The Shotgun Rule

The Shotgun Rule

A Novel

Book - 2007
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The first stand-alone thriller by critically acclaimed author Charlie Huston, The Shotgun Rule is a raw tale of four teenage friends who go looking for a little trouble-and find it. Blood spilled on the asphalt of this town long years gone has left a stain, and it's spreading. Not that a thing like that matters to teenagers like George, Hector, Paul, and Andy. It's summer 1983 in a northern California suburb, and these working-class kids have been killing time the usual ways: ducking their parents, tinkering with their bikes, and racing around town getting high and boosting their neighbors' meds. Just another typical summer break in the burbs. Till Andy's bike is stolen by the town's legendary petty hoods, the Arroyo brothers. When the boys break into the Arroyos' place in search of the bike, they stumble across the brothers' private industry: a crank lab. Being the kind of kids who rarely know better, they do what comes naturally: they take a stash of crank to sell for quick cash. But doing so they unleash hidden rivalries and crimes, and the dark and secret past of their town and their families. The spreading stain is drawing local drug lords, crooked cops, hard-riding bikers, and the brutal history of the boys' fathers in its wake.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345481351
0345481356
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 248 p. ; 24 cm.

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WVMLStaffPicks Oct 26, 2014

“It’s a bad house. Sketchy. They should know better than to go in.” Rich with realistic (inherently crude and humorous) teenage dialogue, this fast-paced thriller reads like a screenplay. The narrative follows four boys through a drug-hazy summer of petty crime, focusing on socially awkward Andy. When an Arroyos brother steals Andy’s bike, the kids’ retaliation instigates an explosion of unexpected consequences. Expertly crafted, the “sketchy house” teases readers on to the final and unforgettable scene.

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Brian_Shaw
Feb 28, 2011

Interesting story set in 1983. Light read and no real interesting twists.

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Cabby
Feb 08, 2008

Amazon.ca top 25 books of 2007.

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