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C. J. Box
BACK OF BEYOND
“May be his best yet...a roller-coaster ride of unexpected twists and turns...one of the most suspenseful wilderness thrillers since Deliverance.” —Associated Press
“Once again, Box provides the complete suspense package.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A great creation.” —Houston Chronicle
“Grade A...page-flying suspense with superior character portrayal...a great adventure.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Terrifically entertaining stuff that comes together with a bang in the end.” —Booklist
“A perfect introduction to the novels of C J Box.” —Petrona (UK)
“Tough, gripping...[with] atmospheric volatility.” —The Australian
“Sprawling, ambitious...palpably compelling.” —Publishers Weekly
“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
“The type of entertainment and escapism that drives us towards crime fiction in the first place.”
“A taut tale...that hooks you.” —USA Today
“If Box isn’t already on your list, put him there.” —Toronto Globe and Mail
“The best of Box’s novels that I have read.”—Powerline
“A brand-new stand-alone thriller which may just clinch it for [Box].” —The Daily Mail (UK)
A second standalone from the chronicler of Twelve Sleep County Game Warden Joe Pickett (Cold Wind,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.
The evidence says that Hank Winters died in a house fire shortly after downing several stiff drinks. But Cody Hoyt, an investigator for the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Department, doesn't believe the evidence. Hank was Cody's AA sponsor, and he knows that although he might have fallen off the wagon himself, his adamantine mentor never would have done so. If Hank didn't drink from the uncapped flask found nearby, then someone must have planted it—and that rules out both accident and suicide. Kicked off the case, Cody still keeps working it with the help of his friend and colleague Larry Olson, who soon uncovers a nationwide chain of murders with a remarkably similar m.o. Even more chilling, however, is a clue that convinces Cody that the killer is headed to a backcountry expedition through Yellowstone Park, the very same place Cody's son Justin has been taken by His Richness Walt Franck, the developer who's engaged to Cody's ex Jenny. As Cody laboriously makes his way closer to the park, dodging suspicious cops and murder attempts, Box keeps cutting away to the expedition organized by outfitter Jed McCarthy, whose party of a dozen amateur adventurers is methodically whittled away one by one. Can Cody, a refugee from the Denver PD who's no great outdoorsman himself, catch up with the group and identify the killer in time to save his son's life?
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.
Posted August 11, 2011
I have never heard of CJ Box before clicking on the banner (on another website). Boy, am I glad I read a chapter or two on B&N and decided I needed to get this book! I was drawn in very quickly and the story takes you places where you don't expect. I got to the point of "and the killer is..." and had to go back to work!! It drove me CRAZY til I was able to get back to the book!! I would definitely pick this one up!! Now, I know he has a series of books as well....hmmmm....yet another series I'll probably pick up!! READ THIS!!!
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Posted October 7, 2011
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.
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Posted September 13, 2011
I just loved this book. I read constantly. The book has so many twists and turns that it keeps you constantly guessing. So, so good. I just loved it and recommended it to two of my friends. I plan to look for more of Box's books in the future.
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Posted August 10, 2011
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Posted September 8, 2011
This is my second CJ Box book. I enjoyed the story but it didn't hold a candle to the first book I read, Blue Heaven. This book was entertaining but I was able to put it down, something I couldn't do with Blue Heaven.
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Posted August 6, 2011
Poorly contrived plot, rambling, waste of time and money. Nowhere near as good as his Joe Picket series.
Without giving away any plot points, the entire premise for the initial (and subsequent) murders makes no sense at all.
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Posted November 14, 2013
Posted September 20, 2013
C.J. Box creates believable yet larger than life characters. He captures the wonder and beauty of the outdoors, and the scariness that lurks around every bush. I couldn't put this down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 22, 2013
Cody Hoyt is the kind of character you think you'd hate--alcoholic, chain smoker, rule-breaker. But Box's skill has you rooting for this anti-hero as he does whatever it takes to make sure his son is alive. Twists and turns that Box does so well. Read it before you read The Highway, another Cody Hoyt novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 30, 2013
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Posted June 20, 2012
Against the vastness and isolation of Yellowstone Park, C.J. Box has once again created a suspense-murder-thriller novel using the natural environment as a backdrop. Cody Hoyt, a rogue cop who first appeared in “Blue Heaven,” returns once again, as he is called in to investigate the death of a man shot in the head and burned in his half-destroyed mountain cabin, later identified as Cody’s AA sponsor, making the case very personal to the detective.
In the course of his investigation, Cody discovers that the murderer has joined a group on a multi-day wilderness horseback trip in a remote part of the park. Adding incentive, Cody learns that his son is part of the group on the trip, so he has to not only find the murderer but save his son.
The author then takes the reader on a wild ride, never once giving much away in clues as bodies and riderless horses start turning up along the trail as Cody, who now is suspended and AWOL from the Sheriff’s department, tries to close in on the remaining group. The descriptions are sweeping, the character development deeply absorbing.
Posted May 1, 2012
I have read all of C.J. Box's books. He brings the west alive with fascinating details and scenery. They have all been great. Even though this one didn't have my favorite game warden in it I loved the story and the hero. As always anxiously awaiting the next C.J. Box novel !!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 3, 2012
I really enjoyed this book. Cody Holt is a troubled cop, trying to get off alcohol. He is called to investigate a fire at a remote cabin. He finds his AA sponsor dead in the rubble. Though all investigators determine that his sponsor died of an accident, Cody is certain that he was murdered. Going on the flimsiest of evidence, he decides to investigate. He then accidently shoots the coroner and is suspended. Being stubbon, Cody continues looking for answers in the death of his friend.
Cody needs to hide all he is doing as he could be arrested. As he continues searching things happen and someone tries to kill him. Pretty soon he is in a race to find his son (Justin), who has gone on an off the tracks excursion through Yellowstone Park with his ex-wife's boyfriend. Cody is sure that the person who killed his sponsor is on the trip and all the people (about 10) on the trip are also in grave danger.
The book starts slow for the first 100 pages then takes off like a rocket. The tension is great at several junctures and the reader starts to form a bond with a few of the travelers that are with Justin, especially Gracie, a teen who came with her sister and father. Once that far in, the book is impossible to put down until the last page. The only thing that prevented me from giving it the full five stars was the slow start and the fact that it takes the reader a long time to bond with Cody. He is very obnoxious at times and some of his habits are annoying.
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