C.J. Box – Badlands

Badlands is a novel by C.J. Box that takes place in North Dakota.

This story is the second to feature Cassie Dewell and was published on July 28, 2015.

Badlands book description

Twenty miles across the North Dakota border, where the scenery goes from rolling grass prairie to pipeline fields, detective Cassie Dewell has been assigned as the new deputy sheriff of Grimstad — a place people used to be from, but were never headed to — now the oil capital of North Dakota.

With oil comes money, with money comes drugs, and with drugs comes the dirtiest criminals wanting to corner the market.

In the same small town resides twelve-year-old Kyle Westergaard. Even though Kyle has been written off as the “slow” kid, he has dreams deeper than anyone can imagine. While delivering newspapers, he witnesses a car accident and now has a lot of money and packets of white powder in his possession.

When the temperature drops to 30 below and a gang war heats up, Cassie finds that the key to it all might come in the most unlikely form: an undersized boy on a bike who keeps showing up where he doesn’t belong.

C.J. Box Badlands

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