Just got a wonderful surprise. Liam Sweeny just posted a review of my forthcoming novel, THE BITCH, on his blog SPEAKEASY.
Here's what Liam had to say:
Les Edgerton's "The Bitch" is about Jake Bishop, a two-time felon with a Bitch dangling around his neck: Ha-BITCH-ual criminal, two strikes and one away from life without parole in Indiana's Correctional System. With a new business in the works, a loving wife and a baby on the way, Jake feels the glow of the sun, a chance to be a "straight" (law-abiding citizen).
But then he gets the call from Walker Joy.
Former cellmate and trusted inside-friend, Walker is out and back to tricks. He's in a bind, and Jake owes him. Walker's in with Sydney Spencer, a shady black market jeweler, and there's a "piece of cake" job that Jake is uniquely suited to do. But Jake's tasted the dawn, and as the darkness begins to creep up at his heels he wants to run. Jake soon finds that running's not as easy as it should be, and with the Bitch hanging over his head, the night looms.
There is so much to this book. It's the perspective. It's the sublime wisdom embedded in Jake's narration. It's the madness that you can taste as Edgerton guides you through twists and turns that stain the carpets and trunk liners. It's the little things that throw you because the story keeps you looking the other way. It makes Jake's descent real.
Edgerton's style is dynamic, never giving you the time to get easy with the drudgery of getting through some passage. I had to re-read a paragraph or two because I was still stunned by the one sentence that came before it. Yeah, it's that kind of book.
Read it on a day off. Clear the day. Put on a pot of coffee. Trust me.
I will recommend The Bitch to anyone who's capable of enjoying darkness, or just a good book. I would also recommend this to anyone thinking of a life of crime.
This is coming out in January. I will post the links once it does.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, everyone.