New & Notable: ‘Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country’

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Shots Fired: Stories From Joe Pickett Country

by C.J. Box

Putnam, $26.95

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C.J. Box became a bestselling author with his suspense tales about game warden Joe Pickett, trusty sidekick Nate Romanowski and the state of Wyoming — just as much a character in his books as the humans.

In Shots Fired: Stories From Joe Pickett Country, the author flexes his short-storytelling muscles with a collection of 10 yarns.

“I find that the subjects of short stories are kind of like songs that you hear that won’t go away ... or peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth,” says Box in press materials.

“Despite the looming deadline for a novel or the next fishing trip, that story idea just won’t leave you until you sit down and make it real. I can’t move on until it’s on paper — or computer file, but you know what I mean. Plus, I’m able to tackle subjects and locations I’d never include in a Joe Pickett novel or standalone.”

Shots Fired includes three new stories and several that had limited readership in different publications. The stories range in length from eight pages to 42, including four that feature Joe, plus historical and modern-day tales. Nate even gets a starring turn.

The story titles are intriguing: The End of Jim and Ezra (about two snowed-in mountain men in 1835), Le Sauvage Noble (about a Lakota Indian in the Wild West Show at Disneyland Paris), Pirates of Yellowstone (two Eastern European toughs meet their match) and Pronghorns of the Third Reich (inspired by a 1936 photo).

— Celeste Williams

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