Blue Heaven by C.J. Box

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A twelve-year-old girl and her younger brother go on the run in the woods of North Idaho, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder---four men who know exactly who William and Annie are, and who know exactly where their desperate mother is waiting for news of her children’s fate. Retired cops from Los Angeles, the killers easily persuade the inexperienced sheriff to let them lead the search for the missing children.

William and Annie’s unexpected savior comes in the form of an old-school rancher teetering on the brink of foreclosure. But as one man against four who will stop at nothing to silence their witnesses, Jess Rawlins needs allies, and he knows that one word to the wrong person could seal the fate of the children or their mother. In a town where most of the ranches like his have turned into acres of ranchettes populated by strangers, finding someone to trust won’t be easy.

With true-to-life, unforgettable characters and a ticking-clock plot that spans just over forty-eight hours, C.J. Box has created a thriller that delves into issues close to the heart: the ruthless power of greed over broken ideals, the healing power of community where unlikely heroes find themselves at the crossroads of duty and courage, and the truth about what constitutes a family. In a setting whose awesome beauty is threatened by those who want a piece of it, Blue Heaven delivers twists and turns until its last breathtaking page.Blue Heaven is the winner of the 2009 Edgar Award for Best Novel.


About C.J. Box

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C.J. Box is the bestselling author of Three Weeks to Say Goodbye, and thirteen other novels including the award-winning Joe Pickett series. Blue Heaven won the Edgar Award for Best Novel in 2009, and Box has won the Anthony Award, the Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, and the Barry Award. His first novel, Open Season, was a New York Times Notable Book and an Edgar Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist. Box's work has been translated into twenty-five languages. He lives in Wyoming.
Published January 8, 2008 by Minotaur Books. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime, Romance. Fiction

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It’s nicknamed Blue Heaven because a lot of police officers from LA have moved there after retirement.

Dec 12 2011 | Read Full Review of Blue Heaven


What follows is a thrilling game of cat and mouse as Rawlins tries to hide and protect the children who are being pursued by four desperate men.

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Those who have encountered earlier novels by CJ Box (including the equally tense Three Weeks To Say Goodbye) will be in no doubt that he is one of the most talented thriller writers at work today and it’s obvious the fulsome praise on the jacket from such luminaries as Harlan Coben and Tess Gerri...

Jan 14 2011 | Read Full Review of Blue Heaven


This is a book with a strong moral centre that makes its points about the conflict between big city corruption and the homespun values of small town America without beating the reader about the head.

Jul 01 2010 | Read Full Review of Blue Heaven

The Army Rumour Service

A cracking read and I shall be looking for this author’s other work in the future (a triumph - he's weaned me off military books Mrs T_B_S will be impressed).

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1 Reprint edition (December 2, 2008 ) - Language: English - ISBN-10: 0312365713 - ISBN-13: 978-0312365714.

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