Edgar Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author C.J. Box delivers a thriller in Back of Beyond about a troubled cop trying to save his son from a killer in Yellowstone, now reissued with additional bonus content including an introduction from the author.
Cody Hoyt, although a brilliant cop, is an alcoholic struggling with two months of sobriety when his friend 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. As Cody digs deeper into the case, all roads lead to foul play. After years of bad behavior with his department, Cody is in no position to be investigating a homicide, but he will stop at nothing to find Hank’s killer.
When clues found at the scene link the murderer to an outfitter leading tourists on a multiday 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. 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 destroying the only important thing left in his life.
*BONUS CONTENT: This edition of Back of Beyond includes a new introduction from the author and a discussion guide
In this sprawling, ambitious stand-alone from Edgar-winner Box (Three Weeks to Say Goodbye), 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. Box makes the rugged expanses of the American West even more palpably compelling than his largely appealing characters; he provides backstories for even the most minor ones. This padding and some improbable plot twists tend to undercut the suspense, but Box's many fans won't mind a bit. 125,000 first printing; 10-city author tour.
Back of Beyond
Really good read, enjoyed it very much but then again I like almost all of his stories 👍🏻⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Did C. J. Box write this?
I loved Mr. Box’s Joe Pickett series, and was looking forward to more clever story telling, but “Back of Beyond” reads like a totally different author wrote this book. It’s wordy, the dialogue is sophomoric, the plot develops in a very unrealistic way. If you want a good story, concise editing, believable characters, then read the Joe Pickett series. If you want a bloated, B-movie style book with gratuitous violence, goofy characters, plus wolves and grizzlies behaving strangely (never allowed in the Joe Pickett books) then this book is for you.
Back Of the Beyond
My first book read from C J Box, this book was absolutely amazing and I was intrigued throughout the whole story. Now I’m starting the Joe Pickett series. Box is an amazing author and I’m glad I found his books.