The Bastard Handby Heath Lowrance
Charlie Wesley is not right in the head. He's escaped from a mental hospital up north and hitchhiked his way south, the voice of his dead brother urging him on. But when Charlie hits Memphis, the fine line between his delusions and reality shift in the form of the Reverend Phineas Childe-a preacher bent on booze and women; a Man of God with a dark agenda. Charlie is the perfect pawn in the Reverend's game of retribution. And the small North Mississippi town of Cuba Landing will be the setting for the Reverend's very personal Apocalypse. . . .
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"The Bastard Hand" was very captivating for me, chocked-ful of the tempting chance of the supernatural and the ever captivating events of the thought " he must be mad or am I just delusional. Well dear reader , that is only a couple reasons why I say this is a must read for that mind blast. Read it through in one night. Still reeling with emothions.
Well written, modern noir with good dialogue....this author knows his stuff. I am a big fan of Jim Thompson and Lowrance delivers the same punch.
The first person narration is done in a personable, almost conversational style, Faulkner meets Twain with a dash of Hammett. The characters are very well developed, particularly Charlie and Rev. Phineas Childe, a larger than life literary descendant of Updike's Reverend Thomas Marshall. I highly recommend.
If you like stories with just a dash of the paranormal, and a spattering of anxiety inducing flare, then this is definitely the book for you. It's just the right blend of supernatural and psycholigical thriller. This book is a muct read for those looking for something out of the ordinary, something on the fringe, so to speak.
The Bastard Hand is a beautifully gritty blend of pulp and noir in a tidy southern gothic package. Charlie Wesley has some personal issues, but the right Reverend Phineas Childe -- hang on to your hat! This man of the cloth is like none you have seen before. His ability to charm, enflame, coerce and manipulate is right up there with Mitchum's Harry Powell in The Night of the Hunter but with a decidedly more modern turn. The Bastard Hand manages to stay true to it's noir imspirations while seasoning the story with the possibility of the supernatural or the delusions of a madman. Absolutely recommended.