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3.61947368421053 out of 53.61947368421053 out of 53.61947368421053 out of 53.61947368421053 out of 53.61947368421053 out of 5 3.62 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: C. J. Box Narrator: Holter Graham Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Cody Hoyt Series Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9781427211354
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The Edgar® Awardwinning and New York Times bestselling author delivers a thriller about a troubled cop trying to save his son from a killer in Yellowstone.

Cody Hoyt, while a brilliant cop, is an alcoholic struggling with two months of sobriety when his mentor and AA sponsor Hank Winters is found burned to death in a remote mountain cabin. At first it looks like the suicide of a man who's fallen off the wagon, but Cody knows Hank better than that. Sober for fourteen years, Hank took pride in his hard-won sobriety and never hesitated to drop whatever he was doing to talk Cody off a ledge. When Cody takes a closer look at the scene of his friend's death, it becomes apparent that foul play is at hand. After years of bad behavior with his department, he's in no position to be investigating a homicide, but this man was a friend and Cody's determined to find his killer.

When clues found at the scene link the murderer to an outfitter leading tourists on a multi-day wilderness horseback trip into the remote corners of Yellowstone National Park—a pack trip that includes his son Justin—Cody is desperate to get on their trail and stop the killer before the group heads into the wild. Among the tourists is fourteen-year-old Gracie Sullivan, an awkward but intelligent loner who begins to suspect that someone in their party is dangerous.

In a fatal cat and mouse game, where it becomes apparent the murderer is somehow aware of Cody's every move, Cody treks into the wilderness to stop a killer hell bent on ruining the only thing in his life he cares about.

Back of Beyond is a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 Mysteries title.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Once again, Box provides the complete suspense package: unobtrusively slick detection, buckets of surprises and mounting thrills, all amid his trademark settings in the majestic high country. Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

  • Terrifically entertaining stuff that comes together with a bang in the end... Booklist
  • ...timeless...gripping...resemble(s) an Agatha Christie closed-community whodunnit but with horses, bears, wolves, and hunting rifles. Sunday Times (UK)
  • Box...knows life and death in the backcountry like few other writers today. Library Journal
  • ...a taut tale...that hooks you. USA Today
  • If Box isn't already on your list, put him there. Toronto Globe and Mail 
  • ...a riveting, unforgettable work...beautifully written and wonderfully told. Bookreporter.com
  • ...perceptive...well-rounded...smooth, muscular writing keeps the tension rising. Financial Times
  • Grade A...page-flying suspense with superior character portrayal...a great adventure. Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • One of the 2011 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie Angel | 2/15/2014

    " rip-roarin' yarn. lots of suspense. nice setting. yee-hah. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry | 2/14/2014

    " I really enjoy C.J.'s books. He is a great story teller and his descriptions of Wyoming are as beautiful as the state is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms. G | 2/12/2014

    " One of Box's best! No Pickett but lots about Yellowstone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Blinn | 2/7/2014

    " C.J. Box has written a stand-alone book, Back of Beyond. It features a cop who goes rogue, Cody Hoyt. That action takes place in Yellowstone Park, which seems to be a favored setting for Box. He briefly reinforces the worry about the level of thermal activity that takes place in the park and how much of the continent will be destroyed whenever it blows. (It is 62,000 years overdue!) Anyway, a murder occurs, and Hoyt undertakes to solve it, after getting himself suspended from the sheriff's department in his county. The action moves to Yellowstone where a group of well-heeled clients are going on a wilderness expedition. Cody's son, Justin, is among the group, and Cody is sure that the murderer is there, too. The group has a head start, and Cody must catch up. This book is a little rougher than the normal Box book with lots of dead bodies and great use of the f work in the first half of the book. It's a good read that makes the time pass very quickly, always a good indicator in my book. So, if killing and foul language do not bother you, read it and enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 1/24/2014

    " Set in Yellowstone. Great and interesting characters and discriptions of Yellowstone "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy Forsland | 1/24/2014

    " Always enjoy cj Box ! This is a good one. Not Joe Pickett, set in Yellowstone National Park. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nate Hendrix | 1/24/2014

    " This is the best C.J. Box novel I have read yet. A series of killings are connected with a backcountry horse packing trip that the detective's son is on. His use of the outdoors as another character and the action make him one of my favorite authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna Hansen | 1/20/2014

    " New author for me. Love Montana so this was a visual treat I am familiar with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 1/14/2014

    " I loved this book even though it was not about Box's main character, Joe Pickett. This had a lot of suspense as you try to figure out who the "bad guy" is and what the outfitter is really after. Who is killing the tourists and why? This was hard to put down until the last page. A great book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura Jeanne | 1/12/2014

    " I really hate it when an author, to create more suspense, has a character do something really illogical. Kind of ruins an otherwise good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 12/6/2013

    " A very good mystery that takes place in Yellowstone "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marge | 10/23/2013

    " I think this stand-along novel by C.J. Box is the best he has written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wilma Rebstock | 10/23/2013

    " I thought this book pretty week. It could have been much better given the material. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sjfstudio | 10/16/2013

    " Cody Hoyt, C.J. Box's new character is not a likable kind of guy but this book made for a stay up late read. This writer consistently hits a homerun and I look forward to reading what he comes up with next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joann | 8/30/2013

    " This my first c j box book, and I really enjoyed it...loved that it is set in Yellowstone..good pacing, and well developed mystery-adventure. I couldn't put it down! Will definitely try another "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Icicle4 | 3/21/2013

    " I didn't like this book quite as well as many reviewing it on Amazon. I like C.J. Box and have read most or all of his previous novels. This one just seemed a bit contrived and the ending, which involved mucho mayhem in Yellowstone NP, was too crazy for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 3/2/2013

    " Pretty good story. First time I have read this author and I plan to try a few more of his/her books. Takes place in Yellowstone National Park and there is a little bit of murder going on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 11/10/2012

    " I almost didn't finish this one. I got real tired of having an alcoholic described to me. The second half of the book wasn't bad at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 6/4/2012

    " This is the book that turned me on to C.J. Box. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Albert | 5/22/2012

    " Wonderful read . . . Especially full of inter-moutain locales "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/30/2012

    " audio book. Very suspenseful and it brought the back country of Yellowstone alive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 4/14/2012

    " Monday night book club. I liked this one okay. It does have a feel of a redemption story. A little too conicendital for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 judy | 1/21/2012

    " By accident I have read two books in Box's new series (no Joe Pickett). I'd prefer that he just kill off Cody Hoyt, the new guy. Failing that he should at least list this series as fantasy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 HerbieGrandma | 1/9/2012

    " I very much enjoyed this book which began with a murder in Helena, Montana (Where I once lived.) and hunts the killer into Yellowstone's 'back of beyond.' "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl | 12/21/2011

    " Thought the first 3/4 or so was maybe the best that Box has ever written. Sorry, but just couldn't buy the denouement :(. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peze | 10/3/2011

    " Good thriller with a whodunnit storyline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen133 | 10/2/2011

    " This book takes place in Montana and Yellowstone Park. C.J. Box does a wonderful job of developing great believable characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 9/29/2011

    " Slow building suspense but a decent mystery read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hrn1947 | 9/27/2011

    " Very characture driven. Somewhat a sequel to three weeks to say goodbye. Alot of violence. Not as good as the pickett series, but it has possibilities. Everyone likes a flawed hero. the ending was too neat for me. some holes are there "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 9/27/2011

    " A very good mystery that takes place in Yellowstone "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randi | 9/27/2011

    " The first part was a little too long but once it got moving it was great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 9/26/2011

    " Theme seems familiar to other wilderness adventures and asshole stories "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 9/25/2011

    " Back to Yellowstone.Action packed bloody gory mess.Giid plotting with minor surprises "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 9/23/2011

    " Entertaining and suspenseful tale set in the back country of Yellowstone; not part of his Joe Pickett series. On par with his Edgar Award-winning "Blue Heaven". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wilma | 9/22/2011

    " I thought this book pretty week. It could have been much better given the material. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 9/18/2011

    " I had my doubts in the first few chapters... but I'm really glad I hung in there and kept reading it and enjoyed it.

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About the Author

C. J. Box is the author of the award-winning Joe Pickett series, including Open Season, Savage Run, Winterkill, Trophy Hunt, Out of Range, and In Plain Sight. He has also written numerous other stand alone novels, short stories, and essays. He is the winner of an Anthony Award, the Macavity Award, the Barry Award, and an Edgar Award for Best Novel. An avid outdoorsman, Box has hunted, fished, hiked, ridden, and skied throughout Wyoming and the mountains of the West. He lives outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming and serves on the board of directors for the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.

About the Narrator

Holter Graham, award-winning audiobook narrator, has appeared in many films, including Fly Away Home, Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive, and Hairspray. His television credits include Army Wives, Wasted, Damages, and Law & Order, among others.