for the latest book by C.J. Box, but it had just been checked out, so I grabbed this one instead. I really enjoyed it - another "all-nighter!" I was afraid, in the beginning, that it was going to be too detailed with descriptions of the surroundings; as a thriller, I wanted the author to get to the point - well, he sure did! I was hooked immediately and could not put it down. I also ended up liking his descriptions very much, but mostly, I loved t...more
I didn't enjoy this as much as A Cold Dish but it intrigues me that both authors are new to me. I generally tend to read a new author's entire works upon discovery but at times this leads to overdosing and I get sick of them so I have decided to hold off and wait until next week before trying another one. As always, with an audiobook, the narrator counts and this one was not bad. It is kind of hard to lose when your main characters are little kids and likeable ones at that. A regular hand of ste...more

Twelve-year-old Annie Taylor is pretty fed up with her mother, especially when her latest boyfriend, Tom, appears at breakfast one morning, just like he belongs there. In an effort to win over her 10-year-old brother, William, Tom has promised to take him fishing. When that doesn't happen, Annie decides to take matters in her own hands. Appropriating Tom's fishing rod, she takes William on a trek into the woods so they can fish on their own. Neither of them are prepared for what happe...more
Joyce Lagow
Blue Heaven[return]C.J. Box[return][return]12 year old Annie Taylor along with her younger brother William have taken off from their home in Kootenai Bay, Idaho, to go on a fishing; because they� re angry with their mother, Monica, they don� t tell her of their impromptu expedition. But they inadvertently witness three men brutally murdering a fourth; worse, the killers see them. Annie and Wlliam run, pursued and shot at by the murderers. Eventually, they hide in the barn of Jess Rawlins, a 63 y...more
Deana M
A mother that makes a bad decision. Children that witness a murder. Retired, dirty LA cops. These three factors make up the plot for "Blue Heaven". This is my third book I've read by C.J. Box and it is my favorite so far. When two children witness the brutal murder of a man, their lives are put in grave danger because the murderers saw the children in the woods and knew they saw everything; they have to get rid of witnesses. From that point on, the children try to find safety. When they realize...more
Tom Carrico
Blue Heaven
By C. J. Box

C. J. Box is known for his series of novels set in Wyoming and featuring game warden Joe Pickett. These are noteworthy for their description of the rugged modern West and are highly entertaining. Blue Heaven is a departure from this series and is a stand-alone mystery. The setting is in an area of Northern Idaho where retired Los Angeles police officers have relocated in large numbers (hence the name “Blue Heaven”).

The plot is a bit convoluted and is really three plots...more
Blue Heaven. Kootenai Bay, the place in Idaho where retired LAPD cops go to retire. Two local kids, Annie and William, decide to go fishing, taking the gear of their mom's boyfriend to a local stream. On route, they witness a cold-blooded murder, and in one fateful moment, one of the shooters sees them. The chase is on. The kids manage to evade their pursuers, and a local rancher, whose own family fell apart years ago, becomes their protector.

Blue Heaven resurrects many of America's cinematic i...more
I quickly became engrossed in this book, and I found it to be very compelling. I thought that the story was original, and I enjoyed the characters. After reading this book that I thought was full of suspense, I found the ending to be disappointing. It fell flat for me, and just wasn't up to par with the rest of the book. I am interested in reading more by this author.

Twelve year old Annie and her younger brother, William, inadvertently stumble upon an execution. The killers see the children and...more
BLUE HEAVEN (Suspense-Jeff Rawlins-Idaho-Cont) – Ex
Box, C.J. - Standalone
St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2008, US Hardcover – ISBN; 0312365705

First Sentence: If twelve-year-old Annie Taylor had not chosen to take her little brother William fishing on that particular Friday afternoon in April during the wet North Idaho spring, she never would have seen the execution or looked straight into the eyes of the executioners.

When Annie and her brother William witness a murder they are on the run and don’t know w...more
Several years ago, I was visiting Coeur d’Alene, ID shortly after two children were kidnapped and there was a search going on for them. It was really awful seeing the flyers posted requesting any information. C.J. Box uses that true-life scenario as a starting point for Blue Heaven. Other than the disappearance of two children though, this story bears no resemblance to the real-life crime. Box uses a lot of real-life situations that I’m familiar with in this novel. Northern Idaho is a Mecca for...more
Joe Stamber
Blue Heaven tells the story of a bunch of crooked city cops who retire to rural Idaho with their ill gotten gains. One of their number is executed for getting greedy, but the deed is witnessed by a young girl and her younger brother on a secret fishing trip. This is the pivotal event of the story, and the remainder is taken up by the gang's attempts to find and silence the children who threaten the continued enjoyment of their retirement. An ageing rancher, his livelihood threatened by the march...more
Denise MacDonald
I really enjoyed this book. Right from the first page it caught my interest and I needed to know what was going to happen next. I couldn't put it down. I loved the character of Annie, she was so brave and wise. The ex-cop side of the story reminded me a bit of the show The Shield. The story was different then the show, but it was based on the same premise.

It was a great story right up until the epilogue. If the book has ended without the epilogue, I would have given it five stars. The epilogue j...more
I have enjoyed several of the Joe Pickett stories and thought I would give this stand alone book a try.

Glad I did. It's a great modern western story. Our protagonist is a lone cowboy type. Extremely likable. Stands for the justice of the weak. The story is believable and suspense builds to the inevitable conflict. No less enjoyable because of it's inevitability.

I found the minor characters interesting. They developed quite a personality as the story progressed.

If you like suspense with a modern...more
This was my first CJ Box novel and it won't be my last! This is a complex and gripping thriller that gets more tense with each page. I could hardly put it down.

CJ Box writes a series about Joe Pickett, but this book is a stand alone. In this story,12-year-old Annie and 10-year-old William witness an execution in the woods and then have to go on the run from the executioners, who happen to be retired, crooked cops. It is hard to know where to turn or who they can trust, as the crooked cops infect...more
Michael Sova

I've learned something new about C. J. Box. He doesn't need Joe Pickett in order to write a great story. Box burst onto the literary scene in 2001 with the release of Open Season, the first of thirteen bestselling novels featuring Wyoming game and fish warden Joe Pickett, one of my favorite modern literary characters. I like Joe because he's as flawed as the rest of us. I like Box for a variety of reasons but mostly because he tells a great story. His words flow with an effortlessness that, as...more
An enjoyable suspense filled read.
The poor ending more or less negates any reason I may have found to recommend this book.
Linda Bouley
I loved this book from the pace and edginess of the story to the richly drawn characters. Annie & William Taylor are angry at their mother for letting, Tom, a smarmy UPS driver she's infatuated with stay the night. She told him to leave before they got up, but he's at the breakfast table in the morning and promises to take William fishing after school. He never shows and 12 year old Annie decides to take her younger brother despite her lack of fishing knowledge. Out of spite, they steal Tom'...more
The good are very very good and the bad are very very bad indeed. The pigs well they are nervous. Despite the lack of nuance and the whole country life is the best and urban city people are bad, the story does ratchet up the tension and worth a read if you are stuck in airport.
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Edgar Award-winning author C.J. Box is the author of eleven novels including the Joe Pickett series. He's also won the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, and the Barry Award. His short stories have been featured in America's Best Mystery Stories of 2006 and limited-edition printings. 2008 novel BLOOD TRAIL was nominated for the International IMPAC Dubli...more
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