“Heath Lowrance $4.99 *****
Any time a book by an unfamiliar author starts out this good, I begin to worry about two things: can he sustain this level of writing; and can he answer the promise he’s making as to the plot.
After I’d read five or so chapters, I tore myself away long enough to go on-line and see if Heath Lowrance has written any other books. He has. I bought it.
(Key word there: bought. If you’ve read my other reviews, you know I don’t buy. I troll the Kindle freebies (Kinlib.com) looking for talented but unknown authors. (Although The Bastard Hand is normally $4.99, I happened to troll the freebies on a day when it was being offered free.)
The second book was only $.99, but it’s the principle of the thing. Also, you add up enough $.99’s, and pretty soon you’ve got $eleventy sixty-four or something.)
The Bastard Hand is dark, funny, fresh, and surprising. Charlie Wesley, the narrator/protagonist, is troubled, mysterious, charismatic, and funny. The Reverend rings so true he creeped me out. And the supporting cast of characters all do their jobs admirably.
The plot ventures into strange waters, but it’s so well done that it carried me (and my middle name is Skeptical) right along with it.
What an amazing book. I rarely award five stars, but this book deserves every one of them. It’s definitely not for the straight-laced, but everybody else will probably love it.