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Hope for the Wicked (Larry Laughlin #1)

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  46 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
Sometimes, bad people do good deeds.

Larry and Mo Laughlin are retired killers turned private investigators with monetary woes. So when their handler introduces them to the Trudeaus, one final job is placed on the docket.

Jacob and Bernice Trudeau need their teenage daughter, Amy, found, and they also want the men responsible dead. Two million dollars is an offer Larry and M
Kindle Edition, 115 pages
Published January 10th 2013 by Red Adept Publishing
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I usually don't rate Ed Lorn's books when I read them because he is my friend on here. This one I'm frigging rating and if you don't like it well..too bad. It's getting all the stars and I want to shout it loud!

Larry and Mo Laughlin are survivors. They met at a recovery meeting for sexually abused adults. They both had been molested when they were young. To borrow a phrase from my friend Jahy..this ain't Disneyland bitches.

Larry and Mo have gone straight. They have opened up a PI business and a
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“It was just what we did, the two of us. We righted wrongs in our own way. We called ourselves Monster Hunters.”

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Larry and Mo came from a different kind of upbringing than most kids. While others were out playing baseball or joining Girl Scouts, these two were forced to participate in “Family Time.” It’s no wonder when they grew up they opted for . . . uhhhhh, a
Janie C.
Jul 06, 2016 Janie C. rated it it was amazing
Dead silence. That's what I was surrounded by when I finished the last page of this book. Then I couldn't contain myself. "YEEEAAH," I announced, Howard Dean-style. Why? Because there is a SEQUEL ... and what an appropriate place for the story to pick up again! If you haven't read Hope For the Wicked yet, you have a lot to look forward to. But first, some questions. Can you handle extreme violence and gore? Taboo behavior? Intense scenes of retaliation? Incest? If your answer is "yes," then ...more
Gregor Xane
Feb 07, 2014 Gregor Xane rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Hope for the Wicked combines several genres seamlessly. It has elements of the wise-cracking PI novel, the suspense thriller. and the horror shockfest. Even though the chassis this thing's built on is a hard-boiled detective story (the kind where the investigators get pulled deeper and deeper into an ugly underworld), I'd say the book would appeal most to horror fans. One reason is that the PIs are only PIs for a short time, and then they revert back to their old jobs as hired assassins. But the ...more
Sep 24, 2014 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that I had to let settle in my mind for a few days before attempting a written review. I almost "wanted' to give it 4 stars--but I "have" to give it 5--the writing was simply that powerful. (When I say "wanted to give it 4 stars"; trust me on this, it has nothing to do with the writing style!)

I've read a lot by Edward Lorn lately, and he doesn't hesitate to throw those heavy punches. There are scenes he writes that you'll NEVER get out of your head--from a reader's per
Nick Pageant
Aug 22, 2015 Nick Pageant rated it it was amazing
Sweet Christ. What did I just read? Edward Lorn is a brilliant writer. He can turn a phrase with the best of them.

I found this book completely appalling. I nearly dnf'ed three times. This was so f'ed up I can't even begin to do it justice. Highly recommended for those with intestinal fortitude.
Paul Nelson
Hope for the Wicked is another superb horror novella from Edward Lorn, there’s some seriously shocking scenes in this, I won’t elaborate further but a strong stomach is essential if you’re thinking of reading this.

More of a revenge thriller that has no issues with crossing over into horrific detail, a troubled and wickedly flawed protagonist that suffered an abusive childhood and grew up to right those violations for others, all for a price of course.

The line between good and evil is somewhat f
Bark's Book Nonsense
Mar 28, 2014 Bark's Book Nonsense marked it as to-be-reviewed
Shelves: horror
I'll be reading this book very soon. I just bought this book brand spanking new. Yep, even though I have zillions already in my TBR pile. Why? Well, I've made a decision. I am putting my money where my big mouth is and from this day forward I will only buy new books by authors I personally choose to support. Those who respect their readership. Those who don't simply will not get my money. Simple, right? Edward Lorn is one of the authors I choose to support at this time because he engages with ...more
Aug 27, 2014 Matthew rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of Lorn's work for a while now and this is yet another shining example of why.  Like usual, Lorn pulls no punches with any of his characters (especially in this book!) and I ran the full gamut of emotions while reading this. Even though the two main characters are technically bad people, I couldn't help but feel for them and wind up loving them. I was pleasantly surprised to see a connection to Bay's End (another fantastic book by him) in here with the main characters and the ...more
11811 (Eleven)
Jul 12, 2015 11811 (Eleven) rated it really liked it
UPDATE: Ignore the last paragraph. He doesn't care if I rate it. If I thought it sucked, I would say so.

This was fun. A horror/thriller that I would throw in the “hardcore horror” family but not in an overly gratuitous Edward Lee’s Bighead kind of way. It has too much of a thriller element to really carry the hardcore label but be aware that it does have some extreme content that will either make you squirm and/or throw the book in a fire wondering what kind of sick bastard would come up with st
Jul 20, 2015 Gatorman rated it really liked it
Solid tale from Lorn about a married couple trying to go straight after living a life of murders-for-hire who are hired to travel to Mexico to search for the kidnapped daughter of a wealthy couple. Not everything is at it seems, and Lorn does a fantastic job of laying out the narrative piece by gruesome piece until the ending hits you like a sledgehammer. There is a brutal rape that occurs unlike anything I've read before which is not for the faint of heart. Well-written with characters that ...more
Thomas Strömquist
Oct 15, 2015 Thomas Strömquist rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-collection
Gritty and brutal short from a favorite author of mine. This is not for the sensitive mind - Lorn himself has included a warning in his text about it on Goodreads (it should be heeded!).

At the same time, let me say that this is not related to "torture porn" (I don't know any other name for that particular sub-genre, sorry!!) or slasher/gore/schlock designed for the shock value only. The happening(s) in this one are for a reason - making it all the more effective, since the "cartoonish" taste ov
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
Larry and Mo Laughlin are private investigators, a job very different from their former profession. When their handler, Tommy Kirsch, comes to them with an offer to do one more job like they used to do, they decide the money is too good to pass up. It all goes sideways from there.

Well-written with a tight fast plot and well-developed characters this story will keep you glued to the pages. The ending was very different from what I was expecting and it should be remembered that your past can come
Jun 02, 2013 Nettie rated it liked it
Let me start off this review by saying this book holds NOTHING back. It was down, dirty, and to the point the entire way through. If you can't handle gore or really heavy topics best left to people with stronger constitutions, this book will not be for you.

This book disturbed me. Every time I thought it couldn't get worse, it DID. As usual, Edward Lorn is not shy about touching on subjects that most people find revolting. He builds characters that are multifaceted and warped, broken and mostly g
Jul 12, 2015 Bandit rated it really liked it
Though my current relationship with horror is somewhat challenged, not reading Ed Lorn's book when available just isn't an option. The man can write and does so with such a natural ease that it puts one in mind of other genre's greats and awesomes such as Ketchum and Strand. This is something of a departure, nothing supernatural, this is a thriller, albeit one of strikingly horrific brutality. Warning...there is a rape scene in the book one isn't likely to forget. While the parenthesis and the ...more
May 16, 2015 Reeda rated it really liked it
This book definitely was a wild ride and it wasn't until I was almost finished with it, that I caught the connection to Bay's End. Wow! This is not one for the squeamish, but it was good. Now I am looking forward to Pennies for the Damned!
Jul 09, 2014 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, horror, fiction, noir
The subject matter in this book was truly horrific but Mr. Lorn can write very well. I am interested in reading more of his work.
The author gifted me with a copy of this book. That has not compromised my ability to write an honest and critical review of this book.

4/2 - This is Kinsey Millhone for adults. Take away the 'cosy mystery' tag that Sue Grafton's books fit under and replace it with 'gore-y, curse-filled, conflicted heroes (although I doubt the 'heroes' are conflicted, but we are about whether or not they're actually heroes) mystery' and you've got an idea of what's going on in Hope for the Wicked - which is EXCEL
May 18, 2016 Shandra rated it really liked it
What a splendid story!!! I'm a failure at reviews lately. I suck. I love this one as I do all of Ed Lorn's books!!!! I look forward to the next installment!!
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Because I learned something dirty and fun... :)
Oct 25, 2013 Gef rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Larry and Mo Laughlin are a husband and wife team of hired guns. And in case you're wondering, Curly is their St. Bernard.

Despite getting out of the assassination business and into the private eye game, they still have that old itch--especially Maureen--and when their handler, Tommy, sets them up with a new job that combines the two professions, how can they refuse? The teenage daughter of a rich power couple has been abducted in Mexico and held for ransom. Larry and Mo will have to go down ther
Maxine Marsh

As a horror devotee, I can say that there are some scenes from books in the genre that have forever scarred my not-so-wholesome brain. There's a scene from Kealan Patrick Burke's Kin that comes to mind, and pretty much all of The Summer I Died. There's some scenes in J.F. Gonzalez's Survivor that are beyond mess up and the beginning of the novella When We Join Jesus In Hell is gut wrenching, courtesy of Lee Thompson. Well, now Lorn has entered my WTF hall of fame for the most well-written but sh
Feb 24, 2013 Al rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, read-2013
Edward Lorn describes himself as a horror writer, yet the books of his I’ve liked the most are those that are something more. Case in point, Hope for the Wicked has some scenes that are very graphic and show Lorn’s talents for horror, but the book goes well beyond what I think of when considering the horror genre. This is a suspense novel, with all that implies, but has the twist that the main characters of the story are, at least on the surface, bad people. Or maybe that should be good people ...more
Dan Harris
May 08, 2013 Dan Harris rated it it was amazing
Larry Laughlin, the narrator of Hope for the Wicked, is no hero. He may not even be an anti-hero. He's a man with a terrible past, a shocking present, and by the end of this pacy novella, an uncertain future. Empathy for this protagonist is hard to find, but sympathy Larry earns in spades.

Edward Lorn's writing is tight, evocative and beautifully paced - reminiscent of Raymond Chandler, if Chandler had a twisted alter ego. Lorn leads us on a gripping and occasionally nauseating ride to the darkes
Sep 04, 2013 Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
A very interesting story and I read through this one pretty quickly. Overall a good story, though the stuff with the donkey was a bit much. I enjoyed the story and the main characters Mo and Larry. The little twist at the end when you find out the reasoning behind what happens to Mo and Larry was good.

Also a side note, it didn't dawn on me till the end, but the link to the story Bay's End was really nice. I like when authors do that with their stories and this was a big one in connection with Ba
Mar 22, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
Honestly, I am not quite sure how to write this review as this was a tough, harsh book. Yet for anyone who has family or friends or who has lived through some tough crap, as captured in this book, has probably held a fantasy of doing some vengeance killing. And that is how it started for both Mo and Larry. Each molested as children, they grow up to put an end to it for other children, taking on assassination jobs where the targets are child molesters. Their work has taken them all over the world ...more
Jul 11, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
Edward Lorn's Hope for the Wicked is fast paced, gritty, and despicably unrelenting. While this was not my favorite among Mr. Lorn's work, it was certainly the most unsettling. I enjoyed reading it and found it thoroughly entertaining.
Laura Thomas
Jun 30, 2015 Laura Thomas rated it it was amazing
The title is perfect for this story. Is there hope for the wicked? Should there be? When you meet Larry and Mo Laughlin, you’ll be asking these questions.

Larry and Mo are a married couple and retired killers. They aren’t nice people. They are bad people. Bad people, that kill worse people. But I kind of liked them. Well, I liked Larry. Mo scared me. Of the two, I’d say she was the happy clam when they came out of retirement.

Their private investigation company isn’t doing that well, so when a job
I absolutely loved this book - that is up until “The Show”. Told from the perspective of Larry Laughlin, a private detective and reformed (sort of) assassin, this book is offbeat, humorous, and darkly wacky. The conversations snap, crackle and pop. The backstory is slowly revealed as this new case unfolds and I loved the way in which the pieces of the puzzle interlocked. I was drawn into Larry’s world – I wanted Larry and his wife Mo to somehow beat the odds.

This book would have easily garnered
Jul 11, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing
This book made by Top 5 (maybe Top 2) of most disturbing scenes that I have ever read. I don't know what giving this book 5 stars says about me, but regardless of how this book scarred me, it was beautifully written and compelling. There is a difference in being disturbing JUST to evoke discomfort for the reader and being disturbing because it is crucial to push the story forward and evoke the necessary reactions from the characters.

Mo and Larry are retired killers that are now private investiga
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