"Bullets, Booze and Bastards"
The Rapist by Les Edgerton
The Rapist introduces us to Truman Ferris Pinter, an amoral man occupying a prison cell for a heinous crime committed years earlier. Master storyteller Les Edgerton melds introspection and visceral, human brutality in this death row narrative which will haunt you long after the final page.
Raves for The Rapist
“Les Edgerton is the king of hard-edged, bad-ass crime fiction, and The Rapist is his most harrowing book yet.”
“Les Edgerton presents an utterly convincing anti-hero. The abnormal psychology is pitch-perfect. The Rapist ranks right up there with Camus’ The Stranger and Simenon’s Dirty Snow. An instant modern classic.”
“Edgerton’s brilliant archaeological dig into the motivations of a rapist is an unflinching look at the darker recesses of the human psyche.”
“Les Edgerton’s The Rapist is for those brave enough to acknowledge the ugly reality produced by our illusions. . . . It poses hard questions and makes you look hard for answers. This is great, challenging literature.”
“Take a Nabokovian narrator trying to convince the reader of his innocence and filter it through ‘An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge’ and you’ve got The Rapist, a raw and frightening journey through the inner psyche of a damaged man.”
“...the breathlessness, nausea, anger, and confusion increase all the way to the end, at which point all I know is that the book is genius.”
“Like Denis Johnson’s classic novel-in-stories, Jesus’ Son, Les Edgerton’s The Rapist is a dark, risky, disturbing story that grabs the reader in a haunting fashion and holds on tightly. The writing is taut and unsettling. Edgerton is a mighty talent.”