The first stand-alone thriller by critically acclaimedauthor Charlie Huston, The Shotgun Ruleis a raw tale of four teenage friends who go looking for a little trouble—andfind it.
Blood spilled on theasphalt 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, andthese working-class kids have been killing time the usual way: ducking theirparents, tinkering with their bikes, and racing around town getting high andboosting their neighbors’ meds. Just another typical summer break in the burbs—untilAndy’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 stumbleacross the brothers’ private industry: a crank lab. Being the kind of kids whorarely know better, they do what comes naturally: they take a stash of crank tosell for quick cash. But in doing so they unleash hidden rivalries and crimes, aswell 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’ fathersin its wake.