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3.0019 out of 53.0019 out of 53.0019 out of 53.0019 out of 53.0019 out of 5 3.00 (1,400 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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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