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Four Corners

A Novel

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June 10, 2014 | Paperback | 5.6 x 8.3, 304 Pages | ISBN 9781619022973

"The plot is rendered in vivid, punch-drunk prose, colored by the cold, jaundiced sunlight of late December in the high desert." —LA Weekly

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Four Corners is a bare-knuckled debut novel about life, love, and violence along four states of the American southwest — both a savage, mean-streets thriller and a heartbreaking story of unfortunate love. For the better part of thirty-seven years, Frank Bruce has hobbled through life, dragging his hunger for amphetamines, alcohol, and crime behind him like a heap of tarnished weight. Now, emboldened by the love of his child-fiancé Maddie Nicole, Frank goes on the run through the drug underworld of the Southwest trying to save a young boy from his meth-riddled father and casino mogul grandfather. Caught in a cat-and-mouse chase but still determined to protect what he loves, Frank seeks help from his onetime mentor, legendary drug kingpin Jon Santer. But in doing so, Frank triggers a vile reckoning with his terrible, violent past.

WALLY RUDOLPH was born in Canada to Jamaican immigrant parents. He smoked marijuana for the first time at the age of fourteen. The joint, rolled from pages from the Book of Revelations of a pocket-sized bible, was the start of a fifteen year affair with illicit drugs that had him drop out of college and took him back and forth across the American Midwest. His fiction can be found in the literary journals, Milk Money, Lines+Stars, Palooka, Slush Pile, The Brooklyner, and the anthology, Literary:Pasadena. A graduate of The Second City Conservatory in Chicago, he now resides with his family in Los Angeles. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous films and TV shows including Street Kings, Bang Bang, and Sons of Anarchy.

Praise

“The plot is rendered in vivid, punch-drunk prose, colored by the cold, jaundiced sunlight of late December in the high desert.” —LA Weekly

“Rudolph means to stress that hard-luck people can be as hard to quit as hard drugs, and the tone the author gives [the narrator] Frank is appealingly flinty and worn… The strength of Frank’s voice… recall[s] down-and-out tales like Don Carpenter’s Hard Rain Falling or Daniel Woodrell’s Give Us a Kiss.” —Kirkus 

Four Corners is a book that will stay with me for a long time, an outstanding first novel by a writer unafraid to scrape the crud off the floor of the human psyche. The best kind of crime fiction.” —Scott Phillips, author of The Ice Harvest and Hop Alley

“Wally Rudolph’s meth-and-cocaine-addled protagonists reel through a nonstop catastrophe of violence, flight, and revenge, too self-destructive to have anything more than a prayer — but they are real. They suffer and love and worship, however crazily. The action is urgent and compelling, the details as crisp as the light that falls on Santa Fe. Wally knows the territory. And the territory is the human heart.” —Jack Butler, author of Pulitzer Prize finalist Living in Little Rock with Miss Little Rock

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