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 JournalWhen 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
Charles James (C. J.) Box Jr. is an American author who has published twenty-one novels. His very popular Joe Pickett series, as well as other works have been translated into many languages, selling millions of copies. Twenty-four of his novels have made the New York Times #1 Best Seller List. Box has received numerous awards, with one very interesting one from the National Cowboy Museum in 2016 for the Western Heritage Award.
Box uses his roots in Casper, Wyoming to give authenticity to his novels. He graduated from the University of Denver in Mass Communications. He has had various jobs: ranch hand, surveyor, fishing guide, newspaper reporter, editor, owner of an international tourism marketing business. He has had an illustrious career as an author, with some of his novels being adapted for film.
Box resides with his wife and business partner, Laurie on a ranch in Wyoming. They have three daughters and one grandchild.
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