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The Bastard Hand Paperback – October 8, 2015
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Pierced by the Sun
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"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
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Top Customer Reviews
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
Highly recommended for people who aren't afraid of something different.
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!
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got Bastard Hand from Book Bub, and it was one of many on my Kindle. I was on a trip to CR with my son, in lodges, no tv, so when I finished my book, I read this. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Big Guy
Heath Lowrance is a fantastic story teller. Freaky plot, bizarre characters, nearly impossible to put down. I sincerely hope he pumps out some more material, soon!Published 7 months ago by Joseph Walker
A filthily wonderful piece of classic noir pulp writiing. Highly recommended to deadbeats, delinquents and all those who love the seedy underside of civilised societyPublished 12 months ago by Mr. D. Sollis
First book I have read by this author. I will try others since I enjoyed his style of writing. Interesting characters and plot.Published 18 months ago by Stephen
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 21 months ago by SUE W
Very strange but Good read. An interesting take on things. Some parts were surprising but overall a interesting book to read.Published 22 months ago by Blessedmamax7
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 morePublished 24 months ago by Avid Reader 637
As an initial warning: this book is racy pretty much throughout. However, the mood, theme, plot twists, motivations, etc., were superbly executed. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Quin