"Christina Delaine delivers a thrilling performance of this high-stakes hunt for a killer...Notably, Delaine's sensitive portrayal of a young man with a speech impediment adds emotional depth, while her depiction of the elusive Lizard King generates chills." — AudioFile MagazineShe 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 him...once. Working for the Bakken County, North Dakota sheriff's department, Cassie has set what she believes is the perfect trap and she has lured him and his truck to a depot. But the plan goes horribly wrong, and the blame falls on Cassie. Disgraced, she loses her job and investigation into her role is put into motion.At the same time, Kyle Westergaard, a troubled kid whom Cassie has taken under her wing, has disappeared after telling people that he’s going off on a long-planned adventure. Kyle's grandmother begs Cassie to find him and, with nothing else to do, Cassie agrees—all the while hunting the truck driver. Now Cassie is a lone wolf. And in the same way that two streams converge into a river, Kyle's disappearance may have a more sinister meaning than anyone realizes. With no allies, no support, and only her own wits to rely on, Cassie must take down a killer who is as ruthless as he is cunning. But can she do it alone, without losing her own humanity or her own life?Paradise Valley continues the Highway Quartet series from bestselling author C. J. Box.
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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