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He could have laughed at how fucked up life was That soon as you found something to live for, you found something to die for too But he guessed in the end it was a good trade.it s take your daughter on the lam day this book is damn good ridiculously good i knew it would be i loved his book of stories, Love and Other Wounds Stories, and there are so few short story collections i like in their entirety that when i find one, i know i m gonna have to read everything that author ever writes He could have laughed at how fucked up life was That soon as you found something to live for, you found something to die for too But he guessed in the end it was a good trade.it s take your daughter on the lam day this book is damn good ridiculously good i knew it would be i loved his book of stories, Love and Other Wounds Stories, and there are so few short story collections i like in their entirety that when i find one, i know i m gonna have to read everything that author ever writes this dude is definitely in the same echelon as Cormac McCarthy, Daniel Woodrell and Donald Ray Pollock when it comes to writing literary grit lit some grit lit skimps on character in favor of action or relies too heavily on shock value, but harper has it all sharp, economical prose, complex, memorable characters, and a plot that zips along with equal emphasis on the crime writing as the character development there are even some references to events that occurred in Love and Other Wounds Stories, which touch was so appreciated the fact that i remembered details of a book i read in 2014 means it was really, really good it s about a man leaving prison after a five year sentence who is anything but free after pissing off the aryan steel gang inside, nate has a bounty his head, as well as on his ex wife and their eleven year old daughter polly when he finds his ex and her new husband have already been eliminated, his only goal is to protect polly, get her out of the gang s not inconsiderable reach, before going back for revenge he barely knows polly, but during their road trip together, they develop a very unusual father daughter bond, cemented in self defense training and criminal masterminding, and after polly s intended drop off point is compromised, nate takes her with him and they become a wonderfully steely team polly is definitely well equipped for this life, although the stuffed bear she carries everywhere and uses as an extension of her persona makes her appear younger or less mentally competent than she is there are times when she reads much older than eleven, but i think the text justifies this, and it only makes herof a badass view spoiler that pit bull scene will never be erased from my mind bear was so brave, indeed hide spoiler She felt something strange, a thrumming in her muscles, a thrumming in her mind It took her a second to find the word for what she felt It was a word she hadn t gotten to use for herself in a long time The word was power.nate, polly, and detective park are the main POV s, although others pop in now and again to provide context or texture to the unfolding plot it s full of meth and torture and various shades of criminal behavior from both sides of the law, and it s just a whammy of a book, despite being so short.there s nothing i do not love about this book, but the two standouts in the category of bestest things are detective park i would love to readof his adventures in law and order , and the relationship arc between nate and polly and all the unconventional lessons in parenting Either you teach her how to take a punch or the world does.write faster, jordan harper come to my blog Nate McClusky kills Crazy Craig Hollington s brother while he is in prison Crazy Craig is the president of the prison gang known as Aryan Steel, which made him the president of all the dirty white boys in California His skin told his history in tattoos and knife scars Crazy Craig found out that Nate killed his brother On the night that Nate was released from prison he found out that Crazy Craig had issued naming him a dead man along with his Ex and his daughter Polly When he gets to their h Nate McClusky kills Crazy Craig Hollington s brother while he is in prison Crazy Craig is the president of the prison gang known as Aryan Steel, which made him the president of all the dirty white boys in California His skin told his history in tattoos and knife scars Crazy Craig found out that Nate killed his brother On the night that Nate was released from prison he found out that Crazy Craig had issued naming him a dead man along with his Ex and his daughter Polly When he gets to their house he finds his Ex and her husband dead, which are Polly s Mom and Step Dad He then goes to Polly s school to pick her up and protect her Polly had not seen her Dad for nearly half her eleven years.Polly knew her Dad was a bad guy and a robber and that he was suppose to be in jail When she walked out of the front door of her school, she saw him standing there Her mother told her that he liked being a bad guythan he liked being a husband or father Polly just stood there full of fear She did not scream or yell for help She reached behind herself to where the teddy bear s head poked out of her backpack and gave his ear a squeeze She always did this in anxious situations Polly carried her teddy bear wherever she went Nate told Polly that if she ever sees anyone with a blue tattoo of a thunder bolt on their arm, she needs to keep hitting them and keep hitting them with a bat until they stop moving Blue lightning on their arms mean they are bad guys Nate did not have anyone that he knew that could have watched Polly He had to teach Polly how to fight dirty Then they went after the members of the Aryan Steel gang to find out who killed Polly s Mom and Stepdad They got some help and I am just going to end to what else happens in this story.The author developed her characters very well They seemed real and brought them to life This was so very well written Polly was just adorable She didn t like social situations but liked being with her father She didn t talk much and thought she was from Venus Her mother always told her that she had gunfighter eyes like her father She also had dirty blonde hair like her father but had to disguise herself and colored her red when the gang was after them Her teddy bear was another character He was so cute and had one of his black eyes missing leaving only a dry patch of glue Polly made this teddy bear come to life.I hated Crazy Craig His skin told his history in tattoos and knife scars He was a very mean man He was so mean that his light was left on 24 hours a day and they brought a shower stall on wheels to his cell so that he was kept away from all the prisoners Nate McCusky did everything he could to protect his daughter They both have a special bond He was a robber and a bad guy He had a face carved out of pebble rock and tattoos This was a dark and gritty thriller and I enjoyed every moment of it It was so good It was unputdownable and it will put you on the edge of your seat Nail biting suspense And the best thing is, is that no animals or pets were killed.If you like these kind of books, then this book is a must You need to read it Loved it The Coen Brothers need to adapt this book to film like yesterday but in the meantime, read it It s Bonnie and Clyde, Thelma and Louise, it s dark and innocent and corrupt and redemptive It s full of contradictions that make you forget the line that divides the good and the bad I loved it My favorite quoteThe best thing you could do in this world was find the thing that jolted you the most and killed you the least and go after it hardThe Coen Brothers need to adapt this book to film like yesterday but in the meantime, read it It s Bonnie and Clyde, Thelma and Louise, it s dark and innocent and corrupt and redemptive It s full of contradictions that make you forget the line that divides the good and the bad I loved it My favorite quoteThe best thing you could do in this world was find the thing that jolted you the most and killed you the least and go after it hard She wore a loser s slumped shoulders and hid her face with her hair, but the girl had gunfighter eyes Gunfighter eyes just like her dad, her mom would tell herA raw, grim, dark but also strangely poetic story of a father and a daughter and a bear on the run, with a death penalty on their heads by a gang controlled by their leader in prison Aryan Steel First they run, then they decide to fight the bad guysand they do it together Without any sort of chance it seems Fighting f She wore a loser s slumped shoulders and hid her face with her hair, but the girl had gunfighter eyes Gunfighter eyes just like her dad, her mom would tell herA raw, grim, dark but also strangely poetic story of a father and a daughter and a bear on the run, with a death penalty on their heads by a gang controlled by their leader in prison Aryan Steel First they run, then they decide to fight the bad guysand they do it together Without any sort of chance it seems Fighting for their livesExcellent debut by Jordan Harper.Now I m a fan of dark books, so this perfectly fits in my schedule Writing is minimal and beautiful, scarce and to the point and yet with sensitive beauty Will be looking out for this author Recommended for those who like gritty, dark books in the darkest corners of society.Fun bit is the toy bear by the way, who does play an important part in this grim storyBut the star of the show is Polly McClusky, Nate s 11 year old daughter, scarily courageous in her efforts to help and save her fatherStar of the show, this young lady Bit like young Mattie in True Grit And underlying the love of the father and daughter, although it is by all means not lovey dovey but heartfelt Great debut, recommended 2017 highlight Pulpy novel about a recently released man who must save his daughter after a death warrant is issued for him and his girl by an aryan gang leader Lots of action Gritty Polly is well written At several points, the writing becomes too enad with itself but this was a fun, bloody, read. She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper is a 2017 Simon Schuster publication Steel forever, Forever SteelThis is the creed of the Ayran Steel white supremacist gang, which is run out of a prison cell by Crazy Craig Hollington, whose power and reach seemingly has no bounds.So, when Nate, kills Craig s brother, he is tipped off, right before his prison release, that Crazy Craig has fingered him, and has sent out orders to exact his revenge It s too late for Nate s ex girlfriend and her new boyfrien She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper is a 2017 Simon Schuster publication Steel forever, Forever SteelThis is the creed of the Ayran Steel white supremacist gang, which is run out of a prison cell by Crazy Craig Hollington, whose power and reach seemingly has no bounds.So, when Nate, kills Craig s brother, he is tipped off, right before his prison release, that Crazy Craig has fingered him, and has sent out orders to exact his revenge It s too late for Nate s ex girlfriend and her new boyfriend, but Nate manages to nab his eleven year old daughter, Polly, before the Steel manages to find her Thus, begins a most unusual father daughter road trip, chock full of adventure, danger, and gruesome criminal acts But, Polly appears to take it all in stride like father like daughter, all the way down to their shared gunfighter eyes Although they are strangers to each other in the beginning, their connection is instantaneous, as only blood relations can be, but their bond only solidifies as they fight for their very lives Will they manage to make it to safety before the Steel catches up to them, or is their fate already sealed I heard many good things about this book, so I had to see what all the fuss was about I gotta tell you, this one deserves all the kudos and accolades it receives This book has a noir ish atmosphere, but is a dark and gritty crime novel, that climbs into the disturbing mindset of gangs, and the price paid for living by the sword Nate s own background is harsh, and he doesn t have the verbal or emotional ability to express his feelings to Polly, but in his own way, he does the best he can for her, by putting his own life on the line to save hers But, Nate also has his own demons and ulterior motives, exposing his flawed and selfish characteristics However, it is most definitely Polly, who steals the spotlight in this story She s vulnerable, clinging to her beloved teddy bear who often speaks or communicates on her behalf, but quickly takes to her new life on the run, almost like a duck to water She is loyal to her father, and two make quite a team We see Nate teaching Polly things no eleven year old should have to know, while Polly studiously observes and even participates in things no child should ever witness, much less be allowed to ride shotgun Along the way, in this very unusual coming of age tale, Polly learns how to cope in an uncertain world, to stand on her own two feet, using the skills her father taught her, but also by realizing her own inner strength, and we know she s going to be a survivor Despite her exposure to the mentality of hardened criminals and the underbelly of society, she walks away, miraculously, with her principles in tact The story also has a strong supporting cast, with people playing both sides and a detective who is perhaps rooting for Nate and Polly, even while he tries to locate them While this is a brutal and very violent crime thriller, there is an underlying theme that centers on family connections and bonds, which are unbreakable ties, even under the most extreme circumstances The characterizations blew me away, the pacing is very brisk, and action packed, the dialogue is outstanding and the prose is stunning If you enjoy crime novels, I don t see how you could go wrong with this book 5 stars I may have almost cried when I finished this book If I had a heart I probably would have Not because it s heart wrenchingly sad It is in parts but just because it is so damn good.There is a little mini rant I have to get off my chest before I even talk about the book Why has no one snatched this book up and promoted the heck outta it Why is it not being made into the best movie of the year Everyone talks about their books being the next Gone Stupid Girl or that tedious Girl on I may have almost cried when I finished this book If I had a heart I probably would have Not because it s heart wrenchingly sad It is in parts but just because it is so damn good.There is a little mini rant I have to get off my chest before I even talk about the book Why has no one snatched this book up and promoted the heck outta it Why is it not being made into the best movie of the year Everyone talks about their books being the next Gone Stupid Girl or that tedious Girl on the Train that I d like to run over but they let books like this one just slide by unnoticed I don t get it I have read three books this year.this one included that are not getting the attention they so deserve It makes my eye all twitchy And now for this book Good lort It s so freaking good Polly s daddy is in prison and about to get out He gets an offer he can t refuse from a gang called Aryan Steel He puts balls to the wall and refuses anyways BTW..Polly s daddy is badass Head bad guy puts out a hit on Daddy, Polly s mom and even eleven year old Polly Polly is at school one day when he dad shows up and picks her up in a stolen car He is trying to keep Polly and himself alive..no matter what it costs.This book You honestly feel that cloud of dread following these characters and you know deep down that it s not going to be a pretty fairy tale story but it grips you and you can not put it down You are in it with them Only way out is through And sorry I just do not have the words to tell how much I loved this story It seems like my favorite books always just leave me speechless &Read Pdf ☊ She Rides Shotgun ↞ Eleven year old Polly is smart far beyond her years But she s a loner Her mother tells her she has gunfighter eyes , like the father she s never met In prison, about to be released, Nate runs afoul of the powerful leader of the Aryan Brotherhood Marked for death on his release, Nate soon realizes that everyone he has ever loved is a target including his daughter, Polly Now, forced into hiding by the greenlight placed upon them, Nate finds himself having to teach his estranged daughter how to survive in a kill or be killed world, all the while observed by Polly s teddy bear, who is soon the only outlet for the little girl s emotions Soon the two of them find themselves on a non stop struggle for survival, and along the way, discover the bonds that eluded them for so many years Not too long ago I read another book with a plot somewhat similar to this novel A criminal father raising his daughter alone, after his wife was killed I had a huge problem with that novel and the parenting within, so why then did I love this one In the first book the father had a choice, he could have left his daughter to be raised by her grandmother, in this Nate has no choice There is no one else, nowhere he could leave her where she was safe, and everything that follows is to try to ensu Not too long ago I read another book with a plot somewhat similar to this novel A criminal father raising his daughter alone, after his wife was killed I had a huge problem with that novel and the parenting within, so why then did I love this one In the first book the father had a choice, he could have left his daughter to be raised by her grandmother, in this Nate has no choice There is no one else, nowhere he could leave her where she was safe, and everything that follows is to try to ensure Polly s safety.Nate and a young Polly were fantastically drawn characters, the way their relationship developments seemed true to life It is a violent book, but anytime you have drugs and gangs this is generally the case A well paced story and an addictive one A debut novel with one very smart author Often the characteristics that make a story memorable for me are the little details that add to and provide a personal element In this one it is the watermelon colored hair and that darn teddy bear, two visuals I will not soon forget The teddy bear provided humor to a story that was anything but humorous, but also enforced the vision that Polly was indeed a young girl, who out of necessity had to grow up quickly The first book I mentioned I don t even remember the title of, but this one I won t forget Whoa what a ride Felt like it was me in the passenger side.This is a gritty, violent crime infested read fast paced read Polly is 11 her mother and father in law have just been murdered Her dad, just released from prison, picks her up from school and they are now on the run Prison gang slugs out to get them as the bounty prize for someone killed on the inside.Great rhythm, good character development and some nasty characters and scenes.One pet peeve I had as it did come up several times w Whoa what a ride Felt like it was me in the passenger side.This is a gritty, violent crime infested read fast paced read Polly is 11 her mother and father in law have just been murdered Her dad, just released from prison, picks her up from school and they are now on the run Prison gang slugs out to get them as the bounty prize for someone killed on the inside.Great rhythm, good character development and some nasty characters and scenes.One pet peeve I had as it did come up several times when did TV become teevee Haven t seen that before and it was distracting.4 and looking forward tofrom this author