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[Download] ➾ Just Like That ➹ Les Edgerton – Submitalink.info Being a Brit the toughest thing about reading Just Like That was understanding some of the slang used in the novel However, it wasn t a major hurdle and once I d gotten used to it things flowed a little faster for me Just Like That is a pretty straightforward novel and comes acrosslike a biography As Les points out in his forward 80% of it is based on fact so that is perhaps unsurprising It s exceptionally well written and whilst you understand that it s at least part autobiographical Being a Brit the toughest thing about reading Just Like That was understanding some of the slang used in the novel However, it wasn t a major hurdle and once I d gotten used to it things flowed a little faster for me Just Like That is a pretty straightforward novel and comes acrosslike a biography As Les points out in his forward 80% of it is based on fact so that is perhaps unsurprising It s exceptionally well written and whilst you understand that it s at least part autobiographical you are entertained by the fiction of it too It was enlightening and depressing for me to discover how brutal the American penal system used to be and perhaps still is Les gives us insight into the criminal mind and was brutally frank about the fears and problems inmates face on a daily basis It s clear that society s problems run deeper than we all understand and no slick talking politician s tough stance on crime will ever provide an all encompassing solution.I don t know if I should use the word enjoy in the context of the subject matter of this novel but the author s openness and ever present humour made the tough subject matter much easier to swallow I ve been lucky enough to chat to the author and I can tell you he s as open and candid as this book suggests His humour is as disarming as it is in the novel An excellent read that will remain with me every time I see a prison film I ll be thinking It s NOT Just Like That Since Les Edgerton is not only a mentor but a friend of mine, let there be no pretense of objectivity here Writer Working regulars know that I usually link up to a bio the first time I mention a writer s name in one of these commentaries Here, though, you have to read the book That s the bio that matters Just Like That is, he says,than 80% autobiographical, though he gives only a peek at what is and isn t fiction in the intro What is real is a look into the criminal world Not just a Since Les Edgerton is not only a mentor but a friend of mine, let there be no pretense of objectivity here Writer Working regulars know that I usually link up to a bio the first time I mention a writer s name in one of these commentaries Here, though, you have to read the book That s the bio that matters Just Like That is, he says,than 80% autobiographical, though he gives only a peek at what is and isn t fiction in the intro What is real is a look into the criminal world Not just a peep show, either Just Like that opens with a couple of ex cons on a road trip they travel from Indiana to Louisiana in a picaresque adventure, flexing their freedom, fighting and stealing as they go Nothing serious, just to get along Here s where we start to understand a little of what goes on between the ears of outlaws Actually, we begin to realize that we don t understand at all We get a brief look, like at a passing train We don t understand because they don t either, and they don t spend much time reflecting about it Early on, Jake goes into a convenience store for the same reason everyone else does pick up a few supplies A couple of fairly insignificant things happen, and he suddenly adjourns to his car, where he grabs his pistol, walks back in, robs the place Even threatens to blow a little boy s kneecap if he doesn t obey his mother Why He doesn t know He could use the cash, sure, but there s not much of that He has no plan about before, after, or during Just does it I m reminded of the character Richie Nix in El Leonard s Killshot see Writer working, July 25 who shoots and robs on impulse Something rang true to me about Richie Les s Jake, drawn from his own experience, seems to confirm that truth Most of these crimes are the product of unplanned, indiscriminate action Look for plot, planning, goals, you re looking for something you won t find Just Like That doesn t stay on the road, though It migrates to the most unpicaresque environment imaginable the penitentiary Jake has recidivist buds there, and they engage in a number of survivalist actions that, unlike most of their actions on the bricks outside , do take some planning and plotting Enthralling reading Lean and mean, unscented and unflowered prose The characters especially Jake do engage in some reflection here He even reads and rereads Moby Dick He delivers a couple very instructive rants about how much you can trust the veracity of Hollywood s version of prison life Hint Not at all There are a couple of puzzling repetitions of these Bad editing Making sure the reader gets the point Dunno Jakes musings also include lots of contemplation of relationships hetero , homo , undefinable sexual Two of the points I hadn t thought about a big reason for the dearth of true inside info MSNBC s wall to wall Lockup included about prisons are, first, so many hard core inmates are semi literate that they couldn t write true accounts if they wanted to Which they don t Second, they re never going to tell a camera or a reporter what they tell their colleagues They ll proclaim their innocence to the ends of the earth if you ask them If their cellmate asks them Fuckin A I did it, and a lotand it was fun And so is Just Like That fun And scary To be able to run around the world with that kind of abandon Even us regular citizens love the idea If we had the guts Or the idiocy Or whatever it takes Just Like That does have what it takes Kindle bookDon t have a Kindle You can download it to your PC or Mac Les will tell you how on his Lesedgertononwriting blog And or he ll personally instruct you at your house And bring the beer Of course, as he reminds us, he does write fiction.Writer Working signing off You re on your own If JUST LIKE THAT would have been a short story collection, it would have been called something along the lines of Felon Stories but since it s a novel, JUST LIKE THAT works fine as a title But is it really a novel or is it an hybrid, novelish memoir true crime prison book It s all that Edgerton warns us that about 80% of JUST LIKE THAT is based on his own life, which adds a layer of flavor to an already soulful story of sin, redemption and friendship in the unlikeliest places.You will lear If JUST LIKE THAT would have been a short story collection, it would have been called something along the lines of Felon Stories but since it s a novel, JUST LIKE THAT works fine as a title But is it really a novel or is it an hybrid, novelish memoir true crime prison book It s all that Edgerton warns us that about 80% of JUST LIKE THAT is based on his own life, which adds a layer of flavor to an already soulful story of sin, redemption and friendship in the unlikeliest places.You will learn a lot about how the underworld works, in JUST LIKE THAT About how the people you read about and watch on television really think, feel and want Sure it has a bizarre, tortuous structure It doesn t really have a beginning or an end But it s not meant to be that It s not meant to give you a self affirming life lesson Some books just let you observe the fascinating, bewildering narrative fabric they re made of A book that takes the reader on a journey like none other I ve ever read Often times I found myself laughing out loud at Edgerton s sheer audacity though Just Like That s true power resides in how it so incisively, and brazenly, shreds the myths embedded in any layman s understanding of prisons and the people who occupy them, cons and hacks alike If there s acourageous writer working the crime beat these days, I haven t read him. JUST LIKE THAT begins with a lengthy foreward in which we learn the prison stories road movie book we are about to read is 80 85% true With the brilliant edginess of Edgerton s writing even in the foreward I was left in no doubt I would be in for quite a ride And not all of it comfortable.JLT begins with the central character, Jake Mayes, in prison Eating beans We were having beans this meal That s not news when we don t have beans, that s news My main concern was not biting down on JUST LIKE THAT begins with a lengthy foreward in which we learn the prison stories road movie book we are about to read is 80 85% true With the brilliant edginess of Edgerton s writing even in the foreward I was left in no doubt I would be in for quite a ride And not all of it comfortable.JLT begins with the central character, Jake Mayes, in prison Eating beans We were having beans this meal That s not news when we don t have beans, that s news My main concern was not biting down on a rock There are rocks all the time in the beans If I looked around, I would see everyone else eating the same way I was Carefully, so as not to bit down on a rock As if I cared.This single paragraph is a brilliant example of Les Edgerton s writing The attention to detail details that can only come from someone who knows an atmosphere created through these details, and the character of Jake Mayes laid out before us like a corpse The fact Edgerton does all this within the first paragraph indicates a writer that knows exactly what he is doing.As we follow Jake through parole and onto the streets, we have a hope he will turn his life around, make something of it But Jake, Jake is a man with a broken heart that is falling to pieces and hardening by the day Next thing we know, Jake is phoning up his pal Bud, and a nihilistic road trip ensues in which the two men lurch from one town to the next, beer and women, and enough money for both, their only object Eventually, Jake and Bud go their separate ways, and Jake ends up back in the joint.Indeed, JLT is muchof a prison story than a road trip.But therein lies its strength.The prison sections are astounding in their detail, their atmosphere And, in places, truly frightening There are two particular scenes in the book that I read with my eyes popping out.As Jake settles down to a life of prison, writing years of his life off, preferring the company of the friends he is banged up with to a life on the outside, I became genuinely saddened, such is the power of Edgerton s prose But through the cold hearted violence and the bravado and the dripping tension of prison life, I kept remembering that broken heart And through it all, it kept on beating.They say there is nothingdangerous than a man with nothing to lose If you can imagine Mark Twain pumped with amphetamines, brandishing a straight razor and a big grin you sort of get close to Les Edgerton.JUST LIKE THAT is an astonishing book Jake Mayes, ex con and tough guy, decides to take a road trip with Bud, a cell mate from the worst prison in the US First he needs some money so Mayes robs a garage, then takes off Through bar fights, hookers androbberies Mayes makes a living.However, before long Mayes gets caught and is back inside where he experiencesof the tough side of life.This weekend I stand accused of being a bad father, and it s all Les Edgerton s fault You see in a typical week I am away for at least fou Jake Mayes, ex con and tough guy, decides to take a road trip with Bud, a cell mate from the worst prison in the US First he needs some money so Mayes robs a garage, then takes off Through bar fights, hookers androbberies Mayes makes a living.However, before long Mayes gets caught and is back inside where he experiencesof the tough side of life.This weekend I stand accused of being a bad father, and it s all Les Edgerton s fault You see in a typical week I am away for at least four days, so when home it s family time.Then I received Just Like That and trouble flared because I just read and ignored everyone.One aspect to note up front The author states in the opening chapter that the book is 80 to 85% autobiographical It s not clear what s fiction and what isn t But I don t think this affects the overall read, it adds to it.The book opens with the author in prison and we receive a brief glimpse of life inside Once he makes parole Jake Mayes impulsively decides to go on a road trip with a fellow ex inmate, Bud The first half of Just Like That comprises the trip, then in the second half he s back in prison for another robbery and in the process got shot.Just Like That is not your average criminal recounting his experiences, far from it This is a fascinating, enthralling tale What differentiates it is the author makes absolutely no attempt to hide several aspects For one, quite early Mayes Edgerton admits his fear at living in a prison, how you have to adapt to a new set of behaviours and the implications if you fail are by turns revealing and chilling This is a tough guy, who had a difficult upbringing and spent several years inside what was named as the worst prison in the US Afraid Surely not Secondly Mayes Edgerton makes no attempt to justify his actions, no statements of it was my childhood etc It is what it is and I liked the refreshing no nonsense honesty Here s an example from early on in the text to illustrate The author is in a garage, and is considering on a whim robbing it, but sees a child acting up for his mother Kid, I said, crooking my finger at him and bending over Kid, you get the cranberry juice like your mama told you I got a gun in here and if you don t I m going to shoot you in the leg He stood there a minute and I was half out the door when he came screaming up to his mom.This is very typical of the straight talking Mayes Edgerton narrative.Third, Mayes Edgerton recounts some events that are particularly shocking and very personal to him that frankly nobody should have to experience Again there s no justification for it, it s part of life If you let your guard down at all the jackals bite It s scary Then the rest of the book covers how Mayes Edgerton deals with overcoming this personal challenge Other events in the book include a riot and several murders Strong stuff.Another thread running through the novel is Mayes Edgerton s relationship with an ex, a hooker called Donna She s nuts but the author cannot get her out of his head Early on Mayes Edgerton briefly states he attempted suicide, again it s simply a matter of fact Towards the end it s revealed why through the recounting of past events It s well done and adds another layer.I thoroughly enjoyed Just Like That It s fascinating, challenging, difficult, funny, human and inhuman peppered with moments that are sometimes times hard to take, but delivered without pomp, fanfare or a desire for sympathy or tears Originally reviewed for Books Pals blog May have received free review copy I loved this book The narrative bounces along with its own in built energy, like the engine in a 1964 Mustang that refuses to stop even after you ve switched it off and trousered the key Les throws a lot of the writing book out the window in this one, followed by large parts of the grammar primer, and yet, the voice comes across as curiously educated To take just two examples, he says himself everywhere when hisself might have been justified, anything in places where I would have expect I loved this book The narrative bounces along with its own in built energy, like the engine in a 1964 Mustang that refuses to stop even after you ve switched it off and trousered the key Les throws a lot of the writing book out the window in this one, followed by large parts of the grammar primer, and yet, the voice comes across as curiously educated To take just two examples, he says himself everywhere when hisself might have been justified, anything in places where I would have expected nuthin as in nobody saw anything The word if is noticeably absent all over the place, as in You re smart, you try and become invisible For anyone that needs to know what prison in the USA is really like, this book is Prison USA 101 A minor gripe I had with the book was a couple of passages where he repeated himself The one serious gripe I had was the way the narrative was set aside every now and then to educate the reader on Tinseltown prison movie bullshit I would have preferred to draw my own conclusions on that score.Still a five star book with a strong, throbbing storyline and an angry voice telling it I learned a lot about the criminal mind Robbers rob for the adrenaline rush muchthan the financial rewards who knew I also learned a few new words along the way I gather book as a verb means to run, a hack is a prison officer, a kielbasa is a Polish sausage or a euphemism A few other words and phrases that I couldn t decipher I plan to ask Les to translate As you d expect from a master of the arts of noir writing, there were some wonderful turns of phrase, like his face as white as an Eskimo s ass and you were going to go back and sit in your fucking cell and give names to your toes As I drew near the end of the book I was gutted, but consoled by the fact that I have another of his books on my kindle The Perfect Crime God only knows where he ll go with his forthcoming books, The Bitch and The Rape Les Edgerton takes incidents from his own early life and commits them to electronic paper with an honesty and integrity that you come across all too rarely Just Like That starts as a buddy book ends as a jailhouse book, the two sides weighted almost equally It barely let s up with the action as Jake, Les alter ego, goes from one bad choice to another and ends up back in Pendleton jail for the failed robbery of a bar A nasty, to put it mildly, encounter with another inmate colours the res Les Edgerton takes incidents from his own early life and commits them to electronic paper with an honesty and integrity that you come across all too rarely Just Like That starts as a buddy book ends as a jailhouse book, the two sides weighted almost equally It barely let s up with the action as Jake, Les alter ego, goes from one bad choice to another and ends up back in Pendleton jail for the failed robbery of a bar A nasty, to put it mildly, encounter with another inmate colours the rest of the book from here as the daily grind and desperation of jail life unfolds and ends in murder What stood out for me was the writing style it s written in a conversational first person tone that really draws you in and keeps you reading even though some of the events descibed are really grim Must be the years behind the barbers chair that have honed that kind of storytelling style Obvious comparisons here to the work of Eddie Bunker as they both cover similar terrain but Mr Edgerton throws in a welcome sense of black humour without smoothing the edges too much Will be checking out the rest of Mr Edgertons output he has at least 3novels a short story collection out soon as this one hit the spot Enjoy Les Edgerton S Buddy Novel, JUST LIKE THAT, Is Based On An Actual Trip He Took With An Ex Prison Cellmate Under Similar Circumstances As Protagonist Jake Mayes Does In This Narrative The Scenes In Pendleton Are Also Based On True Experiences He Had While Incarcerated Approximately % Of The Novel Is Taken From Real Life Jake And His Pal Bud S Journey Begins Six Months After He Is Released On Parole And Is Occasioned When His Girlfriend Donna Dumps Him And Aborts Their Child After An Aborted Suicide Attempt Where The Norelco Shaver Cord He Used To Hang Himself Broke, On An Impulse The Source Of The Title Everything In Jake S Life Happens Just Like That He Calls Up Bud, Who Lives By The Same Credo, And The Two Take Off With No Particular Destination In Mind They Re Just Going South Somewhere Where It S Warm An Hour Before They Leave, Jake On Another Impulse, Holds Up A Convenience Store To Get Some Traveling Money Ultimately, They End Up In New Orleans And Then Lake Charles, Louisiana And From There, Back To Indiana Along The Way Are Many Watercooler Moments, Such As When An Inmate Sinks A Meat Cleaver Into Another Inmate S Blue Clad Stomach, A Physical Encounter With Two Rednecks In Kentucky Where Bud Shoots One Of The Men, The Bullet Bouncing Harmlessly Off The Man S Thick Skull, Jake S Ongoing Romance With Donna, The Funeral Of Jake S Father Which He Attends With A Whore, Multiple Burglaries, Armed Robberies, A Brief Affair With A Black Woman, And An Adventure With A Drunk Santa Claus Near The End Jake Takes Another Fall When He Is Caught Burglarizing A Bar Back In Ft Wayne, Indiana And Gets Shot In The Leg And Is Returned To Pendleton Where He Kills The Inmate He D Had A Nasty Encounter During His First Stay In Prison In The Process, Jake S Philosophy Of Life Undergoes A Sea Change And He Comes Up With This Portions Of JUST LIKE THAT Have Previously Appeared As Short Stories In The Literary Magazines High Plains Literary Review, Murdaland, And Flatmancrooked The Story That Appeared In High Plains Was Nominated For A Pushcart Prize And Was Selected For Inclusion In Houghton Mifflin S Best American Mystery Stories, As A Note Of Possible Interest, Cathy Johns, The PR Director And Assistant Warden Of The Farm The Infamous Louisiana State Prison At Angola Read This Novel And Told Edgerton That He D Captured The True Spirit Of The Criminal Mind Better Than Anything She D Ever Read Just Like That is a novel from Les Edgerton A writer with a chequered past, he has a wealth of stories to tell, and Just Like That is based primarily on a road trip he actually took with another ex con And it s a great tale from start to finish.Edgerton is highly adept at storytelling, and that is what Just Like That is It s a story, told to the reader, taking them on a journey throughout What makes this novel stand out however, is the way in which the story is written Reading Just L Just Like That is a novel from Les Edgerton A writer with a chequered past, he has a wealth of stories to tell, and Just Like That is based primarily on a road trip he actually took with another ex con And it s a great tale from start to finish.Edgerton is highly adept at storytelling, and that is what Just Like That is It s a story, told to the reader, taking them on a journey throughout What makes this novel stand out however, is the way in which the story is written Reading Just Like That was an incredibly visceral experience I ve not read anything with as much heart or reality in a long time.The characters are excellently well rounded As a reader, just as you start to feel empathy for one, they will commit an act so rash, and with emotion it ll have you questioning your own ability to read people But you ll stick with it, because the characters are so interesting, you ll be right there with them to the end

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