Monday, August 22, 2011

SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION. AMAZON REVIEWS OF "JUST LIKE THAT"

Hi folks,
I am utterly taken aback by the reviews folks have been posting on the Amazon site for my new novel, JUST LIKE THAT. My heartfelt thanks to those who've taken the time to write and review it. I'm on my way to your houses with a case of Harp and a bottle of Jack to properly thank you...
 
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing Read, August 21, 2011
This review is from: Just Like That (Kindle Edition)
This book riveted me to my seat. Mr. Edgerton is a writer who really captures not only the details of the inner workings of a criminal mind; but the whole world of prisons and a crime spree road trip across parts of urban and rural America. My husband is really the crime fiction buff in the family, and I'm more of the Keruoac "On the Road" fan. But Mr. Edgerton's writing really had a powerful prose style that makes the reading experience a "literary" one...albeit with more violence and bloodshed than "On the Road." But I must admit I could not stop turning the pages of JUST LIKE THAT. I'm glad this was recommeded to me and I plan on reading more of this author's original and exciting work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars A Captivating Read!, August 18, 2011
This review is from: Just Like That (Kindle Edition)
I read Just Like That a week ago, but still don't feel I can adequately articulate how the novel moved me. As a female who mostly reads women authors with female leads, I felt a tad strange about my immediate fascination for Jake. This con was unlike anyone I knew personally or read about in other novels, and the idea of rash criminal behavior without provocation sent a chill through me. Still, night after night I broke promises to myself to read only three or four chapters. With a story that seemed surreal in its unfamiliar setting, lingo baffling as hell, yet as much fun as learning a foreign language, and testosterone practically seeping through my Kindle, I couldn't believe how easily I'd been hooked. Les did what all writers hope to do; kept this reader thinking about events and characters from the book for days. God knows I never want to find myself inside a place so dreary and dangerous, however I'm suddenly Jonesin' to read about modern day life inside a female prison.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Edgerton slams another one home with Just Like That., August 16, 2011
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Karen L. Wells "Karen L. Wells" (Boca Raton, FL United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Just Like That (Kindle Edition)




Take a walk--no--take a run on the wild side with Les Edgerton and buckle up before you start reading his high-octane novel, Just Like That. Be sure to allow enough time to finish it in one sitting--it's a can not put down novel based mostly on Edgerton's own life experiences (85%) --it is gusty, gritty and authentic. One wonders while reading what 85% of the novel is real and true? Just Like That gives the reader a lot to think about days after finishing the book. Tell a friend.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!, August 15, 2011
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Wow, I just love the way Les writes! The title "Just Like That" is brilliant and will resonate with you on every page and upon completion of the book. The story is very raw with absolute clarity told through the criminal mind. I now look and see some folks in a completely different way. The book title "Just Like That" just became my new favorite colloquialism.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Les is on the loose, and don't lock him up, August 14, 2011
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We start with a picaresque tale of a couple of ex-cons hitting the road and end with the un-picaresque tale of buddies back in the pen. For visceral excitement, JUST LIKE THAT is nothing short of Elmore Leonard. For True Crime Fiction--well there's nothing to compare it to. You'll not only get involved on an elemental level with the real-life con characters and their real-life criminal action, but you'll learn why everything you've seen on the small or the big screen about criminals, courts, and penitentiaries is as about as genuine as a politician's smile. An exciting read and a handbook to the inside conveyed in first-rate writing. Spell that w-i-n-n-e-r.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read and watch out - Les is going for it on this one., August 14, 2011
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The great thing about Just Like That is the language. The feel. Les Edgerton is a master of words. Like Albert Camus, he describes a killing in short, simple language that carries a blow to the mind. This is a creation of visual travel. Read Just Like That and you may wonder if you wake up to the sound of bars locking shut. Read on. Go Go Go!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars A writer at the top of his game, August 9, 2011
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Ex-felon Les Edgerton knows the internal workings of the criminal mind, and with lean muscular prose he has written a book about it. While there are many qualities that make this book worth reading -- certainly the writing itself, which is excellent throughout, and the plot which moves with the kick of a 45 cal. bullet, -- what I most appreciated was its effort in coming to terms with the most perplexing of evils, those spur of the moment just-like-that crimes not motivated by necessity or reason but by some primal source that gives the lie to the perfectibility of mankind.
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3 comments:

Ann Best said...

This is definitely on my TBR list. Wow. It sounds awesome. And "shameless" self-promotion. Whatever you want to call it, it's what writers have to do to get their book out there. And if it's a great or even solidly good book, then the end definitely justifies the means!
Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror, A Memoir of Shattered Secrets

Les Edgerton said...

Thank you so much, Ann. And, sometime I'd like to talk to you about your memoir and get some tips on mine, perhaps.

Ann Best said...

11 books in print and you teach creative writing! Wow. I got an MFA in creative writing at George Mason University when I was 48. I almost didn't get it when my two youngest daughters were in a catastrophic car crash. That's one thing in my memoir....

Email me if you'd like and we can chat. From your profile, I suspect you have quite a story to tell!!
annbest37 at yahoo dot com