Review of The Last Second Chance by Jim Nesbitt

The Last Second Chance by Jim Nesbitt (an Ed Earl Burch novel)

Rated: 4 stars (Good read, enjoyed this book)

When a woman walks into ex-cop Ed Earl Burch’s life pointing a gun at his head and mentioning a name that is a blast from Burch’s past, it is clear things are going to get messy. T-Roy is not a very nice man, and it appears he isn’t dead, something Burch isn’t too happy about, so Burch agrees to hunt him down. What ensues is a race across Texas...

I felt like I was settling down with a good read, and I wasn’t disappointed. It did feel a little slow in places though, the balance between dialogue and narrative, I felt, was a little off, with it being heavy on narrative but this didn’t detract from the quality of the writing or the story  itself. The style reminded me of 1950’s American PI books and all American cross country movies. It’s dirty and grungy in a sand-dusted, dry-hot way. It flowed nicely, and I liked the characterisation. The Last Second Chance is a hard-boiled thriller fans of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, and author James Lee Burke would like.

Heidi Cieciura

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