Back of Beyond

Version: Unabridged
Author: C. J. Box
Narrator: Holter Graham
Genres: Police Stories
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published In: March 2016
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 11 hours, 3 minutes
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The Edgar® Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author 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.

C. J. Box's Back of Beyond is a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 Mysteries title.

Reviews (6)

Written by Aaron T. on March 30th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

really enjoyed the book

Lovable stress

Written by Coral from Williamston, NC on November 20th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

How can this author write in such a way you cringe waiting for the other shoe to fall see such lovely county and ordinary people then cloud your detective skills and have a hero with so many character flaws in such twisted word painted pictures WOW what a book


Written by Leanne C. on May 8th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I couldn't stop listening. Many twists and turns in the plot. Although the main character was hard to like, I feel he represents many "real-life" people so he is an ordinary person.

Back of Beyond

Written by glenice n on February 19th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I thought that is was an excellent book. Could not stop listening and was on the edge of my seat waiting to find out who did but also not wanting the book to end.

good enough

Written by Liz B on March 5th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Quite a lot of cliche and silly decisions on the part of various characters, and the real action of the story is limited to the final discs. That said, it flowed right along and kept my interest. Not thrilling enough to be a "thriller" but still an adventure and a mystery.

An Okay Read

Written by JJ on February 14th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The story was decent but I found I had a hard time listening to it as I did not like the main character. He was gruff, rude and seem to take advantage of his friends and others who tried to help him out. If the author was trying to invoke sympathy for this character, he did not succeed.

Author Details

Author Details

Box, C. J.

C. J. Box's stunning debut, Open Season, was a New York Times Notable Book and won the prestigious Anthony Award, as well as nominations for the Edgar Award and the L.A. Times Book Award. His second novel, Savage Run, scored high praise from the New York Times Book Review, People, and USA Today. He is also the president and CEO of Rocky Mountain International Corporation.