Just re-read this ass-kickin’ review of THE BEST LOUSY CHOICE by Texas book blog reviewer Ruthie Jones, who really gets the raunchy essence of Ed Earl Burch. Read what she wrote below, then pick up a copy at https://www.amazon.com/author/jimnesbitt
“Folks have a bad habit of underestimating me—
I’m still standin’ and most of them ain’t.”
The Best Lousy Choice by Jim Nesbitt is one rough and tumble ride. This third Ed Earl Burch novel can stand alone, but don’t miss out on the first two. Ed Burch is an ex-cop who plays by nobody’s rules but his own. Detective for hire is his game now, but he’s no ordinary gumshoe who chases down clues and wraps up the case without any bloodshed or bashed-in noses. Oh, no. Ed Burch is coarse and crude and strung out on opioids and whiskey, with or without the ‘e.’ He’s a mess of the first order, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t one of the best protagonists in all of West Texas. Burch continues to battle old demons, but he can still get the job done, bad knees and all. His gun skills, cunning, and hefty dose of bravado know no bounds, but will he finally go too far and find himself on the wrong end of that bullet? Only one way to find out. Watch out for that ending, though. It’s a humdinger.
If you’re easily offended by strong language, sexy sex scenes, and bloody violence with a high body count, then you’re out of luck. But don’t hightail it too fast. West Texas in the late 1980s meets the Wild Wild West of yore, and Burch is hired to put two and two together on a barn burning gone awry and other murderous mischief in and around Favor, Texas. The story is raunchy, crazy, hilarious at times, gruesome at other times, and downright entertaining and interesting all the way through. But seriously, it’s not for the faint of heart or the prude with no sense of humor.
Jim Nesbitt has a unique and catchy way with words, and he laces the characters’ speech with West Texas drawl, some Spanish, and many phrases and lingo that spice up an already hot and spicy novel. The plot is complex yet fairly easy to follow, but the characters are what make the novel. All of them jump off the page and act like real people, that’s how fully dimensional they are. Every single one of them is well developed, even the expendable bit players that come and go rather quickly. Every character may be a scene stealer, but Ed Burch steals the entire show.
Jim Nesbitt pulls no punches and delivers a hard-core, well-written novel that just won’t quit, and you certainly won’t want it to.
“Stay chilly, partner.
Only way to play it.”
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