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The Bitterroots

The Bitterroots

eBook - 2019
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Baker & Taylor
Former police officer-turned-private investigator Cassie Dewell reluctantly accepts a sexual assault defense case before her search for answers among twisted family loyalties reignites the ghosts of her own past. By the Edgar Award-winning author of the Joe Pickett series. Read by Christina Delaine. Simultaneous.

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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.

Publisher: Minotaur Books,, 2019
ISBN: 9781466852006
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks


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Apr 20, 2021

Another excellent book - could not put it down!

Jun 01, 2020

Another good mystery from Box. As so often happens with Box's novels, the sense of place is a major character. Cassie is an interesting character and I look forward to her growing in future works. The story line is familiar, but with a very nice plot twist (or maybe twists). Recommended read for those that enjoy an excellent yarn, interesting characters, and a setting in the West.

Jan 24, 2020

4 1/2-5 star read. This is the 4th book in Box's excellent Cassie Dewell series and it was a great book. Dewell is hired by her friend, defense attorney Rachel to investigate a seemingly open and shut case against a client she represents. Blake, the eldest son of a powerful secretive clan in the Bitterroots area, has been accused of sexually assaulting his 15 year old niece. The evidence supports her claim. But when Cassie goes into the town controlled by the clan, she is threatened and can't figure out who to trust. That the clan wants Blake to go to jail for what he did is not in doubt, but Cassie can't figure out why they don't want her to continue to investigate and keep trying to get her out of town. Instead of scaring her off, they just encourage her to keep looking, trying to understand what they are trying to hide. And when she starts to put all the pieces of the puzzle together, the stakes become too high. A compelling and terrific read.

Nov 25, 2019

I found in my old atlas the cities mentioned. I had to go to Google to get references to anything with 'bitterroots' in the name. Montana is a fairly large state with a unique shape where the the majority of the cities are in the western portion of the state. The population of Montana isn't very large, only 1.07 million people. But how many people do you need for evil to raise its ugly head and take a swipe at you? C.J. Box may change the protagonist's name and sex but he still manages to get us involved in their personal lives while we hunger for the latest depiction crime. Private investigator Cassie Dewell has a lot to deal with here. Stay with her folks and you will be moved to the edge of your seat.

Nov 03, 2019

A good mystery that moves along and keeps you guessing, along with a side plot that is terrifying. Box writes beautifully. And I really enjoy this female character, Cassie.

Nov 01, 2019

I much prefer the author's Joe Pickett series. The characters in this novel seemed to me to be stereotypical. Also, it was hard to believe the female character could be a successful PI - not thorough in doing background checks, fumbling, not fearless. I didn't find her to be feisty as one character describes her. Parts were predictable and the twist at the end just didn't seem probable. Indeed the author's machinations are evident throughout the book. Yet this book was a starred review by the major reviewing journals. This book is based on one rancher family gone bad, who live in Montana's Bitterroot Valley.

Oct 14, 2019

This was a pretty good read. Somewhat predictable but still had lots of twists and turns.
It was up to the usual CJ Box standards which means it was entertaining.

Oct 12, 2019

While not a Joe Pickett novel, it is a very good read. Without the burden of keeping readers up on the present and past of so many characters from the lengthy series of Pickett lore, the author is free to tell a largely unencumbered tale of Cassie Sewell. The plot is devious, although it has some predictability, and the action is fast paced. While a male writing from a female point of view is always suspect, it seemed to work for me. I look forward to reading more of this character, her life and her cases.

Sep 23, 2019

Another winner from my favorite author.

Sep 18, 2019

We are big C. J. Box fans, but this book does not live up to his writing ability. "The Bitterroots" was a BITTER disappointment!

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