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Family [Kindle Edition]

Rex Kusler
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Every family has its skeletons in the closet, but Shane Hall’s relatives? They’ve got a cemetery’s worth. Yet when he loses his job and gets evicted, Shane’s only option is to rely on his estranged aunt and cousins for help. He returns to his hometown in rural South Dakota, and despite having been out of touch for over a decade, is welcomed back with booze-soaked hospitality. After settling in, Shane’s cousin approaches him with an offer that’s almost too good to be true: if he comes on board as assistant manager at the family’s salvage yard, he’ll get not only a sky-high salary but also the down payment on a home. It seems like Shane and his girlfriend Katie will be able to put the hard times behind them and start fresh—at least, until some pesky skeletons rise up from the past, leaving Shane uncertain where to turn or who to trust.


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About the Author

Author Rex Kusler was born in Missouri and raised in a small Iowa town. After calling Silicon Valley home for thirty years, Kusler relocated to Las Vegas to indulge his love of the desert and his fascination with gambling and probability. A mechanical designer by profession, Kusler began his writing career in the early 1980s, selling short stories to regional magazines before trying his hand at novels. He is the author of Angela and three titles in the Las Vegas Mystery series: Punctured, Ashes to Dust, and Desert Drop.


Product Details

  • File Size: 403 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611097983
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (February 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0095VLIII
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,895 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kusler. Never. Disappoints. February 16, 2013
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I have to say that Rex Kusler is one of my favorite authors... Became a huge fan of his Las Vegas Murder Mysteries because of the characters. And here's why he's so good: the characters! Yes there are many ok writers out there who want to tell a story, only they conjure up mediocre people who just prop the story along, as a convenience. Mr. Kusler is different. He could write a story about a guy waiting for the bus; but the guy is painted so rich, interesting, flawed, subtle, curious, and so incredibly human that you are totally engrossed reading about this guy doing nothing! But Mr. Kusler actually has a story to tell too, along with these characters who jump off the page and expect you to tag along with them.

So his latest book, FAMILY, is about Shane's estranged family who takes him back in when the proverbial money runs out. As you follow Shane, you start to realize things can't be what they appear. There are a few surprises, a couple twists and turns, some entertaining characters along the way; then it gets wrapped up so neat you can't even believe what happened, you cheer, then you are sad because it ended. I loved it! If you really enjoy people-watching--with a good story to follow--you will definitely enjoy FAMILY. It is excellent story-telling, characters you wonder if you might really know somewhere in real life, and a fun read all rolled into one package.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cautionary Tale...with a Bite April 7, 2013
By Ruth
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You can never go home again--except if you lose your job, you're evicted from your house, and your unemployment is running out. But before you make that trip, you may want to take a moment to consider why you left home in the first place.

When Shane Hall returns to South Dakota, we learn the secrets that lurk under the surface of his eccentric extended family. Bumptious cousins, nymphomaniac aunts and girl friends, clownish neighbors--all good fun, except for that odd menacing tone running through their banter and displays of affection. Then Shane's cousin offers him a job too good to be true....

As always, Kusler's disarmingly straightforward prose lures you in, then slaps you on the side of the head as you stumble into the depths of human depravity. A Steinbeck for the 21st century, Kusler shows how economic desperation has shaped so much of our country. A voice for the common man, laced with gentle humor. Like Garrison Keillor, Kusler's voice charms you and breaks your heart both at the same time. I could listen to his stories all day.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun dynamic read April 14, 2013
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Enjoyable story with good flow. I interesting characters. Not too heavy but not complete fluff either. Overall a fun and dynamic read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another hit for Kusler March 8, 2013
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This was my favorite book so far from Rex Kusler. I am waiting for his next one. I will keep reading his books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising July 9, 2013
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I've read all of Rex Kussler's books. He has a refreshing approach to storytelling. You don't always need a lot of blood & guts to write an interesting murder mystery. Mr Kussler has a more psychological approach to the mayhem. This may be his best book yet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read April 18, 2013
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I liked it, but not as much as the Las Vegas murder mysteries. I couldn't warm up to the characters as I had hoped.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh.. June 8, 2013
By missy
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Started out well, and introduced many exciting possibilities as to how it could go, but then just fizzled out. A little bit disappointing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lazy read December 29, 2013
By Foster
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I've read worse books. This was an okay read. First starting out, it didn't hold my attention but thankfully, eventually it speeds up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars quickly paced action
A short read, but fairly interesting and a wild ride right up until the end. Not a bad little read overall.
Published 3 days ago by Pamela Jacob
5.0 out of 5 stars Family review
This book was great reading and suspenseful! It held your attention and kept you reading! Lots of great character s
Published 8 days ago by M. Heese
2.0 out of 5 stars A time killer
not all that good, if you were sitting in the ER waiting on someone it would be something to keep you busy. But other wise thumbs down, the best part was ??????? Read more
Published 20 days ago by gonecrazy151
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
This was an interesting story to read and definitely gained my attention. The flow of the story was interesting but did seem to be confusing at times. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Steve Hildebrand
1.0 out of 5 stars read better
Certainly not going to win any writing awards. Reads like a novice writer wrote this. Save your money and time
Published 1 month ago by hazmat
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quick read.
this was a quick read from an area I am familiar with in South Dakota. I chose it because of that. Not too bad! Would recommend.
Published 1 month ago by CB FF
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
Not very interesting not much happened in this book, a disappointing but quick read. Nothing crazy to write home about.
Published 2 months ago by Otr
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK
I kept waiting for something to happen. The plot was predictable. There was no depth to the characters. When it finally got interesting, it was over.
Published 6 months ago by Arleen
3.0 out of 5 stars passed the time
Nothing special, somewhat predictable unfortunately. Some books keep your interest throughout, this one was getting tough to finish. Good airport book
Published 6 months ago by Kevin Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good!
Totally not what I expected! Really really good! The twists were totally unexpected, very good plot and characters. Love the way it was written
Published 7 months ago by Lauren Richards
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More About the Author

Rex Kusler was born in Missouri and raised in a small town in Iowa. His writing began with a newsletter for a beer club he founded in San Jose in 1982. Soon afterward he tried his hand at short stories. After success selling some of them to a few regional magazines he began writing novels. Seven years, four novels, three agents, and a pile of rejection letters later, he gave up--for a while. In 2003 he wrote ANGELA. In 2009 he completed the first novel in his Las Vegas Mystery Series PUNCTURED, based on his experience selling his trailer for cash in an RV storage lot after dark. After success as a self-published e-book, it was re-released in May 2011 by Amazon Publishing. The second in the series is ASHES TO DUST, followed by DESERT DROP, and many others.

Note: SNOW ADRIFT, which was written and released after DESERT DROP, is the prequel to PUNCTURED. It takes place a few months before PUNCTURED.

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