Shots Fired (2014)
From C. J. Box, the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of the Joe Pickett novels, comes a thrilling book of suspense stories about the Wyoming he knows so well—and the dark deeds and impulses that can be found there.
"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.” - Publishers Weekly
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).
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The reviews are in...
"...too good to miss; it’ll serve as a great introduction to the talented writing of one of America’s best crime novelists."
Lansing State Journal
Tyler Morning Telegraph
"...each of the stories in SHOTS FIRED is a memorable gem...Box knows how to tell and sell a story."
"Blending humor, adventure, suspense...each independent story had enough twists and turns to have the reader want to turn the page to the next storyline."
"These tales will inspire some readers to pack up their fly-fishing gear and hunting rifles and head to Wyoming. Others will be content to remain in their civilized enclaves, far from C.J. Box’s wilderness of depraved criminals and sudden retribution."
"Each one has an amazing plot and memorable characters that build the suspense; each title proving to be a ‘cut above the rest.’"
Barnes and Noble
"...if you’re looking for rising tension played out against spectacular natural scenery, nobody does it better."
"Nonstop adventure and mystery are omnipresent with unexpected twists and turns that will leave readers begging for more."
"Demonstrating the author’s versatility...Here’s hoping we won’t have to wait long for more short stuff from Box."
"The 10 selections...are filled with Box trademarks: drama, darkness, surprise twists, and a palpable sense of a wild, magnificent, and sometimes cruel Wyoming."