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I read author Caldwell's other two books that are part of the BACKWOODS JUSTICE series and feature diminutive Deputy Dani Savage. I enjoyed them - a lot - so wanted to read this other offering by this author and I'm so glad that I did.
"Maiden Falls is situated at the s**t end of Tennessee. It’s a hill town." And E.R. Percy is a bootlegging hill man. He loves his wife and his baby daughter and is proud of making the best bootleg whiskey in Tennessee - or maybe the whole country.
He's happy with his life so when unusual things start happening around him, he's not too thrilled. He's got a naked, slimy giant in his brewing she'd, a drug kingpin isn't taking no for an answer about joining forces, and a teenage bombshell is testing his resolve.
I loved this book. It feels very authentic to backwoods hill country with the people involved and the language they use. And it is chock full of dark humor. It is also full of some very violent scenes, so do be forewarned.
I hope Caldwell keeps up the writing. I would love to read another book about Deputy Dani Savage and the Closeout Kings, or another tale featuring E.R. Percy.
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!
The author has a very unique voice which really shines through his use of the 1st person POV in Bad Way Out. E.R. Percy and the circle of miscreants and well-intentioned, but imperfect, good ol' boys who populate Maiden Falls make a great bunch of characters, and the tale is really well-orchestrated. From the very first scene where E.R. struggles to deal with an unusual and unexpected discovery in his moonshine still shed, this book had my full attention. The humor is dark and biting in many ways, and the language used is often profane, but both the humor and the language felt quite authentic based on my long experience living in the hills of Appalachia.
E.R. is self-aware enough to recognize his imperfections, but he serves as a strong protagonist for this tale --- clever, stubborn, honest, and keenly aware of his surroundings, including many of his neighbors' foibles and sins. His attempt to help a Yankee meth dealer understand his hometown's culture and its perspective on things --- particularly pertaining to its love of America which often does not extend to the politicians who run its government --- was short on fancy words, but really seemed to hit the nail on the head.
While Bad Way Out may not be the so-called "Great American Novel" --- and the last 20% of the book in particular had a number of typos that a good editor should have caught --- it nonetheless kept me entertained, engaged, and frequently belly-laughing from start-to-finish. If you're not offended by profanity or cynicism, I highly recommend it.
Not many books make me laugh out loud but this one did, many times. The characters are brilliant and the storyline holds your interest at all times. Highly recommended.
Please can we have some more like this Mr Caldwell.