I finished up the stories in , JUSTICE. "Outside the Jurisdiction" is the first story in the collection but chronologically it would be third. It explains the most about the men that four teenagers eventually became. Also it lays out why the western United States, along with the South, vote the way they do. Much like Southerners often are unable to see Black people as their equals, Westerners see Indians as not quite worthy of their respect. I am not saying this attitude doesn't infect our whole society. Likewise feelings of superiority over Asians, Arabs, Africans. Why must this be so?
Four teenage boys embark on a hunting trip. All of them have guns, knives and are carrying liquor with them. When the hunting trip is ruined by bad weather, they stumble into a town and a restaurant where two Indian girls are subjected to their racist treatment. (I am using Indian because they do. Reservation Dogs, a show on Hulu made by Indians, seems to use "Indians" consistently). One of the boys is disgusted by much of their behavior. But as the youngest, he doesn't protest it.
When the girls manage to escape, not completely unharmed, the boys prepare to leave but are stopped by the sheriff who doles out his own rough justice. However, when they return home, (where two of the boys are sons of a sheriff too) the father's only interest is in the sanctity of the family name. He says nothing about what the boys were up to. These boys, to varying degrees, will carry this attitude into adulthood, culminating in MONTANA 1948. Every story in this collection is strong and together form an novel.