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    Terrific hard-boiled PI novel!

    Ed Earl Burch is a terrific hard-boiled character – a beaten up, beleaguered, boozing ex-cop who also happens to be one helluva detective. In Jim Nesbitt’s THE BEST LOUSY CHOICE (the third in the series) Burch is still having nightmares from the near-brush with death in his last big case. Working as a private investigator in 1989 Dallas, he’s forced to take cases he doesn’t want to pay off a big debt to a shylock. One of them – which at first seems to be just a normal divorce case – quickly explodes into a tangled web of drug deals, real estate fraud, corruption, arson, betrayal and, of course, murder. But the real story here is the violent uncompromising world of Ed Earl Burch’s Texas that Nesbitt writes about so eloquently and dramatically. It’s a tough world, but Burch is even tougher – an unorthodox lawman with a classic sense of justice who uses both his intelligence and brute force to beat the bad guys time and time again, no matter how badly the odds seemed to be stacked against him. There’s lots of action, lots of tough dialogue and lots of people who die in this book – all in an endless quest for big money. Burch is one of the few left standing at the end. “I don’t have to worry about you shootin’ me…,” he says at one point, “I ain’t got no money. If you love that kind of attitude in a thriller (and I do!), you’ll want to read THE BEST LOUSY CHOICE and all Jim Nesbitt’s other Ed Earl Burch books too. Highly recommended!”
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    Great mystery for fans of hard-boiled action

    West Texas is a harsh mistress. She’ll snake-bite you, shoot you, stampede you. Or-plain-old burn you up inside your own barn. Jim Nesbitt brings these dangers and the beauty of this harsh land to life in “The Best Lousy Choice,” the third book in his series featuring private eye Ed Earl Burch. Burch is the perfect character for mystery readers seeking hardboiled stories, more bad guys than good and unrelenting action. Nesbitt’s confident writing carries the reader through a tale of drug trafficking, land swindling and a family of black and white sheep at war with itself. As the story starts, Burch already knows well the dark and awful dangers of West Texas. His last case involving a psycho cartel assassin left him home in Dallas with nightmares of torture and cold sweats only cured by four (or five) fingers of whisky and casual sex. Though the last thing he wants to do is go back to West Texas, finances force him, and on the very sort of case he hates most—divorce. But that one little investigation becomes the least of worries. A shootout with narco gunmen, a dirty sheriff and a murder over land remind Burch why he wanted to avoid this tough land—and force him deeper into the criminal world on the border with Mexico. Burch, tough as those he faces, is as interesting for his nightmares as he is for his sharp mind and sharper tongue when on the job. “The Best Lousy Choice” is a great choice for readers looking for a thriller filled with action, atmosphere and unforgettable characters.
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    The Best Lousy Choice

    Take another plunge with Ed Earl Burch into the badlands of a tough, corrupt West Texas county where violence is a virtue and truth is hard to find. Nesbitt makes you feel the hard, dry heat rising from the high desert rocks and the sharp thorns of the twisted scrub. You’ll find yourself in a land where the mysteries come like unexpected thunderstorms and the double-cross should be the brand of many a ranch. You’ll meet hard-bitten characters with secrets they murderously protect. As with all of Jim Nesbitt’s Ed Earl tales, you’ll be drawn to a Svengali with rattlesnake eyes, compelled to hold on like it’s your last good poker hand and won’t be let loose till the last bullet is fired and the final body falls. With characters you’re happy to meet and those you’d like to see dead. Nesbitt’s flair with believable dialogue and pounding action makes you want to know more -- and Ed Earl delivers. A cashiered cop reluctantly turned private eye, Ed Earl knows this trip west of Dallas is no joy ride. This gun-slinging crime thriller plays for keeps. Buckle up, you’ll like this.
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    A Gripping Thrill Ride

    This third crime thriller in the Ed Earl Burch series is an interesting and gripping thrill ride. Dallas PI, Ed Earl Burch, keeps his nightmares at bay with whisky, Percodan, and work. He takes jobs he doesn't want to keep a loan shark off his back. His latest assignment turns from an easy divorce case to a dangerous hunt for the killer of Texan Rancher, Bart Hulett. There's no end of people who wanted Bart dead, and as Burch investigates, those same people want him dead too. Burch is a hard-nosed and intelligent investigator, determined to unravel the complicated case, and is no stranger to dangerous situations. The cast of tough and believable characters were easy to keep track of, and most of them had a good back story to help you get to know them and the reasoning behind their actions. The dialogue and descriptive writing pulls you into the story and stands you in the middle of the action, which is virtually non-stop from beginning to end. Even though this is the third book of the series, it works well as a stand-alone, although this book has piqued my interest and I will likely read the first two books.
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