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This is book number 3 in the Highway Quartet series.
In C.J. Box's Badlands, the town of Grimstad used to be a place people came from but were never headed to. Now it’s the oil capital of North Dakota. With oil comes money, with money comes drugs, and with drugs come the dirtiest criminals Grimstad’s new deputy sheriff Cassie Dewell has ever encountered. . .
Twelve-year-old Kyle Westergaard dreams of getting out of Grimstad and leading a better life. Even though Kyle has been written off as a “slow” kid, he has dreams deeper than anyone can imagine. One day, while delivering newspapers, he witnesses a car accident and takes a mysterious bundle from the scene. Suddenly he’s in possession of a lot of money—and packets of white powder—and Kyle can’t help but wonder whether his luck has changed…for better or for worse.
“Suspenseful—you can’t put it down.’’—Library Journal
When the temperature drops to 30 below and a gang war heats up, it’s up to Cassie to help restore law and order. But is she in over her head? As she is propelled on a collision course with a murderous enemy, she finds that the key to it all might come in the most unlikely form: a boy on a bike named Kyle. He keeps showing up where he doesn’t belong. And he seems to know something that Cassie does not about what lies beneath the surface of this small and troubled town…
“The unrelenting cold makes this the perfect beach read.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A violent, tension-packed, well-written thriller spiced with Box's vivid portrayal of the Western landscape that he loves...Box seems to get better with every book.” —Associated Press on The Highway
“If C.J. Box isn't already on your list, put him there.” —USA Today on The Highway
“A non-stop, action-filled race against time. Rolling down the superhighway of suspense, this thriller will leave readers breathless.” —Library Journal (starred review) on The Highway
“Filled with believable characters and hard, realistic dialogue, Edgar winner Box's perfectly paced novel offers a suspenseful story laced with more than a few shockingly unexpected plot twists.” —Publishers Weekly Signature Review on The Highway
“Be warned: This is one scary novel.” —Toronto Globe and Mail on The Highway
“One of America's best thriller writers...the reader is taken for a terrifying ride.” —New York Journal of Books on The Highway
“The Highway is the summer's most terrifying novel... Prepare to be scared.” —Orlando Sun-Sentinel on The Highway