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4.0 out of 5 stars lurking menace builds to a shattering conclusion, 9 Jan 2009
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Rachel "rachel337" (Brighton, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Shotgun Rule (Hardcover)
This is a good book but it's not Huston's best. The story revolves around a gang of teens who, looking for thrills, like a little burglary, theft and weed alongside their comic books, music and BMX's. one fine summer all goes hideously wrong when a childish confrontation over a stolen bike escalates into GBH and stealing a huge amount of crank from the unfriendly neighbourhood drug runner.

What the boys don't know though is that the criminals they are trying to stay one step ahead of are nowhere near the top of the criminal food chain- and something much bigger and nastier is soon breathing down their necks.

The trademark idiosyncratic punctuation, crackling dialogue and casually described incredible violence we have come to expect from Huston are all here. Where this novel is different to Huston's others is it has multiple protagonists and in my opinion this makes it lose a small amount of focus and momentum. From anyone else this would be a problem but Huston is good enough that it will only make a few of his contemporaries shed a tear that they aren't this good, rather than throw themselves in the abyss; a sure-fire occurance if the read any of the Hank Thompson or Joe Pitt novels that show Huston cartwheeling where lesser writers walk.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 21st Century Classic, 11 Mar 2010
This review is from: The Shotgun Rule: A Novel (Paperback)
If you read nothing else this year, then you must read The Shotgun Rule. Huston captures the essence of a gang of boys and how quickly they fall deeper and deeper into trouble where violence spirals out of control.

The quality of Huston's writing is unsurpassed in recent years. He must surely become a huge star as he cannot be touched by the vast majority of contemporary writers. Beware...start to read his work and every other writer will fade into insignificance!
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The Shotgun Rule: A Novel by Charlie Huston (Paperback - 1 July 2009)
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