She Rides Shotgun

She Rides Shotgun

by Jordan Harper

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*WINNER OF A 2018 EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST DEBUT NOVEL*

*WINNER OF AN ALEX AWARD FROM THE ALA*

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2017 BY St. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062394415
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/13/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 198,030
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jordan Harper was born and educated in Missouri. He has been a music journalist, film critic, and TV writer. He lives in Los Angeles.

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She Rides Shotgun 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it in one day....keeps your interest beginning to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept+my+interest%2C+well+written+and+made+me+want+to+fist+bump+and+say+Hell+Yeah%21%21%21%21%21
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This+will+make+your+imagination+run+wild.+It%27s+as+if+you%27re+along+for+the+ride+but+as+a+fly+on+the+wall.++Remains+interesting+from+page+one+right+through+the+very+end.++
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, especially that it was told from the perspective of the young girl. It kept my interest and I cared about the characters and what happened to them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the action and the characters. Would be a great movie.
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KaneH More than 1 year ago
In She Rides Shotgun, Jordan Harper writes in a fury, like an ex-con with truth he has to spill before they come to kill him. Reading this book is like being dragged through velvet-covered razor wire, and you don't know how deep you've been cut until you're through. Debut novel? Good Lord, he's at the top of his game already, on a par with Don Winslow and Adrian McKinty. Hard, fast, and nasty crime fiction to knock your boots off. Could not stop reading- a dangerous drug indeed.
Twink More than 1 year ago
She Rides Shotgun is Jordan Harper's debut novel. Polly McClusky is eleven years old. She hasn't seen much of her father Nate in the past few years as he's been in prison. But when he shows up outside her school, she willingly goes with him. You see, there's a contract on both their heads....and Polly's mother has already been killed. Polly and Nate are on the run, trying to stay one step ahead of those determined to wipe them out. Polly is an innocent, but that has to change. Nate needs to teach her skills - skills an eleven year old shouldn't need. An eleven year old he barely knows. But one that has 'gunfighter eyes' just like her father...... Whew! What a great premise. The danger, the action and the unknown direction the story was going to go immediately drew me in. But, it was also about the relationship between a father and daughter and Nate's unwavering desire to protect he at all costs. The reader cannot help but be firmly behind Nate and Polly as they run - and then fight back. Harper does a fantastic job manipulating the reader's emotions. Both characters were well drawn and I had no problem imagining what they looked like. The inclusion of Polly's stuffed bear as an extension of her personality and thoughts was a great device. With each new twist and turn in their lives, I became even more invested in the outcome - and the ride there. I chose to listen to She Rides Shotgun - and I'm so glad I did. I'm sure it's just as good a read on the printed page, but for me, it was even better listening. I was sucked into the story and found it so hard to stop and climb out. David Marantz was the reader. I thought his voice interpreted Harper's work well. The tone and timbre he uses for Holly conveys her innocence. The gravelly tone for Nate drew a vivid mental image for me. He captures the danger and action of the book. His voice is easy to listen to and is very clear. Listen to an excerpt of She Rides Shotgun. Or if you prefer read an excerpt. A caution to those who are adverse to violence. Those looking for a helluva a good tale? This one's for you. She Rides Shotgun has movie written all over it. I am now a devoted Jordan Harper fan - more please.