Thursday, August 22, 2013


Author:  C.J. Box
Genre:  Mystery, Cody Hoyt Series #1
Published:  2011
Personal Rating:  4/5 (very good)
Format/Narrator:  Audiobook/
Holter Graham
Yearly Count:  69

Cody Hoyt, an alcoholic cop with 2 months of sobriety, discovers that his sponsor has been found dead in his partially burned cabin.  Cody is devastated by his death and determined to find all the details surrounding the tragedy.  His investigation leads him to Yellowstone National Park.

I haven't read a Joe Pickett novel (Box's other series), but have read a standalone.  Even with this only being my second book written by him, I think he's going to be a go-to author for me.  I tend to enjoy every book my go-to authors write.  Every book may not have stellar or suspenseful plots, but I can count on a solid, enjoyable read.  Woo!  I'm excited, because his Joe Pickett series is lengthy (14), so I'm anticipating a lot of good reads ahead of me.  :) 

In Back of Beyond, Cody proves himself to be an imperfect human being (I believe we can all relate to that, right?!). Many of his actions are impulsive and unpredictable which fit the description of a rogue cop perfectly.  I liked him.  The setting of Yellowstone National Park didn't come across to me as the beautiful place it is supposed to be, because of all the turmoil that transpired on its trails.  Those were the opposite intentions of Box.  What I did enjoy was the story and following the clues.  Hopefully the setting in the next book I read by him will be more appreciated.


  1. Yet another mystery writer to add to my list. ;) Thanks, Joy!

    1. Les ~ I'm excited to get to more by him. He seems to be a solid writer, and I love the outdoor settings. Check him out and keep me posted! :)

    2. Les ~ Forgot to add . . . Mr. Joy likes him, too.

    3. My library has it on cds, so I think I'll check it out. Wish it were downloadable. I've gotten spoiled with OverDrive Media!


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