The Bitterroots: A Novel

The Bitterroots: A Novel

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"What happens when you combine an acclaimed a C.J. Box novel with a terrific narration? A stellar audiobook like this one, narrated by Christina Delaine." — AudioFile Magazine

A riveting new audiobook from New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author C. J. Box.

Former police officer Cassie Dewell is trying to start over with her own private investigation firm. Guilty about not seeing her son and exhausted by the nights on stakeout, Cassie is nonetheless managing...until an old friend calls in a favor: she wants Cassie to help exonerate a man accused of assaulting a young girl from an influential family.

Against her own better judgment, Cassie agrees. But out in the Big Sky Country of Montana, twisted family loyalty runs as deep as the ties to the land, and there's always something more to the story. As Cassie attempts to uncover the truth, she must fight against the ghosts of her own past that threaten to pull her back under.

With The Bitterroots, master storyteller C. J. Box delivers another audiobook featuring fan favorite Cassie Dewell from the Highway Quartet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250220295
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication date: 08/13/2019
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 53,276
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

C. J. BOX is the New York Times bestselling author of many novels including the Joe Pickett series. He has won the Edgar Alan Poe Award for Best Novel (Blue Heaven, 2009) as well as the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, and the Barry Award. Over four million copies of his novels have been sold in the U.S. alone and they have been translated into twenty-seven languages. He lives in Wyoming.

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The Bitterroots 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
slow moving plot
Anonymous 7 months ago
good story that had a different twist. always nice when the girl is the one who gets the bad people. also nice when she can flinch on occasion!
Anonymous 8 months ago
The research connection must not care for the people living in the Bitterroot valley. The details were stupid and boring. The story was sad, poorly put together and flopped. I always look forward to This author's material but this is a mess.
Anonymous 8 months ago
not at all like joe pickett books
Anonymous 4 months ago
Riveting read from start to finish!
Anonymous 4 months ago
I have read and enjoyed all his books except this one. Did someone else write this for him? Just terrible
SardisYS 5 months ago
C.J. Box’s latest novel THE BITTERROOTS tells a dark story of an evil case of rape of a 15 year old set in Bitterroot County. Is the law corrupt, indifferent, or just incompetent? Can there be a fair hearing? Dark and suspenseful book that takes you an a walk on the seedy side of life. Highly recommended.
Anonymous 5 months ago
MonnieR 6 months ago
After being mentored by Cody Hoyt, a character from another series by this author, Cassie Dewell is off on her own as a private investigator. She's got a son, Ben, and lives with him and her hippie mother in Bozeman, Montana. She's also dragging around a ton of emotional baggage from her past - baggage that continues to bog her down in this, the fourth installment. It comes in the form of a big black semi, which idles for a few minutes in front of her house - bringing a stark reminder of a now-dead serial killer and fears that some way, some how, someone from that disturbing part of her life has come back to haunt her. Meantime, an attorney friend to whom she owes a favor calls in a big one: she's defending an accused child rapist and wants Cassie to find out how strong the prosecution's case is so she can plan her trial strategy (or beg the client, who denies any wrongdoing, to take a plea deal). Cassie's certain he's guilty, but her friend convinces her that she's really not trying to get him off (and besides, there's that favor thing) so Cassie agrees and heads out to remote Lochsa County. There, she bumps heads with a family from hell - descendents of a branch of religious cult Hutterites who, quite literally, own everything and everybody in the county. Her friend's client, it seems, is their first-born son, who essentially has been disowned because he left home to make his home and fortune elsewhere. Besides that, the young girl he's accused of raping is his niece - the daughter of a brother who stuck with the family program. It goes without saying, then, that Cassie isn't welcome in them there parts. Threats to her life notwithstanding, Cassie ferrets out enough evidence to make her visit worthwhile; the trick now is getting back out alive. While she's trying to deal with some of the nastiest characters I've read about in a while, her son is having issues of his own, including teenage infatuation, a grandmother who's firmly rooted in the 1960s and yes, that big black semi. It all makes for a very readable, fast-paced book with a couple of surprises thrown in at the end. Enjoyed it!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Really enjoyed the book. Thought it was well written - Both the settomg amd tje caracters were very realistic.
KelsieAL 7 months ago
I’ve found a new author to add to my favorites list. The Bitterroots by C. J. Box is book four in his Cassie Dewell series. I’m new to this author, but I love this book and will read others from him. Cassie Dewell is a Montana private investigator and former sheriff’s deputy. She has been contracted by the Mitchell-Estrella Law Firm to investigate their latest client, Blake Kleinsasser, who’s been accused of molesting and sexually assaulting the fifteen-year-old daughter of his younger brother. Cassie is wary of this assignment despite the fact that Rachel Mitchell had assured her that she’d never ask her to do work that would “offend her sensibilities.” C. J. Box makes great use of the Montana scenery. The mountains and wildfires are characters unto themselves. The human characters are well-developed and relatable, if not all likable. There are great plot twists. Some will have you catching flies with your open mouth. Totally unexpected! I literally couldn’t put it down. The Bitterroots is a definite 5 out of 5 and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good thriller. My thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
Craig1954 8 months ago
Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. C. J. Box doesn't disappoint. We know early on who the bad guys are but the fun in the story is the how and why.
PageJunkie 8 months ago
The backdrop of a nearby forest fire lends this 5th installment of the Cassie Dewell series an air of urgency and imminent danger. Cassie finds herself investigating a long-established and powerful family on their turf. As with all books authored by C.J. Box , you find yourself drawn in by the characters, the well-developed plots, and even the character of the locations. Family members with deeply buried secrets and dark hearts keeps the readers following the storyline for just one more more more page. Just when you think you’ve solved the crime, Box throws another twist to the plot that leaves your skin crawling. I don’t know if I’m more impressed or frightened that Box can write characters as endearing as Joe Pickett (Joe Pickett series) and as deranged, twisted, and downright creepy as the characters we’ve seen in the Cassie Dewell series and the stand-alone Blue Heaven. Thank you to NetGalley and Manotaur Books for an Advanced Readers Copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Great read.Exciting book. Can't wait for his next book. Have read all of C.J.Box books!!!!!!!
3no7 8 months ago
“The Bitterroots” by C. J. Box is the fourth book in the Cassie Dewell series. Each book can be read individually, and all feature Cassie Dewell, whose previous career in law enforcement was intense and tumultuous as she pursued and apprehended a serial rapist and murderer who operated as a long-haul trucker. She is still haunted by his menacing presence every time an eighteen-wheeler thunders by her on the highway. A quick but thorough history of the events between the last book and this one details just how Dewell reached her status as a licensed private investigator in Bozeman, Montana. Dewell finds herself with a case far removed from her usual skip-trace clients when a friend asks her to investigate the arrest of Blake Kleinsasser, the oldest son in a prominent family who owns a huge ranch near Bitterroot Range. Kleinsasser, who left the family business to run a successful hedge fund, is charged with scandalously inappropriate behavior with a minor relative. Dewell’s job is not to determine his guilt or innocence, but to assure that every step taken by the prosecutor is legal, one hundred percent by the book. Box pulls readers into the distasteful investigation as Dewell interviews participants and learns more than she ever wanted to know about the Kleinsasser Family Trust. The Kleinsassers remind her more of a cult than a family. Dewell discovers that what really binds the family together is envy, resentment, and hate. The geography of Montana plays an important part in the story with mountains, valleys, rivers, and plains, pushed together as if jammed against a wall. It is the “Summer of Fire” in Montana, with long fire lines that extend across the mountains and layers of smoke that give the impression of truncated buttes not mountains. “The fire seemed like a living thing, a snake, a nocturnal beast more alive at night than during the day. It burned bright enough that it stained the bellies of low-hanging clouds with pink hues.” Readers can use Google Earth to absorb the intensity of the massive mountains and the intervening valleys; follow the road as Dewell choses to leave Interstate Highway 90 after Butte and cuts south and west on two-lane state roads, or take a casual look around Deer lodge prison farm and Lolo Hot Springs. Box keeps Dwell’s sense of justice and respect for the law remained intact, but pushes her to the limit as she uncovers inconsistencies in the statement of a girl who was likely traumatized and contends with a family that is toxic, twisted, and paranoid. Box pushes readers to the limit as a massive eighteen-wheel tractor-trailer, a black Peterbilt tractor, with a boxy cab and long nose like the lizard king’s, idles on a suburban street and the driver watches a neighborhood school with his eyes. “The Bitterroots” starts as a routine investigation for Dewell and gains momentum until it the crushing, traumatic ending. When the Montana smoke clears, there is surprise for everyone. I received a review copy of “The Bitterroots” from C. J. Box, St. Martin’s Press, and Minotaur Books. Box has written a detailed, intense story that moves quickly and authoritatively. The geography is stunning, the characters complex, and the plot compelling. It is a book for new readers and die-hard Box fans alike.
Christine_QueenofBooks 8 months ago
A book that will make you forget your bedtime! Thank you to Minotaur for a free arc of this title for review I'd seen him around, but this was my first C. J. Box. It's part of a series focused on PI Cassie, but I dove in with book #4 and felt that worked fine. Cassie's called to investigate a case against Blake, the oldest son of a prominent ranch family. She doesn't want to take the job (working for his defense) but agrees to give the evidence against him a sniff test. Sounds pretty mellow so far, right? I'd say this one starts off quietly, but the action ramps up by the halfway point. There's almost this Southern gothic feel, with forest fires ravaging in the distance and this feeling that no one's quite telling the truth - and no one is all that safe. This would be a great one to tear through in an afternoon at the beach, or to be creeped out by after dark. Four stars - it really did make me want to stay up way too late, just to find out what would happen next. And I'm looking forward to reading some C. J. Box backlist!
Anonymous 6 months ago
Much like his Pickett stories, CJ Box keeps your interest in this moving and interestng story line. It's a hard to put down read and you'll find your interest peeked with every turn of the page.The Dewell story line is nearly as interesting as the Pickett novels and should garner a dedicated following. Looking forward to the next edition in the Cassie Dewell series.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Anonymous 8 months ago
I looked forward to this book and it did not disappoint cassie is a wonderful character and she is at the center of this novel . well plotted but I wished it had not ended so quickly.
Anonymous 8 months ago
not sure