"Bullets, Booze and Bastards"
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. . . .
“In the storied waking-up-into-a-nightmare pulp tradition, Heath Lowrance’s The Bastard Hand reads is a lurid thrill. You will finish it in one frenzied sitting, then feel as if you’re awakening from a red-misted trance.”
— Megan Abbott, author of Bury Me Deep
“A bastard of a good book. If you like Flannery O’Connor and Jim Thompson, you’re going to love this.”
— Allan Guthrie, author of Slammer
“Reverend Childe is a terrific pulp creation, and this wild, crazy book could’ve sat next to the Gold-Medal pulps of Charles Williams and Harry Whittington if those two were only popping LSD back then.”
— Dave Zeltserman, author of Outsourced
“Mean, tough, lurid, intense, and entirely engaging, this novel is a must read for all fans of the hardboiled genre.”
— Vincent Zandri, author of Moonlight Falls