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The Highway (Cody Hoyt #2)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  3,257 ratings  ·  561 reviews
From The New York Times bestselling author of Blue Heaven and Back of Beyond, C.J. Box, comes a gripping new thriller.

When teenagers Danielle and Gracie Sullivan take a clandestine car trip to visit their friend in Montana, little do they know it's the last time anyone will ever hear from them again. The girls and their car simply vanish. Cody Hoyt, who's just lost his job
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Published July 30th 2013 by Macmillan Audio
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Tim Bezant why on earth would you spoil the book in the reviews? sure you may not have specified a name but still its bs that now i know it'll happen!
Alexandra Cole I read Back of Beyond first, then went back and read the first two books in the series after that. I highly suggest reading all three in a row over a…moreI read Back of Beyond first, then went back and read the first two books in the series after that. I highly suggest reading all three in a row over a few days. Such awesome reads!(less)
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Cairi
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Kathleen
I understand that CJ Box is a popular writer, but after reading his latest book, The Highway, I am left with two questions: Does he always people his books with such unlikeable characters? And, are all his books as misogynistic as The Highway?

In the beginning, the reader is introduced to the repulsive Lizard King, a long haul trucker who preys on truck stop prostitutes, as he sits in a parking lot scoping out his next victim. The reader immediately grasps that this man is sick and twisted; he li
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Diane
Everyone has an off-day and CJ Box must have had a number of them when he wrote this clunker. I usually really enjoy his writing, including the entire Joe Pickett series and the lead-in to this book, Back of Beyond, and was looking forward to the continued adventures of Cody Hoyt. Thanks to a very bad decision on the author's part midway through this book, that's not going to happen.

The premise of the book was distasteful and unoriginal--a psychopathic long-haul trucker and his accomplices who p
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Cheryl
I had a co-worker and fellow reader tell me to check out Mr. Box. I heard of him but had not read anything of his work. She told me to read this book. She read it in the hardback format. I kind of forgot about it as I had many other books on my shelf to currently read. It was not until the paperback copy was released that I remembered my friend telling me about this book. So I decided to pick up a copy and check out what Mr. Box was all about.

Mr. Box made me think of a favorite author of mine M
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Virginia Campbell
Giving a whole new meaning to "road kill", author C.J. Box picks up the threads of the story line and characters of a previous work, "Back of Beyond", and weaves them into a terrifying tapestry in "The Highway". Two teenaged sisters traveling on their own between divorced, distracted parents disappear when the oldest sister takes a detour to visit her boyfriend. Danielle Sullivan is eighteen and thinks she is a world unto herself, and the rest of humanity spins in her orbit. Her long-suffering y ...more
Barbara Mitchell
I've read one of C. J. Box's novels in the Joe Pickett series, so I selected this stand-alone novel expecting a good read. It is that, but I must admit it scared the heck out of me. I couldn't wait for the end because I couldn't take much more.

The story is about a long-haul trucker who preys on young women, calling himself the Lizard King. This guy is scary because he's such a thorough planner and so inhuman. Most of his victims are the prostitutes called "lot lizards" who work truck stops, simp
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Rita
5/5 stars
another winner from Box, but be warned-- adult subject matter and dark and gritty scenarios, but the writing and suspense is superb!
Monnie
Truth is, I'm wavering between 3-1/2 stars and 4, but since the former isn't possible here - and I am wavering - I'll stick with 4. But I'll also say up front that if you're one whose taste doesn't run toward gruesome and gory, you might want to pass on this one.

This is the second book featuring seriously flawed Montana police investigator Cody Hoyt (the first, Back of Beyond, was published in 2011, and while I gave it 5 stars, quite a few readers didn't agree; the average at the time of this wr
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LJ
First Sentence: Lewis and Clark County Montana Sheriff’s Department Investigator Cassandra Dewell winced when a pair of headlights broke over a rise onto a long treeless bench in the foothills of the Big Belt Mountains north of Helena.

The first thing readers need to know is that this is definitely not a Joe Picket book. If you are expecting Joe’s Dudley-Do-Right morality, do not read this book. That said…

The elements of Box’ style which hold are very visual descriptions—occasionally more so tha
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Rex Fuller
Only a small portion of this, the second Cody Hoyt novel, comes at you from Cody’s point of view. Joe Pickett tells the vast majority of the stories in his series. Here, you mainly listen to serial killers, Gracie, a kidnapped young girl, and Cody’s partner, Cassie Dewell, as well as Cody. Making those voices natural and credible as separate identities while keeping them readable—and the story flowing—requires immense skill. C. J. Box has it. Events jump out like the sudden bark of a jackhammer. ...more
Mary Sue
C J Box writes great mysteries set in the Rocky Mountain west but this was not among his better works. Back of Beyond, his first Cody Hoyt novel, was a great read and my expectations of The Highway were for another so I was disappointed in this second. I kept waiting for a twist or turn to grab me but that didn't happen. With one exception, I felt that the events of The Highway, unlike C J Box's other works, book were predictable and and not particularly interesting. I can't be any more specific ...more
Tim Basuino
Let’s see… we have a long route trucker with a sexual fetish, a cop who gets suspended because he plays outside the law, an attractive teenage girl who is clueless but has a more with-it if not as attractive younger sister, a female cop trying to prove her way, and a cop who uses his power to everyone else’s detriment. How many clichés did I just describe?

Be that as it may, “The Highway” is a quick read in spite of the lack of original characters. I will say that one of the characters who gets k
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Karen Hall
After I finished this book I felt like I needed a shower. The issue of sex slavery in long haul trucking is an interesting one, but this book left me feeling like I'd mostly been privy to very unsavory male fantasies: young women, probably virgins, captured and held (in their underwear, of course) for whatever kind of sex a guy can imagine and for as long as he wants.

I've really enjoyed other C. J. Box books, but this one crossed a line for me. The chief investigator in this book, Cassie Dewell
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Julie
Never thought I'd be rating a CJ Box book a two, but I just wasn't enthralled by this one - in fact I was somewhat repelled. I enjoyed Back of Beyond (Hoyt #1) and assumed Hoyt would grow with the books. By one-third of the way through this one I actually put it down and wasn't going to finish, but decided today since I loved Box's other books so much I should give it a chance.

I think my problem is that in all of the Pickett novels, there is a greater issue (wind, minerals, etc) although of cou
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Dianne
How many times have you heard DO NOT get in a stranger’s vehicle? If The Highway by author C. J. Box doesn’t prove the dangers of that action, nothing will! Teen sisters, Danielle and Gracie Sullivan, in an act of parental defiance, take a road trip to see Danielle’s boyfriend, Justin (Deputy Sheriff Cody Hoyt’s son), but they never arrive. On a lonely stretch of highway, their car breaks down and the trucker that stops to “help” them becomes their biggest nightmare. Known as the Lizard King, th ...more
Minty McBunny
This would have been a 4 or 4.5 star book if not for one thing.

I'm willing to buy that a detective or police officer would be in danger from a homicidal maniac more than once in their lives. I enjoy a good police series for that very reason. Occasionally, like in Denise Mina's Garnethill trilogy, I am willing to believe that a non-crime-fighting character might, due to certain lifestyle choices or personality traits, come up against a killer more than once.

But the average person living an avera
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Kirstin
I first encountered the writing of CJ Box when he came to our bookstore to sign his previous bookBreaking Point.When I realized it was about a WY game warden named Joe Pickett, I was not very interested. Guns and trucks, hunting and horses, boots and Stetsons aren't really my thing. But before I knew it, I was sucked into the mystery and stayed up way too late to find out what happened. Then I realized that I enjoyed CJ Box's writing and his characters. Sometime in the last 6 months, I've read o ...more
Don Gorman
The last C.J. Box story I read, Breaking Point, a Joe Pickett story was really good. Great intrigue, strong subplots all kinds of stuff. This book is a total reversal. I can't believe how weak it is. This reads like a bad screenplay. Ugly stuff, no character development, totally predictable plot. There is an element of excitement here or I would not have even given it two stars but I was really disappointed by this effort. I will read the next Joe Pickett book with my fingers crossed. If it ends ...more
Pam
Definitely not a Joe Pickett story, but I had to read it, since it takes place "in the neighborhood" more or less. It was fun placing events in locations I might be familiar with, although the book might not be completely accurate. Still, I found it a suspenseful must-keep-reading kind of story, although there are a few shocks and disappointments along the way. I didn't realize there was an earlier Cody Hoyt book, I'll have to go back and read that.
Steve Chaput
I wish I could say that I enjoyed the book more than I did, as I know Box is a very popular writer. For some reason the story just didn't click with me.

Cody Hoyt, is a police investigator, and the subject of several of Box's novels. In this one he is suspected of placing evidence at a crime scene in order to point the finger at a certain individual. The person who discovers this is his former partner, Cassie. While Cody is dealing with his new period of unemployment a serial-killer known as The
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Fred Forbes
Appropriately named as I purchased the audiobook to help pass a long trip. Snapped it up as a "sale" item since I had not read C.J. Box before and noticed he seems to be selling a few. Also attracted to the setting in Montana near Yellowstone, a gorgeous stretch of country. Story centers around 2 sisters gone missing over Thanksgiving weekend and whether they can be found/recovered before undergoing serious harm. The book moves at a lively clip, contains some interesting twists and an interestin ...more
Lora
While I enjoyed the book, I was a bit bummed to have Cody and Gracie relegated to the back burner. They were the main characters in Box's Back of Beyond and so The Highway can be considered a sequel to that novel. After the events in this latest book, I'm interested to see if this is the last we've seen of these characters...
Barb
I really enjoyed the first Cody Hoyt novel from CJ Box--an interesting character with an interesting way of doing things outside the standard Joe Pickett (another good character) morals. But this novel really just turned my stomach. If that was what the author was going for then mission accomplished. There was also a major plot twist that had me shouting 'Noooo!'. I'm not sure of what the point was...to introduce another character? Leave the audience stunned so they would skim over the horrible ...more
Mike French
Another enjoyable read from C.J. Box. This book is a sequel to "Back of Beyond" where Cody Hoyt was introduced. I feel you will enjoy this book more if you read "Back of Beyond" first.
Mel
I listened to this book on a drive from ID to MN. Ironically, I drove on many of the roads mentioned in this book. Including Yellowstone and the Beartooth Highway the very day I started to listen to this book. A bit of background: the Beartooth highway drives up to 11,000' and officially closes by 10.14 of every year. EVERY YEAR, if not earlier. This book takes place in November. The road is fraught with tight hairpin turns. This book mentions characters driving on this road in NOVEMBER and a SE ...more
Elizabeth
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Ronna
(from the advanced reader book)


C J Box revives some characters from BACK OF BEYOND to populate this thriller of a mystery story. Once I realized that this is NOT the same style as my favorite Joe Picket books, I quickly got engrossed in this fast passed story that covers only a couple of hair raising days in a few people's lives. Evil travels the highways and I might just need to avoid highways for a few days until I get my breath back!

Cody Hoyt, ex-alcoholic policeman, has bypassed the law aga
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Tabasco
I listened to the audiobook. This is an excellent, excellent thriller. The setting brings to mind Spielberg's "Duel", where the huge truck represented evil. In short, a deranged killer who calls himself the Lizard King works as a long-haul truck driver, and he kidnaps and kills prostitutes along the way. This is no spoiler because the reader learns this wihin the very first chapters. When the Lizard King kidnaps two young girls on their way to Montana for Thanksgiving, all hell breaks loose and ...more
Karyn Niedert
I always hate to give any book less than a three, because if I was able to finish it how bad could it be, right? "The Highway" involves two young sisters driving from Montana to their father's house in Omaha for Thanksgiving. Enter bad man who kidnaps them, good guy that tries to save them, better woman that tries to save tham, blah blah blah...

Here's the problem. C.J. Box spoonfed me the whole story. He didn't think I was bright enough to keep up with the twists and turns so he repeated himself
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Nancy
The Lizard Kind is on the Prowl

A long distance truck driver, the Lizard King, sates his lust by killing lot lizards, young prostitutes who frequent truck stops. Cassie Dewell, a young police officer, is been forced to take pictures of her partner, Cody Hoyt, planting evidence in a murder investigation. Cody is already on the edge. His drinking got him fired from other law enforcement jobs. This is the end of the road for him. Danielle and Gracie, teenage sisters, are supposed to visit their fath
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Edgar Award-winning author C.J. Box is the author of nineteen 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 Dub ...more
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Cody Hoyt (2 books)
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