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The Chaos We Know [Kindle Edition]

Keith Rawson
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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The Chaos We Know is the debut story collection from Keith Rawson featuring a mix of previously published stories and brand new stories for this collection.


"These aren't stories (The Chaos We Know), these are slivers of a blasted world which Rawson gleefully embeds in your mind, and which won’t be dislodged by bourbon, ritual scarification, or even the police procedural -- thank God. And thank God, too, for Rawson, who has the kind of talent to leave you mutilated and breathless." -- Benjamin Whitmer, author of Pike

“The Chaos We Know is a pulp-fueled debut w/ dopers, cops, husbands and wives. boyfriends & girlfriends, psychos & sadists, sand-storming through the potholes & shithouses of Arizona, leaving barnacles of the self centered, the down trodden’ & the surviving. Keith Rawson is the new garbage-tongued satirist of filth, deviance & violence for the new underclass.” -- Frank Bill, author of Crimes in Southern Indiana and Donnybrook

“Keith Rawson wields his spare prose like a wrecking ball, laying bare a world of whores, petty criminals, crooked cops and meth heads. These short, sharp portraits of users &losers are deranged snapshots from deep in the underbelly of contemporary America. No tired noir tropes here, this is tough, unsentimental & savagely funny dark fiction that charts its own course” --Roger Smith, author of Wake Up Dead and Dust Devils

"Keith Rawson's last name gives you a hint. It's going to be raw, and it's going to get to you. Like stepping on a shard of glass, but in a good way. Rawson's stories always bowl me over with aggressive style and deep psychological fright" --Anthony Neil Smith, author of Yellow Medicine and Choke On Your Lies

"Reading Keith Rawson’s short stories is like strolling through a minefield: you know you’re in for trouble, and there’s no going back. Powerful, twisted, fierce and profane, this is take-no-prisoners fiction." -Hilary Davidson, author of the Damage Done

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  • File Size: 237 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Snubnose Press (August 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005H48Y7A
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,577 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Having been catching up on the ebooks I've wanted to read since getting a Kindle for Christmas, I turned to THE CHAOS WE KNOW by fellow writer Keith Rawson. This collection of short stories offers biting, unflinching looks at the American culture in Arizona around cities like Mesa, Scottsdale, and Tucson. Noir writer Charlie Stella presents an insightful Foreword to set the stage. I liked reading Keith's longer stories such as "What I Lost Along With My Keys," "The Referral System," and "The Anniversary Weekend." These are hard characters like meth addicts, bent cops, and dope dealers living their hard existences. I can hear strains of Charles Bukowski, John Fante, and Scott Phillips in the narratives though the original voice and talent remain entirely Keith Rawson's. There is humor and irony also at work, so everything isn't bleak. This unsparing noir that's often all too painful and true should satisfy the fans of the genre as it did this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hopeless October 15, 2011
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Excellent collection of Rawson's work, but certainly not for the faint-of-heart. Each story is bleak, brutal, and no holds barred. If you want soft-hearted tales of good souls gone confused, or uplifting tales of redemption, look elsewhere. No one in Rawson's world is going anywhere but down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raw August 17, 2011
By Noirguy
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Keith Rawson has been spinning tales in crime fiction circles for a while now so you can hardly call him a rising star, but this collection should put him on the map as one to not only watch for, but one to read and read right now, dammit. Tales that are darker than dark filled with humor that is even darker, if that's possible. Each slice of underbelly is cut thick with grime and characters who are not always likable, but ALWAYS memorable.

I wouldn't let my Mother read this colleciton. That might be all the enticement you need. People do bad things and the details are all ugly beauty. This is crime fiction. Don't try to put it in any other box, it'll just bust out. But read it, savor it and don't be suprised if you get to the end and find yourself down a pint or two on plasma because Rawson's words will bleed you dry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars mind blowing short stories July 6, 2013
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Rawson's vision is one where beneath the surface of the freeways and strip malls is a dark desolate place filled with drug addicts, hookers, and most of all angry men. They are angry about the dreams that were never delivered, the jobs that they scratch at cause there's no other job anywhere in sight, the crap they have to take to keep their miserable jobs, their screwed up families, and all the unfair crap they have to put up with. There are no happy endings in Rawson's world, only more misery. Honesty is here in dozens of short tales of the chaos we know. Do not read this if you want to read about happily ever after. That just ain't gonna cut it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a Harsh Reality April 24, 2013
By bob5150
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There is no redemption in these stories, they are bleak & grim. Rawson excels in his style, depressing & realistic. Definitely not feel good stories, but they are addicting as hell!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely superb June 24, 2012
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Well, intensely written short stories ( by one sole Author, mind ), grey and black, as most of life is.

Keith Rawssson' s look on the, mostly phsicologigal, derelicts of life is as clear and to the point as one can possibly get.

An author to follow, most surely, and to keep along with the Vaachses, the Winslows, the Picirilli's, among others that show us the dark side of the Moon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Brutal January 4, 2012
By OzNoir
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The characters that populate the dilapidated landscapes of Rawson's `The Chaos We Know' are reminiscent of grit under a fingernail - unsightly, and sometimes painful. Sure you can gnaw at it for a time but it can lead to frustration, a foul taste in the mouth, and a whole lot less fingernail leaving you prone to catching said nail (with the sensitive under-skin exposed) on clothing while getting dressed or performing any such menial activity to serve as a constant reminder that the grit was there and the hurt don't stop simply `cos you extracted the visible. Yep, the characters of `The Chaos We Know' are much like the proverbial grit though on a larger more fleshly scale - as analogies go, a more apt one fails me.

Comprising 22 stories of omnipresent oppression, this collection is the personification of noir. Rawson shelves all sense of nicety (the odd good deed pops up here and there re: `Ma's Favourite Wife') and elicits the darker nature of the human psyche - predominantly where lead characters are in a position of power (i.e law enforcement) as is evident in `Having His Cake', and `The Blood, The Shattered Glass and All The Rest'. No one is safe, with treachery as rife as the burnt out prostitutes that loiter the blackened streets at night, `An Appointment with Larry' attests to the saying `trust no one' while `My World Without Jenny' merges the themes (treachery and prostitution).

Sure, this is dark, depressing, lifeless, and violent though survived by some crafty humour and snappy dialogue to lighten the mood. `Three Cops' and `The Referral System' come to mind as something sure to garner a laugh or two.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fire and Fury September 27, 2011
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Keith Rawson writes with fire and fury.
THE CHAOS WE KNOW is an amazing and disturbing collection that drags you down (quite willingly) into the bowels of human suffering. Rawson's characters are meth-heads, corrupt cops, pervs, trannies, cannibals. The earliest stories in the book are more like snippets, really, slice-of-life bits that serve as appetizers for the more fully fleshed out stories later. Rawson's style is bold and aggressive and raw. We need more writers with balls like this.
THE CHAOS WE KNOW heralds the arrival of a major talent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars diving into the depths
Keith Rawson has a sick and twisted mind, and I mean this in the nicest way. Reading his fiction is a dark trip on an out of control rocket speeding towards the nasty inside of the... Read more
Published on March 26, 2012 by steve shadow schwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars The hopeless world of Keith Rawson
If you like crime fiction better when it's done differently, Keith Rawson's stories THE CHAOS WE KNOW might just be what you're looking for. Read more
Published on January 7, 2012 by Jean-Benoit Lelievre
5.0 out of 5 stars Guerrilla warfare, take no prisoners writing
If you've read author Keith Rawson's work before you know that his is a guerrilla warfare, take no prisoners style of writing. Read more
Published on November 21, 2011 by Elizabeth A. White
5.0 out of 5 stars The Chaos He Understands
I've known chaos.
My mind won't work in straight lines. I've done things that are highly irrational all my life. Read more
Published on October 8, 2011 by nigel p bird
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Wicked World
that Mr. Rawson lives in and we see all of it here. This collection is not for the faint of heart or gut. Each story is finely crafted and creates its own dilemma and resolution. Read more
Published on October 4, 2011 by pattinase
5.0 out of 5 stars All Human Life Is Here
We're all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars through the bottom of a glass of beer. And some of us are just looking at the glass. Read more
Published on September 20, 2011 by Paul D Brazill
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Keith Rawson is a little-known pulp writer whose short fiction, poetry, essays, reviews, and interviews have been widely published both online and in print. He is the author of the short story collection The Chaos We Know and Laughing at Dead Men (SnubNose Press)and Co-Editor of the anthology Crime Factory: The First Shift. He is also a frequent contributor to LitReactor and Spinetingler Magazine. He lives in Southern Arizona with his wife and daughter

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