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Head of Zeus
Badlands
30 Jul 2015 * EBOOK * £4.99 * 9781781852873

An unprecedented oil strike in Willistown, North Dakota leaves the town a focal point for trouble. Law and order is a dim memory and the sheriff's department just can't build the jails fast enough.

Fiction / FF (Crime Fiction)
Extent: 320 pages
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BadlandsCassie Dewell, 2C.J. Box

Grimstad, North Dakota. A place people used to be from – but were never headed to – has struck oil. As pipelines snake across the prairie, oil flows out and men and money flow in. And with them, comes crime. North Dakota's new oil capital has a serious law and order problem and newly qualified detective Cassie Dewell has just been appointed its deputy sheriff.

Twelve-year-old Kyle Westergaard is one of Grimstad's paperboys. Kyle has been written off as the 'slow' kid, but he has dreams deeper than anyone can imagine – he wants to get out of town, take care of his alcoholic mother, and give them a better life. While delivering newspapers, he witnesses a car accident and now has money and a lot of white powder in his possession.

With the temperature dropping to 30 degress below and a gang war heating up, Cassie fears she might be in over her head. The key to it all will come in the most unlikely form: an undersized boy on a bike who keeps showing up where he doesn't belong.

C.J. Box is the author of twenty-one Joe Pickett novels, five stand-alone novels, and a story collection. He has won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry Awards, as well as the French Prix Calibre .38, and has been a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist. A Wyoming native, Box has also worked on a ranch and as a small-town newspaper reporter and editor. He lives outside Cheyenne with his family. His books have been translated into twenty-seven languages.

'I love Joe Pickett', Michael Connelly

'Solid-gold A-list must-read', Lee Child

'Heart-stoppingly good', Daily Mail

'An impressive, strong, female protagonist, situations that are diabolical with the most evil of villains ... and the added factor of suspected corruption in the police force makes the tension palpable ... Another great read from CJ Box!', Reading, Writing and Riesling

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