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Bad Way Out by [Caldwell, C. Hoyt]
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About the Author

C. Hoyt Caldwell is a writer tucked away in the Tennessee Mountains. He's not smart enough to be subtle so his work tends to be tasteless and gritty. He's not out to offend anyone, but he's also not out to win anyone over either. His stories are full of sex, violence, heart, and attempts at humor. His book Bad Way Out may very well be the greatest and only example of hillbilly erotica on the market today.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1602 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ASO89TW
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #822,573 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Could this book start off a craze of what can only be called Appalachian crime noir? Meet E. R. Percy, mountain man and the brewer of the best moonshine you will ever sip. Life has always been hard for the mountain folk, but illegal stills and their product is nothing compared to the drugs trade. When E. R. first refuses to work in the drugs business he is at first threatened, but this escalates to a feud. Throw in a mysterious mountain of a man that suddenly appears in his brewing shed and you find there is a lot of comedy to what would otherwise be a bloody and dark tale.

Fun to read and hard to put down this is a great tale of hillbillies and their culture versus the modern drug lord. The characters come to life in all their glorious eccentricities, from a man mad seventeen year old girl to the corrupt reverend. Unfortunately this book will probably get overlooked, which is a shame, as it is such a great read and should appeal to a lot of people.

There are a few typos in this, but nothing that should really detract from or disrupt your reading experience. Certainly original, this is full of violence and humour, and certainly a thing that Quentin Taratino would love to get his hands on.
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E.R. Percy is the best moonshine maker in the Tennessee mountains. But business isn’t as usual when one day he finds a naked giant in his brewing shed. Then a local girl is found stabbed to death and the competition for an illegal high steps up. Milo, tired of being outdone by E.R. offers him a job he can’t refuse. Unfortunately he does.

The author claims in his bio that he’s not smart enough to be subtle. On the strength of this excellent book I have to disagree with him.

The action takes place in Maiden Falls where, as E.R. says, you only end up if you’re lost or hiding. As a result there’s a whole host of fascinating and gritty characters on show.

E.R. spends most of his time making moonshine and selling it to the locals. He has a distant relationship with his wife, Rose, and is estranged from his father. He makes enough money to survive, but life doesn’t change much. Only meth heads cause him any trouble, all supplied by local bad boy, Ford.

But from the first pages E.R.’s life is gradually turned upside down. A girl is found dead, then her teenage sister, Eva, begins to throw herself at E.R. and a huge guy appears in his brewing shed – naked and unconscious.

Then, tired of losing business, Ford’s boss Milo makes E.R. a job offer – sell his drugs. But E.R. doesn’t do drugs and he says no. Unfortunately Milo is somewhat unhinged and undertakes an increasingly vicious campaign against E.R. and then his family. All the while he’s fighting Eva off, strengthening his bond with Rose and investigating the local girl’s murder.

As the pages turned the story became increasingly engaging and enthralling. E.R. narrates the story in first person so the reader receives his hillbilly vernacular and behavior in full flow.
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A sharp pacey style. Enough humour to prevent the violence from being oppressive. Inventive plot lines and a good balance between male and female characters. Darned good entertaining read for a cold night in front of the fire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars " I’m blessed with having to struggle through life..." 13 Jun. 2017
By Cheryl Stout - Published on Amazon.com
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" I’m blessed with having to struggle through life because the struggles and hard knocks are what make the good times and rewards all that much sweeter."

I read author Caldwell's other two books that are part of the BACKWOODS JUSTICE series and feature diminutive Deputy Dani Savage. I enjoyed them - a lot - so wanted to read this other offering by this author and I'm so glad that I did.

"Maiden Falls is situated at the s**t end of Tennessee. It’s a hill town." And E.R. Percy is a bootlegging hill man. He loves his wife and his baby daughter and is proud of making the best bootleg whiskey in Tennessee - or maybe the whole country.

He's happy with his life so when unusual things start happening around him, he's not too thrilled. He's got a naked, slimy giant in his brewing she'd, a drug kingpin isn't taking no for an answer about joining forces, and a teenage bombshell is testing his resolve.

I loved this book. It feels very authentic to backwoods hill country with the people involved and the language they use. And it is chock full of dark humor. It is also full of some very violent scenes, so do be forewarned.

I hope Caldwell keeps up the writing. I would love to read another book about Deputy Dani Savage and the Closeout Kings, or another tale featuring E.R. Percy.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever "Backwoods" Thriller! 18 Mar. 2013
By Deacon D. - Published on Amazon.com
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A bizarre discovery by straight-talking moonshiner E.R. Percy is just the beginning in this cleverly executed countrified thriller.

Realistic "down-home" dialogue and humor and nicely fleshed out characters highlight this tale of a simple man who finds himself facing a tempting moral dilemma even as he becomes embroiled in a terrible mystery. The recurring theme of family throughout the story makes this engaging thriller endearing as well as exciting.

Hang on readers, because y'all are gonna have some fun with this one! Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wild, Hysterical Ride! 5 Oct. 2013
By Camilla - Published on Amazon.com
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I picked this book up because Amazon's algorithms suggested I might like it, and I decided to give it a chance based on the many positive reviews (and the extremely low Kindle price of 99 cents.) Boy, am I glad I did! :-)

The author has a very unique voice which really shines through his use of the 1st person POV in Bad Way Out. E.R. Percy and the circle of miscreants and well-intentioned, but imperfect, good ol' boys who populate Maiden Falls make a great bunch of characters, and the tale is really well-orchestrated. From the very first scene where E.R. struggles to deal with an unusual and unexpected discovery in his moonshine still shed, this book had my full attention. The humor is dark and biting in many ways, and the language used is often profane, but both the humor and the language felt quite authentic based on my long experience living in the hills of Appalachia.

E.R. is self-aware enough to recognize his imperfections, but he serves as a strong protagonist for this tale --- clever, stubborn, honest, and keenly aware of his surroundings, including many of his neighbors' foibles and sins. His attempt to help a Yankee meth dealer understand his hometown's culture and its perspective on things --- particularly pertaining to its love of America which often does not extend to the politicians who run its government --- was short on fancy words, but really seemed to hit the nail on the head.

While Bad Way Out may not be the so-called "Great American Novel" --- and the last 20% of the book in particular had a number of typos that a good editor should have caught --- it nonetheless kept me entertained, engaged, and frequently belly-laughing from start-to-finish. If you're not offended by profanity or cynicism, I highly recommend it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Way Out is Way to Go 16 Jun. 2014
By Norma1717 - Published on Amazon.com
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From the opening sentence, this book is absolutely authentic: a tough Tennessee mountain boy trying to do the right thing despite himself. Others have discussed the story line and I won't repeat it, but I do want to mention what to me is probably the highlight of the book and the hardest for the author to achieve and that is the sense of authenticity that runs throughout it. In this respect, one false note and the entire edifice collapses. The author doesn't make one. The characters are from the hills and mountains of Tennessee and they reflect the values, behavior and language of people from that region. (I know whereof I speak. I from down the road in Chattanooga.) I thoroughly enjoyed it and want to see more from this writer.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best ebook yet 20 Feb. 2013
By d - Published on Amazon.com
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This has to be hands down, the best e-book ( out of thousands) that I have down loaded. I read it all in one setting and enjoyed it thoroughly. It was well written with a kind of sarcastic twisted sense of humor that I get, not laugh out loud but groan, did he actually say that type humor. It is written in a deep hill country twang but not so much that it is a caricature of "hillbilly" but more of a "good old boy" style. Yes there is rough justice, swearing and references to sex or sexual body parts in graphic terms but nothing you would not see on TV granted it would be after 9 PM or on cable. I will definitely look for more of this author's writing
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