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C.J. Box is the bestselling author of Three Weeks to Say Goodbye, and more than a dozen other novels including the award-winning Joe Pickett series. Blue Heaven won the Edgar Award for Best Novel in 2009, and Box has won the Anthony Award, the Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, and the Barry Award. His first novel, Open Season, was a New York Times Notable Book and an Edgar Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist. Box's work has been translated into twenty-five languages. He lives in Wyoming


Box, author of the Joe Pickett novels (Cold Wind), features in this ripsnorter two wildly dissimilar narrators-one an alcoholic lawman, the other a nerdy teenage girl. Though a determined and skilled investigator, Cody Hoyt's disease makes him, at best, unpredictable. When Cody finds out that the person who murdered his AA sponsor might also be after his son, he frantically gives chase. Unfortunately, the unknown killer is hidden in plain sight among a group that includes perceptive, young Gracie Sullivan on a wilderness camping trip in Yellowstone National Park-the titular back of beyond. Cody's reckless pursuit, Gracie's redlining danger-meter, and Box's keen descriptions of nature result in a balanced and immensely enjoyable listen. Holter Graham's crisp, clean narration reliably differentiates Cody's cigarette-stained gruffness from the raised Canadian accents of the upper Midwest locals and admirably captures the regionalisms of other characters. An excellent choice for public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, 2/21/11; the Minotaur hc, published in August, was a New York Times best seller.-Ed.]-Douglas C. Lord, Connecticut State Lib., Middletown (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

"May be his best yet...a roller-coaster ride of unexpected twists and turns...one of the most suspenseful wilderness thrillers since Deliverance." --Associated Press "Once again, Box provides the complete suspense package." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "A great creation." --Houston Chronicle "Grade A...page-flying suspense with superior character portrayal...a great adventure." --Cleveland Plain Dealer "Terrifically entertaining stuff that comes together with a bang in the end." --Booklist "A perfect introduction to the novels of C J Box." --Petrona (UK) "Tough, gripping...[with] atmospheric volatility." --The Australian "Sprawling, ambitious...palpably compelling." --Publishers Weekly "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." --Library Journal "The type of entertainment and escapism that drives us towards crime fiction in the first place." --Bookgeeks.co.uk "A taut tale...that hooks you." --USA Today "If Box isn't already on your list, put him there." --Toronto Globe and Mail "The best of Box's novels that I have read." --Powerline "A brand-new stand-alone thriller which may just clinch it for [Box]." --The Daily Mail (UK)

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