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The Bitterroots by C.J. Box
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it was amazing
bookshelves: box-c-j, net-galley
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I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review.
THE BITTERROOTS by C.J. Box is the follow-up to Paradise Valley the fourth book in “The Highway Quartet” series that began with the late Cody Hoyt (still mad at the author about his demise!), and continued with Cassie Dewell, a strong and capable woman who is able to excel in her position despite having to withstand the “good ole’ boys” prevalent in both the law enforcement agencies and pretty much everywhere in the wild rugged Montana region she works within.

Cassie is a single mother with a teenage son Ben, and is recovering from PTSD after finally bringing down the “Lizard King”, a long distance trucker and serial killer that preyed on “lot lizards” at truck stops primarily, and his reign of terror ran far and wide until Cassie outlasted him in the end.

Rachel Mitchell is a defense attorney that Cassie owes a previous debt to, and now that she is no longer with the Sheriff’s department but is a private investigator, she is bound to work on a case at Rachel’s request with an understanding that this is a one-off and all debts are paid in full.

Blake Kleinsasser is a wealthy man from a prominent ranching family who turned his back on his family’s business to get an education and find success on his own; something his family will never forgive him for.

Blake, in spite of his education and riches, is pretty universally thought of as a despicable individual, which doesn’t help him out very much once he’s accused of raping his 15 year old niece Franny .
Seemingly a slam-dunk case, Cassie loathes the thought of working on behalf of Blake and assumes his guilt; until investigation into his family reveals financial reasons the family could benefit from his conviction of that particular crime.

Can Cassie find it within herself to stay with the case, or will her dislike for Blake and working on behalf of a defense attorney prove to be more than she can accept?

C.J. Box has written another strong novel involving Cassie that was pretty much a “pick it up and read straight through” novel like the others in both this series and the Joe Pickett books.

I’d recommend this to all fans of the author’s previous work, and while this book follows up on others previously written, this would still be a good starting point for those unfamiliar with the author’s previous novels.

5 stars.
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
May 15, 2019 – Shelved
May 15, 2019 – Shelved as: net-galley
May 15, 2019 – Shelved as: box-c-j
May 15, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
May 24, 2019 – Started Reading (Other Hardcover Edition)
May 24, 2019 – Shelved (Other Hardcover Edition)
May 24, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read (Other Hardcover Edition)
May 24, 2019 – Shelved as: net-galley (Other Hardcover Edition)
May 24, 2019 – Shelved as: box-c-j (Other Hardcover Edition)
May 25, 2019 – Finished Reading (Other Hardcover Edition)

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