- Paperback: 404 pages
- Publisher: Tell-Tale Publishing Group; 2 edition (October 24, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692564020
- ISBN-13: 978-0692564028
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 55 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,743,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have been involved in politics for 40-plus years, so I understand politics. Yet, to date, I had not read a novel about Washington or politicians that captured the true nature of the city, its players or what goes on with any real understanding or believability until I read Evil Town.
J. David Bethel's novel is immensely entertaining (I couldn't put it down). Evil Town informs the reader accurately about how things work in Washington on all levels of government, and he warns - not by hitting the reader over the head but by keeping us thoroughly engaged - what the consequences of these competing power plays might be. There is no partisanship, proselytizing or advocacy, he just pulls back the curtain on what goes on the behind the scenes. Evil Town is fiction, but reads like the backstory of headline news.
Bethel has taken current events and weaved them together with historically accurate incidents to create a compelling story that sucks the reader in with mounting suspense. He peoples the novel with characters who anyone with even a passing knowledge of the players in Washington will recognize as men and women of influence and power in the city today. In my opinion, this is something that has not been accomplished with such compelling and believable results before in political fiction.
Most entertaining for me, and I imagine for anyone who has worked or even visited our Capital City, is the way Bethel has made the city itself a vibrant, living part of the novel. He describes its beauty - the monuments and magnificent architecture - with great skill. He is one of a few authors who know Washington well enough to guide the reader accurately through its streets and around its corridors of power.
Bottom line: Bethel is a very talented and knowledgeable writer. He has contributed a truly remarkable novel to the genre of political fiction. It is a wonderfully entertaining and cautionary tale that will remain with you long after finishing Evil Town.
From the Author
EVIL TOWN pulls back the curtain on Washington, DC where many in the highest offices, elected and appointed, are for hire or, at the very least, for rent. The novel is based on real events, which the author knows well having spent 30-plus years in politics and government. "Truth is stranger than fiction" especially when the "truth" is mined for this political thriller, a Five Star selection by readers and reviewers alike.
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Jim Ross Lightfoot
MEMBER OF CONGRESS (ret)
1985 - 1997
After the murder of a high-profile politician’s wife, Joanna Caffery, FBI Special Agent Matt Thurston begins to uncover the covert power plays already in motion. Although Joanna’s murder seems to be a closed case, Matt finds numerous holes in the investigation and has too many unanswered questions to just walk away even though his superiors have ordered him to do so. With the help of an aspiring journalist and a seasoned reporter, Matt begins a search for the truth behind what really happened to Joanna. Working together they expose a complex plan that interweaves environmental issues, international drug operations, and an explosive cover-up from the Vietnam War era.
The story is narrated from multiple characters’ perspectives and all of the various story threads clearly tie together by the end of the book to create a unified well-written plot that is unsettling yet believable. The storyline is engaging, suspenseful, and kept my interest until the very end.
If you are a fan of the thriller genre, you should definitely check out Evil Town. I found it to be an enthralling and memorable reading experience.
I received a copy of this book from the author to provide a fair and honest review.
Grounded in the writer's own years of historical experience in D.C. politics, the large hadron collider of human political interaction, this story effectively depicts the choices which personal conscience must face while functioning in the most intense political crucible on the planet. Will the egotistic seductions of commercial and personal wealth, of professional success, or of political power, trump the delicate dance we all must do around our "inner cores" of right and wrong. Do we even have "inner cores" to be concerned about? Should we?
The triumph of this book is that the fidelity, humor, and realism with which Mr. Bethel draws his characters make it believable on many levels: as a fast-paced murder mystery, as a story of crass capitalism versus environmental concern, as political power-brokering...you can choose! In the end I think that is the value Mr. Bethel is peddling: choice. The book continually keeps us on the edge of our seats over how the charactoers will choose and why their choices are critical.
I came away from this enjoyable story with the realization that the challenge of choice is always there. You can choose not to choose, or you can choose the bravest course of all: to define the truth continuously and to eschew the comfort of assumption.
wrong, and illegal doings of some of our elected officials in Washington, DC. It is a book I won't soon forget and I promise you won't either.
and a most genius ending. Hope you have more books coming!