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A twelve-year-old girl and her younger brother go on the run in the woods of North Idaho, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder — four men who know exactly who William and Annie are, and who know exactly where their desperate mother is waiting for news of her children's fate. Retired cops from Los Angeles, the killers easily persuade the inexperienced sheriff to let them lead the search for the missing children.

William and Annie's unexpected savior comes in the form of an old-school rancher teetering on the brink of foreclosure. But as one man against four who will stop at nothing to silence their witnesses, Jess Rawlins needs allies, and he knows that one word to the wrong person could seal the fate of the children or their mother. In a town where most of the ranches like his have turned into acres of ranchettes populated by strangers, finding someone to trust won't be easy.

With true-to-life, unforgettable characters and a ticking-clock plot that spans just over forty-eight hours, C.J. Box has created a thriller that delves into issues close to the heart: the ruthless power of greed over broken ideals, the healing power of community where unlikely heroes find themselves at the crossroads of duty and courage, and the truth about what constitutes a family. In a setting whose awesome beauty is threatened by those who want a piece of it, Blue Heaven delivers twists and turns until its last breathtaking page.

Review:

"At the start of this overly complicated thriller from bestseller Box, his first stand-alone, siblings Annie and William Taylor, ages 12 and 10, witness a gruesome murder in the woods outside the small Idaho town of Kootenai Bay, nicknamed 'Blue Heaven' for its abundance of retired LAPD officers. Annie and William make a run for it after they're spotted by the killers, a group of crooked LAPD cops who retired to Idaho eight years earlier after pulling a complicated heist in California that left a man dead. Rancher Jess Rawlins becomes the children's only hope of survival after they take refuge in his barn. Jess must stay one step ahead of the killers, who have volunteered to 'help' the local authorities investigate the children's disappearance. Annie and William's mother is frantic, as the scheming officers try to persuade her the children are gone for good. A subplot involving a retired California detective pursuing the original robbery case adds too many extra characters and undercuts the suspense. Readers expecting the same brisk story lines as the author's Joe Pickett crime novels (Free Fire, etc.) will be disappointed. 100,000 first printing; author tour. (Jan.) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"So does this stand-alone stand on its own two feet? Hell, yes....Box builds suspense so brilliantly that Blue Heaven could serve as a textbook of how to do it." Booklist

Review:

"Dropping the whodunit element that's always been the weakest part of Pickett's cases, Box alternates violence with surprising tenderness in a suspenseful tour de force." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

With true-to-life, unforgettable characters, Box has created a thriller that delves into issues close to the heart — the pervasiveness of greed, the banality of evil, and the truth about what constitutes a family.

Synopsis:

The break-out novel from the award-winning author of the Joe Pickett series

Synopsis:

A twelve-year-old girl and her younger brother are on the run in the Idaho woods, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder—four men who know exactly who William and Annie are. And where their mother lives.
 
Retired policemen from Los Angeles, the killers easily persuade the local sheriff to let them lead the search for the missing children. Now there's nowhere left for William and Annie to hide…and no one they can trust. Until they meet Jess Rawlins.
 
Rawlins, an old-school rancher, knows trouble when he sees it. He is only one against four men who will stop at nothing to silence their witnesses. But in this thrilling mystery novel from C.J. Box, these ex-cops don't know just how far Rawlins will go to protect William and Annie…and see that justice is done.
 
Blue Heaven is the winner of the 2009 Edgar Award for Best Novel.

Synopsis:

 “A non-stop thrill ride —Harlan Coben

A twelve-year-old girl and her younger brother are on the run in the Idaho woods, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder—four men who know exactly who William and Annie are. And where their mother lives.

“Grade ‘A...dont miss it.”—Rocky Mountain News

Retired policemen from Los Angeles, the killers easily persuade the local sheriff to let them lead the search for the missing children. Now theres nowhere left for William and Annie to hide…and no one they can trust. Until they meet Jess Rawlins.

“A thriller with a heart.”—Boston Globe

Rawlins, an old-school rancher, knows trouble when he sees it. But he is only one against four men who will stop at nothing to silence their witnesses. What these ex-cops do not know is just how far Rawlins will go to protect William and Annie…and see that justice is done.

About the Author

C.J. Box is the author of eight novels including the award-winning Joe Pickett series. He's the winner of the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, the Barry Award, and an Edgar Award and L.A. Times Book Prize finalist. Open Season was a 2001 New York Times Notable Book. Box lives with his family outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312365707
Author:
Box, C. J.
Publisher:
Minotaur Books
Author:
Lloyd, John Bedford
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Child witnesses
Subject:
Idaho
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120522
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 CDs, 12 hours
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 352 pages St. Martin's Minotaur - English 9780312365707 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "At the start of this overly complicated thriller from bestseller Box, his first stand-alone, siblings Annie and William Taylor, ages 12 and 10, witness a gruesome murder in the woods outside the small Idaho town of Kootenai Bay, nicknamed 'Blue Heaven' for its abundance of retired LAPD officers. Annie and William make a run for it after they're spotted by the killers, a group of crooked LAPD cops who retired to Idaho eight years earlier after pulling a complicated heist in California that left a man dead. Rancher Jess Rawlins becomes the children's only hope of survival after they take refuge in his barn. Jess must stay one step ahead of the killers, who have volunteered to 'help' the local authorities investigate the children's disappearance. Annie and William's mother is frantic, as the scheming officers try to persuade her the children are gone for good. A subplot involving a retired California detective pursuing the original robbery case adds too many extra characters and undercuts the suspense. Readers expecting the same brisk story lines as the author's Joe Pickett crime novels (Free Fire, etc.) will be disappointed. 100,000 first printing; author tour. (Jan.) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "So does this stand-alone stand on its own two feet? Hell, yes....Box builds suspense so brilliantly that Blue Heaven could serve as a textbook of how to do it."
"Review" by , "Dropping the whodunit element that's always been the weakest part of Pickett's cases, Box alternates violence with surprising tenderness in a suspenseful tour de force."
"Synopsis" by , With true-to-life, unforgettable characters, Box has created a thriller that delves into issues close to the heart — the pervasiveness of greed, the banality of evil, and the truth about what constitutes a family.
"Synopsis" by ,
The break-out novel from the award-winning author of the Joe Pickett series
"Synopsis" by ,
A twelve-year-old girl and her younger brother are on the run in the Idaho woods, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder—four men who know exactly who William and Annie are. And where their mother lives.
 
Retired policemen from Los Angeles, the killers easily persuade the local sheriff to let them lead the search for the missing children. Now there's nowhere left for William and Annie to hide…and no one they can trust. Until they meet Jess Rawlins.
 
Rawlins, an old-school rancher, knows trouble when he sees it. He is only one against four men who will stop at nothing to silence their witnesses. But in this thrilling mystery novel from C.J. Box, these ex-cops don't know just how far Rawlins will go to protect William and Annie…and see that justice is done.
 
Blue Heaven is the winner of the 2009 Edgar Award for Best Novel.
"Synopsis" by ,

 “A non-stop thrill ride —Harlan Coben

A twelve-year-old girl and her younger brother are on the run in the Idaho woods, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder—four men who know exactly who William and Annie are. And where their mother lives.

“Grade ‘A...dont miss it.”—Rocky Mountain News

Retired policemen from Los Angeles, the killers easily persuade the local sheriff to let them lead the search for the missing children. Now theres nowhere left for William and Annie to hide…and no one they can trust. Until they meet Jess Rawlins.

“A thriller with a heart.”—Boston Globe

Rawlins, an old-school rancher, knows trouble when he sees it. But he is only one against four men who will stop at nothing to silence their witnesses. What these ex-cops do not know is just how far Rawlins will go to protect William and Annie…and see that justice is done.

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