Bad Way Out Kindle Edition
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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!
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!
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. Yet he is one of those stray good men, a common man, unadorned. He is wise to the woods where he must hide to cook his brain-curdling brew, doing his business in the dark places. He is wise to the evil and the freaks that too often crawl out of those trees. Even if that cold-blooded evil snakes into Percy's life and business out of a slimy, big city cesspool. In this modern cautionary telling, Percy soon finds he must call on homefolk and kinfolk, uneasy friends and even freaks, to fight this urban viper in their midst.
You see, E.R. Percy is a bit of Dixie-fried Raymond Chandler, a turn I find refreshing. Instead of Chandler's mean streets, E.R. Percy is a character who is not mean but must travel these mean backroads, cleaving to his own countryman's code, remaining "neither tarnished nor afraid", lest he lose his very soul. In the process, Percy remains the only hope for salvation to so many of the lost souls he encounters daily in this nefarious neck of the woods. He knows that most will end their days washed only in the blood money of outsiders.
Bad Way Out is one damn good book, a relentless and hellbent ride, and it deserves to be read.
C. Hoyt Caldwell rips the skin off any Dollywood (or Deliverance) delusions of the Blue Ridge fantasy, revealing the often cruel and grinding poverty in the hopeless hollers, hidden behind the tourist traps. He does not flinch. He does not blink. He shines naked light on the despair that drives the two-bit psychobilly underworld of today--where common but nasty acts, ruthless doings, and dirty cash can leave you only a bad way out.
Now *what else* has ole C. Hoyt written? I'll be looking for them!