Saturday, 24 November 2012

Evil Ways by Bobby Nash

The main character of the story is FBI Agent Harold Palmer, Harold is taking some much needed time off from work to spend with his younger brother Franklin, who is the owner of the local newspaper in the sleepy Georgia town of Sommersville.
Sommersville's a town where the most that happens is a few drunken fights at the weekend, and the odd domestic disturbance now and then a great place for Harold to relax and catch up with his brother.

There's not too much that can go wrong on this trip you would think but unfortunately for Harold his visit coincides with the towns annual Autumn Festival, add to the that the class of 2002's 10th anniversary graduation reunion and you have a whole town heading towards party time, and Harold doesn't like crowds or party's. 

But in the mist of this celebration a killer is on the loose and he/she has their sights firmly set on the classmates of 2002, but this is no ordinary killer they are clever, calculating and they enjoy what they do.
Now don’t be fooled by my simple snap shot of the plot this is more than just a simple murder mystery book, there is a hidden complexity to it which you see with the introduction and interaction of the various characters, as their lives slowly become interwoven with each other once again. The story is peppered with sub-plots throughout the book some lead somewhere important and move the story on, some become just part and parcel of a characters daily life.
One such character is Sheriff Tom Myers whose home life plays only a small part of the story but you get a glimpse into the turmoil the man is going through, as he struggles with his loyalty to his dead parent’s home and doing what he knows is right by selling the home to keep financially stable as his wife suggests. It’s also clever writing that his wife is shown in a sympathetic light; she is not a woman who is throwing tantrums to get her husband to do what she wants. This is a wife who loves her husband and constantly worries about him, but knows he needs a strong push in the right direction now and again to do what’s right for the both of them. Throw on top of that all the problems he now faces at work and you have a very good grasp on the world of Sheriff Myers, does knowing all this move the story on, well probably not but it does connect you to the character and makes you care what happens to him as the story progresses. All of this helped to make the Sheriff the stand-out character of the book for me and I would be more than happy to read a solo story that featured him, as a side note he does appear in one of writer Bobby Nash’s other books Deadly Games.
The whole story moves on at a cracking pace and no part of the plot is wasted no matter how trivial it may seems at the time of reading it, the whole book is littered with small clues throughout that take you on the same ride as the characters to the final conclusion of the book and what a conclusion it was.
I was hooked on the book from the first paragraph, and read the book in the space of a week which for me is a quick read; it’s also an indication for me on how good I think a book is if I read it that quickly.

Evil Ways was Bobby’s first novel which has been re-released in both book form and all types of eBook, there is also a free download of the first chapter available on Bobby’s web page to give you a flavour of the book.
If you would like more information on this book or other works from Bobby click this link to his web page, or the link below to get to the Evil Ways excerpt.

Evil Ways book cover is the sole property of Bobby Nash and only used as an aid to this review, the cover will be removed if requested to do so.


  1. Thanks so much for the kind words, Robert. I'm glad you enjoyed Evil Ways. This novel holds a special place in my heart, being the first published. I'm so excited to have it back out there. A new Harold Palmer thriller called Evil Intent is scheduled for 2013 [now I just need to finish writing the darn thing. :)].

    Sheriff Tom Myers was an unexpected surprise. As I got to know the character his part in Evil Ways continued to grow. The same things happened in Deadly Games! He was originally only going to be mentioned there, but the character kept telling me that he would be involved in the events of that novel. Of course, you should always listen to your characters. I did and I think the story is better for it.

    I have a loose plot for a stand-alone novel featuring Sheriff Myers that I hope to write in 2013 (once I clean off my current slate of works in process). The character has become one of my favorites.

    Thanks again for the review. It is appreciated. And, please, leave the cover in place above. I'm very proud of how it turned out.


  2. Oh. I should also mention that Sheriff Myers makes a brief cameo appearance in Evil Intent as well.