Paradise Valley

She 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?

My Review

This book is a fitting end to this series. The first book I read by Mr. Box was The Highway. I absolutely fell hard for the author's writing. Since, than, I have read many other books from this author. Yet, this is probably my top favorite series.

The Highway is where I first was introduced to Cassie. She was just a rookie back than. Yet, she has come a long way since that book. Cassie is confident, intelligent, and the bad guys better be scared. This book nicely ties up everything in this series to come full circle.

Look no further for the perfect read than Paradise Valley! I inhaled this book. Literally, could not stop reading it. The Lizard King and Cassie play the ultimate game of cat and mouse for an great ending. Oh, there will be explosives.

Read an excerpt here.


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