I see this is the Audiobook and I did listen to the audiobook and read the book along with
I'm no longer going to count this as a "Highway Quartet" series. These books after the 1st 1-1/2 books are all about Cassie.
The Lizard King killed her mentor and Cassie has killed the Lizard King twice. Okay, maybe just once but now he is dead. After being humiliated and then vindicated by lousy planning by a county DA, Cassie is fed up with being a cop and becomes a PI in North Dakota and Montana and now she is becoming successful. Cassie is now being called in for a favor by a defense attorney.
Blake Kleinsasser has been accused of rape and the evidence is pretty solid. Defense attorney Rachel Mitchell is calling in a favor and just wants to make sure the D.A. in the county the crime committed did his job. Cassie is set on the fact that Kleinsasser is guilty and goes to Lochsa County to meet with the Sherrif, the former attorney, the raped girl, and her family. Starting with checking into her hotel room, Cassie feels resistance, and this resistance is coming from the founding fathers of the county, the Kleinsassers'.
For me, Cassie Dewell never was quite as good as the Joe Picket series, Boxes other series. The Bitterroots is just as good as any of the Picket books written. I'm giving this 4.5 of 5 stars but it could easily be a 5 of 5, it's just that good.
The Bitterroots, by C.J. Box,
Cassie Dewell Series Book 4