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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Middleburry House Publishing (March 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979206766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979206764
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,415,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

C. Hoyt Caldwell is a writer simultaneously proud of and puzzled by his Southern roots. He's not smart enough to be subtle so his work tends to be tasteless and gritty. He's not out to offend anyone, but he's also not out to win anyone over either. His stories are full of sex, violence, heart, and attempts at humor. His book Bad Way Out was recently named the third best independent book about the south published in 2012, but if you ask him about it, he'll probably lie and tell you it came in first.He can be reached at ch(at)choytcaldwell.com

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It was funny, frightening and engrossing.
R. Hines
The recurring theme of family throughout the story makes this engaging thriller endearing as well as exciting.
Deacon D.
Some parts of the book made me laugh out loud and I suspect that I will read it again.
K. Mitnick

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Deacon D. on March 18, 2013
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A bizarre discovery by straight-talking moonshiner E.R. Percy is just the beginning in this cleverly executed countrified thriller.

Realistic "down-home" dialogue and humor and nicely fleshed out characters highlight this tale of a simple man who finds himself facing a tempting moral dilemma even as he becomes embroiled in a terrible mystery. The recurring theme of family throughout the story makes this engaging thriller endearing as well as exciting.

Hang on readers, because y'all are gonna have some fun with this one! Highly recommended!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Roger F. Shepherd on April 18, 2013
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Hoyt Caldwell's thriller took me back to my favorite Robert Mitcham movie of 1958. "There was moonshine, moonshine to quench the devil's thirst".
BAD. WAY OUT is one fast ride for sure! E.R.Percy and his fat cousin Crock are a pair to draw to but then toss in a naked giant,a too sexy for her own good jail bait teen, a demonic drug Lord and you have a potent 190 proof white light in showdown breaking.
The lingo is country fried as you would expect in a story set in the backwoods where E.R. , a Junior College graduate, is considered a mountain Einstiein of the art of Copper Pot Chemistry cooling up the best white whiskey some declare to be in the entire country.
E.R. is content with his wife Rose and his baby until the meth deal in Milo jumps ugly and covers E.R.'s whiskey business and wants to turn all his whiskey customers into meth addicts.
Milo thinks his big city gangster rules will work for him in the backwoods on these hillbilly. Well,you'll just have to read and find out for yourself if E.R. , cousin Crock,and the Giant survive to supply Mountain Falls with the best whiskey ever soothed a troubled soul. Buy this book, and pray that Brother Caldwell will keep us supplied with simple good stories from out the backwoods.. Wish I could have given this one 10 Stars!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Randy Thornhorn on July 14, 2014
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If, on the Amazon hunt for your next sexy and riveting backwoods thriller, you stumble or fall into Bad Way Out by C. Hoyt Caldwell, you will have landed in an infested nest of raunch and dirty thrills and one great summer read. If it were not for the breeze of human decency blowing through these savage and carnal events, this book's many pleasures might be found guilty. You might even think James Lee Burke abandoned Cajun lit, but left his prose to spit and smolder under a stretch of hot asphalt that cuts through God's Little Acre.

Having dropped into this den of vipers and criminal intent you will soon meet many a dark heart where the sun refuses to shine. Take a deep breath and leave the wrangling to C. Hoyt Caldwell. Because, Caldwell, he knows these folk, and to read his pages is to let these intoxicating tongues in, under your skin, where the tension coils like a copperhead.

Caldwell's voice slashes through the modern canebreak of plagued hill folk, the moonshine trade, the meth heads, the lure of fast money in meagre doses, and the occasional freak of nature one must take in stride to walk--then run for your life--through these troubled hills. At times Caldwell's writing hurls us along at a spare but breakneck pace, with the surety of some Hemingway riding the horn and rails on his midnight express through the pines. There are no super heroes here. But there is the stray good man and good beast of the woods. Blessedly, there are good women to be had here too, if a man makes an effort. Some effort is required because, for better or worse, these hollers are still endowed with those shirt-busting lusty country girls who would turn most any man to beast and then make the beast go bad.

Pipe-puffing bootlegger E.R. Percy is aware of the beast within him.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Harris on April 9, 2013
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I've *never* imagined myself as someone interested in westerns or "countray" type literature but I got sucked in to this one due to the title and then there was .. "Sometimes the only way out is the bad way out." and I was hooked. It took me 2 days to finish this book but only because work and sleep got in the way. If you're faint of heart, faint of sensibilities or faint of stomach then .. no .. pass on by .. BUT if you like just reading a dang good book (amongst all the other crud out there) then you'll enjoy this one!

Now *what else* has ole C. Hoyt written? I'll be looking for them!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By karin whitehead on April 10, 2013
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This book will make you Laugh, cry and race through the pages. I fell in love with the lead character Percy and his wife and two "Cousins ". I got this book when it was free, but it would be well worth buying. The author 's sense of humorous and down home language was delightfully charming. I will definitely be looking forward to reading more from this author. Buy it!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 30, 2013
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I enjoyed it thoroughly, comedic yet suspenseful kept me guessing as to which way the plot was going to go
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Greatdanes on August 18, 2013
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This was a 'schizo' read for me, like 2 different books:

THE GOOD: A lot of well written dark humor and a kind of hillbilly wisdom. Great backwoods moonshine portrayal and seemed pretty accurate from what I remember - back in the 60's I lived in Georgia and had a great friend with a hotted up Studebaker that had a barrel welded in where the trunk would be, set up to run the 'shine (but I've been away from that life for many, many years now). All in all, very good writing style and the interesting parts of the book. This would have been a 5***** read for me

EXCEPT -

THE BAD - parts of the book were written as some kind of teenage youngster wet dream. Really bad/stupid sex scenes, be tough for me to stretch these parts to a generous 2**.

So I split the difference at 3*** for the total review.
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C. Hoyt Caldwell is a writer simultaneously proud of and puzzled by his Southern roots. He's not smart enough to be subtle so his work tends to be tasteless and gritty. He's not out to offend anyone, but he's also not out to win anyone over either. His stories are full of sex, violence, heart, and attempts at humor. His book Bad Way Out was recently named the third best independent book about the south published in 2012, but if you ask him about it, he'll probably lie and tell you it came in first.He can be reached at ch(at)choytcaldwell.com

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