I am not a huge fan of short story collections, but every once in a while one comes along that I like (see Crimes in Southern Indiana). C.J. Box’s Shots Fired is one that I would definitely recommend. Not all of the stories feature game warden Joe Pickett, but they’re all good. “Blood Knot” is very short and features a teenage girl who loves her family’s annual trip to visit her outdoorsy grandpa at his fishing lodge. No one else in the family enjoys it though, and she even hears her parents complaining about it (just because there’s no wi-fi!) when they think she is asleep. However, she is the one who ends up benefiting in the end. In “Master Falconer,” we get to see one of my favorite characters from the Joe Pickett series, Nate Romanowski, get one over on an extremely wealthy man who thinks everyone can be bought. And in “Pronghorns of the Third Reich,” a ne’er do well is constantly complaining about his family being cheated long ago out of a ranch that would have made them all rich, but his story is so ludicrous that everyone just dismisses him. He even goes to court to try to get the ranch back but loses. He then cooks up a violent vendetta against the lawyer who beat him in court. These are just a few of the ten stories included in this collection. Nice, easy reading.