Tuesday, January 28, 2014

New reviews of THE RAPIST and THE BITCH






Hi folks,

The reviews keep on a’comin’! Here are the most recent ones:

For THE RAPIST

Brandon Nagel for Goodreads
The Rapist by Les Edgerton

I have read most of Les’s work and I must say this is his best yet. Ambitious and thought-provoking. Do not let the title dissuade you from reading. Raises a lot of questions about live and death. Loved it. Best read yet in 2014.

For THE BITCH

From Amazon
5.0 out of 5 stars Cold Noir, January 28, 2014
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This review is from: The Bitch (Paperback)
There's a grit to this noir that'll set your teeth on edge. Edgerton writes about a guy who never has good options--only a series of choices less repugnant than all the others. Jake has a life that no longer includes crime, until his ex cellmate calls and wants a favor. The "you owe me" kind of favor that's sure to turn out bad. How bad? Well, this is Les Edgerton writing, so don't expect Jake to catch too many breaks. It reminded me of A Simple Plan and the movie Fargo. Cold noir I'd call it, where temperature seems to drop right along with Jake's hopes for the future.


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody Faces The Bitch, January 27, 2014
By 
Jack Getze (New Jersey, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Bitch (Kindle Edition)
I've watched a lot of cop shows, so I know The Bitch is what criminals call laws that say three strikes and you're out -- gonzo is the man convicted for the third felony to rot in prison for life. Something thieves and other non-violent cons think very hard about when they leave prison for the second time. (I figure violent guys can't help themselves.) In Les Edgerton's THE BITCH, which sports an ex-con and a nice guy for an author -- I call him Butch -- the authenticity and likability shine through protagonist Jake Bishop, a two-time loser. If I call this tale classic, true or traditional Noir, you know -- basically -- what's going happen to our new friend Jake. It's almost a spoiler. But the way Edgerton spins The Bitch out for us, shows us the workings of Jake's mind and soul as he travels down that frightening road of bad decisions, we know this wonderfully told, neatly written story is really about us -- every man and every woman. We know exactly what Jake Bishop's world feels like because it's a world we all think we know: Everything is fixed against us, no matter how hard we try. Careful. This book will touch you.


Thanks, Brandon, Carson and Jack! I’m just plain stoked that you liked these books. I appreciate the time you spent on writing a review—it means a lot.

Blue skies,
Les

3 comments:

salee said...

Hmmm ... Reviewers are consistently intimately associated with your book. Their responses transcend a mere intellectual appreciation. That tells me you gave it life, Les. It walks and breathes. Congratulations!

Les Edgerton said...

Thanks, Salee. What I appreciate is that a lot of the reviewers are heavyweight writers--that doesn't mean I don't appreciate folks who are simply readers (very much appreciate them!), but as a rule, writers probably read more than the average bear and it means a lot when your work can capture their praise. An awful lot!

saleereese.com said...

Happy for you :)