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The Art of Raising Hell
Thomas Lopinksi
“There are some people that walk around on two feet and others like me that run
on all four.”

To most people, that’s a bold statement. I just wish I’d been the one to say it, but I
wasn’t. In fact, until a few days ago, I wasn’t even sure what it meant.
You might say that, on the surface, it’s a very simple concept: Either you’re the type
of person who lives within a set of boundaries or the type who knows none. But life
is never that simple, is it? No, I’d say that the most important insights about who
we are, what we say, and why we do things are not always the obvious ones.
Instead, they’re discovered on the streets of your hometown, revealed late at night
in a dark backroom, or sometimes forced upon you at knifepoint where your only
choices for survival are between bad and worse.  

In The Art of Raising Hell, Newbie Johnson has recently moved to Bunsen Creek,
Illinois, when his mother is killed in a tragic car crash. His father does his best to
maintain a normal household, but his broken heart is just not up to the task.
Newbie finds solace by hanging out with his three buddies in their clandestine
Backroom hideout. Getting into mischief becomes their favorite pastime as they try
to follow in the footsteps of Lonny Nack, who has perfected the art of running on all
four.

“Running on all four” takes on a new meaning for Newbie when he finds his inner
voice and begins to understand the difference between chasing life and being
chased by it.

Genre: Coming of Age
Rating: 13+
Format US Trade Paperback
ISBN: 978-0692375730
Trim Size: 5.25x8
Page Count:198
Formats: Print, Digital; ePub, Mobi, PDF
Length: 69k words
Published: April 2015
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