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Gutshot Straight

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"Lou Berney's novel is so energetic, so droll, and so wheezingly funny that it accomplished what no book ever has before: it made me forget to eat lunch."
--Stephen Harrigan, New York Times bestselling author of Challenger Park

A fast and funny caper in the tradition of Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiaasen, and the Coen Brothers, Gutshot Straight brings a fresh new talent into the crime fiction fold: Louis Berney. He's already won raves for his short fiction collection The Road to Bobby Joe and Other Stories ("Rivals the work of contemporary hotshots T.C. Boyle and Ralph Lombreglia" --Chicago Tribune). With Gutshot Straight, Berney is "all in"--sure to win a fervent following with the story of "Shake" Bouchon, fresh out of prison and on the straight and narrow path...after maybe just one last job.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 294 pages
  • 134.62 x 203.2 x 20.32mm | 249.47g
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061766348
  • 9780061766343
  • 760,213

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"An exciting read you can't put down. A definite must read."--Abraham Rodriguez, 2009 Dashiell Hammett Award finalist and author of South by South Bronx
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Back cover copy

Professional wheel man Charles "Shake" Bouchon is too nice a guy for the life he's led and not nice enough for any other. Fresh out of prison, he's supposed to deliver a package to Vegas strip-club owner Dick "the Whale" Moby and pick up a briefcase for Shake's former boss and lover, Alexandra Ilandryan, pakhan of L.A.'s Armenian mob. But when the "package" turns out to be Gina, a wholesome young housewife, Shake decides to set her free--a move as noble as it is boneheaded.

Now Shake and Gina are on the run in Panama--looking to unload the briefcase's unusual contents while outmaneuvering two angry crime bosses, a heartbroken ex-linebacker, and a sadistic thug plagued by erectile superfunction. And Shake's learning that Gina is less wholesome and more complicated than he initially imagined.
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Rating details

1,411 ratings
3.73 out of 5 stars
5 20% (279)
4 43% (612)
3 29% (407)
2 7% (92)
1 1% (21)
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