From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Joe Pickett series comes a thrilling collection of suspense stories about the Wyoming he knows so well—and the dark deeds and impulses that can be found there...
C. J. Box has been hailed for his brilliant storytelling, with a style rich in character, suspense, and sense of place. That same brilliance is exemplified in the ten riveting stories—three of them never before published—that make up Shots Fired.
In “One-Car Bridge,” one of four Joe Pickett stories, Pickett goes up against a just plain mean landowner, with disastrous results. In “Shots Fired,” his investigation into a radio call nearly ends up being the last thing he ever does.
“Pirates of Yellowstone,” features two Eastern European tough guys who find out what it means to be strangers in a strange land, and in “Le Sauvage Noble,” the stranger is a Lakota in Paris who enjoys playing the noble savage for the French women—until he meets Sophie. Then he discovers what savage really means....
Shots Fired is proof once again why “Box is a force to be reckoned with” (The Providence Journal-Bulletin).
Bestseller Box, author of Stone Cold and 13 other Joe Pickett novels, proves in his first story collection that he's also adept at the short form. The 10 selections, which include four Joe Pickett tales, are filled with Box trademarks: drama, darkness, surprise twists, and a palpable sense of a wild, magnificent, and sometimes cruel Wyoming. Add to those attributes a profound poignancy, as in "Blood Knot," which captures in five pages the unbreakable bond between a grandfather and granddaughter. "Pirates of Yellowstone," "Shots Fired," and "The End of Jim and Ezra" introduce less familiar aspects of the Western landscape: Eastern Europeans looking for work in our national parks, solitary Basque sheepherders, and the trapper mountain men of the mid-1800s. One entry, "Le Sauvage Noble," may be a bit too savage for some. But Box fans will be happy to see that Nate Romanowski has a story all his own, "The Master Falconer," with just a cameo from Pickett. Author tour.
I have purchased about all CJ Box's books and thought I was buying another Joe Pickett story but received this book of short stories instead. While a couple were actually interesting, overall I felt somewhat cheated.
Too much for a bunch of short stories
A Great book with different insights.
Really enjoyed this collection of short stories. I've read all of Mr. Box's books and never get enough. I truly enjoyed "Blood Knot", a work of art in composing this short story that had to be at 1000 words max. I fish the Big Horn and hope some day to meet Mr. Box and walk the river w/ him and catch a few fish. Tightlines CJ and keep up the good work!!