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The Bastard Hand [Kindle Edition]

Heath Lowrance
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Charlie Wesley is not right in the head. He’s escaped from a mental hospital up north and hitchhiked his way south, the voice of his dead brother urging him on. But when Charlie hits Memphis, the fine line between his delusions and reality shift in the form of the Reverend Phineas Childe—a preacher bent on booze and women; a Man of God with a dark agenda. Charlie is the perfect pawn in the Reverend’s game of retribution. And the small North Mississippi town of Cuba Landing will be the setting for the Reverend’s very personal Apocalypse. . . .

Editorial Reviews


"In the storied waking-up-into-a-nightmare pulp tradition, Heath Lowrance's The Bastard Hand reads is a lurid thrill. You will finish it in one frenzied sitting, then feel as if you're awakening from a red-misted trance." --Megan Abbott, author of Bury Me Deep

"A bastard of a good book. If you like Flannery O'Connor and Jim Thompson, you're going to love this." --Allan Guthrie, author of Slammer

"Mean, tough, lurid, intense, and entirely engaging, this novel is a must read for all fans of the hardboiled genre." --Vincent Zandri, author of Moonlight Falls

"The Bastard Hand by Heath Lowrance grabs you by the lapels and drags you on a wild, wild bar crawl that leaves you battered and bruised at the gates of hell. Like Jim Thomspon jamming with Robert Johnson and Nick Cave on the eve of the apocolypse." --Paul D. Brazil, Pulp Metal Magazine

Product Details

  • File Size: 432 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Publisher: New Pulp Press (March 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YR55KA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,235 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive! October 10, 2011
After Charlie Wesley gives the psych hospital the slip, he decides to head down to Florida to start his life over. Charlie is a curious character. His brother is dead but he talks to him inside his head, and he's got this bizarre notion that his hands are glowing bright yellow. He also has a unique ability to heal himself--knife wounds, bullets, and severe beatings, hardly slow him down. After he meets another equally odd character named Reverend Childe, a charismatic but sketchy Baptist minister with a hidden agenda and more than a his share of vices, Charlie takes a detour in his plans and ends up travelling with him to a little Mississippi town called Cuba Landing. There Charlie finds himself smack in the middle of a mystery; the strange disappearance of the church's former Reverend whom his new buddy Childe, has come to replace.

Charlie's direction in life seems vague at best, and he's also a lousy judge of character, getting himself involved with some street gang who ends up trying to kill him. This dire combination is what seems to keep getting Charlie in hot water. I found myself a little frustrated with his choices and trying to understand what motivates him, and then I'd remember, oh yeah, he's not playing with a full deck. That explains everything. But eventually it begins to feel like Charlie is actually the only sane one in Cuba Landing and everyone else is nuts.

I had two other books I was reading at the same time but damn if I couldn't put this one down until it was finished! The writing is superb, provocative. The story fascinating, original, and offbeat. Highly recommended
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Audacious & Bold March 23, 2011
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Clear your calendar when you pick this baby up, because The Bastard Hand is going to drag you by the short hairs through Memphis to the little town of Cuba Landing to stir a few dirty secrets up. Charlie and the Reverend Childe are gonna make you hoot and holler in time with the rest of Cuba Landing. Bring your lighter and a pint of pretty good rye along for the ride, you're gonna need them.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How it is . . . October 12, 2011
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This is a great "psycho-noir" thriller. It's a heady mix of crime novel, character study, religion, sex, and the supernatural. Lowrance is a gifted writer, and kept me engaged for the entire wild ride. Think of it as CHINATOWN rewritten by James Crumley and directed by Rob Zombie, although that's really only scratching the surface.

Highly recommended for people who aren't afraid of something different.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant tale, expertly told July 6, 2012
By McDroll
Format:Kindle Edition
Heath Lowrance is one of the very best new writers around. Fact. His ability to tell a story and describe a setting is razor sharp and if his stories were a plate of chocolate brownies, you wouldn't stop eating until you were lying sick on the floor, clutching your stomach and pleading for mercy.

The Bastard Hand is first of all a brilliant tale, showing true creativity and imagination. Think of the big blockbuster films you've seen over the last ten years; great effects, make-up, score, acting (sometimes) but...shame about the story. If Hollywood had any sense (very doubtful) Lowrance would be grabbed with both hands, paid a fortune, given whatever creature comforts he desires and told to write. He's that good.

The Bastard Hand is an adventure, a thriller, a romance and has a bucketful of violence that will keep the toughest readers turning the pages. It also has lots of religion, the real fire and brimstone type, and two main characters, the right reverend Phineas Childe and Charlie, whose life changes when he mysteriously finds a bible with a hole shot through it in a laundromat.

The pair team up and head for a small town where the Reverend takes up his new charge, but it soon becomes clear that he's not exactly the type of preacher the congregation had expected and strangely, the bible found by Charlie belonged to the previous incumbent who disappeared under dubious circumstances.

You will be sorry to finish this novel, and you will probably read it in a couple of sittings, due to Lowrance's ability to depict believable characters set in a community of folks that, if you live in a small town, you will recognise.

Great stuff from Lowrance - go read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven and Hell in One Tidy Package April 6, 2011
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Charlie Wesley is a drifter with a violent past, a man who converses more with his brother now that the man is dead than he ever did while he was breathing. He's traveling aimlessly, with a vague notion of heading south to Florida, when against all odds he somehow survives a brutal mugging in Memphis, Tennessee.

Shortly afterward Charlie finds a discarded bible in a laundromat with a strange hole running through the middle of the book. With nothing better to do, he begins reading, leading to a seemingly random encounter with one of the strangest preachers he has ever met, a man with the unlikely name of Reverend Phinneas Childe.

The two strike up an uneasy friendship and travel together to the tiny, bucolic town of Cuba Landing, Mississippi, where Childe has been hired to replace the previous pastor of the Cuba Landing Freewill Baptist Church, a man who disappeared nearly one year ago under mysterious circumstances.

Charlie begins to believe Reverend Childe has a plan for Cuba Landing that involves much more than spreading God's word, and the more layers he peels back from the surface of life in the tiny town, the uglier things appear. An apocalyptic storm is about to be unleashed on this out-of-the-way village in rural Mississippi; one which Charlie - not to mention Reverend Childe and everyone else in town - will be lucky to survive.

Heath Lowrance is a debut author but he writes like a true craftsman. THE BASTARD HAND is classic noir with a twist. It features dirty, gritty dialogue spoken by dirty, gritty characters and in classic noir fashion you might have trouble determining exactly who the "good guy" is, or if there even is one. Purity of motive is hard to come by in Cuba Landing.

What's the twist?
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4.0 out of 5 stars good reas
First book I have read by this author. I will try others since I enjoyed his style of writing. Interesting characters and plot.
Published 3 months ago by Stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
I could not put my iPad down until I read the entire book. It keeps you guessing. I loved the way the author kept the suspense up to the last page.
Published 7 months ago by SUE W
3.0 out of 5 stars Strangely captivating
Very strange but Good read. An interesting take on things. Some parts were surprising but overall a interesting book to read.
Published 7 months ago by Blessedmamax7
3.0 out of 5 stars I Don't Remember This One
I purchased this book in July 2012, so probably read it sometime around September that year. I admit I'm a little but behind with my reviews, authors forgive me, I get there... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sharon Joan-Figuerola
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
As an initial warning: this book is racy pretty much throughout. However, the mood, theme, plot twists, motivations, etc., were superbly executed. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Quin
4.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Touch
The story would have been just as good without all the swearing. I love the last sentence in the book.
Published 9 months ago by ladybook
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Very dark,
Published 10 months ago by mark wood
4.0 out of 5 stars psychopulp?
I think that's how the author refers this writing.

Anyway, this was a pretty well thought-out story, with plenty of little plot twists right up to the last page. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Skye Reno
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird
Weird is the only word I can think of to describe this book. I guess it might be along the paranormal lines, and I don't read that genre as a rule. Read more
Published 10 months ago by theweed
4.0 out of 5 stars the bastard hand
This was a pretty good read. Totally not what I expected, but interesting enough to keep me engaged. It's worth your time.
Published 10 months ago by Mary
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More About the Author

Heath Lowrance is the author of THE BASTARD HAND, CITY OF HERETICS, DIG TEN GRAVES and HAWTHORNE: TALES OF A WEIRDER WEST, as well as the Gideon Miles novella "Miles to Little Ridge" and, as Jack Tunney, the Fight Card novel BLUFF CITY BRAWLER.
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