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- "Take another plunge with Ed Earl Burch into the badlands of a tough, corrupt West Texas county where violence is a virtue and truth is hard to find. Jim Nesbitt makes you feel the hard, dry heat rising from the high desert rocks and the sharp thorns of the twisted scrub. You'll find yourself in a land where the mysteries come like unexpected thunderstorms and the double-cross should be the brand of many a ranch...With characters you're happy to meet and those you'd like to see dead. Nesbitt's flair with believable dialogue and pounding action makes you want to know more -- and Ed Earl delivers. A cashiered cop reluctantly turned private eye, Ed Earl knows this trip west of Dallas is no joy ride. This gun-slinging crime thriller plays for keeps. Buckle up, you'll like this. -- John Davis, The Decatur (Ala.) Daily
- "Nesbitt paints a picture of a harsh, brutal, sun-dried land of mesquite and rattlesnakes that will have the reader turning pages, mopping sweat and thirsting for water - or maybe an ice-cold long neck of Lone Star beer. If you like hard-boiled crime novels, you'll love this one." -- Jerry Barksdale, The (Athens, Ala.) News-Courier
- "Ed Earl Burch is a terrific hard-boiled character - a beaten up, beleaguered, boozing ex-cop who also happens to be one helluva detective...But the real story here is the violent uncompromising world of Ed Earl Burch's Texas that Nesbitt writes about so eloquently and dramatically. It's a tough world, but Burch is even tougher - an unorthodox lawman with a classic sense of justice who uses both his intelligence and brute force to beat the bad guys time and time again, no matter how badly the odds seemed to be stacked against him." -- R.G. Belsky, author of the Clare Carlson mysteries
- "...The Best Lousy Choice is a bracing dose of the West as strong and smooth as a long pull of good whiskey before breakfast." Michael Ludden, author of Alfredo's Luck and Tate Drawdy
- "West Texas is a harsh mistress. She'll snake-bite you, shoot you, stampede you. Or-plain-old burn you up inside your own barn. Jim Nesbitt brings these dangers and the beauty of this harsh land to life in The Best Lousy Choice, the third book in his series featuring private eye Ed Earl Burch...Burch, tough as those he faces, is as interesting for his nightmares as he is for his sharp mind and sharper tongue when on the job. The Best Lousy Choice is a great choice for readers looking for a thriller filled with action, atmosphere and unforgettable characters." -- Rich Zahradnik, author of Lights Out Summer, winner of the 2018 Shamus Award
- "Suffice to say, that The Best Lousy Choice brings all of author Jim Nesbitt's considerable talents to bear and puts them on display in crisp, wide-angled focus. It is Texas, 1989, and Ed Earl Burch, the self-described de-frocked cop and walking paradox is back. A man both clever and intelligent, he also possesses a timeless Western-style sense of justice, unburdened by too much regard as to the methods he employs to keep the scales in balance. As steady, relentless, and as tough as they come, Burch is a man at much at war with his personal demons as with the narco-traficantes, land schemers, and double-dealers that threaten his corner of the Lone Star State, one boot heel planted firmly on each side of the border, and the law." -- Baron R. Birtcher, author of South California Purples and Fistful Of Rain
From the Author
- ASIN : B07TY91NKL
- Publisher : Spotted Mule Press (July 6, 2019)
- Publication date : July 6, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1813 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 349 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #384,807 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If he were on the high seas, he'd be a pirate. But this book isn't about plunder. It's about survival. And Burch is fighting long odds.
Called in to investigate the murder of a rancher, he's up against a vicious cartel and a corrupt sheriff. And they are not alone. There are others who want Burch dead and they are frighteningly good at what they do.
In his third noir thriller, Jim Nesbitt takes us back to West Texas... "an ageless and unforgiving land of stark and barren beauty, harsh choices and sudden violence... "
Nesbitt knows the state and its traditions. And Burch will come to know its depths... and its ghosts. If he expects to be left standing, he will need what Nesbitt calls "internal iron" and a willingness to do anything. There is almost no one he can trust, except, perhaps, Carla Sue Cantrell. And when it comes to Carla Sue, trust is something you can worry about in the morning.
Burch no longer wears the badge. But he's smart and tough. And he knows when to duck.
"The solitary boom from a Browning Hi-Power sounded like a thunderclap. The slug wiped smile from Lopez's lips and turned the back of his skull into a bloody pulp as the bound body and chair tipped backwards and thudded to the dirt floor."
Nesbitt loves Texas and his descriptions take us there.
"The Devil's Backbone ran northeast to southwest for about fifteen miles, petering out to become a ragged jumble of arroyos and small hills about five miles north of the Rio Grande... along the ridge's western flank, the drainage for a creek that was dry most of the year, swollen only by the winter rains that caused the creosote brush to turn a shiny olive green and waft the scent of old railroad ties and telephone poles..."
Will Burch survive another round against enormous odds? Time will tell. For Burch, and for us, the Best Lousy Choice is a bracing dose of the West as strong and smooth as a long pull of good whiskey before breakfast.
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