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Back of Beyond

Back of Beyond

A Novel

Cody Hoyt / Cassie Dewell Novels (Volume 1)

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, 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

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...” —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.” —

“...perceptive...well-rounded...smooth, muscular writing keeps the tension rising.” —Financial Times

“Grade suspense with superior character portrayal...a great adventure.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer


In the Press

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. - Kirkus Reviews

Reviews from Goodreads

C. J. Box

C.J. BOX is the bestselling author of Three Weeks to Say Goodbye, and several other 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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