New Releases: The Bastard Hand and City of Heretics by Heath Lowrance

Shotgun Honey Books is proud to release the new editions of The Bastard Hand and City of Heretics by Heath Lowrance. Previously out of a print and available again for fans of these neo-noir classics.

The Bastard Hand

The Bastard Hand

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 hedonistic preacher bent on booze and women; a Man of God with a dark agenda. As Charlie gradually discovers his own innate supernatural power, he becomes 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…

Praise

“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

“Mean, tough, lurid, intense, and entirely engaging, this novel is a must read for all fans of the hardboiled genre.”
Vincent Zandri, author of the Dick Moonlight PI thrillers

The Bastard Hand grabs you by the lapels and drags you on a wild, wild bar crawl that leaves you battered and bruised at the gates of hell. Like Jim Thompson jamming with Robert Johnson and Nick Cave on the eve of the apocalypse.”
Paul D. BrazillPulp Metal Magazine

City of Heretics

City of Heretics

Out of prison after seven years, aging hard man Crowe returns to Memphis with only a vague plan for revenge, but Memphis and the world have moved on without him. Everything has changed, and Crowe is a dinosaur. With little to live for, he sets his sites on the city’s new crime boss. But before he can enjoy his vengeance, he has to track down a brutal murderer cutting a swath through the city—ultimately leading him to confront a bizarre secret society of serial killers masquerading as a Christian splinter group. Dogged every step of the way by criminals, cops, and killers, and plagued by visions of a mysterious Ghost Cat, Crowe is pushed to the limits of his endurance, but you can’t keep a bad man down…

Praise

City Of Heretics is one of those books that don’t come around very often, a novel that brings joy and pleasure because of the way it’s written. Brooding, fresh, dark, eventful, full of suspense and tension and nigh on perfect. A must.”
Nigel Bird, author of Ain’t That a Kick in the Head

City of Heretics is a modern noir evoking the classics of the 50s & 60s. It’s the story of an undeviating, relentless, compulsion. Crowe is just out of jail and only has one desire – to take down the people responsible for setting him up. The only consequences Crowe considers are whether or not his actions will move him any closer to payback time. And he doesn’t walk away from any of this lightly.”
Seth Lynch, author of A Dead American in Paris

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Nestled in the foothills of West Virginia, Ron Earl Phillips lives with his wife, a daughter, a German Shepherd, and one too many cats.