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Paradise Valley

(The Highway Quartet #4)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  4,351 ratings  ·  500 reviews
A riveting new novel from the New York Times bestselling and Edgar-Award winning author.

She almost caught him once. Now, he’s back.

For three years, Investigator Cassie Dewell has been on a hunt for a serial killer known as the Lizard King whose hunting grounds are the highways and truck stops where runaways and prostitutes are most likely to vanish. Cassie almost caught hi
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published July 25th 2017 by Minotaur Books
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Maureen Carden
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have heard C.J. Box referred to as a writer's writer, as he is award winning, critically acclaimed, and admired by other authors. It's so easy to see why as his prose is sharp and evocative and his stories never slow.
Box is a resident of Wyoming and most of his books are set there but at times he wanders into Montana and North Dakota as he does in this fourth Cassie Dewell book.
This is the third book in the saga of the murderous Lizard King, but Box catches up the new reader to the series qui
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The conclusion (it would seem) to what is being called The Highway Quartet. Yes, quartet would indicate 4 books, but you never know - I wouldn't be surprised to see Cassie Dewell back for another adventure.

I can't help but give this one 5 stars. I always enjoy Box's novels. They are suspenseful. The bad guys are usually super creepy and do spine chilling and terrifyingly twisted stuff. Also, I never get tired of the fact that his heroes get no respect until they save the day. Each satisfying con
Moonlight Reader
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the publisher and net-galley for providing me with a free review copy of the book.

Wow! I am a huge fan of C.J. Box's Joe Pickett series, and when I initially requested this book, I did it on his name alone, thinking it was a new Pickett. I was a little disappointed when I realized that it's actually the first book in a new series. Or at least, I thought it was the first book in a new series. Now that I've looked at it on GR, I realize that is actually the third book in a series, which
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio, crime, fiction, series
I like C.J. Box, and I used to like the mysteries he wrote. For some reason that gives me some sorrow, I find it difficult to keep my mind on these murders. There is too much detail, not enough detail, the murders are too grisly, they have too many corpses. I'm hard to please.

Let's just say that there is a sweet spot between logic and illogic and this missed several times. I finished, but was a little amazed that a large team of FBI on ATVs were blown up with C4 in the Montana wilderness and th
Minty McBunny
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, september-2017
Let me say this. I love C.J. Box. I love Joe Pickett, I loved Cody Hoyt and I love Cassie Dewell.

That said, I think Box is kind of out of his element in this series. It's evidenced by the fact that the first book was originally labeled Cody Hoyt #1, then the second was Cody Hoyt #2/Cassie Dewell #1, the third was Cassie Dewell #2, even though it was the third in a series and now this is the 4th of "the Highway quartet".

And this book, while I did enjoy it, suffers from the same issue the second
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth and last book of this series. I enjoyed the book--so I say three good ones out of four is pretty good. Cassie Dewell is again the protagonist, and is still trying to arrest the truck-stop killer of women called the lizard King. Also the young boy, Kyle is again featured in the plot. Though Box's topic is, at times, pretty graphic, I like his writing. I plan to check out some of his other books
Wow! What a great story! The writing, characters and suspense are first-rate.

The last book where the Lizard King figured prominently in a Cassie Dewell story was The Highway. He's back once again in Paradise Valley. Cassie has been trying to track him down for quite awile but he manages to elude law enforncement. Until now. The Lizard King finally signs up to pick up a load in Grimstad, North Dakota where the County Sheriff's men and Cassie are waiting for him. In the meantime, Kyle and his pal
First Sentence: “The trap is set and he’s on his way,” Cassie Dewell said to Sheriff Jon Kirkbride.

Inspector Cassie Dewell has been hunting the Lizard King, a serial killer of truck-stop prostitutes, runaways, and of her former boss. Now, she hopes she has set up the perfect lure to get him to come to her. Yet she is also concerned about the disappearance of Kyle Westergaard, a young man with mild fetal-alcohol syndrome, and his friend Raheem.

Box does a very good job of explaining eh details of
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Former Chief Investigator for the Grimstad, ND Sheriff's Office, Cassie Dewell heads back to Montana in a private search for a 12 year old Grimstad boy she thinks might have been kidnapped by the infamous "Lizard King". This heinous villain has for years kept one step ahead of law enforcement primarily because, as an independent long haul trucker, his 18 wheels are always moving faster than the wheels of justice. He's also a diabolically smart and vicious serial killer of prostitutes he kidnaps ...more
Charlotte Miller
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-2-read
Edgar-award-winner C. J. Box is at the top of his game in Paradise Valley, the third book in the Cassie Dewell series, and fourth and final book in the Highway Quartet. Cassie Dewell has been looking for the serial killer known as the Lizard King for three years. He is finally within her sights, when everything goes terribly wrong, costing Cassie her job and leaving her on her own to continue the hunt.

Elegantly written, breathtaking and filled with suspense, Paradise Valley is an absolute must r
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a fitting end to this series. The first book I read by Mr. Box was The Highway. I absolutely fell hard for the author's writing. Since, than, I have read many other books from this author. Yet, this is probably my top favorite series.

The Highway is where I first was introduced to Cassie. She was just a rookie back than. Yet, she has come a long way since that book. Cassie is confident, intelligent, and the bad guys better be scared. This book nicely ties up everything in this serie
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
North Dakota's Chief Investigator in the Sheriff's Department, Cassie Dewell, has finally set a trap for the Lizard King. This serial killer is an independent trucker who has killed multiple truck stop prostitutes and Cassie has been after him for years. She has lured him to a fake pick up at a manufacturing facility but the bust goes tragically awry resulting in deaths. Cassie resigns in the aftermath to protect the sheriff. Adrift, she accepts a job to find two teenage boys who went missing on ...more
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

In Paradise Valley, C.J. Box pits intrepid investigator Cassie Dewell against her longtime nemesis the Lizard King, a long haul truck driver and serial killer who has eluded capture for several years. This final installment of the Highway Quartet can be read as a standalone but I HIGHLY recommend the entire series.

Cassie's patience has finally paid off and Ron Pergram aka the lizard King has finally taken the bait she has been dangling  for the past the several years.  With the trap se
Chris Conley
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I used to think that the late Robert Parker had the greatest ability to write a completely believable woman lead character. I stand corrected. C.J. Box has created in Cassie a heroine who is not only believable but so real you can be sure you know her. This book was a terrific entry in her adventure. I sure hope we see more of Cassie.
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
C.J. Box is one of my must read authors. His Joe Pickett series has everything going for it. His best friend Nate, an enigma, teaming up with Joe, makes for a thrilling escapade every time.

This series starring Cassie Dewell, an Investigator after a serial killer, has a personal reason for hunting him since she is the only one who got away. He is a heinous killer and does monstrous acts to the young girls he picks up at truck stops.

This book may be the conclusion of this series, I wonder if Cass
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-series
Satisfying completion of Box’s Road quartet.
Sheila Beaumont
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
C.J. Box is such a wonderful writer! I especially like his Cassie Dewell series. This latest book in the series was so riveting that I read it in one day. I'm eagerly looking forward to the next book.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: box
6:25 p.m 26 jul 17 just finished this one. great story. the lizard king...this is 'highway quartet, #4' so best bet is to read these in order as the lizard king is a recurring nightmare. reads fast, has all the bells and whistles, a gratifying ending...didn't see that coming, not in that fashion. kindle version, this, good read. have never been disappointed with a c.j. box story, well worth the time it takes to read one. over before you know it. time to water the garden.
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Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Paradise Valley” by C. J. Box is an intense story following Cassie Dewell as she continues her search for the deviant long-haul trucker she first encountered in “The Highway.” It is not necessary to have read the two previous books in this series to grasp this one.

This story begins about four years after “The Highway,” and Cassie is working in another state for another agency. She is planning her wedding and setting up the final trap for The Lizard King. The book starts with a bang, literally,
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
It is hard to critique CJ Box... but this was one of those where I'm on the fence. Part of me wants to give it 3 stars, part 4.5. And funnily enough, it is getting rave reviews.

The start was slow but then I read most of the book in one day. ...

I do want to go back and read all 5 Cody/Cassie novels in a row to see how they read in quick succession.

A few criticisms were things most people won't care about or catch (spelling errors, the fact that Sept 15, 2017 is NOT a Tuesday, illogical timelines
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A reader's worst experience is to pick up a book by an author he has relied on to deliver value for the money and learn that he has written a bomb. THAT is definitely not the case with C.J.Box and "
Paradise Valley."
Once again, the author has written a tightly woven crime drama whose characters, good and bad, come across the pages as real. The reader can feel their fear and sense the danger. His copy - written ownership of using the beautiful, remote and sometimes dangerous high-mountain west as
Tonya Lucas
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So for the last month when I went into the library there was an audiobook a new one that had just been released sitting on the shelf and I walked by it, finally one time I picked it up and read it, it sounded interesting, but I've never read this author, so I went and found something else and out the door I would went. This went on for a month or better!🤔
So last week I was in there and this book literally screamed "pick me up dammit, I'm tired of sitting here."
Anyway I thought why not??? OH my g
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first C.J. Box book I've read (I think), so obviously I wasn't familiar with the previous Highway Quartet books, but it didn't seem to matter in the least. I'll be sure to go back and get caught up on the earlier books in the series.

C.J. Box - what can I say? He is obviously a master at weaving a story, making everything clear, leaving no issues unresolved, and grabbing the reader into the quick of the tale so as to not allow the audience to even consider placing the book aside. Pers
Mark Easter
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Avid readers of C. J. Box, will appreciate another fix even though the Cassie Dewell series is, for me, not quite up to his other projects. This installment does show some bright spots, however. For one, I cannot get enough of "crusty and stubborn as hell" Bull Mitchell and hope to see more of him future efforts. An "old gals network", ala Women's Murder Club, appears to be in the making which has possibilities. Resetting back to Montana is a plus. Finally, writing out the Lizard King is a BIG P ...more
Susie James
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've just finished reading "Paradise Valley", my man C. J. Box's latest rural detective thriller in the Cassie Dewell series. It's due out in July, so I received an advance reader's copy. Well-conceived and plotted, pretty good character interactions, a satisfying ending, indeed. Can't say much in detail, you know! Our heroine, persistent and smart enough, humane and human ... and one gets the distinct impression that in the end, Cassie's adventures both romantically and professionally, will con ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fic, wyoming-west
Took me quite awhile to get into the story. Maybe I'm just too partial to the Joe Pickett series.
David Highton
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
The final book of the Highway Quartet and the third featuring Cassie Dewell. A great pacy narrative, well written in CJB style
Dick Reynolds
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
There are two stories at the start of this book. In the first, Chief Investigator Cassandra “Cassie” Dewell is working closely with the North Dakota Bakken County’s sheriff department to apprehend a long haul trucker named Ron Pergram. If you’ve read any of Mr. Box’s earlier novels about Cassie you’ll probably recognize Pergram as a nasty fellow who calls himself the Lizard King. He claims this horrific moniker because of his skill in capturing young women referred to a lizards who hang around t ...more
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mr. Box is one hell of a writer. He brings the land into the story making it part of the plot. He allows you to feel the biting cold or the immense distances, shares in the views of the wildlife and on top of that he brings humanity into that scene, both good and bad.

Two small observations, not quite gripes but sort of an amusing thing to find a very good author when he makes a small error. The first is in In Plain Sight where there are three individuals seated in the sheriff's office, all hand
James Fitzgerald
Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Paradise Valley was a ok book. I didn't find it exciting as I was led to believe it is about a serial killer who is a long distance independent trucker, who picks up prostitutes murders them and get rid of their bodies in the next state. He is known as the Lizard king. Cassie Sewell is the investigator who is trying to find him.
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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

Other books in the series

The Highway Quartet (4 books)
  • Back Of Beyond (A Highway Quartet Novel #1)
  • The Highway (A Highway Quartet Novel #2)
  • Badlands (A Highway Quartet Novel #3)