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The Bitterroots : A Novel.
2019
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A riveting new novel from New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author C. J. Box.

The ties that bind can burn you.

Former sheriff's investigator Cassie Dewell is trying to start her life over as in private practice. She's her own boss and answers to no one, and that's just the way she likes it after the past few tumultuous years. All that certainty changes when an old friend calls in a favor: she wants Cassie to help exonerate a man accused of assaulting a young woman from an influential family.

Against her own better judgment, Cassie agrees. But out by the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana, twisted family loyalty runs as deep as the ties to the land, and there's always something more to the story. The Kleinsassers have ruled this part of Montana for decades, and the Iron Cross Ranch is their stronghold. They want to see Blake Kleinsasser, the black sheep of the family, put away forever for the assault. As Cassie attempts to uncover the truth, she must fight against a family whose roots are tangled and deadly--as well as the ghosts of her own past that threaten to bring her down.

With The Bitterroots , master storyteller C. J. Box delivers another searing novel of loyalty, lies, and lethal retribution.

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After catching the truck-driving serial killer known as the Lizard King in Paradise Valley (2017), Cassie Dewell left North Dakota, retired from law enforcement, and is now making her living as a PI in Bozeman, Montana, when she's obligated to take a repugnant case. A defense attorney is representing a prominent man accused of sexually assaulting his own niece, and the evidence against him is compelling; owing the lawyer a favor, Cassie agrees to run background, if only to confirm the man's guilt. But in fictional Lochsa County, in the shadow of the real-life Bitterroot Mountains, Cassie soon finds that nothing is as it seems. Corrupt towns are a staple of both crime fiction and westerns, as are twisted families ruled by evil patriarchs. Here, Box entwines those tropes with a harrowing subplot involving Cassie's son, Ben, and fashions a snare that will render readers utterly immobilized until they've closed the book. Game warden Joe Pickett may be Box's main man, but Cassie is equally compelling, and readers will be delighted to have her back. Not content with merely ruling Wyoming, Box has become the dominant mystery/thriller author of the mountain West and deservedly so.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: With an announced 300,000-copy run and Box's legions of fans, there's not a library in the U.S. that can afford to ignore this one.--Keir Graff Copyright 2019 Booklist
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