Blue Heaven (2008)
WINNER OF THE 2008 EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL... Four weeks on the extended New York Times bestseller list...Optioned for film by producers Michael Besman ("About Schmidt") and Cameron Lamb...Selected by the American Library Association as a 2008 Reading List award winner in the category "Adrenaline"...
This break-out novel from the author of the New York Times Bestselling Joe Pickett novels is "a non-stop thrill-ride…a provocative suspense novel that has you rooting for the characters every step of the way." -- Harlan Coben
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 48 hours in real time, 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.
The reviews are in...
"Blue Heaven" crackles with electric tension and action..."
The Denver Post
"...Hard to put down..."
"...a first-rate, edge-of-your seat read..."
"...a terrific suspense novel...You'll be hooked..."
The Toronto Globe and Mail
"...Box delivers surprises until the final page..."
The Billings Gazette
"...my favorite kind of thriller - one with a heart."
The Boston Globe
"...a stand-alone thriller that will grab you on page one..."
The Charlotte Observer
"...a page-turning, suspense-ratcheting success..."
"Grade A...don't miss Blue Heaven."
Rocky Mountain News
"... an unforgettable, powerful tale."
"Thriller 'Blue' is slice of heavenly writing..."
The Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"...It's a crime to put this superb real-time adventure down..."
Madison County (MS) Herald
"...a first-rate thriller..."
T. Jefferson Parker, author of Storm Runners
"...one of the best thrillers of the year..."
Tess Gerritsen, author of The Mephisto Club
"THE master of the regional western thriller...irresistible..."