The Highway by C.J. Box

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17 Critic Reviews

Box handles this foolproof formula with complete assurance, keeping the pot at a full boil...
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Synopsis

Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel, the New York Times bestselling author of Back of Beyond and Breaking Point and the creator of the Joe Pickett series is back.

"If CJ Box isn't already on your list, put him there." – USA Today

When two sisters set out across a remote stretch of Montana road to visit their friend, little do they know it will be the last time anyone might ever hear from them again. The girls—and their car—simply vanish. Former police investigator Cody Hoyt has just lost his job and has fallen off the wagon after a long stretch of sobriety. Convinced by his son and his former rookie partner, Cassie Dewell, he begins the drive south to the girls' last known location. As Cody makes his way to the lonely stretch of Montana highway where they went missing, Cassie discovers that Gracie and Danielle Sullivan aren't the first girls who have disappeared in this area. This majestic landscape is the hunting ground for a killer whose viciousness is outmatched only by his intelligence. And he might not be working alone. Time is running out for Gracie and Danielle…Can Cassie overcome her doubts and lack of experience and use her innate skill? Can Cody Hoyt battle his own demons and find this killer before another victim vanishes on the highway?

 

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 July 30, 2013 by Minotaur Books. 398 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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All: 17 | Positive: 17 | Negative: 0

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on May 20 2013

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.

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Kirkus

Good
on Jul 07 2013

Box handles this foolproof formula with complete assurance, keeping the pot at a full boil...

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Examiner

Above average
Reviewed by Lynn Kinnaman on Jul 29 2013

Most of the action takes place over two days, with plot twists and memorable characters. Readers of the previous novel, Back of Beyond, will recognize the players.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Doris Meredith on Jul 24 2013

In The Highway the reader is taken for a terrifying ride with killers and can only hope rescuers arrive before the journey ends in a bloody torture chamber.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Aug 09 2013

...he takes his game to an entirely new level with THE HIGHWAY. Pergram is a chilling character who you will not soon forget, sharply drawn and so lifelike that he seems to leap off the page.

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Times Dispatch

Good
Reviewed by Oline Cogdill on Aug 25 2013

Box, whose myriad awards include the Edgar, stretches his storytelling skills with “The Highway,” taking extreme risks with the plot, which accelerates from one harrowing, unpredictable twist to another with aplomb.

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The Army Rumour Service

Above average
Reviewed by ancienturion on Aug 26 2013

Fairly well written, well described, capable of holding a reader’s interest, it is one of those books which leads itself open to a sequel/successor.

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Lehigh Valley Live

Good
Reviewed by Associated Press on Aug 05 2013

“The Highway” is the second new thriller this year from the prolific Box, who seems to get better with every book.

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San Jose Mercury News

Good
Reviewed by Oline H. Cogdill on Aug 08 2013

Box delves into the culture of long-distance truckers, and stretches his storytelling skills. Prepare to be scared.

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Wyoming Tribune Eagle

Good
Reviewed by D. Reed Eckhardt on Aug 20 2013

The reader meets "The Lizard King" early, and much of the book centers on this killer's thoughts and actions as Box deftly switches between plot locations. He uses the story's timeline as chapter headings to help readers keep track of just where they are in the story.

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Wyoming Tribune Eagle

Good
Reviewed by D. Reed Eckhardt on Jul 30 2013

This is another new twist by Box: The story is not over when the reader hits the bottom of the final page. Or is it? Only the author knows for sure. The rest of us are just along for the ride on "The Highway." And what a ride it is.

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New Haven Register

Good
Reviewed by Bruce DeSilva on Jul 30 2013

"The Highway" is the second new thriller this year from the prolific Box, who seems to get better with every book.

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Book Loons

Good
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson on Aug 26 2013

In The Highway, C.J. Box delivers another chilling thriller with shocking detours and a twisty ending. Highly recommended.

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Men Reading Books

Above average
Reviewed by West Coast Don on Aug 09 2013

It was one of those stories that I did not want to put down. Now, I’m ready to read the other free-standing novels. Box is a great story teller, and this book gets my recommendation.

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Bookmunch

Good
on Aug 14 2013

Beyond the knockout twist, we have a Fargo-style story that largely concentrates on Cassie to the novel’s benefit. Sure it’s escapist, sure it’s not serious literature but all of that aside, it’s a royal blast, I liked it.

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A Lovely Shore Breeze Blog

Good
on Jul 23 2013

An intense, scary thriller, maybe not for the faint of heart, but if that is your cuppa tea, this one will certainly grab your attention.

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A Traveler's Library

Good
Reviewed by Vera Marie Baderstscher on Aug 26 2013

The Highway features enough twists and turns to make you carsick, as an evil truck driver preys on young women. Gradually you learn that he has a “partner” and the plot gets thicker than an oil slick.

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