The Shotgun Rule by Charlie Huston


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Author: Charlie Huston

Title: The Shotgun Rule

Genre: Suspense fiction

Publication Date: 2007

Number of Pages: 248

Geographical Setting: California, unnamed suburb of Oakland

Time Period: 1983

Series (If applicable): n/a

Plot Summary: It’s summer break, 1983, and George, Paul, Hector, and Andy are four bored teenagers. Upon breaking into a house, they discover a meth lab and steal a bag of drugs from the dealers. The theft sets off a chain of events that leads to unsettling violence, as well as the unfortunate reconnection of old friends. Issues of familial loyalty, dark secrets, and the complex back story of the boys and their fathers rise through the violence, making this book impossible to put down.

Subject Headings: Teenage boys, drug dealers, suspense fiction.

Appeal: Dark, page-turner, conversational, suburban, action-oriented, violent, multiple points of view, compelling, suspenseful, plot twists, direct, well-drawn characters.

3 terms that best describe this book: Compelling, dark secrets, strong characters.

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

Drive-by by Gary Rivlin (complex look at teenagers who commit violence, multiple characters)
Where the River Bends: A Memoir by Barry Raine (multiple characters, teenagers, action-oriented, violent)
Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in LA by Luis J. Rodriguez (action-oriented, teenagers coming-of-age, compelling, violent)

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:
It by Steven King (complex back stories, male friendships, multiple characters, action and gore)
Gone for Good by Harlan Coben (complex back stories, twists, multiple characters, action and gore, family secrets)
Mystic River by Dennis Lehane (complicated back stories, blue-collar setting, suspense, multiple characters, violence, and secrets)

Name: Marisa Bernstein


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2 Responses to “The Shotgun Rule by Charlie Huston”

  1. katyannehite Says:

    Glad you read one of the ‘recommended reads’ from the reader profile! did you enjoy it?

    • Marisa Says:

      Katy, I loved it. Very violent, but all the violence was validated by the back story and the character development, which you know I love:) This was a really great recommendation–thank you so much!

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