"C.J Box can always be relied upon to provide exciting, character-based books..."
A volume of short stories makes a welcome break from full-length crime novels. In this collection, C.J. (Charles James) Box gives us ten carefully-crafted tales, four of them featuring his Wyoming game warden, Joe Pickett, who features in his full-length novels. They range from historical yarns such as 'The End of Jim and Ezra', set in what was Wyoming Territory in 1835, to a cautionary tale set in modern-day Disneyland Paris, where a Lakota native American – the 'Sauvage Noble' of its title – confronts sophisticated but real savagery. Along the way we also meet a wealthy Saudi who wants to buy falcons, revenge on the river, and a car beneath the ice of a frozen reservoir.
Joe firstly finds himself facing the wrong end of a lever-action carbine, wielded by a seriously deranged man, then faces a young woman pointing a cocked Colt .45 at him as her hand tightens on the trigger.