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Blue Heaven
Blue Heaven
Author: C. J. Box
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. Retired policemen from Los Angeles, the killers easily persuade the local sheriff to let them lead the search for the miss...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780312365714
ISBN-10: 0312365713
Publication Date: 12/2/2008
Pages: 384
Edition: 1
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  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 120 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 5
Annie (12) and William (10) are mighty upset with her mother letting her new boyfriend stay overnight when they take his fishing vest to go fishing. They didn't know what they were going to witness when they eavesdrop on some strangers in the woods, when all of them draw a weapon and shot a man, when all of them chase them because their presence wasn't unnoticed.
They find shelter in a barn on one of the oldest, still existing ranches, owned by now loner Jess Rawlins. The kids know, one of the killer is one of their mother's many boyfriends and he's waiting for them at their home right now.
With nowhere to go they don't have a choice and desperately lay their fate into Jess Rawlins hands.

Unsure what to believe and what to do, but clearly seeing the far in two children's eyes, Jess decides to snoop around in town, maybe try to figure out what's going on and why the sheriff put all the investigation work into the hands of four retired ex-police officers from the LAPD.

At the same time a retired cop enters town searching for clues in an old file, the only one he hasn't been able to solve. The one that's nagging at him for years. The Santa Anita Racetrack - file.

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Quite a fast paced, thoughtful thriller which I couldn't put down. The character of Jess Rawlins is such appealing and full of substance. I have to admit having trouble to imagine his real age with a son a little older than the kids mother. He's the kind of novel character everyone would wish the best and recognizes as a real hero in the book. One that sticks to you after closing the book.

I always welcome authors stepping out of series writing and this first stand alone novel by C. J. Box is something every mystery/thriller reader will enjoy.
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Helpful Score: 3
After being disapointed that their mother's boy friend did not pick them up to go fishing like he promised, 12 year old Annie decides she'll take her little brother, 10 year old William, herself even though neither knows anything about fishing. On their way to the creek, they witness a murder and are seen by the men. The children take off on the run and the story just gets better and better. I loved the characters and the story is fast pace. A great mystery!
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Helpful Score: 1
This book is non-stop action from page one. There are enough twists and turns to keep you up at night. I could hardly put this book down.
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Helpful Score: 1
great read. it gets your attention right away. suspenseful; intriguing, and a great ending.
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Helpful Score: 1
Solid narrative but occasionally a bit tedious. I was intrigued by the setting because I've spent some time skiing and boating in that corner of Idaho. Not quite riveting but well written.
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reviewed Blue Heaven on + 6 more book reviews
Really enjoyable, action-packed read. Takes place in Idaho and you can just picture the scenes in your imagination. Plan to read more of his books.
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Rawlins, an old-school rancher, is up against corrupt retired cops from LA in a
run in the Idaho woods to save two children who are witnesses to murder.

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