Hittin’ The Highway!

highwayTHE HIGHWAY, C.J. Box’s latest standalone thriller, hits the shelves tomorrow! The Associated Press calls it “a violent, tension-packed, well-written thriller spiced with Box’s vivid portrayal of the Western landscape that he loves” and says that Box “seems to get better with every book.”

Look after the jump for more early praise and the lowdown on Box’s massive book tour that kicks off tomorrow. (Road trip, anyone?)

Criminal Element says:

Box’s ability to create vivid characters is one of the things that makes reading his books so enjoyable. He does an amazing job of not only creating the characters who are on the side of good, but the evil ones, too. His evil characters are even that much more stunning for their depiction and the author’s ability to produce chills down the reader’s spine.

I originally thought of this book as a race against time, but have since amended my description to a fast moving, edge of your seat page-turner. I really couldn’t put it down. Box tells his story as it needs to be told, and is not afraid to let the action go where it may and let the bodies fall. Things can’t always be neat and tidy and summed up in the drawing room by a fire. But when you think about it, when are things really that neat and tidy in real life?

“C. J. Box’s ability to explore the mind of a serial killer and in doing so create a three-dimensional character is frightening. It would make one wonder about his dark side, if he didn’t also create such wonderfully well-rounded characters whose goodness overcomes their flaws,” declares the New York Journal of Books

The Billings Gazette calls Box “a canny and consummate craftsman” with an “ability to create sumptuous characters from spare, surgical strokes of prose” and urges readers, “Get off the genre interstate and take The Highway.”

If you would like to hit the highway to see C.J. Box read, his tour dates are below. (Although we strongly suggest making sure your car is in good repair before venturing too far from home — who knows what kind of unsavory characters you’ll meet out on the road!)


Tuesday July 30 at 6:30pm
Laramie County Library
2200 Pioneer Avenue
Cheyenne, WY

Wednesday, July 31 at 7pm
Country Bookshelf
28 West Main
Bozeman, MT

Thursday, August 1 at 7pm
Branes & Noble
Billings, MT

Friday, August 2 at 6pm
Highlands Ranch Library
9292 Ridgeline Boulevard
Highlands Ranch, CO

Saturday, August 3 at 11am
Superior, CO

Saturday, August 3 at 2pm
Barnes & Noble — Crossroad Commons
Boulder, CO

Sunday, August 4 at 3pm
Book Carnival
Orange, CA

Monday, August 5 at 7pm with Paul Doiron
Poisoned Pen
4014 N. Goldwater
Scottsdale, AZ

Tuesday, August 6 at 12pm
Katy Budget Books
2450 Fry Road
Houston, TX

Tuesday, August 6 at 6:30pm with Paul Doiron
Murder by the Book
2342 Bissonet Street
Houston, TX

Wednesday, August 7 at 7pm
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Lexington, KY

Thursday, August 8 at 7pm
Mystery Lovers Bookshop
514 Allegheny River Boulevard
Oakmont, PA

Friday, August 9 at 6:30pm with Paul Doiron
Portland Library
5 Monument Square
Portland, ME

Saturday, August 10 at 2pm
Jesup Memorial Library
Bar Harbor, ME

Friday, August 16 at 6:30pm
Natrona County Public Library
Casper, WY

Saturday, August 17 at 12pm
Saratoga Museum
Saratoga, WY

Friday, August 23 at 5pm
City News
Cheyenne, WY

Tuesday, August 27 at 12pm
Old Faithful Inn
1 Grand Loop Road
Yellowstone Park, WY

Wednesday, August 28 at 12pm
Old Faithful Inn
1 Grand Loop Road
Yellowstone Park, WY

Thursday, August 29 at 6pm
Park County Library
Cody, WY

Friday, August 30 at 5pm
Sheridan Stationery
206 North Main Street
Sheridan, WY

Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21
South Dakota Book Festival
Deadwood, SD

Friday, September 27 at 6pm
Featured author at Durango Literary Festival
Durango, CO

Tuesday, October 29 at 7pm
Barton College’s Friends of Hackney Library Dinner/Lecture Series
Wilson, NC

For all the latest news on author appearances, please check C.J. Box’s website or Facebook page!


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