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Posted March 9, 2008
I was almost put off by the title of this book (The Best of Evil, Eric Wilson) but decided to give it a try anyway. It was an enjoyable read. Aramis Black moved to Nashville to start a new life, far away from the drug culture and the radical group with which he was involved in the northwest. Now he's living with his brother Johnny Ray Black, an aspiring musician and health food afficionado. Aramis is operating a espresso shop, named Black's, in honor of his mother, Dianne Lewis Black. When he was six years old, she was murdered in front of him and even now, twenty years later, she is never far from his thoughts. He blames his uncle Wyatt for not preventing the tragedy. When a man is murdered in Aramis' shop, things start to happen, odd things. His mother's handkerchief, entrusted to him just before her murder but then stolen, turns up briefly and disappears again. Clues start hinting at a relationship between Aramis and the famed explorer Meriwether Lewis. Suddenly a reality TV show crew shows up with an invitation to try out for their new show, The Best of Evil, in which someone is given the opportunity to 'get the best of evil' by repaying another with good instead. Aramis summarizes his constant struggle with this: 'Evil, I believe, is a choice. We embrace or reject it. It comes at us in insidious guises, and we make decisions that push it back or let it edge closer. It never tires and never sleeps it's there every day--crouching on our doorsteps, hoping for a cozy place to shack up. After a while, it seems easier to give in. Just a little.' Like each of us, Aramis faces daily choices to embrace or reject evil. Each seemingly small decision moves his life along the path to clarifying his past and directing his future.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.