The Bitch

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Ex-con Jake Bishop is several years past his second stint in prison and has completely reformed. He's married, expecting a child, and preparing to open his own hair salon. But then an old cellmate re-enters his life begging for a favor: to help him with a burglary. Forced by his code of ethics to perform the crime, Jake's once idyllic life quickly plunges into an abyss. Jake soon realizes that there is only one way out of this purgatory . . . and it may rupture his soul beyond ...
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Overview

Ex-con Jake Bishop is several years past his second stint in prison and has completely reformed. He's married, expecting a child, and preparing to open his own hair salon. But then an old cellmate re-enters his life begging for a favor: to help him with a burglary. Forced by his code of ethics to perform the crime, Jake's once idyllic life quickly plunges into an abyss. Jake soon realizes that there is only one way out of this purgatory . . . and it may rupture his soul beyond repair.
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Publishers Weekly
11/18/2013
First published as an e-book in 2011, this sharp crime thriller from Edgerton (The Rapist) offers a plot as inevitable as an avalanche. Ex-con Jake Bishop, now gainfully employed, married with a child on the way, and on the verge of opening his own hair salon, has the problems of any law-abiding middle-class man, until the appearance of an old cellmate and friend from Indiana’s Pendleton Reformatory, Walker Joy. Desperate to pay off a looming $100,000 debt, Walker begs for Jake’s help on one last job, which he promises is “a piece of cake.” That Jake has a choice is an illusion. Walker’s crooked boss, Sydney Spencer, would happily destroy Jake and his family if denied and, thanks to Walker, knows just what leverage to use. What follows is an inexorable descent into hell, as Jake’s attempts to salvage the life he loves take him, step by step, farther away from salvation. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780989932301
  • Publisher: New Pulp Press
  • Publication date: 1/20/2014
  • Pages: 294
  • Sales rank: 879,927
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Les Edgerton is an ex-con who spent two years in prison for burglary at the Pendleton Reformatory in Indiana. Since his release, he has earned a B.A. from Indiana University and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College. This will be the thirteenth book he has published, with several more forthcoming later this year and next, including a short story collection, an existential noir novel, a new black comedy novel, and his memoir. His career for many years as an outlaw and criminal lend an air of rare verisimilitude to his crime novels.
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  • Posted August 7, 2012

    A crime story that will stick with you. Highly Recommended.

    Les Edgerton writes a story of real criminals, rather than criminal masterminds. These characters have grit and a large depth of sadness driving them forward, revealed gradually as the plot unfolds.

    The story put me in mind of others where the complications of a crime keep building on themselves, twisting into a labyrinth with no good exit. Films such as A Simple Plan or One False Move came to mind as I read it, and it also had the flavor, to me, of a Jim Thompson book, given the way we're plunged into the workings of one character's mind as he is forced to deal with one bad situation after another, often making the human rather than the best choice.

    The pace is faily unrelenting from early on, and I read this book in about 3 days (it would have been faster, but I just don't get much reading time these days).

    Recommended if you like gritty, human crime stories, such as those written by Jim Thompson or George V. Higgins.

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