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A bit of news today… I finally finished a
novella I’ve been working on for at least two years. I’m pretty sure my agent
had given up on it (and me) months ago. I don’t believe in writer’s block—no,
wait—I didn’t use to believe in writer’s block… but man!—this puppy has brought
me to my knees. It’s based on the first short story I ever wrote and had
published—Hard Times—which I wrote when I was 13 and which got a Pushcart Prize
nomination and is included in my short story collection, Monday’s Meal. My agent, Svetlana Pironko, read it a long time ago
and a few years ago told me it had haunted her ever since. She urged me to
expand it into a novel, which I couldn’t quite do, but did manage to get it to
I had a good friend who I won’t name just yet,
who’s just become head of a publishing company who’s been after me for a book—actually
several books—and I was happy that Svetlana sent it to him yesterday. What’s
really cool is that his company pays actual advances that are decent and their
books end up on bookstore shelves and aren’t POD but actual books. I am trying
to remain cool about this, but it’s hard.
And now, since I finally got through this
book, I can begin writing three books I’ve put on hold that I’ve been itching
to get to. This just feels like freedom!
Also, here’s some new reviews of Adrenaline
Junkie. It’s been difficult getting reviews because I find myself at 76 fairly
poor—SS and my online class are my only sources of income—which means I can’t
afford to buy copies of my book and send them to folks for reviews and I
suspect my friends are probably as poor as I am and can’t afford to buy a copy
either, but thankfully, some have. I can’t begin to tell those people how much
I appreciate it! Anyway, like the first ones, these folks seem to have liked
Reading Les Edgerton's Adrenaline Junkie is a
lot like sitting in a bar listening to a guy tell you stories you refuse to
believe are true (spoiler alert: The stories are true). His writing is
straight-forward and wastes no time with filler. Frankly, he doesn't have the
space to waste. Edgerton packs so much information into a single paragraph, it
gets dizzying. The most valuable aspect of this book, however, is its
demonstration of an unrestrained approach to life I fear is going to become a
thing of the past as unbridled attempts at free living are deemed unacceptable.
This is a document, a testimony to spending your brief life the way YOU want
to, as opposed to the way the spineless masses would prefer.
I've been a longtime fan of Les Edgerton's.
Now, if you've ever read any of his work, you probably love all that
gritty-yet-approachable narration, that "life on the edge" grimoire
that you have a hard time putting down. This book is like the Genesis chapter
of the Bible of all his other works. This is the memoir of the marauder, and
Les writes it in a way that isn't painting heroes and antiheroes. Is it a
little sexy? Sure, but it's as glorious as the big score is right before the
flashing red-and-blues smack you in the face from your rear-view mirror.
I was graciously given an advanced copy. Membership has privileges, folks.
Adrenaline Junkie feels like an open and
honest look back at one's life. Les is an interesting guy with great stories to
I'm a longtime fan of
Les Edgerton's brilliant writing, and must say his pulp noir is so enthralling,
when reading those I always felt I was riding shotgun alongside the characters,
and long after completing said books, remembered lines and situations. Few
authors can write with such depth, readers actually recall portions of the
novels days/weeks/months after they've put down the book.
Junkie is not a tale, albeit reads like one. I put it on my Christmas list, and
then caught a virus that took me out for a month until I finally felt like
reading again. I've already Re-gifted my book to my sister, who grew up near
Freeport, TX, and is the same age as Les. She will enjoy it as much as I did
b/c we are southern ladies but we have Grit.
his amazing fiction (some based heavily on his life and some only lightly)
Adrenaline Junkie pulled me in as I was curious about the real man writing such
memorable and in-your-face books. If you've read The Rapist in which Edgerton
takes readers into the mind of a psychopath, you wonder what influenced him. This
memoir enlightened me on so many unanswered questions and there is nothing as
refreshing to me as Edgerton's brutal honesty.
you can't handle the good, bad, and ugly, surely you will appreciate the wit
infused at necessary times to get you through this rather bizarre tale that
shaped this author's unique life.
Les was a high school
buddy of mine.
read his life story left me stunned . Very few of us experience a calamity of
deeds that Les reveals. Violent crime, a plethora of sex and romance. Then a
simple act allows Les to redeem himself! Followed at the end by an uplifting
revelation of who he really is and who was his real father!
Thanks, everyone! Your taking the time to write a
review means the world to me.