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The Bitterroots

(The Highway Quartet #5)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  8,464 ratings  ·  823 reviews
A riveting new novel from the New York Times bestselling and Edgar-Award winning author.

Former police officer Cassie Dewell is trying to start over with her own private investigation firm. Guilty about not seeing her son and exhausted by the nights on stakeout, Cassie is nontheless managing...until an old friend calls in a favor: she wants Cassie to help exonarate a man ac
Hardcover, 311 pages
Published August 13th 2019 by Minotaur Books
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C.J. Box is not a new author on my radar. I’ve been reading his Joe Pickett series for years. At first glance, I thought it was a stand-alone. But upon its arrival I realized this is actually book 4 of a completely different series! (Cue the rug being pulled out from under me!) Hesitant...nervous.... jumping into a series can sometimes end in disaster! Not to worry!!

C.J. Box provides just the right amount of background to rapidly bring you up to speed. So you’ll be fully prepared to jump right
Susanne  Strong
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

PI Cassie Dewell is called into investigate a case that goes against every fiber of her being - a man accused of sexually assaulting his fifteen year old niece. All evidence points to his guilt.

Trying to uncover the truth leads Cassie into some truly dangerous situations. Cassie however never shies away from anything - not even when her own life is on the line.

This was my first foray into the world of C.J. Box and what an introduction it was! Cassie Dewell is my kind of character. Caring
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Box’s latest entry into the Cassie Dewell series is very good. I still have not got as into any of them as I have the Joe Pickett series, but that is kind of comparing apples to oranges. While they are both mystery series that take place in the Rockies, the characters and the scenarios feel so different. I find the Dewell series to be much darker and more brutal – which may be saying a lot and Pickett has his share of dark and brutal, too!

I found the mystery and the twists and turns in this book
This is my first book by C. J. Box. It was not until I started reading the book that I realized it was book five of a series.

The book is well written. The plot twists around. The characters are interesting. The protagonist is Cassie Dewell. She is a former Sheriff’s investigator. She has opened up a private practice as a private investigator. She is hired by a friend to exonerate a man of a crime of rape. The story takes place in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana. The pace is fast. Box provide
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Box wrote another good book with this one. It had a couple of twists that made it interesting. I felt that the ending was rushed, though, and seemed vague or kind of glossed over. And I found it annoying when he used the word "toxic" so often in describing the people. ...more
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
After being mentored by Cody Hoyt, a character from another series by this author, Cassie Dewell is off on her own as a private investigator. She's got a son, Ben, and lives with him and her hippie mother in Bozeman, Montana. She's also dragging around a ton of emotional baggage from her past - baggage that continues to bog her down in this, the fourth installment.

It comes in the form of a big black semi, which idles for a few minutes in front of her house - bringing a stark reminder of a now-de
Laura Rash
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Box hits it out of the park again with this latest installment of the Cassie Dewell series. All kinds of dirty family secrets come to a head and an ending that leaves you shaking your head with amazement of how it all goes down.
Thanks to Minotaur for this early copy:)
Sharon Mensing
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An old friend calls in a debt, and Cassie Dewell leaves the comfort of her new business as a PI in Helena, Montana, to look into the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a member of an influential family in a small, rural community. After the intensity of her previous job in law enforcement, her business conducting investigations for insurance companies and car dealerships feels like a breath of fresh air. As she heads into the Bitterroot mountains, where a fire is raging, that fresh air disa ...more
Oct 03, 2020 rated it liked it
There is a great story somewhere in this book. I have read all the Cassie Dewell books and I am tired of the overweight comments (if she were 10-15 pounds thinner) she might be interesting and he has her believing that tripe. He won't give her a decent relationship either. They die or are jerks or both. Pull up her panties and make her a big girl C.J. and give her a decent life. She deserves it and I would be more appreciative in future books :) ...more
Karen R
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cassie Dewell, former cop, now private detective, is uncomfortable working for aggressive defense attorneys. She is investigating an assault in a small town where one family is in control of the entire valley. Cassie still sees things from a police officer perspective and wants to validate investigative procedure, due diligence and that evidence is properly obtained. There are unscrupulous people trying to intimidate and force her to back down. Many twists and turns and a great plot.

This is my 2
Kelsie Maxwell
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-read
I’ve found a new author to add to my favorites list. The Bitterroots by C. J. Box is book four in his Cassie Dewell series. I’m new to this author, but I love this book and will read others from him.

Cassie Dewell is a Montana private investigator and former sheriff’s deputy. She has been contracted by the Mitchell-Estrella Law Firm to investigate their latest client, Blake Kleinsasser, who’s been accused of molesting and sexually assaulting the fifteen-year-old daughter of his younger brother.
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Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“The Bitterroots” by C. J. Box is the fourth book in the Cassie Dewell series. Each book can be read individually, and all feature Cassie Dewell, whose previous career in law enforcement was intense and tumultuous as she pursued and apprehended a serial rapist and murderer who operated as a long-haul trucker. She is still haunted by his menacing presence every time an eighteen-wheeler thunders by her on the highway. A quick but thorough history of the events between the last book and this one de ...more
Tonya Lucas
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Opening up a C. J. Box book is like turning on your favorite movie.
The intense anticipation is one of a kind, one you know you’ll be pulled in and held captivated until the final scene.
Now that she has her own Private Investigative Company, Cassie Dewell is trying to piece her and Ben’s lives back together after the harrowing ordeal with a serial killer, The Lizard King, a notorious long haul truck driver who wrecked havoc across the country’s highways and truck-stops.

However, her peace of mind
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I have read and enjoyed every one of C.J. Box's novels, including this one; although it was not my favorite. Particularly of the Cassie Dewell series, I did not think it measured up to the others he has written featuring her. ...more
Christine PNW
Apr 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Centers around one of those families that is Shakespeare level fucked up.
5 Stars for The Bitterroot (audiobook) by C. J. Box read by Christina Delaine. I read this one out of order but I had no problem figuring out what was going on. I really liked the main character and I’m looking forward many more books about her adventures.
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Wow, what a ride. I usually prefer the Joe Pickett series but this one is great. What a way to tell a story and keep the reader wondering about earlier events coming back or not... I must recommend this to all my followers.
Chris Conley
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cassie is one smart woman! C.J. Box does a wonderful job of creating people and situations that feel horribly real.
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: box-c-j, net-galley
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Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, series, crime, 2019, pi
Note to self: Never even slow down while driving through Lochsa County...

As a former law enforcement officer, Cassie doesn’t want to work for a defense attorney. Especially on a case where a man has been arrested for raping his 15-year-old niece. However, Rachel assures Cassie she doesn’t have to dig up exculpatory evidence, but just follow the trail where it leads. "Assure me that there are no holes in the case," the lawyer says, "and I'll talk my client into a plea deal."

Once in Lochsa County
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3.5 stars
Donny J.
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Four books in this series, and zero misses. I'm so, so incredibly lucky to be alive when CJ Box is churning out writing that is so consistent and SO damn thrilling. I will say, DAMN do I love Cassie. I cannot wait for the tv show, The Big Sky, based on this Highway Quartet. Feed me more!
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it

First there was Joe Pickett. Now we have Cassie Dewell! C. J. Box is all over it … great read!

Dewell first appeared as a supporting character as a sheriff’s investigator in The Highway with increasingly more prominent roles in Back of Beyond, The Badlands and Paradise Valley. In The Bitterroots, Cassie is the main protagonist in an intriguing and addictive tale that weaves loyalty, lies (layer upon layer upon layer of them!) and deadly retribution in an investigation into the influentia
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The backdrop of a nearby forest fire lends this 5th installment of the Cassie Dewell series an air of urgency and imminent danger. Cassie finds herself investigating a long-established and powerful family on their turf. As with all books authored by C.J. Box , you find yourself drawn in by the characters, the well-developed plots, and even the character of the locations. Family members with deeply buried secrets and dark hearts keeps the readers following the storyline for just one more page...o ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
PI Cassie Dewell reluctantly agrees to help a defense attorney investigate what appears to be an open and shut case against a man accused of raping his 15-year-old niece. The case takes Cassie to a remote Montana town in the Bitterroot Mountains where the defendant's dysfunctional family owns a cattle ranch and controls the town. Little by little, Cassie begins to uncover the truth, much to her own peril.

I found out after beginning the novel that this is the fourth in the Cassie Dewell series
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read all of the C. J. Box books, and it was fun to be back with Cassie Dewell. In her fourth book she is a PI and is doing investigative work for defense attorney, Rachel Mitchel. If you’ve read previous books in this series you know that Rachel holds a personal debt over Cassie, and its time for Cassie to pay up. Though Cassie truly believes the man Rachel is defending, Blake Kleinsassers, is guilty, she takes the case to be free of her debt.
As she delves into her investigation and of the
Terri Anderson
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite, mystery, 2019
What can I say? C.J. Box has written a book about Cassie Dewell, and she's back in Montana! Cassie is trying to start over as a private investigator in Bozeman, and finds it hard going when she's up against corrupt law enforcement officials. I read it in one day, and there is enough mystery and twists to keep me from getting bored. The realism is there with a forest fire destroying timber and animal life, while also threatening human habitat. Controversy over family land and patronage in politic ...more
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Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Box has apparently (and mystifyingly) developed a deep contempt for his fellow westerners, and it comes through loud and clear in his one-dimensional characters in this book. Too bad; he used to be fun to read.
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
PI Cassie Dewell is back after her relentless pursuit of the "Lizard King" in Box's best work; the "Highway Quartet". Here she doggedly investigates a rape charge in Northwest Montana for a defense attorney. Having read all his books, it dawned on me that the author's stand-alone books are far superior to the adventures of Joe Pickett and Nate - in my humble opinion, that is. ...more
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C. J. Box is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 24 novels including the Joe Pickett series. He won the Edgar Alan Poe Award for Best Novel (Blue Heaven, 2009) as well as the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, two Barry Awards, and the 2010 Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Award for fiction. He was recently awarded the 2016 ...more

Other books in the series

The Highway Quartet (5 books)
  • Back of Beyond (Highway Quartet #1)
  • The Highway (Highway Quartet #2)
  • Badlands (Highway Quartet #3)
  • Paradise Valley (Highway Quartet #4)

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