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The Perfect Crime

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A bomb hooked to a banker’s back, a one-eyed busted-out former cop, hooker/biker bars on Airline Highway in New Orleans, drugs in the French Quarter, a 300-pound female bartender, an ex-con whose main goal in life is to have more expensive shoes than anyone else, a drug czar named Fidel Castro (a cousin of the more famous one in Cuba), money laundering schemes, and a crimi...more
Paperback, 338 pages
Published December 2nd 2011 by Stonehouse Ink (first published August 18th 2011)
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I met fellow crime writer Les Edgerton via twitter, and I wanted to check out his novel The Perfect Crime. Its plot synopsis reminded me a bit of Charles Williams' final novel, Man on a Leash, and I'm an avid fan of Charles Williams.

Of course, Les's novel is his own creation, and it's a top-flight crime fiction that I read in two nights. Grady Fogarty is a retired cop from Dayton, Ohio, when his brother Jack is knifed during the robbery of his electronics store. The Fogarty brothers are especia...more
Carl Brush
Just a couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of commenting on a Les Edgerton work (Just Like That) and here we are again with The Perfect Crime. Both of these are on Kindle for not much money, and I recommend immediate downloads.

The Perfect Crime takes off like a bullet and doesn’t let up till it smashes into its own surprising, yet inevitable, ending. Charles “Reader” Kincaid is a bad actor with an ingenious mind. He cooks up a terrific plot to garner revenge and a few million dollars at one a...more
Diane Schultz
A little dark, and sure to offend at times (after all, the author probably wanted to make sure we didn't have misplaced sympathy with the antagonist), it was a fun read and had some good insights into what southerners think (um, nuff said). The author also took us around New Orleans a few turns and exposed neighborhoods tourists don't visit - both "up" and "down". Oddly enough, the story starts in Dayton, Ohio. The author has both New Orleans and midwestern roots, which show up, but I wasn't awa...more
Fast-paced crime fiction that is a quick read and keeps the reader's attention. I found the characters to be very engaging -- so much so that I could picture this book having the potential to be made into a movie. This is the first book I read from Les Edgerton and will definitely scope out some of his other works.
Debra Chapoton
Maybe more interesting than the novel itself is the author's tale at the end of this book's life and death and rebirth in the hands of various agents and publishers. Also, the author's own list of his accomplishments and life history was unbelievably engrossing. Hair dresser, ex-con, college professor to name a few.
The Perfect Crime is a fast-moving tale of murder, theft, revenge, secrets, and the bad and good brotherhoods of criminals and retired cops. An expected amount of foul language pervad...more
I thought it was great! Lots of twists, a couple of them a bit hokey, but still a great read.
Rob Kitchin
The key to The Perfect Crime is the plot, which is clever and well executed, with a couple of nice feints and twists. Edgerton not only envisages the perfect heist, but he interweaves three, competing perfect plans each of which is not quite as perfect as its executioner thinks, pitching the protagonists against each other in the process -- the hapless, smarmy C.J. St Ives intent on ripping off his own bank, ‘Reader’ Kincaid who desires the millions in drug money being laundered by St Ives’ bank...more
John Bunyan
I would like to give this 3 1/2 stars. It has some flaws - a few places where information is conveyed through conversations that feel a little unnatural and a little too many points where the cop lucks into support that helps him move the case along, as well as some plot points I can't comment on without spoiling the story. A couple of places needed some more editing.

This is actually a "first" novel that took many years to get published. Les Edgerton has written a few more since then but you can...more
I enjoyed this and in the end thought,,it isn't bad...the story is a classic good hearted ex-cop seeks to revenge a death and comes up against a evil mastermind and finds fortune and love hanging in the balance....set in Ohio and New Orleans the story has some nice a cranky Yankee unable to cope with the humidity of Louisiana...or a slightly eccentric animal affairs officer who actually becomes critical to the case the back story of how this novel came to be publis...more
Rory Costello
I'd heard lots of good things about Les Edgerton from people whose opinion I respect. The first work of his I got, "Just Like That," was something I liked but didn't love. I found "The Perfect Crime" to be a much clearer signal of how Edgerton earned such a strong reputation in crime fiction. Plot, pacing, characters, and atmosphere (especially the insider's portrait of New Orleans) all came together in a highly satisfying way for me.
Karina Kantas
No stars as I couldn't get into it. Will try again. Next month.
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