Gutshot Straight: A Novel

Gutshot Straight: A Novel

by Lou Berney


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ISBN-13: 9780061766343
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Pages: 294
Sales rank: 141,843
Product dimensions: 7.82(w) x 5.34(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Lou Berney is the author of three previous novels, Gutshot Straight, Whiplash River, and multiple prize-winning The Long and Faraway Gone. His short fiction has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. He lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 

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Abraham Rodriguez

“An exciting read you can’t put down. A definite must read.”

Stephen Harrigan

“GUTSHOT STRAIGHT has my vote for, among other things, Best McGuffin Ever. Just when you think it can’t get any weirder or quirkier, here comes the scene where... well, I better not give that away. Energetic, droll, and wheezingly funny.”

Ted Griffin

“A literary sucker punch — surprising, funny, effervescent. It’s a cocktail that won’t let you off your barstool till closing.”

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Gutshot Straight 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
C_Bishara More than 1 year ago
Gutshot Straight is an action-driven, masterfully written maze of backstabbing and betrayal--don't blink or you'll miss some serious duping, drugging, stealing, and/or seducing. Berney is a master at propelling the story forward, with one devious character trumping another at every turn. Despite their obvious moral shortfalls (we're talking criminals, strippers, mafia, murderers here), Berney's cast of characters is likable. You'll even find yourself rooting for the bad guys (and girls), who are alluring even if it's just for their smarts and sexiness. The violence is never graphically over-the-top, so even when these bad guys are at their worst, it doesn't become a distraction or downfall. Berney's film and TV writing experience show--in the best of ways--throughout this novel. It's efficient, visual, and there are enough references to music that you can practically hear the soundtrack. A great read.
harstan More than 1 year ago
After spending three years behind bars, Charles "Shake" Bouchon is freed by the State of California. He loathed his time in prison and vowed to stay clean by opening up a restaurant. In Los Angeles powerful Armenian mob kingpin Alexandra Ilandryan offers Shake a chance to make some money. He accepts the work from his former employer to deliver a package to associates in Vegas and return with a briefcase. However the package he is bringing to insane mob mogul Dick "the Whale" Moby turns out to be Gina Clement, who claims to be a housewife, but is a con artist who shammed Moby Dick. Instead of completing the delivery, Shake decides to run away with Gina and some rare valuable religious icons with irate mobsters from two states, their hit men, and others with a grudge against one or both of the couple on the lam. However, Shake soon realizes the most dangerous of the bunch is his running companion. Any moment readers will expect to find Elmore Leonard driving the vehicle as this great crazy crime caper will remind the audience of the great author's wild rides. The story line is fast-paced, seemingly out of control at times (though never happens), and filled with zany action. The cast is strong especially the lead couple and the mob leaders as Lou Berney proves "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it...good read. Sucks you right into the story and characters. Good humor. Fun and for me courtesy of free fridays! Thanks B and N!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a boring page, and kept me guessing til the end.
Normal_Reader More than 1 year ago
Likeable anti-hero, Shake, and well-paced, well-written crime thriller ticks all the boxes. There are times you almost want to reach in and give Shake a slap - his flawed hero makes mistakes and that makes you root for him all the more. I could see this becoming a movie someday - very visual writing. Well done, Mr. Berney.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received this book over a year ago as a free offering. Barnes and Noble would do well to offer up more quality reads like this author for free. Great read, loved the character Shake. I am looking forward to the follow up book from this author as my copy had the excerpt to the next book. Biggest problem is the nook version of the book cost almost as much as the physical book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fast paced action/adventure. I could really see it working well as a movie. I just never got into it until the end. I don't know if that was because of any flaw in the story. It may just be that this is not the genre for me. I''m usually more of a murder mystery reader. I just tried this because it was free. If this is your genre, you will probably not be disappointed.
pharrm on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Shake just is out of jail and is asked to perform a task by an old girlfriend for some quick cash. All he wants is to open his own restaraunt and serve his specialties. It's been a life long dream. He takes the job to run a car to Vegas and finds a girl in the trunk. Faced with giving "the sweet sounding lady" over to the bad thugs he chooses to help her. Gina is more than a nice little lady and has her own con going. The two are at odds at times and loving at others. Anyway, sparks do fly. The plot flies from CA to Vegas to Panana and then ? Fun read. First Mystery Pick for Lou.
shawnd on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Gutshot Straight is a straightforward American action book that takes some unexpected twists. Written by a screenwriter, it's perhaps not surprising that the plot structure is excellent, with unexpected locales, very few character 'duds' and leaves room for a sequel. Perhaps writing dialogue for a living makes for less experience with prose, and the prose, where it exists, is workmanlike at best. The book begins with a main character finishing his stint in prison, and except for quickly running into the worst-developed, cliche, disheartening character of the book, a female Armenian mob boss, the book proceeds apace, is 'taut' and we soon catch a glimpse of a whirlwind of an accomplice with a story full of betrayal, mystery, and global drama. While it has a consistent string of brilliant moments, the lack of decent prose and a wishy washy main character make this a fun, solid book but nothing particularly memorable.
zmagic69 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
very fun, and very entertaining. Will definitely search for other books by this author
JimJF More than 1 year ago
Love reading works by this author.
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Loved it
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I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down. The characters were strong and prettybwell developed. My favorite thing about the book was the plot. It wound and wound around so you never really knew what the ultimate outcome was going to be until the very end. The interaction between shake and gina did become a little predictable toward the end, but the overall plot of the book remained a mystery. I also appreciated the fact that the book was more focused on the mystery than on gore, and that there weren't any really graphic scenes in it. I definitely reccomend this book.
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Loved the characters, keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time
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I loved it, got it on a free friday, was a very catching riveting drama. I was thoroughly satisfied, not to mention riveted, by the way the author wrote the book and created the scenes of each unique environment. I just wish Whiplash wasnt $10.99. But, such is life, I know that I personally, and you should too, watch where Lou Berney goes with his writing: Straight to best sellers, I sure do hope.
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