The latest novel by C.J. Box is a stand-alone novel (unlike his Joe Pickett series) but it re-introduces characters from an earlier novel, The Back of Beyond. Cody Hoyt is now a deputy sheriff in Helena, Montana, who has just been fired for planting evidence in a crime scene. He receives a call from his son, Justin, who is concerned about a friend. Danielle and her sister Gracie are supposed to be driving to Omaha for Thanksgiving, but instead Danielle chooses to head to Montana to visit Justin. After he loses contact with them as they travel through rugged roads near Yellowstone, he asks his father for help in finding them. Cody heads towards their last known location alone, searching along the roads between Yellowstone and Helena. His partner Cassie is helping Cody by sending him information about the area, but becomes involved in the search when she abruptly stops hearing from him. As Cassie delves into the disappearances, she uncovers truly evil individuals committing horrific crimes. The Highway is an intense, suspense-filled, fast-paced novel (the story takes place in the two days before Thanksgiving) filled with plot twists and turns. Cassie Dewell, a rookie cop, is a likeable, sympathetic character whose persistence, skill and insight solves the case. The killers are portrayed as both chilling and disturbing. Box’s storytelling will draw you in from the first page–this is a story that is hard to put down–and I guarantee that you will never again pass a semi-trailer on a dark highway without at least a tingle of unease and a flashback to this story!