Back of Beyond (Highway Quartet Series #1)

Back of Beyond (Highway Quartet Series #1)

by C. J. Box
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Back of Beyond 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
PoesRaven More than 1 year ago
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!!!
bookhimdanno More than 1 year ago
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.
MilmomJL More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Full of suspense. Will read more from this author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always look forward to reading C.J. Box. One of his best writings was The Highway. I wanted to know if he wrote a continuation of that book. I found Back of Beyond as a "prequel" to Highway. Both stories surround his character Deputy Cody Hoyt. This is very suspenseful and also has a great twist. It's difficult to put this one down! I absolutely recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
C.J. Box offers his readers a unique look into the mind of a seasoned, hardened Law Enforcement officer in his Cody Hoyt series. He's the ultimate guy's guy author. I couldn't put this book down! 
catlover4SB More than 1 year ago
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 !!
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good book but not one of his better ones. Can't beat the Joe Pickett series.
chip44 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Wyoming so his books are perfect for me! I love this new series.I have both books and will get the next. Wish one of his books took place in Jackson Hole!!! Great reads.
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Good
CoinBear More than 1 year ago
not his best work
birds123_74 More than 1 year ago
Need more of these books.
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My friend met C.J. in Yellowstone and she got me hooked.
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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.
CarterkidCO More than 1 year ago
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.
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