Badlands; CJ Box
Macmillan Audio - 2016
(Book #2 in the Cassie Dewell series)
Grimstad, North Dakota is a booming oil town and because of that a town where everyone once knew their neighbors has seen an influx of newcomers, both good and bad elements.
The story begins with Kyle Westergaard, a 12 year-old boy with limitations due to fetal alcohol syndrome. Kyle's mother and her current partner do not provide much more than a roof over the boys head and for extra money Kyle has a newspaper route. One day while Kyle is making his deliveries he sees an accident and finds a duffle bag on the side of the road. The bag is heavy but he manages to carry the bag home on his bike. The bag contains a large sum of money and drugs worth millions.
It was great fun listening to this story unfold with many edge of your seat moments as unsavory individuals pop in and out of the story. Cassie Dewell, Chief Investigator and Sherrif John Kirkbride are quickly involved in a high stakes case between a ruthless Salvadorian MS-13s gang, a biker gang and crooked cops. This was one of those audio book experiences that made our recent road trip great fun. January Savoy did a great job with both the female and male voices.
Although it's not necessary to read book #1 of the series, Highway, first, that one was a fun listen as well even though, I enjoyed this offering more.
(library audio book)