Very chagrined I didn’t spot this great review by Peter Earle​ of THE BEST LOUSY CHOICE when it first came out. Peter lives in South Africa and his novels are gripping and really capture the essence of that part of the world and its people, black and white.


(An Ed Burch Novel #3)

The Best Lousy ChoiceTake good note of the genre-tag: Hardboiled. Don’t take it lightly.

This, the third in the Ed Earl Burch series, is that in spades. If you can’t take the flow of bodily fluids in all its forms, in sickness and in health until death do they depart, so God help you.

Having followed PI Ed Earl Burch’s Texas boot prints from Dallas late nineteen-eighties to the harsh beauty of the West Texas border country all the way from THE LAST SECOND CHANCE through THE RIGHT WRONG NUMBER to THE BEST LOUSY CHOICE, I see no reason to grind out the spoiler details. But concentrate; there are a lot of characters, well painted with a master’s brush that blends them beautifully with the sunburned rocks, mesquite, horses and rattlers.

WJS_0349 Jim Nesbitt – hardboiled author

Someone said Burch has the Old West sense of justice. I’d…

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