Back of Beyond (2012)
In Back of Beyond, Cody Hoyt, although a brilliant cop, is an alcoholic struggling with two months of sobriety when his friend Hank Winters turns up dead 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. As Cody digs deeper into the case, all roads lead to foul play. After years of bad behavior with his department, Cody in no position to be investigating a homicide. But he will stop at nothing to find out who murdered Hank. And why…
When clues found at the scene link the murderer to an outfitter leading tourists on a multiday wilderness horseback trip in Yellowstone National Park, Cody is desperate to get on the trail and stop the killer in his tracks. There's only one catch: his own son, Justin, is among the tourists. Now, in one of the most remote places on earth, Cody must enter a deadly cat-and-mouse game with a ruthless enemy who seems to know his every move...and is hell-bent on destroying the only important thing in Cody's life he has left.
The reviews are in...
"...unobtrusively slick detection, buckets of surprises and mounting thrills, all amid his trademark settings in the majestic high country."
Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"Box makes the rugged expanses of the American West even more palpably compelling than his largely appealing characters."
"...timeless...gripping...resemble(s) an Agatha Christie closed-community whodunnit but with horses, bears, wolves, and hunting rifles."
Sunday Times (UK)
"Box...knows life and death in the backcountry like few other writers today."
"If Box isn’t already on your list, put him there."
Toronto Globe and Mail
"...perceptive...well-rounded...smooth, muscular writing keeps the tension rising."
"Grade A...page-flying suspense with superior character portrayal...a great adventure."
Cleveland Plain Dealer
"The plot is a roller-coaster ride of unexpected twists and turns, making "Back of Beyond" one of the most suspenseful wilderness thrillers since 'Deliverance.'"