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Edgar® Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author C.J. Box 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 theEdgar® Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author C.J. Box 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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  • PattyMacDotComma
    2019-04-03 23:25

    3.5★ rounded up“Throughout his life his friends, lovers, and colleagues wondered aloud what made him tick. As if he were like Churchill’s description of Russia, a ‘riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma,’ when really it was so damned simple. So damned simple. Cody was born damaged. His Maker had flinched when soldering his hard wires together, and they would always short out or overheat at the wrong time.. . . but that didn’t mean he didn’t recognize and revere goodness, and he’d do anything—anything—to protect those blessed with clean, unimpeded wiring. . . Like Justin, his miracle son, who he had to save.”Cody Hoyt is his very own good cop/bad cop, self-sufficient, needs nobody. Yeah, right. He wishes. He’s split with his wife, whom he still clearly cares for (but who’s remarried, well above his station), and he sees less than he’d like of his teen-aged son, Justin, who seems like a nice kid (and the only thing in his life Cody is proud of). So . . . good cop for investigating skills, bad cop for temper and temperance. When he finds his AA sponsor burned up in what he’s sure is a murder, he falls off the wagon with quite a thud. Following up some leads with the help of an old pal in the force, he discovers a possible connection to a Yellowstone back country pack trip outfit.And wouldn’t you know it? They’ve already packed up and headed to the back of beyond with a full complement of tourists on horseback, out of radio range, as we used to say. Not only that, Justin and His Richness, as Cody refers to Justin’s step-father, are on the trip as a bonding exercise.Possible pairing of people thickens the plot – the rugged cowboy outfitter, his younger, sexy female wrangler/companion, a lone mysterious man, a lone mysterious woman, a single dad with two young daughters, one in her teens (well, helloooo, Justin!), and the step-father. Plus a fit couple in their 60s, CEO husband, society wife, seemingly scratchy with each other. The younger daughter, Gracie, is a smart cookie having fun, loving horses, and watching the dynamics spark. Danielle, on the other hand, is horrified to discover what out-of-range really means and can’t believe anyone would actually pay to do this. (Where's the nail salon?)“’There’s nothing better for a girl than to have two sets of parents competing for your affection, and buying you things to make you like them more, you know?’ Gracie looked at her sister with disgust. ’What planet are you from, anyway?’‘Planet Danielle,’ her sister said with a lilt. ’It’s a good and happy place. And it has hot showers and cell phone service.’”Danielle does find fun with Justin, the lone woman raises some eyebrows (as do all the adults, really), and the outfitter lectures them all on the dangers of the wild – bears, wolves, and the ease of getting lost forever - and there's some question as to who sleeps in whose tent.Meanwhile, Cody is frantic, trying to battle the bottle, his demons, the loss of his badge, a surprise attack in the night, and the possibility his son may be a target and out of reach. As people start to drop like the proverbial flies (attracting the aforementioned wildlife), my suspicions went all over the place! Always a good sign. Good Wyoming tale of secrecy and greed. I’ve not read C.J. Box before, so it’s time I had a look at his Joe Picket series, I think. I do have a small grammatical bone to pick, but I’ll tuck it away so as not to sound petty about what is, after all, an entertaining read.(view spoiler)[My gripe is the misuse of who and whom. Often. In the first quote above, it should be “Like Justin, his miracle son, WHOM he had to save.”That didn’t bug me, but then followed several instances of ‘whomever’ as the subject, which really grated. “Whomever did it knew Hank once had problems with alcohol.” I’d have expected an editor to pick these up quickly. When it’s repeated so frequently, it’s jarring. Maybe he doesn’t use an editor. I hope it’s only this book. (hide spoiler)]

  • Matthew
    2019-03-30 14:56

    Another interesting C.J. Box mystery. In my opinion, this novel may have been even more intricately crafted that some of the previous C.J. Box stories I have read. It was suspenseful and gritty and, while I had my suspicions, I was not entirely sure where it was going until the very end. I think this is a good choice for those who are interested in Box's work, but are not quite ready to get into the whole Joe Pickett series.

  • Mike French
    2019-04-25 18:15

    I have read all of C.J.Box's Joe Pickett series and have liked them all. This book features a new character-Cody Hoyt. For the first couple of chapters I wasn't likening Cody as much as Joe. It then took off like a rocket! I can't wait for the next one in the series! This book confirms that C.J. Box is one of my favorite authors.

  • Rex Fuller
    2019-04-13 21:03

    Cody Hoyt is everything Joe Pickett (Box's primary series character) is not. Alcoholic. Smoker. Divorced. Unethical. Self-loathing. Arrogant. And one or two things that Joe Pickett is. Loving father. Dedicated law enforcement officer. He's also maybe a little smarter. Not that that keeps him out of trouble. No sirree Bob. Lands him there quicker in fact. You do like Hoyt, even if you're not entirely sure why. But you don't admire him, like Pickett. The main strength of this book is the complex interpersonal relationships Box manages to squeeze into a fast-paced thriller with a high body count. It's really good.

  • Brenda
    2019-04-26 15:02

    Cody Hoyt seemed to have a death wish! He was a cop who was great at his job, but was an alcoholic, recently divorced, with a son, Justin, who was the best thing that had ever happened to him. His ex-wife Jenny, was a wonderful person, and he still loved her dearly, but his life had spiralled out of control…his young life was against him, with a drunk for a father, mother and uncle! When Cody’s good friend and mentor, Hank Winters, was found burned to death in his little cabin, the signs all said suicide. But Cody knew better…Hank had too much to live for, and he would prove it! With a reluctant Larry (his partner) at his side, Cody set out to find his best friend’s killer. Larry also believed it was suicide, but Cody was convincing, knowing things about Hank that weren’t obvious to the police. When Cody found himself suspended, without his badge and gun, he decided to go undercover and continue his search. And when clues pointed to Justin being in danger, there was no stopping him.When Yellowstone National Park beckoned, Cody headed that way…a wild adventure trip for a group of raw tourists heading up into the wilderness of the Park, and to his horror, Justin was amongst the group! Could Cody catch up with the them before the killer struck again? And how was it that someone dangerous was aware of where he was at all times, when only one person knew…a person he trusted? Or did he?With the bodies accumulating, the danger escalating, and Cody’s desperate need for a drink threatening his slim control, the action is fast paced and vivid! An extremely suspense-filled thriller with loads of action. Highly recommended.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-31 15:00

    A great mystery/thriller to listen to while exercising. Cody Hoyt, the main character and recovering alcoholic police detective, is divorced with a son and early on finds his AA sponsor is dead. He thinks there's something more to his death and of course this begins the book. He begins investigating and I started to wonder how a whole book was going to be based on trying to find out what had happened to his sponsor and then a whole new storyline opens up with some great characters who are taking a pack trip through Yellowstone. Ok, national park, and I'm in. Lots of intricacies in the story and characters that made me want to get back to sitting around the fire in Yellowstone and hop on a horse with them, although as it turns out, I'm glad I was reading this one and not on this particular trip.

  • Melki
    2019-04-14 17:18

    A group of tourists makes its way on horseback into the most remote parts of Yellowstone National Park. Each person has an agenda and one of them is a killer.This book follows the usual C.J. Box formula of long, slow buildup, followed by 50 to 75 pages of unrelenting, page turning suspense, violence, and mayhem. Though a good adventure, this one requires an extra large serving of "suspension of disbelief". Just sit back and enjoy it. Don't think about it too much, or you'll find yourself saying, "Yeah, right!" and "Hey! Wait a minute..."

  • David Highton
    2019-04-10 18:04

    Cody Hoyt is an entirely different character to Joe Pickett, alcoholic and not one for playing by the rules. A story which begins with the suspicious death of his AA sponsor explodes into a chase through Yellowstone Park with Cody's son in danger. The usual high standard from CJ Box

  • John Bohnert
    2019-04-05 21:15

    Really enjoyed this crime fiction novel even though I thought the main character was a real &%#$!.The story makes you want to read page after page.

  • David Peters
    2019-03-28 17:15

    I have been working through C.J. Box’s backlist the last several months, catching up on Joe Pickett and family as he navigates the violent and highly political world of Wyoming wildlife management. So I was excited to see the author’s latest book, Back of Beyond, was a standalone mystery/thriller that I could read right now without ruining my Pickett timeline. Now here is the odd thing about this book. Box’s writing is just getting better with every book he writes so this story just flowed beautifully; never a dull moment. It is a good solid read and very enjoyable. Unfortunately the lead character was just to stereotyped and the plot a little to contrived. You have a divorced alcoholic cop who gets in his own way when trying to connect with those that love him; like his son, ex-wife, and coworkers. He is a tenacious and skilled investigator but is a little to willing to go outside the rules to get things done. Not exactly unique. As to the plot you have got a plane full of drug money crashed out in the wilds of Yellowstone Park. So you have bad guys that just happen to kill our hero’s AA sponsor and want to go after the plane. But hey, coincidences happen all the time. But then the only way to get to the plane is through an annual guided horseback excursion to that part of the park, and our hero’s estranged son just happens to be going on that trip. Then you have another set of bad guys who are also acquainted with our hero who are also willing to kill for the prize. So the coincidences keep building from there, almost as much as the bodies do; and there are a lot of bodies in this book. It all builds to a Gunfight in the O.K. Coral scenario that plays out like a Hollywood movie ending. At the end of the book all lose ends have been resolved completely, the bad guys are gone and the hero is back on track. Therein lies the problem, Box went with an extremely messy hero but wrote an extremely clean conclusion. Those two just do not match. Even after all that I like the book. It was well paced and the dialogue was genuine. I guess what I am saying is that while I enjoy complex and developed meals (i.e. the Joe Pickett books), sometimes a well made peanut butter sandwich is just the ticket. Read this book to get a taste of what C.J. Box is capable of, and then go back and read his backlist to savor the delights they contain

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    2019-04-15 15:07

    I read my first CJ Box (The Highway) some months ago, and really enjoyed it so decided to go back to the beginning of the Cody Hoyt series and read/listen to it in order. I am pleased I did.In this, the first of the series, we meet Cody Hoyt, a pig-headed disgraced cop, divorcee, alcoholic; a man who has few friends and who is disliked by many.Cody has fallen off the wagon when the body of his AA sponsor and one of his only friends, Hank Winters, is found in his burnt out cabin. Cody refuses to believe that Hank would have fallen off the wagon and into an alcoholic stupor while his cabin burned around him. He is sure Hank has been murdered and is determined to track down the killer.Using the meagre clues he finds, he sets off to follow the killer on a 'wilderness adventure' in Yellowstone Park, the same adventure his son is on, accompanied by the man who is hoping to become Justin's stepfather. But someone seems to be aware of Cody's every move and is doing everything possible to prevent Cody from reaching his target.This is a suspenseful read with many twists and turns. Box's writing is descriptive (I feel as though I have been on a horse trek in Yellowstone), yet almost brusque. Like most back woodsmen, he doesn't like to waste words.At the end of this recording was an interview with CJ Box which I am glad I didn't skip. It was the icing on the cake.Will I be reading more of C.J. Box? Definitely.

  • Cheryl
    2019-04-23 21:13

    Back to the beginning. That is where I wanted to go. Back to see how Cody Hoyt got his beginning as I have enjoyed Mr. Box's latest books featuring Hoyt. Hoyt is rough around the edges but I liked that about him. He moved to his own beat, while stumbling along the way; showed that he was human. Although, I found that this book to lack the intensity that I have gotten familiar with from Mr. Box. Yeah, the characters were great and the storyline good but at times it felt like the story slowed from a lack of action and more talking. Not as strong a showing as the later books. Yet, I am still a fan of Mr. Box's work.

  • Clyde
    2019-03-29 19:14

    Cody Hoyt is a cop--a homicide detective and a good one. Like quite a few cops (at least the fictional ones) he has a drinking problem, but is trying to keep it under control. His life spins out of control, however, when his good friend and AA sponsor is found dead in his cabin. At first it looks like an alcohol related accident, but Cody is convinced that it wasn't. Soon his hunch is backed up by some forensic results, and Cody is on the case like a dog on a bone, determined to find his friend's killer.This is a C.J. Box story so naturally things don't stay in a town or city. Clues lead Cody to suspect that there is a connection to a group on a horseback trip into a wilderness area, and action soon shifts to Yellowstone national park. Along the way things get very dark and very dangerous. Things and people aren't what they seem and somebody seems to be anticipating Cody's moves. There are some twists and surprises and a good exciting finish. We have stampeding horses, dangerous wildlife, and even more dangerous people. By the end of the book the body count is pretty high.Good book with some interesting characters. I am getting quite fond of C.J. Box.

  • Pop
    2019-03-31 23:07

    C.J. Box is one of my favorite modern western fiction authors, maybe even tied with my favorite, Craig Johnson. I have read all the books in his Joe Pickett series (except for his latest "Vicious Circle" expected to be published in 2017). They have all been good. It had been awhile since I had read a C.J. Box book and was experiencing withdrawal. My library has "Back of Beyond" in audio-book download but has been been on my wait (hold) list for several months. It finally came available. Took me just a couple of days to read/listen and I have to say it was worth the wait. Cody Hoyt is the paradoxical opposite of Joe Pickett. As another reviewer said "Alcoholic. Smoker. Divorced. Unethical. Self-loathing. Arrogant. And one or two things that Joe Pickett is. Loving father. Dedicated law enforcement officer. He's also maybe a little smarter."There is only one other book in the "Cody Hoyt" series and I think he was a minor character in one of the other Joe Pickett's books but I can't remember which one. I really hope the other book "The Highway" won't be the last time we see Cody Hoyt..

  • Kevintipple
    2019-03-28 22:09

    Cody Hoyt is your clichéd classic troubled cop on the edge. Divorced, disgraced, alcoholic, with a reputation of being a cop with great investigative instincts but lots of issues, Cody Hoyt is back home in Montana after everything blew up in Denver. These days he tries to stay sober while working as a detective in the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Department. On one rainy night, while aimlessly driving around as he does many a night, he is sent to a remote fire damaged cabin in the Big Belt Mountains where there just might be a body inside.It has been raining for days and that is the only reason that part of the cabin still stands at all. Once Detective Cody Hoyt finally gets to the cabin and starts poking around, he realizes there is definitely a badly burned body in the cabin. The scene appears to be of a man who got drunk, passed out and accidentally burned to death. It could be as it appears and nothing more. The problem is the scene must be staged as far as Cody is concerned because the plane tickets found in the still standing bedroom indicate the badly charred body was that of a man named Hank Winters. Hank was Cody’s Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor and definitely did not drink. Hank was there to save Cody and was doing it--- just barely. Cody Hoyt knows for sure that without question Hank was not about to break his multiple years of sobriety for anything. As far as Cody is concerned, this was and is murder without question.A view that others in the department do not share. Especially Sheriff Tubman who is Cody’s boss and worried about reelection more than anything else. With Cody’s well-earned reputation as a screw up, it comes down to Cody and a tenuous ally in the Department working the case. A case that generates a trail of a serial killer and a desperate chase in Yellowstone National Park to save the life of Cody’s teenage son.C. J. Box also writes the much better Joe Pickett Game Warden Series. Unfortunately this stand alone book does not rise anywhere near to the level of those books. For seasoned readers, many of the characters will be amazingly clichéd and predicable despite the occasional attempt to throw in a twist or two. This creates a read that has the feel of something either written as a movie of the week type deal or to fill a contractual obligation. The far weaker secondary storyline of the son and others on a multiday trip by horseback through the wilds of Yellowstone brings the main storyline to a dead halt for a number of chapters. That is unfortunate as this happens when the main storyline has finally moved beyond utter clichéd characters and incredible predictability to something that held reader interest. It results in the reader waiting and waiting for the story to once again get going while time is wasted on many forgettable flat characters. Something that, once started, frequently happens throughout the novel as the reader is pulled back and forth between the main storyline and the secondary storyline to follow various characters. As the secondary and third level characters get picked off one by one, it can become an amusing game to guess which character must die next.Standing on its own, “Back of Beyond” is barely an average book at best for the reasons noted above. Compared to the quality books in the Joe Pickett series, this novel comes up far short and is a very disappointing read. While some readers will agree with the blurb, “a non-stop thrill ride” attributed to Harlan Cohen, others will not and instead hope that C. J. Box gets back to the Joe Pickett series without further time wasting stand alone detours.Back of Beyond: A NovelC. J. Boxhttp://www.cjbox.netMinotaur Books (St. Martin’s Press)http://www.minotaurbooks.comAugust, 2011ISBN# 978-0312365745ARCMaterial supplied was an ARC from the Amazon Vine Program at my request.Kevin R. Tipple © 2011More reviews at http://kevintipplescorner.blogspot.com/

  • Simon McDonald
    2019-04-19 17:23

    C.J. Box’s Joe Pickett is distinct protagonist in the cluttered universe of crime fiction; an unabashed good guy and family man, working hard for every dollar earned as a Wyoming game warden, who habitually lands himself in the hot water with nefarious villains and perilous locales. With BACK OF BEYOND, Box turns the spotlight on a different protagonist, and at first glance Detective Cody Hoyt’s biography reads like a compilation of stereotypes: recovering alcoholic; separated from his wife and estranged from his son; chain-smoker; and all embodied within a gruff, unpleasant demeanour. From the off there is a fear Box might play straight into the cliché – particularly early on when Hoyt surrenders to his demons – and that Box is striving solely to concoct a protagonist who is the polar opposite of Pickett and forgoing the deep characterization blessed upon the hero of Box’s twelve-books-long-and-growing series. Those fears are eventually alleviated, however, as Cody’s stereotyped tendencies are challenged and gradually eviscerated throughout the duration of the text. That’s not to say Hoyt’s an entirely changed man come the final page of BACK OF BEYOND, but those traits initially perceived as clichéd become full-fledged character flaws, appropriately substantiated throughout the novel’s 400 pages. Box takes those stereotypes and justifies them, and thusly cements himself within the highest echelon of popular fiction authors writing today.We have all read the story of the vigilante cop on a mission of vengeance, and grinded down to its core, that’s what BACK OF BEYOND is. What begins as an investigation into the murder of Hoyt’s AA sponsor in a botched arson attempt quickly develops into a complicated and enthralling cat-and-mouse hunt through the harsh Yellowstone National terrain for the purported killer, believed to be partaking in an expedition of the area. To make matters more complicated for Hoyt, his son and future step-father are on the trip. The plot is intricate and as the cast widens - encompassing a variety of characters (including, most prominently, fourteen-year-old Gracie Sullivan) – Box skilfully postulates over the identity of the killer, weaving mystery throughout his pose, riveting readers to their seats. The plot’s adrenaline is fuelled by the possibility of Hoyt not making it to his son in time, and the unknown identity of the killer; nobody is safe, and almost anybody could be the culprit. The pacing is brilliant, and builds to a perfect crescendo. Crime fiction is littered with novels that seek the punch line before it has been earned. Not so here. Every revelation is earned and every moment of violence punctuates powerfully because of this. The only scene that feels slightly contrived is the epilogue – the novel wraps up a little too neatly – but given the enjoyment garnered from the preceding four-hundred pages, it doesn’t dilute the novel’s genius. BACK OF BEYOND is a fantastic novel, and epitomises the best of C.J. Box. As a standalone, it’s the perfect sampler for a new reader, and for long-time fans it only emphasises what’s already recognized. Box is a master storyteller, and as the years roll on the quality only improves.

  • Book Him Danno
    2019-04-18 17:16

    I have been working through C.J. Box’s backlist the last several months, catching up on Joe Pickett and family as he navigates the violent and highly political world of Wyoming wildlife management. So I was excited to see the author’s latest book, Back of Beyond, was a standalone mystery/thriller that I could read right now without ruining my Pickett timeline. 3 1/2 stars.Now here is the odd thing about this book. Box’s writing is just getting better with every book he writes so this story just flowed beautifully; never a dull moment. It is a good solid read and very enjoyable. Unfortunately the lead character was just to stereotyped and the plot a little to contrived. You have a divorced alcoholic cop who gets in his own way when trying to connect with those that love him; like his son, ex-wife, and coworkers. He is a tenacious and skilled investigator but is a little to willing to go outside the rules to get things done. Not exactly unique. As to the plot you have got a plane full of drug money crashed out in the wilds of Yellowstone Park. So you have bad guys that just happen to kill our hero’s AA sponsor and want to go after the plane. But hey, coincidences happen all the time. But then the only way to get to the plane is through an annual guided horseback excursion to that part of the park, and our hero’s estranged son just happens to be going on that trip. Then you have another set of bad guys who are also acquainted with our hero who are also willing to kill for the prize. So the coincidences keep building from there, almost as much as the bodies do; and there are a lot of bodies in this book. It all builds to a Gunfight in the O.K. Coral scenario that plays out like a Hollywood movie ending. At the end of the book all lose ends have been resolved completely, the bad guys are gone and the hero is back on track. Therein lies the problem, Box went with an extremely messy hero but wrote an extremely clean conclusion. Those two just do not match. Even after all that I like the book. It was well paced and the dialogue was genuine. I guess what I am saying is that while I enjoy complex and developed meals (i.e. the Joe Pickett books), sometimes a well made peanut butter sandwich is just the ticket. Read this book to get a taste of what C.J. Box is capable of, and then go back and read his backlist to savor the delights they contain.

  • Lise
    2019-04-26 19:24

    On my journey into the C. J. Box arsenal (sorry, law enforcement pun intended) and before I get into the Joe Pickett series, I finished up the 3rd of his stand-alone titles, Back of Beyond. While Blue Heaven and Three Days to Say Goodbye left me feeling a bit bittersweet because of Box' predilection for killing off some of the good guys, or at least characters he entreated me to fall for, I was wary about BOB. But never fear! It was a whomping great story, filled with tension and even though the death that gets the thriller underway happens "off stage", and for a good portion of the book it is the sense of the unknown and the mystery suspense that lends the weight to the novel, versus the out and out violent criminal acts that occur later in the story. Cody Hoyt is the protagonist and he is as flawed as they come. He is not just an alcoholic, he is prodded to fall off the wagon and jeopardize the investigation he is determined to complete. It is a masterful story of a group of innocents, off on their own, and one among them - or more - is the evil doer. But which one? Everyone is given sufficient background to, just maybe, be the baddie. Except for Hoyt's estranged son, and the two teenage girls who become embroiled in the vicious plot. I am especially fond of feisty young gal characters and Box provides one here. Insight into marriage, parental relationships, human frailty, sex, lies and outdoor wilderness camping fill in BOB to offer up a tense, well-rounded crime thriller. Box does characters beautifully, and never spares the darker side of the psyche. For which I am eternally grateful! Rounded out with a soupcon of humor it's a great, taut read. Treat yourself!

  • Mike
    2019-04-19 15:21

    This is my first date with C.J. Box and he certainly shows the Reader a good time!. It did not take long to get hooked, not just on the story or the characters, but even the Wyoming/Montana settings. It seems being a novel 80% taken place outdoors that the settings drove this mystery even further. Very impressive!I would assume this to be a bit more Mystery than Thriller but Box was able to evenly blend the two pretty effortlessly. Even though the body count was surprisingly high, it wasn't buckets of blood and bullets thrown at the reader. Essentially this is the outcome of putting an Agatha Christie cozy and a David Morrel adventure thriller into a blender, pouring and serving.NOW, regarding the AUDIOBOOK of this novel: poor direction. I will not rate this book based on the poor narration because this story was bigger than the Reader and that says a lot. However, audiobook narrators have to be consistent with the voices they give these characters. I think this narrator was limited to only four voices vs. about a cast of 20. Not only that but the narrator was swapped out in mid-book! I've gone through 3 audiobooks a month for three years and that has never happened.Anyway, I recommend to anyone. Recommending the PRINTED version of this, not the audio. Worth it!

  • Quillracer
    2019-04-04 17:00

    This novel features Cody Hoyt, first introduced by Box in his previous stand-alone novel, Three Weeks To Say Goodbye.I was prepared not to like Cody, who is a bit of clichéd character – divorced, hot-headed, an ex-alcoholic cop suspended for his actions – compared to Box’s Joe Pickett, a more 'Everyman' character with a family and the attendant burdens thereof and weaknesses that aren’t the usual novel fare.I ended up liking Cody for his efforts to control his demons and his willingness to risk everything to rescue his son from a dangerous situation. And in the end, he redeems himself and emerges stronger and wiser. I hope we see that growth continue in future novels. Box is great at building momentum into his novels. They start slow and a bit jerky like a fully-loaded semi pulling away from a dead stop but build steam until they are barreling along.One comment about this and many other novels I've read lately: Publishers, fire all the Vice Presidents in charge of trivial stuff and hire some editors to fix simple mistakes even a third-grader could spot.

  • Sharon Huether
    2019-04-17 18:23

    A fast paced murder mystery set in Montana and Yellowstone National Park. After discovering a gruesome murder scene at a rural mountain cabin; clues led the sheriff's team to a tour outfitter in Yellowstone. There was murder on the trail, money found and lost; but who was behind all the mayhem. All the unanswered questions were left to the FBI. A page turner for sure.

  • Cindy
    2019-04-11 20:18

    This was my first C.J. Box novel and although I wasn't that impressed with the main character in the very beginning, I quickly became engrossed in the story line and it kept me intrigued till the end.

  • Jan
    2019-04-01 18:19

    Cody Hoyt is as far removed from being like Joe Pickett as one can get. A close friend is found dead in a remote mountain cabin and Cody feels it's no suicide. Clues bring him to a wilderness horseback trip into Yellowstone Park where he finds the suspected killer...and his own son.

  • JoAnn
    2019-04-02 21:09

    Slight edit So I bought the 2nd installment of this series along time ago and never read it because, well I didn't realize it was a 2nd and I wanted to make sure I read the first. Hence my interest in it now. It's also an author I just staring reading (the Joe Pickett series)Cody Hoyt is nothing like Joe Pickett... OMG he is a mess... he is an alcoholic that is trying to get his act together with little luck so far. He's brash, and an ass hole and he's completely out of control. I loved him!! The story starts when Cody gets a call to a Cabin he is familiar with. In the burned down cabin they find the remains of Cody's AA sponsor and friend. While other believe it was an accidentally caused by Winters hitting the bottle again Cody believes different. In which point Cody goes on a bender and gets himself suspended after shooting the coroner... you hears that right he shot the coroner... twice... from here on out he is out of control. A link that might be nothing at all sends Cody chasing a pack trip through Yellowstone National Forest, one in which his 17 year old son happens to be on, which further sends him off the deep end. This was an intense and thrilling story, I don't want to go too much into the mystery because I thought I had it figured out but in reality I only had part of it figured out.It's a really good read and I am itching for the next one, it's a nice and much needed break from my romance black hole I've been in.Edit - I was sifting through books and noticed that Cody Hoyt previously appeared another of Box's books "Three Weeks to Say Goodbye". So obviously I had to read it before I would start next. I haven't finished it yet but there is a part in the book where he is talking about Justin's (his son) mother. And the name and background do match with this book, as well as Justin's age. In this book it mentions events from a year in a half ago, that appear to be the events in "Three Weeks to Say Goodbye", in which case Justin is 5 years old. But in this book he is all of a sudden 17... I don't maybe I'm being anal but I like my stories to flow.

  • Tonya Lucas
    2019-04-20 23:00

    When I stumbled on Lisa Gardner’s books over 10 years ago, I had found a murder mystery author that was total satisfaction. Now that I have her entire library read I have searched and searched for another Author to satisfy me the way she did. Well, I’ll Look no longer: Hello CJ Box!!! WOW, I was blown away with the first book I have read by him!!! Was all his books this good or was this and just a fluke? So after reading Paradise Valley I tried another. This time BACK OF BEYOND. It did not let me down!! OH my goodness I have now found another favorite murder mystery author!!!!! I cannot say enough about how intriguing and satisfying this book was, ALL I can say is, if you love murder mystery, you love the great outdoors, and you love trying to figure out who the killer is, just grab it up and read it!!! You’ll be astounded with CJ Box’s writing style.

  • Ed
    2019-04-07 20:19

    #1 in the Highway Quartet series. A gripping thriller from author Box. When this book has you in its spell, it is easy to overlook the improbable coincidences, lapses in logic, and illegalities performed by protagonist, police officer Cody Hoyt.Cody Hoyt, an investigator in the sheriff's department of Montana's Lewis and Clark County, and a (barely) recovering alcoholic, goes in search of the man who burned his Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor to death. What at first appears to be a random crime broadens in scope to include multiple murders, the unresolved disappearance of a private plane in Yellowstone National Park, and a Mexican drug lord. The action culminates with a chase into the "back of beyond," a remote wilderness area of Yellowstone, where Hoyt's son, Justin, who's in his late teens, is on an expedition with his new stepfather

  • Knewmyer
    2019-04-10 15:12

    Not for the faint of heart, but I LOVED it, and could barely make myself stop reading it. In fact, I stayed up until the wee hours finishing it last night and I am just too damn old to be doing much of that these days, shakes fist at C.J. Box. I like Cody better than Joe Pickett and that's saying something. My only complaint was the excessively detailed descriptions of the guns. The mystery was wonderful and plausible. I liked the AA angle. Gracie is a wonderful character. Justin is just a little bit too perfect, but maybe he needs to be. The hat. The bird's nest. The wonderfully flawed protagonist that I didn't want to like. There was just so much to love.Except that I don't think I'll be signing up to go on a pack trip to Yellowstone anytime soon. (view spoiler)[I don't know how Box could get away with identifying two of the bad dudes from the very beginning and STILL I was surprised. I was like putty in his hands. (hide spoiler)]

  • Kmmoy
    2019-03-27 17:56

    I still have not read a C.J. Box book i didn't like. Most I love. This is no exception. This is the first in a series (the 4th one coming out soon). I read two and three, don't know how I missed number one. So glad I got hold of this. The narrator, Holter Graham, did an excellent job as always. If you like Box's writing, you will like this book.

  • Patty Campbell
    2019-04-12 18:20

    Joe Box just gets better and better. He's created a very flawed hero in this story. You don't necessarily like him, but you want him to complete his goal because he's the only one who can accomplish it.An edge of the seat story that will keep you reading late into the night.

  • Sharon
    2019-04-09 20:09

    3.5 starsCody Hoyt is a text book anti-hero. He's an alcoholic who's barely holding onto sobriety, he has a fierce temper, no respect for authority or rules that he doesn't agree with, he's unreliable in his personal and professional life...basically he hasn't many redeeming qualities except for the fact that he gives his all as a police officer, and he knows his son Justin is the best thing that ever happened to him.His role as a father and cop merge when his teenaged son appears to be in the path of a killer that he is tracking, and Hoyt will do absolutely anything it takes to keep his son safe and bring down the murderer who killed his friend and AA mentor. While I found Hoyt a little hard to take, I loved the fast pace of the story, and I especially looked forward to the segments with spunky Gracie and her entertainingly annoying sister Danielle. I will definitely seek out more Box books in the future!With thanks to Minotaur/Macmillan for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.