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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Saint Martin's Press Inc.; 1 Reprint edition (2 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312365713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312365714
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.8 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,112,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

"A thriller with a heart."--"The Boston Globe"

"One of the best thrillers of the year. It kept me up most of the night, the way few books have ever done. C.J. Box owes me a night's sleep!"--Tess Gerritsen

"A first-rate thriller, peopled by complex characters and unpredictable action. Don't miss it."--T. Jefferson Parker

"A first-rate, edge-of-your seat read."--"Omaha"" World-Herald"

"A non-stop thrill ride--a provocative suspense novel that has you rooting for the characters every step of the way."--Harlan Coben

"""An unusual, intelligent thriller that resonates long after the last page is turned."--George Pelecanos

"A suspenseful tour de force."--"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)

"Relentless. C.J. Box sucked me in with good cops, bad cops, and missing money, then blind-sided me with unexpected twists and surprises in this novel of clashing cultures and dark secrets. Box delivers the goods!"--Robert Crais

“A thriller with a heart.”—"The Boston Globe"

“One of the best thrillers of the year. It kept me up most of the night, the way few books have ever done. C.J. Box owes me a night’s sleep!”—Tess Gerritsen

“A first-rate thriller, peopled by complex characters and unpredictable action. Don’t miss it.”—T. Jefferson Parker

“A first-rate, edge-of-your seat read.”—"Omaha"" World-Herald"

“A non-stop thrill ride—a provocative suspense novel that has you rooting for the characters every step of the way.”—Harlan Coben

""“An unusual, intelligent thriller that resonates long after the last page is turned.”—George Pelecanos

“A suspenseful tour de force.”—"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)

“Relentless. C.J. Box sucked me in with good cops, bad cops, and missing money, then blind-sided me with unexpected twists and surprises in this novel

"A thriller with a heart."--"The Boston Globe"

"One of the best thrillers of the year. It kept me up most of the night, the way few books have ever done. C.J. Box owes me a night's sleep!"--Tess Gerritsen

"A first-rate thriller, peopled by complex characters and unpredictable action. Don't miss it."--T. Jefferson Parker

"A first-rate, edge-of-your seat read."--"Omaha"" World-Herald"

"A non-stop thrill ride--a provocative suspense novel that has you rooting for the characters every step of the way."--Harlan Coben

"""An unusual, intelligent thriller that resonates long after the last page is turned."--George Pelecanos

"A suspenseful tour de force."--"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)

"Relentless. C.J. Box sucked me in with good cops, bad cops, and missing money, then blind-sided me with unexpected twists and surprises in this novel of clashing cultures and dark secrets. Box delivers the goods!"--Robert Crais

"A thriller with a heart." --"The Boston Globe"

"One of the best thrillers of the year. It kept me up most of the night, the way few books have ever done. C.J. Box owes me a night's sleep!" --"Tess Gerritsen"

"A first-rate thriller, peopled by complex characters and unpredictable action. Don't miss it." --"T. Jefferson Parker"

"A first-rate, edge-of-your seat read." --"Omaha World-Herald"

"A non-stop thrill ride--a provocative suspense novel that has you rooting for the characters every step of the way." --"Harlan Coben"

"An unusual, intelligent thriller that resonates long after the last page is turned." --"George Pelecanos"

"A suspenseful tour de force." --"Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

"Relentless. C.J. Box sucked me in with good cops, bad cops, and missing money, then blind-sided me with unexpected twists and surprises in this novel of clashing cultures and dark secrets. Box delivers the goods!" --"Robert Crais"

A thriller with a heart. "The Boston Globe"

One of the best thrillers of the year. It kept me up most of the night, the way few books have ever done. C.J. Box owes me a night's sleep! "Tess Gerritsen"

A first-rate thriller, peopled by complex characters and unpredictable action. Don't miss it. "T. Jefferson Parker"

A first-rate, edge-of-your seat read. "Omaha World-Herald"

A non-stop thrill ride--a provocative suspense novel that has you rooting for the characters every step of the way. "Harlan Coben"

An unusual, intelligent thriller that resonates long after the last page is turned. "George Pelecanos"

A suspenseful tour de force. "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

Relentless. C.J. Box sucked me in with good cops, bad cops, and missing money, then blind-sided me with unexpected twists and surprises in this novel of clashing cultures and dark secrets. Box delivers the goods! "Robert Crais""

From the Back Cover

"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'...don't 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 there's 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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Format: Hardcover
C.J. Box sets up his plot like a classic western movie, framed by the stunning scenery of North Idaho where the local farming community is being shouldered aside by incomers retiring to the country and real estate agents trying to sell their land for development. One grizzled rancher,Jess Rawlins, a 63-year-old lonely divorcee, sticks to the old ways and his self-reliance (as well as a fair number of guns!) is vital to the survival of two local children who are thought to have been abducted, but are in fact on the run having witnessed a cold blooded murder. As Rawlins befriends - and shelters - the two runaways, he discovers that the bad guys have not only ridden into the nearby town, but have taken it over. A violent, classic western shoot-out is the inevitable outcome. With all its feelings of homage to the traditional Western, where one brave man stands tall in defence of the weak and innocent, this is a very modern thriller, scoring highly on plot,suspense and pace and with characters you believe in and are sometimes terrified by. Blue Heaven also sheds light on the contemporary problems facing the ranchers out in the still pretty Wild West. A cracking read, which will finally establish C.J. Box on this side of the Atlantic.
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This is a very good book by CJ Box and the first i have read by him. The storyline doesn't drag at all, so you find yourself not putting the book down. The storyline of retired bent police officers, who kill somebody as two children watch is really gripping. You feel really sorry for the children, Annie and William, because you wonder who is going to believe two kids of 12 and 8 over four retired LAPD officers? They start to beileve they can trust no-one.
I love the characters in this book, as soon as the badguys appear you can feel yourself want to boo and hiss like at the pantomine!! I would definitely recommend this book.
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First if all I'd like to advise anyone who is interested in this book for their kindle - NOT to purchase it as a single novel- you can buy it along with two other stories from the same author for the same price in the Amazon sale.

A decent little thriller, a good book to carry with you to read on journeys or when you have an idle moment. It's interesting enough to draw you in, but not such a page turner that you end up staying up late to finish it.

I like the Western setting but for me there were just a few too many characters, a few too many viewpoints. What really drew me to the book initially was the story of two children - Annie and Willie - and their perspective on seeing a murder committed and having to flee for their lives. However as the book progresses we see less and less of the action from their viewpoint and their mother Monica hardly gets a look in at all. Since the whole plot revolves around us caring what happens to them, and the horror that a group of grown men would hunt down innocent children I felt the story lost some impetus as we see the action mostly from a bunch of other characters - the rancher who takes them in, the bank manager who has a secret of his own, the retired detective chasing a hunch on his own time etc etc. (Frankly I wasn't sure we needed the character of Villatora the detective in the novel at all - he was a good character but I felt he deserved a novel of his own).

The ending disappoints- the action part of the novel just ends suddenly leaving us with a sentimental finale which didn't really work for me. However over all there's something about this author which gets under my skin and I will definitely try his other books while they are in the sale.
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I have given this novel three stars as I enjoyed three fifths of it. It started so well, this multi-stranded story, whose threads weave together a quarter of the way through. The picture of a small rural town in idyllic countryside is skilfully constructed and characters are developed effectively, bringing to mind the wonderful author, Mary Lawson (The other side of the Bridge, and Crow Lake). The plot races from the start and the book is difficult to put down.

Sadly, just as the tale builds towards the climax, the hero, Jess starts behaving in an inexplicably unintelligent way. Knowing the bad guys are bound to come back, why would he leave the children alone in the house - having given 12 year old Annie a loaded gun and brief theoretical lesson on how to use it - against armed murderers? Why would Jess, a single man in his sixties, think he could go to his local supermarket and fill his trolley with Kids food and think no one would notice? Why didn't he just take the kids to the TV News stand that was pitched in the centre of town and let the kids tell their story on TV? Why did the good guys choose to "hole -up" at his ranch knowing that the murderers were on their way, when they could have just driven away? Yes, the possibility of a road block was considered but, bizarrely, dismissed as the more dangerous option.

I feel CJ Box has great potential as an author, but I think the publisher ought to have sent him away and told him to reconsider his conclusion. Having loved the story so much to start with, I felt cheated by the weak ending.
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