Framing the Dialogue

The Bitterroots

Cassie Dewell is working to start a new chapter in her life starting her own private practice as a private investigator.  Her background in criminal justice is both a boon and bust for her new endeavor.  In Bitterroots, a favor owed is cashed in by a defense lawyer forcing her to travel to the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana.  Her task is to try to exonerate a man accused of assault.  Cassie finds herself facing a town owned by one family and not afraid to exert their influence.  Her feeling that she is working alone against all odds is not far from the truth…something everyone in Bitterroots doen not want discovered.

“I want you to step back a couple of years in time. You’re once again the chief investigator for Bakkan County and this horrific crime is presented to you. I want you to do the same things you’d do if you wanted to put this guy away for the rest of his life, which you probably do. Interview the witnesses,” Rachel said, tapping the tip of one manicured finger with her other hand to indicate one-two-three. “Examine the evidence. Go through the arrest warrants and the police reports. Look twice at everything you find to see if there are inconsistencies or holes. Do it not from the standpoint that you’re trying to help a defense attorney blow holes in the prosecution case against her client. Do it as if you want to assure the prosecutor that every step you’ve taken as lead investigator is by the book and one hundred percent legit.”

If things were only that simple.  There are lots of twists and turns, and the end is downright unexpected.  The enemy of my enemy is my friend…

Great read.  I’ve just discovered C.J. Box as an author and have been loving his work.  It is refreshing to have a backdrop in the Midwest/western United States.

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