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Back of Beyond

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Selected by Sarah Broadhurst

Another cracking stand-alone crime novel from the award-winning U.S. crime writer. A washed up but brilliant cop finds the mentor he has relied on to keep him ‘on the wagon’ burnt to death in a remote log cabin. The start of a relentless, compelling story that constantly springs surprises and makes you keep turning the pages.

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Back of Beyond by C. J. Box

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 knows Hank better than that. He's convinced its foul play. But after years of bad behavior directly related to his drinking, Cody has few friends left in the department. And when he shoots and wounds the county coroner in a botched stakeout he is suspended from duty. But Hank was one of the few friends Cody had left and he's determined to find his killer, badge or no badge. Who was at Hank's cabin? Data pulled from Hank's fire-damaged hard drive leads Cody to a website running wilderness adventures deep into the most remote parts of Yellowstone National Park. Their big trip of the year has just left - a two-week horseback journey into the wild. The very same trip that Cody's estranged teenage son, Justin, has signed up for. Cody has no choice but to trek deep into the wild himself in pursuit of his son and the truth about Hank. In America's greatest wilderness, Cody is on his own, he's out of time, he's in too deep, he's in the Back of Beyond.


One of the most talented thriller writers at work today. * Daily Express * One of today's solid-gold, A-list, must-read writers * Lee Child * Writing genius on a par with James Lee Burke * Library Journal * Box is one of the best * Tess Gerritsen * CJ Box is at the top of his game * Michael Connelly * A provocative suspense novel that has you rooting for the characters every step of the way * Harlan Coben *

About the Author

C. J. Box

C. J. Box is the winner of an Anthony Award, the Prix Calibre .38, the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, the Barry Award and the 2009 Edgar Award for Best Novel. His novels are US bestsellers and have been translated into 21 languages. Box lives with his family outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Author photo © Roger Carey

Recent critical acclaim for C J Box:

'another cracking thriller packed with suspense' Daily Mirror

'Gripping and expertly constructed' The Sunday Times

'One of the best thrillers of the year. C J Box owes me a night's sleep' Tess Gerritsen

'An unusual, intelligent thriller that resonates long after the last page is turned' George Pelacanos

'A non-stop thrill ride that has you rooting for the characters every step of the way' Harlan Coben

'One of today's solid gold A list must-read thrillers' Lee Child

'Box delivers the goods' Robert Crais

'In the crowded field of crime fiction, C J Box has quickly established himself as an original voice. he is fresh, captivating, and has something to say' Michael Connelly

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1st January 2012


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Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books


464 pages


Crime / Mystery
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