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Another departure for Mr Box from Joe Pickett, but not totally unexpected as he has done so now on a few occasions.
The Highway is a pretty terrifying read describing in pretty explicit detail how to become a serial rapist, torturer and murderer..... And all you need is a very large truck and a tremendous amount of guiltless ruthless guile and cunning.
This is the story of one long haul truck driver who has turned the act of kidnap,rape, torture and murder into almost an art form as he travels about the U.S. This is a loners existence as you would expect but circumstances and his carefulness in avoiding the risks that have allowed him to do what he does without being caught for years were circumvented by a domineering mother with a big mouth and a hoarding complex who said the wrong thing to the wrong person, and he was caught by a state trooper who pulled him over.
Unfortunately for the victims though this particular Trooper, Rick Legerski, wasn't out to save anyone, he had his own agenda too and Ronald Pergram aka The Truck Lizard found himself with a partner in crime who wanted to share the victims without taking the risks!
This is the story of Danielle and Gracie Sullivan on a road trip to visit their father when older sister and airhead Danielle decides to visit her long distance boyfriend instead, the son of Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Dept Investigator Cody Hoyt, and who end up in the glare of the Truck Lizards headlights.
At the insistence of his son, even although the girls have only been missing for a few hours, Hoyt begins to investigate aided by his partner Cassandra Dewell.....
As is usual for a Mr Box novel, the pace of the novel is insistent but much much more visceral, invoking base emotions in the reader with his hard descriptive prose. It keeps you rooted turning page after page and surprises you when a sudden twist happens that was unexpected (Hoyt/Legerski) even although you forgive yourself afterwards as the signs were clearly there in the first place......
Reading Enjoyment: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5
Page length: 320