The Bitterroots

The Bitterroots

Book - 2019
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Jan 24, 2020

4 1/2-5 star read. This is the 4th book in Box's excellent Cassie Dewell series and it was a great book. Dewell is hired by her friend, defense attorney Rachel to investigate a seemingly open and shut case against a client she represents. Blake, the eldest son of a powerful secretive clan in the Bitterroots area, has been accused of sexually assaulting his 15 year old niece. The evidence supports her claim. But when Cassie goes into the town controlled by the clan, she is threatened and can't figure out who to trust. That the clan wants Blake to go to jail for what he did is not in doubt, but Cassie can't figure out why they don't want her to continue to investigate and keep trying to get her out of town. Instead of scaring her off, they just encourage her to keep looking, trying to understand what they are trying to hide. And when she starts to put all the pieces of the puzzle together, the stakes become too high. A compelling and terrific read.

Nov 25, 2019

I found in my old atlas the cities mentioned. I had to go to Google to get references to anything with 'bitterroots' in the name. Montana is a fairly large state with a unique shape where the the majority of the cities are in the western portion of the state. The population of Montana isn't very large, only 1.07 million people. But how many people do you need for evil to raise its ugly head and take a swipe at you? C.J. Box may change the protagonist's name and sex but he still manages to get us involved in their personal lives while we hunger for the latest depiction crime. Private investigator Cassie Dewell has a lot to deal with here. Stay with her folks and you will be moved to the edge of your seat.

Nov 03, 2019

A good mystery that moves along and keeps you guessing, along with a side plot that is terrifying. Box writes beautifully. And I really enjoy this female character, Cassie.

Nov 01, 2019

I much prefer the author's Joe Pickett series. The characters in this novel seemed to me to be stereotypical. Also, it was hard to believe the female character could be a successful PI - not thorough in doing background checks, fumbling, not fearless. I didn't find her to be feisty as one character describes her. Parts were predictable and the twist at the end just didn't seem probable. Indeed the author's machinations are evident throughout the book. Yet this book was a starred review by the major reviewing journals. This book is based on one rancher family gone bad, who live in Montana's Bitterroot Valley.

Oct 14, 2019

This was a pretty good read. Somewhat predictable but still had lots of twists and turns.
It was up to the usual CJ Box standards which means it was entertaining.

Oct 12, 2019

While not a Joe Pickett novel, it is a very good read. Without the burden of keeping readers up on the present and past of so many characters from the lengthy series of Pickett lore, the author is free to tell a largely unencumbered tale of Cassie Sewell. The plot is devious, although it has some predictability, and the action is fast paced. While a male writing from a female point of view is always suspect, it seemed to work for me. I look forward to reading more of this character, her life and her cases.

Sep 23, 2019

Another winner from my favorite author.

Sep 18, 2019

We are big C. J. Box fans, but this book does not live up to his writing ability. "The Bitterroots" was a BITTER disappointment!

Aug 27, 2019

C. J. Box's THE BITTERROOTS is a very entertaining read with lots of action and plenty of twists and turns. This is NOT, however, JOE PICKETT novel. I am not sure if this will be a stand-alone novel, or the start of a series with a (somewhat) new character, Cassie Dewell - think back to the story about a twisted, long-distant trucker that Dewell helped bring down. This novel is one in which a very dysfunctional family is very powerful in its own community to the extent that they can do just about whatever they want and get away with it - even to discredit one of their own. Police corruption, country living and violence galore. I did not see the ending coming. Have fun with another great read by Box.

Aug 22, 2019

As a former law enforcement officer, Cassie doesn’t want to work for a defense attorney. Especially on a case where a man has been arrested for raping his 15-year-old niece. However, Rachel assures Cassie she doesn’t have to dig up exculpatory evidence, but just to follow the trail where it leads. "Assure me that there are no holes in the case," the lawyer says, "and I'll talk my client into a plea deal." Once in Lochsa County, however, Cassie finds herself hitting brick wall after brick wall in her investigation. She can't figure out why everyone in town is taking the trouble to thwart the investigation of a case that is as rock-solid as this one’s supposed to be. Cassie isn’t one to back down, and there are plenty of twists and turns leading to the very end!

lcasper Jun 24, 2019

Don't miss C.J. Box appearing at Douglas County Libraries in Highlands Ranch on Monday, August 19th at 6:30pm. He will talk about this book. Registration is open now under Library Events/Author Events on

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