Author – Christopher Wilsher
Genre – Crime Thriller
378 Amazon Pages
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 7/12/17
No.48 - 2017
My impressions: loner, serial failure, rationalization, liar, cold, sociopath
Charlie McCoy – ex-Marine, small time hustler, burglar, 53 years old.
Amy McCoy – Charlie's thirteen year old daughter.
Mike De La Torre – FBI special agent
Charlie McCoy is pressured to repay a loan shark the money he owes after the shark's goons busted Charlie's right hand with hammer blows. He reluctantly agrees to break into a mob boss's home to steal a large sum of money and several computer discs; the job smells because it just seems too easy. The theft suddenly goes badly awry; luckily Charlie was leery and had a back up plan. Then Charlie is on the run from mob enforcers who want everything Charlie has stolen put back in the boss' possession..
But the mob isn't the only group chasing him. An FBI agent wants to know his whereabouts too, and Charlie is suspected of one then three counts of murder.
Charlie is a sociopath who easily blames everyone else for his problems and failures. He's also a loner who isn't able to relate to other people, even those he cares about; he's emotionally deficient.
His ex-wife has no use for him, until she needs him to keep their thirteen year old daughter for a few days. Then Charlie's life takes a definite turn for the worse. Precocious thirteen year old Amy challenges Charlie at every turn and confronts and condemns him each time the mobsters chasing him get near enough to almost catch them.
It's a rollicking non-stop confrontation as Amy constantly berates him for being an inept thief and a lousy father.
The ending held several surprises as Charlie pushed back against the crooks and the FBI.
The editing is very poor with missing, extra, misspelled and wrong words used.
Character development of the main characters is good and sentence structure is mostly good.
Details are adequate and thorough research is evident.
The plot is great with many unexpected twists.
I enjoyed The Redemption of Charlie McCoy and highly recommend it unless the editing would be a serious turnoff for the reader.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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