Back Of Beyond (Cody Hoyt, #1)
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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 s...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Minotaur Books
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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...more
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
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...more
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,...more
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...more
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
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...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...more
Karen Blinn
C.J. Box has written a stand-alone book, Back of Beyond. It features a cop who goes rogue, Cody Hoyt. That action takes place in Yellowstone Park, which seems to be a favored setting for Box. He briefly reinforces the worry about the level of thermal activity that takes place in the park and how much of the continent will be destroyed whenever it blows. (It is 62,000 years overdue!) Anyway, a murder occurs, and Hoyt undertakes to solve it, after getting himself suspended from the sheriff's depa...more
“Back of beyond” by C.J. Box follows a suspended cop, Cody Hoyt, whose friend Hank is found murdered in a desolate cabin and whose laptop shows he’s been searching information about a Yellowstone Park Wilderness Adventure, led by a certain Jed McCarthy, before his murder. As if the case wasn’t personal enough, Cody finds out that the group is already leaving and his seventeen-year-old son Justin is on it. Strongly suspecting that Hank’s killer is there as well, Cody enlists the help of another Y...more
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...more
This one kept me guessing until things were spelled out for me. At first glance things seemed very easy and clear cut.

Cody, who we meet in Three Weeks to Say Goodbye is at the center of this book. It seems like he is getting his crap together, but after he is called to a crime scene he starts to spiral down again. At this point it doesn't seem like there is much happening other than Cody blowing things out of proportion, but quickly you realize he may actually be onto something.

It is at this p...more
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...more
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
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
To be honest I needed a break from Joe Pickett. Enter Cody Hoyt. While bad things seem to happen to upstanding Joe Pickett, Cody Hoyt goes looking for it. Cody Hoyt is an alcoholic, white trash (author's words), head banging, chain smoking, divorced and disgraced cop. If that doesn't make you want to read more, I don't know what will.

This story have the hallmarks of a C.J. Box novel. Interesting, but flawed characters, twists, National Parks, and an extremely fast pace. Hoyt is back home in Mont...more
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
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.
Let me just start by saying I'm a big CJ Box fan. I even a have a little CJ BOX button from the Tucson Festival of Books. Back of Beyond has all the elements I usually enjoy - troubled cop, wilderness setting, etc. However, this book was not up to his standards. The plot was driven by some huge leaps that just didn't make sense. I found it very distracting.
The protagonist of this mystery series is certainly damaged goods. A divorced, smoking, recovering alcoholic cop who is used to bending, if not out-right breaking, the rules, Cody Hoyt is driven and determined to solve his friend’s murder. Then, when he discovers his son is also in jeopardy, the stakes – and his determination – get raised to new heights. Being on suspension matters little to Cody; he just hopes he can smoke out the killer – or killers – before his son possibly becomes the next v...more
I have to say I was skeptical about this series, not big on mysteries set in the remote west, but Box knows how to give you characters who capture your interest and make you wonder where they are headed. First in the series: Cody Hoyt is an alcoholic cop who is thrown a curve -- a close buddy is murdered -- and he will stop at nothing to figure out why and who. Elements of his private life converge in an unexpected way and Cody has no choice but to go like gangbusters in the direction the clues...more
Heather Wilkinson
Like all of CJ Box's book, this one kept me wanting to read more. I encourage anyone that likes murder/mysteries to read CJ's books.
Feb 23, 2014 Sharon rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
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. This first sentence drew me in and the rest kept me turning pages. I don't find Cody Hoyt to be as likable a character as Joe Pickett. Hoyt is an alcoholic, a smoker and somewhat arrogant but he loves his kid and will do what needs to be done to save him.
I loved the setting of this story: Yellowstone National Park. The author did a great j...more
I have been a fan of C J Box since I stumbled on his novels at the wonderful book store in downtown Cheyenne, WY. I have enjoyed his primary character - the game warden but I was beginning to tire of the character - especially as the issues seemed to more and more center around his own family, a trend I am seeing in lots of writers recently. So it was fun to have this crusty character who comes from a trashy family, is an alcoholic who definitely does not have it under control, steps outside of...more
Karolyn Sherwood
This is one exciting mystery! Once I get about 75 pages in, I could hardly put it down.

CJ Box lives in and writes about Wyoming and Montana; he knows this part of the country very well. Like Annie Proulx, his settings are such an important part of his stories (at least the ones I've read, and especially this one) that they are as significant to the plot as any of the characters.

Back of Beyond walks a nice balance between a character-driven and a plot-driven story. There's no doubt that the plot...more
A person who left a comment on one of my Amazon reviews told me about C.J. Box and gave me the title to his first book featuring Joe Pickett. I found it at the library and I was hooked. If you like Michael Connelly or Robert Crais you will love C.J. Box. If you like Tony Hillerman, you will enjoy Box's descriptions of the local landscape and the people of Wyoming and Montana.

Back of Beyond is a stand-alone novel, not a part of the outstanding Joe Pickett series. It features Cody Hoyt, a broken-d...more
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Edgar Award-winning author C.J. Box is the author of eleven 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 Dubli...more
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