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Over the course of eighteen books, C. J. Box has been consistently hailed for his brilliant storytelling and extraordinary skills at creating character, suspense, and a deep sense of place. All of those strengths are 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, and in Shots Fired, his investigation into the radio call referred to in the title nearly ends up being the last thing he ever does. In Pirates of Yellowstone, two Eastern European tough guys 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")."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-05-05
- Reviewer: Staff
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. Agent: Ann Rittenberg, Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency. (July)