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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charlie Huston Narrator: Charlie Thurston Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2013 ISBN: 9781482948097
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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 way: 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—until 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 in doing so they unleash hidden rivalries and crimes, as well as 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Anyone not acquainted with Charlie Huston’s blistering, unputdownable novels will want to tie their sneakers nice and tight before starting The Shotgun Rule, or they are apt to be blasted clean out of them.”

    Stephen King

  • “What a righteously nasty imagination Huston has. If you don’t know this perfervid writer of thrillers and comic books, this stand-alone novel is a great place to start…[With] an explosive ending…Huston terrifically re-creates the time period.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A dark but brilliant portrait of the way many teenage boys live in America…[Charlie Huston is] one of the most original crime novelists at work today.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Hard-boiled fans can’t go wrong with Charlie Huston’s The Shotgun Rule, an affecting look at what it was like to be a teenage boy in the 1980s, wrapped up in the guise of an adrenaline-packed suspense novel.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Equal parts Stephen King’s Stand by Me and Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting, The Shotgun Rule is Huston in top form…[An] unforgettable blend of humor and horrific violence.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • Huston’s strengths are the brutal efficiency with which he sets a scene and the breakneck pace he maintains throughout…[A] compelling depiction of aimless teenage boys trying to rise to manhood. In Huston’s hands, it’s Greek tragedy on speed.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “One of the most memorable crime novels of this year.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “Moving like a fireball, this is an engrossing read that feels kind of like a shot of cheap tequila, in the fun way.”

    Crimespree magazine

  • “Huston adds depth and pathos to already likable characters. As a result, the brutality and intensity of the remainder of the book hit hard. This is Huston’s first stand-alone…and it’s a winner.”

    Kansas City Star

  • “Huston has developed a reputation for his own brand of noir fiction, by turns side-splittingly funny and gruesomely violent and repugnant. Any male over the age of twenty will recognize elements of adolescence they had unconsciously buried—and will cringe or howl at the accuracy of this rendering of his childhood.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • “Memorable characters, hard-edged dialogue, and graphic violence make this searing portrait of evil an exciting addiction to new crime fiction.”

    Tuscon Citizen

  • “Huston is a monstrously gifted purveyor of suspense…This book raised blisters on my fingers—and I still couldn’t put it down.”

    Austin (TX) American-Statesman

  • “One of the crime genre’s rising stars, Huston delivers a stunning, darkly comic coming-of-age novel…Huston’s natural gift for dialogue shines as he recreates the language of teenage males, in all its crude and often hilarious glory. Most importantly, Huston has the courage to both unsettle and entertain the reader, and his story resonates long after its disturbing final scenes.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Fast-unfolding plot…Huston demonstrates a great feel for characters on the cusp of maturity—which helps readers connect with their adolescent aches even when they’re being a pain. But just when it seems this might be a mislabeled YA yarn, the book delivers a fully realized elder generation as well. Huston also manages to minimize the racially charged aspects of the teen showdown by making one member of the foursome a Latino punk rocker who steals more than his share of scenes.”


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About the Author
Author Charlie Huston

Charlie Huston is the bestselling author of The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death; The Shotgun Rule; the Henry Thompson trilogy, which includes the Edgar Award–nominated Six Bad Things; and the Joe Pitt Casebooks. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the actress Virginia Louise Smith.

About the Narrator

Charlie Thurston is an actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator. He has appeared on stages across the country with Trinity Repertory Company, Chautauqua Theater Company, Creede Rep, and at Riverside Theatre and Redmoon Theater, among others. His favorite roles include Edgar in The Completely Fictional—Utterly True—Final Strange Tale of Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen in The Long Christmas Ride Home, Tuzenbach in The Three Sisters, and Tony in You Can’t Take It with You. He holds an MFA in acting from Brown University / Trinity Rep.