Back of Beyond by C.J. Box

72%

10 Critic Reviews

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

Synopsis

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 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.

 

About C.J. Box

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C.J. Box is the bestselling author of Three Weeks to Say Goodbye, and thirteen other novels including the award-winning Joe Pickett series. Blue Heaven won the Edgar Award for Best Novel in 2009, and Box has won the Anthony Award, the Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, and the Barry Award. His first novel, Open Season, was a New York Times Notable Book and an Edgar Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist. Box's work has been translated into twenty-five languages. He lives in Wyoming.
 
Published August 2, 2011 by Minotaur Books. 382 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Crime. Fiction
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All: 10 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
on Jun 06 2011

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.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Jun 13 2011

...padding and some improbable plot twists tend to undercut the suspense...

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Book Reporter

Good
on Aug 18 2011

BACK OF BEYOND is beautifully written and wonderfully told.

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RT Book Reviews

Good

...a well-developed and suspenseful novel of cat, mouse … and murder.

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The Bookbag

Above average
on Sep 08 2012

...a nice, measured pace with plenty of time to get to know the characters.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

Good
on Aug 20 2011

Back of Beyondis hard to put down. It’s one of those thrillers where each page adds new information and each of the characters are interesting.

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Blogger News Network

Below average
on Sep 10 2011

...“Back of Beyond” is barely an average book at best...

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Shots

Above average
on Aug 02 2011

This is another assured performance from a writer who is fast building a reputation as one of the most formidable talents currently at work in the thriller genre.

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Buffalo Rising

Good
on Sep 04 2011

Back of Beyond is a fun, quick read - perfect for anyone looking to lose himself or herself in a mystery.

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Daily Camera

Excellent
on Aug 12 2011

The plot is a roller-coaster ride of unexpected twists and turns, making "Back of Beyond" one of the most suspenseful wilderness thrillers since "Deliverance."

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