Synopses & Reviews
From C. J. Box, the New York Times-bestselling author of the Joe Pickett novels, comes a thrilling book of suspense stories about the Wyoming he knows so welland the dark deeds and impulses that can be found there.
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 storiesthree of them never before publishedthat 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 womenuntil 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. Agent: Ann Rittenberg, Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for Breaking Point
“An exceptionally well-told story that will entertain, thrill, and maybe even outrage its readers.” —USA Today
“An explosive thriller that careens from one unpredictable twist to another.” —South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“Superlative. The best installment yet in an already rich series.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer
Praise for SHOTS FIRED
“At last those hard-to-find Box short stories that appeared as limited editions or in anthologies, and three new ones, have been brought together in one volume that will be treasured by his fans . . . Artistry, creativity, and craftsmanship are hallmarks of Boxs writing. Each story is packed with adventure and intriguing characters that his fans have come to expect in his superlative storytelling. Nonstop adventure and mystery are omnipresent with unexpected twists and turns that will leave readers begging for more.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“Box [proves] that hes 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.”—Publishers Weekly
“If youre looking for rising tension played out against spectacular natural scenery, nobody does it better.”—Kirkus Reviews
“This is a glorious ‘gift for readers featuring short stories galore written by an incredible author. These all good, difficult to find tales, have appeared in various anthologies, and now they are presented in one volume that is a true ‘find for suspense lovers across the country. Ten stories in all, this review will give one teaser to savor until getting the whole book in hand for a variety of adventures. . . . Wyoming is the scenery that this author knows best, and each tale gives a new look, a new secret, and a new mystery all rolled up in the beauty of Wyoming scenery. Each one has an amazing plot and memorable characters that build the suspense; each title proving to be a ‘cut above the rest. Enjoy! This collection is absolutely super!”—Suspense Magazine
Praise for STONE COLD
“[A] superlative outing . . . Box gets everything right: believably real characters, a vivid setting, clear prose and ratcheting tension. Maintaining these standards over 14 novels is more than impressive.”—The Plain Dealer
“Stone Cold features carefully crafted characters who live in the wilds of Wyoming, a setting that Box uses to great effect . . . Box creates a story with an unique premise and takes readers along for a suspenseful, action-filled ride.”—The Denver Post
“Box weaves vivid descriptions of Wyomings landscape and the personal drama of Picketts family into a blistering page-turner.”—Arizona Republic
“In C.J. Box's thrillers, [Wyoming] is a featured character and you get to know its thickly forested mountains, its windy plains and its frontierlike towns . . . [a] fun read.”—Associated Press
“Another exciting read from crime fictions king of the great outdoors.”—Madison County Herald
“The author has proven that he can write good -- no, great - books.”—Wyoming Eagle Tribune
“With each book, Box just gets better. Nonstop action, a twisty plot, and great characters make his latest a must-read for fans of this series.”—Library Journal
“This marks a welcome return to the thing Box does best: putting family man Joe in a dicey situation where, despite his orders to merely observe, his own moral code means he cant help but light the fuse and see where it leads. Being in unfamiliar territory is familiar territory for Pickett, and corrupt-town scenarios are as old as the hills, but Box uses the ploys for maximum suspense.”—Booklist
“Exhilarating . . . Canny Joe uses his wits, taking time to assess the literal and figurative lay of the land.”—Publishers Weekly
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About the Author
C. J. Box is the author of fourteen Joe Pickett novels including Breaking Point, Force of Nature, and Cold Wind. He has won the Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe and Barry awards, as well as the French Prix Calibre .38, and has been an Edgar Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, all for the Pickett novels. He has also won the Edgar Award for best novel for his first stand-alone, Blue Heaven. A Wyoming native, Box has worked on a ranch and as a small-town newspaper reporter and editor, and lives outside Cheyenne with his family. His books have been translated into twenty-five languages.