Toronto Star

BADLANDS By C. J. Box Minotaur, 288 pages, $31.50


C. J. Box, the crime fiction bard of America’s northern plain states, sets his latest book in the chaos of North Dakota’s new oil prosperity. The oil discoverie­s have brought to the state a population explosion, soaring prices (apartment rentals are higher than New York City’s) and, inevitably, drugs and murder. The book, in Box’s trademark rough and ready prose, deals with the sleuthing out of one corrupting drug ring by the sharptongu­ed but likeable Sheriff’s Investigat­or Cassie Dewell. She benefits unexpected­ly from the aid of a gallant 12-yearold boy who suffers from fetal alcohol syndrome. Only in C. J. Box’s North Dakota.

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