"THE dirty little secret about the very best contemporary crime novels is that it often doesn't matter much who did it and why, but where the story is set," bestselling author C.J. Box wrote recently.
"Solving the crime is simply a vehicle to travel through the territory." Box, who lives with his family outside Cheyenne, Wyoming, writes hard-boiled thrillers set in the Rocky Mountains. For him, this setting is fundamental because he's determined to shine a clear-eyed light on the region, its issues and people.