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Back of Beyond by C. J. Box

Stand alone mystery from the author of the Joe Pickett series.

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This Book Builds Steam to a Thrilling Conclusion!

  • Apr 4, 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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April 05, 2012
sounds real interesting, thanks, Michael! I need to read more books if I can stop my butt from watching too many movies LOL!
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review by . September 11, 2011
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 …
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