Back of Beyond

C. J. Box

Minotaur Books

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.


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The night before Cody Hoyt shot the county coroner, he was driving without a purpose in his county Ford Expedition as he often did these days. He was agitated and restless, chain-smoking cigarettes until his throat was raw and sore. He drove right by the rural bars he used to frequent, not going in. Then the call came from dispatch on his cell phone: hikers claimed they found a burned-out cabin in the Big Belt Mountains to the northeast with maybe a dead body inside.
Even though it was the end of June the weather was unseasonably cold and it had rained in the valley for three



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Praise for Back of Beyond

"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..."

"...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."

"...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

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BACK OF BEYOND by C.J. BoxKirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of BACK OF BEYOND . A second standalone from the chronicler of Twelve Sleep County Game Warden Joe Pickett (<em>Cold Wind<em>, 2011, etc.) takes a Montana cop deep into the wilds of Yellowstone National Park in the hope of protecting his teenaged son from a determined killer.
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  • C. J. Box

  • C.J. BOX is the bestselling author of Three Weeks to Say Goodbye, and ten novels including the award-winning Joe Pickett series. Blue Heaven won the Edgar® Award for Best Novel in 2009, and he’s won the Anthony Award, 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 L.A. Times Book Prize finalist. The novels have been translated into 25 languages. Box lives in Wyoming.
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