Published: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2008 Edition: 1st ed Description: 344 p. ; 25 cm ISBN/ISSN: 9780312365707, 0312365705, Language: English
Winner of the 2009 Edgar Allan Poe Award
A twelve-year-old girl and her younger brother go on the run in the woods of North Idaho, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder--four men who know exactly who William and Annie are, and who know exactly where their desperate mother is waiting for news of her children's fate. Retired cops from Los Angeles, the killers easily persuade the inexperienced sheriff to let them lead the search for the missing children. William and Annie's unexpected savior comes in the form of an old-school rancher teetering on the brink of foreclosure.--From publisher description
Blue Heaven is a fast-paced thriller by C.J. Box and is a stand-alone from his Joe Pickett series. Annie and William, a 12 and 10 year-old sister and brother, leave their house to go fishing after a fight with their Mom over her low-life boyfriend. Sadly for them, they witness four men murder someone and are spotted by one of the killers. Their nightmare begins.
The two, led by a determined and strong Annie, evade the killers and find refuge at a loner ranchers' home. The rancher, Jess Rawlins, is having his own problems and he provides a safe haven for them and also wants to find out who the killers are. It turns out that the men are retired cops from L.A. who are bound together by a large robbery they pulled off in L.A. and not even two children are safe from them.
This is a suspenseful and fast paced-mystery and it reminds me of the classic movie Night of the Hunter. It has a great setting and Annie and Jess are well developed characters and the bad guys are really bad.