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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; 1ST edition (July 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399158588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399158582
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (291 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Box isn’t known for short stories—he’s so busy writing full-length novels that it’s hard to imagine he has time to do anything else—but he has, over the years, published some, not all of them easy to find. This collection includes 10 in all, 3 of them new. The surprise for some readers may be that only 4 of these tie in to the Joe Pickett series. And, while those are a pleasure, it’s the others that are most interesting, demonstrating the author’s versatility with a diverse array of ideas. “The End of Jim and Ezra,” a story about two snowed-in trappers in 1835, displays both a keen eye for mundane historical detail and a wicked sense of humor. “Pirates of Yellowstone” is a quirky, surprising crime story about some unusual fish in the national park’s waters. And, if your curiosity is piqued by the title “Pronghorns of the Third Reich,” read it; you’ll be rewarded by a rare and surprising tale. Here’s hoping we won’t have to wait long for more short stuff from Box. --Keir Graff

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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 Box’s 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 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.”—Publishers Weekly

“If you’re 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 Wyoming’s landscape and the personal drama of Pickett’s 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 fiction’s 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 can’t 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

More About the Author

C. J. Box is the author of the award-winning Joe Pickett series of novels, including Open Season (2001), Savage Run (2002), Winterkill (2003), Trophy Hunt (2004), Out of Range (2005) and the upcoming In Plain Sight (May, 2006). He's the winner of the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 Award (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, the Barry Award, and an Edgar Award and L.A. Times Book Prize finalist. Open Season was a New York Times Notable Book and three of the novels have been Booksense 76 picks.


The novels have been national bestsellers and have been translated into 12 languages.


Box is a Wyoming native and has worked as a ranch hand, surveyor, fishing guide, a small town newspaper reporter and editor, and he co-owns an international tourism marketing firm with his wife, Laurie. An avid outdoorsman, Box has hunted, fished, hiked, ridden, and skied throughout Wyoming and the Mountain West. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.


Box lives with his family outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Customer Reviews

I love his character of Joe Pickett.
JOAN MOORE
Each short is written very well ( I am excluding the super short story) and offer plenty of thrills and suspense.
Lisa Baker
First off, I am a fan of C.J. Box, I have read many of his books, and I always enjoy them.
Sabrena Holmes

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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Kevin L. Nenstiel TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 16, 2014
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Somebody's bound to say it somewhere, so let me say it first: it's difficult to read this book without comparing it to Annie Proulx's Close Range: Wyoming Stories, the collection which gave us the original "Brokeback Mountain." Assuming you've read Proulx, obviously. And if you haven't, please do, because putting these two together provides a remarkable view of the wide, arid, hardworking domain America largely derides as "flyover country."

Proulx, a Wyoming transplant, and Box, a native, both create languid, laconic characters whose actions deliver eloquent messages that mere words couldn't convey. Their concise snapshots reveal a people whose lives have become integrated with the landscape, giving them a permanence transcending generations. But where Proulx's literary approach conveys Wyomingites' diverse struggles often in stolid silence, Box, a crime novelist, observes his protagonists through the lens of violence.

Box's very earthy, hardworking, and concise English doesn't eliminate poetry; often, it heightens stylistic power. Describing the North Platte River, Box writes, "the current gripped the flat-bottomed McKenzie boat and spun it like a cigarette butt in a flushed toilet." Anyone who's seen fishing boats in shallow water recognizes that surprising yet apt simile. Likewise, Box says so-and-so's "face was round, like a hubcap." He uses that one twice.

This approach, free of self-conscious ornamentation, is merely the surface layer of how Box's characters think. Too busy with work, family, and survival to be "pretty," they distribute words with Protestant thrift, and base their metaphors on common, workaday images.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 31, 2014
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New York Times bestselling author, C.J. Box delivers another thrilling Masterpiece that entertains, from beginning to end. I am one of his addicted readers of the famous Joe Pickett novels, and this one is one of his best. When it comes to Wyoming, the author becomes an expert in storytelling, without ever disappointing.

"Shots Fired" tells the story of bad guys, who leave a distasteful impression that is difficult for Joe to handle, to the point where he begins to feel a sense of loss. C.J. Box takes the reader through Wyoming territory in this riveting story as colorful characters bring the story to life.

The reader will be taken through unexpected twists-and-turns, while we witness wrong-doing that leads to murder, as we begin to feel the same anguish as Joe does. This thought-provoking story will make you think about bad things that happen to good people, and how unfair life can be. This extraordinary story will make you think, long after this book is closed. Thrilling, suspenseful, and entertaining. Highly recommended!
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33 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Scott E. High VINE VOICE on March 27, 2014
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I've read several books by C. J. Box and have lately come away with mixed feelings. His Joe Pickett and Nate Romanowski characters are interesting but the stories seem to follow the same formula. Joe Pickett as the local game warden goes into the mountains to locate and apprehend the bad guy(s). Nate Romanowski comes out of his mountain hideaway to help Joe get the job done.

I enjoy reading long novels written by an author who knows how to develop his characters, describe his environment as though the reader can experience it, and writes in an interesting and informative manner. Sly and sarcastic humor is also appreciated. Short stories just don't typically ring my bell. Just as soon as the author gets rolling the story comes to an abrupt end.

This is a collection of ten short stories ranging from eight to forty-two pages. The book itself is 277 pages of double-spaced writing with fairly wide margins. In other words, they are pretty short stories. Four of these stories feature either Joe Pickett or Nate Romanowski.

C.J. Box is an accomplished novelist who has won several literary awards. Like most popular music albums, there are a few hits here but most of the songs are just average. If you are a real fan of C.J. Box, you will probably want to add this book to your collection. Me not so much.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Frank VINE VOICE on April 15, 2014
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C.J. Box put together a delicious mix of well-written, clever short stories set in "Joe Pickett Country" - Montana, Yellowstone, Wyoming.

Short stories are not easy to write well. In just a few pages you have to create, evolve and complete an interesting plot; introduce and develop characters; grab the reader's attention; and leave the reader satisfied. Box does this brilliantly in "Shots Fired."

Nothing predictable here. Surprise endings are tucked into this great collection of stories. Box even throws in some obscure historical fiction in "Pronghorns of the Third Reich."

Even if you've never read anything from Box, you will enjoy "Shots Fired." This is a book that I will share with my favorite people, so they can enjoy the fun.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By E. Burian-Mohr TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 9, 2014
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C.J. Box is one of those writers I'd always meant to read, but hadn't yet had the chance, I've only heard good things about the Joe Pickett books. I've also heard they are best read in order... which means I am behind about 14 books. Is that a commitment I wanted to make?

Then along comes "Shots Fired." Not only is the reader treated to spectacular views of Wyoming and the life there, both in the present and the past, in all the seasons and all the textures, but first-time Box readers get to meet two of Box's legendary characters -- Joe Pickett, game warden and rough/tough good guy, and Nate Romanowski, falconer and a tough guy of strong opinions.

While short stories can be frustrating (you get involved and then it's over, all too soon), this felt like a perfect intro for dipping into Box's full-length novels.

Fourteen, you say? Bring 'em on!
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