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She Rides Shotgun

(2017)
(A Lesson in Violence)
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Awards
Edgar Awards Best First Book
*WINNER OF A 2018 EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST DEBUT NOVEL*

*WINNER OF AN ALEX AWARD FROM THE ALA*

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2017 BYSt. Louis Post-Dispatch . Booklist

A propulsive, gritty novel about a girl marked for death who must fight and steal to stay alive, learning from the most frightening man she knows - her father.

Eleven-year-old Polly McClusky is shy, too old for the teddy bear she carries with her everywhere, when she is unexpectedly reunited with her father, Nate, fresh out of jail and driving a stolen car. He takes her from the front of her school into a world of robbery, violence, and the constant threat of death. And he does it to save her life.

Nate made dangerous enemies in prison - a gang called Aryan Steel has put out a bounty on his head, counting on its members on the outside to finish him off. They've already murdered his ex-wife, Polly's mother. And Polly is their next target.

Nate and Polly's lives soon become a series of narrow misses, of evading the bad guys and the police, of sleepless nights in motels. Out on the lam, Polly is forced to grow up early: with barely any time to mourn her mother, she must learn how to take a punch and pull off a drug-house heist. She finds herself transforming from a shy little girl into a true fighter. Nate, in turn, learns what it's like to love fiercely and unconditionally - a love he's never quite felt before. But can their powerful bond transcend the dangerous existence he's carved out for them? Will they ever be able to live an honest life, free of fear?

She Rides Shotgun is a gripping and emotionally wrenching novel that upends even our most long-held expectations about heroes, villains, and victims. Nate takes Polly to save her life, but in the end it may very well be Polly who saves him.

Genre: Mystery    

Praise for this book

"In Polly McClusky, the eleven-year-old girl at the heart of his darkly irresistible debut novel She Rides Shotgun, Jordan Harper gives us a hero for our times. With shades of Mattie Ross but an intelligence and fervor all her own, she is unforgettable." - Megan Abbott

"Confident, brutal, but always human, Jordan Harper’s She Rides Shotgun is a violent parable of family and sacrifice. The best debut novel that I’ve read this year." - Johnny Shaw

"An exquisitely violent father-daughter story, burns bright and fast. I kept waiting for the inevitable slow-down, but it never came. An extremely impressive debut." - Peter Swanson

"Quite simply one of the best debuts I’ve ever read. Beautifully and lyrically written, it’s like a perfect song you hear for the first time and feel like you’ve always known it. It’s an instant classic and if I read a better novel this year I will be amazed." - Simon Toyne

"She Rides Shotgun has more kicks than any crime fiction out there, sure, but it’s also got a heart that’ll keep you up nights, slapping your head and pacing. Don’t try to tell me this is a debut novel; I won’t hear anything but Jordan Harper’s a master." - Benjamin Whitmer


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August 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Lesson in Violence
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Title: A Lesson in Violence
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