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Back Of Beyond (Cody Hoyt #1)

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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 su
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Minotaur Books
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Judy No. This is definitely not a kid's book. It is a murder mystery and has some grisly scenes depicted. Also, there is cursing, but not to excess.
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Mike French
I have read all of C.J.
Box's Joe Pickett series and have liked them all. This book features a new character-
Cody Hoyt. For the first couple of chapters I wasn't likening Cody as much as Joe. It then took off like a rocket! I can't wait for the next one in the series! This book confirms that C.J. Box is one of my favorite authors.
Rex Fuller
Cody Hoyt is everything Joe Pickett (Box's primary series character) is not. Alcoholic. Smoker. Divorced. Unethical. Self-loathing. Arrogant. And one or two things that Joe Pickett is. Loving father. Dedicated law enforcement officer. He's also maybe a little smarter. Not that that keeps him out of trouble. No sirree Bob. Lands him there quicker in fact. You do like Hoyt, even if you're not entirely sure why. But you don't admire him, like Pickett. The main strength of this book is the complex i ...more
Cody Hoyt seemed to have a death wish! He was a cop who was great at his job, but was an alcoholic, recently divorced, with a son, Justin, who was the best thing that had ever happened to him. His ex-wife Jenny, was a wonderful person, and he still loved her dearly, but his life had spiralled out of control…his young life was against him, with a drunk for a father, mother and uncle!

When Cody’s good friend and mentor, Hank Winters, was found burned to death in his little cabin, the signs all sai
A group of tourists makes its way on horseback into the most remote parts of Yellowstone National Park. Each person has an agenda and one of them is a killer.

This book follows the usual C.J. Box formula of long, slow buildup, followed by 50 to 75 pages of unrelenting, page turning suspense, violence, and mayhem. Though a good adventure, this one requires an extra large serving of "suspension of disbelief". Just sit back and enjoy it. Don't think about it too much, or you'll find yourself saying,
Read by Holter Graham. To tell the truth, there was precious little I liked about this audiofile. I used to like C.J. Box: I like the country he is covering (Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska) but Cody Hoyt, the main character in this one is a little too…involved with his own demons. A “reformed” alcoholic (“of course you know there is no such thing,” he says at some point), he has a tendency to hurt just about everyone that bothers with him. It is painful for me to even listen to his ramblings.

But Box
David Peters
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 beaut
Simon McDonald
C.J. Box’s Joe Pickett is distinct protagonist in the cluttered universe of crime fiction; an unabashed good guy and family man, working hard for every dollar earned as a Wyoming game warden, who habitually lands himself in the hot water with nefarious villains and perilous locales. With BACK OF BEYOND, Box turns the spotlight on a different protagonist, and at first glance Detective Cody Hoyt’s biography reads like a compilation of stereotypes: recovering alcoholic; separated from his wife and ...more
On my journey into the C. J. Box arsenal (sorry, law enforcement pun intended) and before I get into the Joe Pickett series, I finished up the 3rd of his stand-alone titles, Back of Beyond. While Blue Heaven and Three Days to Say Goodbye left me feeling a bit bittersweet because of Box' predilection for killing off some of the good guys, or at least characters he entreated me to fall for, I was wary about BOB. But never fear! It was a whomping great story, filled with tension and even though the ...more
May 20, 2014 Ed rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: C.J. Box, crime fiction and contemporary Western fans
This book introduces a new character to the C.J.Box lexicon, Deputy Sheriff Cody Hoyt, an alcoholic from a less than desirable background and a disgraced ex-Denver detective.

The story starts fast, kind of drags in the middle and ends on a high note. The middle part is the only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of five.

The story opens when Cody’s good friend and AA mentor, Hank Winters, is found burned to death in his cabin. Everything points to an accidental death or suicide but Hoyt doesn't buy
Craig Sisterson
It may seem that most crime fiction nowadays is set in big cities, but Edgar Award-winning CJ Box has built an impressive career with mysteries ensconced in America’s rural and backcountry areas. His latest tale follows an alcoholic cop on the trail of a killer taking a trek through the magnificent, rugged landscapes of Yellowstone National Park.

Cody Hoyt has made a mess of his life; he’s two months sober, divorced, disliked and distrusted by many, and barely sees the son he loves. Things get wo
Book Him Danno
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. 3 1/2 stars.

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
Cody Hoyt is your clichéd classic troubled cop on the edge. Divorced, disgraced, alcoholic, with a reputation of being a cop with great investigative instincts but lots of issues, Cody Hoyt is back home in Montana after everything blew up in Denver. These days he tries to stay sober while working as a detective in the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Department. On one rainy night, while aimlessly driving around as he does many a night, he is sent to a remote fire damaged cabin in the Big Belt M ...more
This is my first date with C.J. Box and he certainly shows the Reader a good time!. It did not take long to get hooked, not just on the story or the characters, but even the Wyoming/Montana settings. It seems being a novel 80% taken place outdoors that the settings drove this mystery even further. Very impressive!

I would assume this to be a bit more Mystery than Thriller but Box was able to evenly blend the two pretty effortlessly. Even though the body count was surprisingly high, it wasn't buck
Oswego Public Library District
This is the first book in a new series by popular author C.J. Box. While primarily a suspense novel, the setting in Montana and Yellowstone Park strongly defines the story. A recovering alcoholic cop with a short fuse finds his Alcoholic Anonymous sponsor murdered and then his teen-aged son is kidnapped. These events take the story deep into the breathtaking back country of Yellowstone where everyone is on horseback. Filled with the details of rugged life on the trail, along with murderous twist ...more
First Sentence: 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.

Cody Hoyt was a brilliant cop. But that was before he was thrown out for breaking the rules and being an alcoholic. By tiny steps, he is trying to work back to his own life, as those of his ex-wife and son. He has now been sober for two months. The murder of his AA sponsor and friend risk his sobriety and, even more, the safety of his life
Gloria Piper
The protagonist in this novel is so flawed, I wouldn't want to meet him. Nevertheless, while I wasn't prepared to like Cody Hoyt, I found myself pulling for him. He's a struggling alcoholic, a chain smoker, and a rule-breaker who seems barely able to function in a job he can barely keep. What makes him go is a passion for justice, a genuine liking for goodness, and great cop instincts. A friend has been murdered; he just knows it despite others dismissing it as suicide or accidental death. Nothi ...more
A first book in a great new series by C.J. Box. Cody Hoyt is quite different from Box's Joe Pickett but he does have his redeeming qualities. Mystery and murder during a pack trip into the wilds of Yellowstone. It's not just the bears and wolves that these vacationers need to worry about.
Tight and fast-paced, with great locations and one hard-boiled police detective who breaks all the rules - this thriller has everything you need in a summer pageturner read.
Jo Sorrell
This is the first book in the Cody Hoyt series.

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 take
Lissa Notreallywolf
Another mystery action thriller, our hero this time Cody Hoyt, a cop struggling with alcoholism and a hereditary bent for no good. Worse yet his sponsor has been killed in a suspicious house fire, and Pickett at his best exposes the tangled web of intrigue that leads us again to Yosemite. It's probably not fair to compare this to Free Fire, the Joe Pickett mystery set in Yosemite, but it's inevitable that it's a temptation for Joe Pickett fans to pick up Box's other novels when they run out of J ...more
A thrill a minute - and per page!

Man oh man oh man! I have read all of Box's books and have especially enjoyed his Wyoming Joe Pickett series. I REALLY enjoyed "Back of Beyond," the first book in a new series.

I liked his main protagonist, alcoholic, troubled Cody Hoyt. Great character development on this character. I felt like I was feeling all his pain and angst. I was identifying with Hoyt so closely that when he was agonizing through nicotine withdrawal, I found myself reaching for a cigarett
Jon Borah
Jan 09, 2015 Jon Borah marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

Twilight falls on a cold, wet spring day in the mountains of Montana. A cabin smolders in the forest. In the remains of the kitchen, a table set for two; next door, the remains of a single body. Alerted by hikers, Detective Cody Hoyt is called to the scene. While a brilliant cop, Cody is also an alcoholic struggling with two months of sobriety and it doesn't help that the body in the cabin is his AA sponsor Hank Winters. It looks like the suicide of a man who's fallen off the wagon, but Cody kno

Mae Clair
A gripping thriller that will have you eagerly flipping pages as the action and mystery builds from practically the start. Cody Hoyt is a cop and an alcoholic. When an AA mentor and friend is found dead in his home, the seeming victim of a binge and a fire that got out of control, Cody suspects murder.

Clues lead him to a Yellowstone Outfitter who leads paying guests into Yellowstone by horseback for week-long excursions. For me, this is when the novel was at its best. I loved the diversity of th
I like C.J.Box but this story had so many starts and stops I almost didn't finish it. This is the first Cody Hoyt book. Hoyt was featured in the book Three Weeks To Say Goodbye...Cody, a good cop,with a drinking problem, has been hired by the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Department as an Investigator. Hoyt is sent to a cabin in the mountains of Montana where his friend has died. Was it murder or suicide? Hoyt two months sober should not be investigating a death...but that doesn't stop him...
Daniel Rudge
C.J. Box delivers a wonderful cat and mouse thriller in Back of Beyond. The main character is Cody Hoyt, a recovering alcoholic who is called to scene of an accidental death in a cabin in Montana. Problem is, he knows the cabin and who is inside, his AA sponsor who burned to death. When Hoyt examines the scene he knows its a murder and he is determined to find the killer, if he can stay sober. As clues emerge Hoyt discovers that the killer may have joined a pack tour through the back country of ...more
A Who-Done-It of sorts. Back Of Beyond introduces the new character Cody Hoyt to the C.J. Box lineup of storytelling. A group of people set off on a guided trip into the back country of Yellowstone Park, but things are not as they seem and someone is killing the members of the trip. Cody's son is on that trip and he must discover who the killer is before it's to late. A very good read especially if you like outdoor adventure and mystery.
A new author to me. C.J. Box writes a good mystery story. Cody Hoyt, the main protagonist, is truly a tragic hero. He is an alcoholic who has lost one position as a police officer, and has joined AA to deal with his addition. When Cody's AA sponsor, Hank Winters, dies in a burned cabin, it looks like suicide. Cody doesn't believe it. He is impulsive and doggedly pursues an investigation against his superior's orders. Most of the action takes place in the wilderness of Yellowstone National Park, ...more
Cody Hoyt is a damaged man. Raised by alcoholic parents he is now one himself but, he is trying to step away from it to become the right kind of role model for his son, Justin.

Cody is a policeman who has allowed alcohol to rule his life causing many problems for him including the loss of a job in Denver. Now he is back in Montana working for a small police force that does not entirely trust him and his capabilities.

When Cody's AA sponsor dies in a fire he doesn't believe it was an accident. A co
This is my first CJ Box book and I enjoyed it for several reasons. A big chunk of this story takes place in the back country of Yellowstone. Yet at times it had the feeling of a "locked room" mystery. I liked this combo. A tour group is isolated in the wild country...with a murderer. Throw in some wolves and an angry bear and you've got yourself a good story.

The other thing that I enjoyed is that the author chose to tell the story from three different points of view - a teenage girl, the tour gu
I really wish I could give this book all five stars. The main character Cody had me cracking up. I love a good fast paced, action comedy, crime mystery and this one took place in one of our greatest national parks featuring wildlife obstacles & horseback outfitters. I couldn't put it down. The last few chapters were a little lack luster, although not disappointing.
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Edgar Award-winning author C.J. Box is the author of nineteen novels including the Joe Pickett series. He's also won the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, and the Barry Award. His short stories have been featured in America's Best Mystery Stories of 2006 and limited-edition printings. 2008 novel BLOOD TRAIL was nominated for the International IMPAC Dub ...more
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