A small Baptist church in Arkansas should be easy pickings for a natural born con man like Geoffrey Webb. But after talking himself into a cushy job as a youth minister, he becomes obsessed with the preacher's teenage daughter. When their relationship is discovered by a corrupt local sheriff named Doolittle Norris, Webb's easy life begins to fall apart. Backed by a family of psychotic hillbillies, Sheriff Norris forces Webb into a deadly scheme to embezzle money from the church. What the Norris clan doesn't understand is that Geoffrey Webb is more dangerous than he looks, and he has brutal plans of his own.
I’ll be honest, I don’t know a busting lot about this author to be truthful, though I have now established that he can write! He has had two books published to date. His other title, The Posthumous Man I have on my kindle-pc-reader-thingy also.
At 200-odd pages long, I should have finished this a lot more quickly than I did. I managed about 60 pages on my first day of opening it, before circumstance conspired to keep me away from my laptop. Earlier this week, I got back to it, soon picking up where I left off and blitzed through the last 140 pages in a few hours early morning reading, whilst the rest of the house slept.
This was a strange little book with an engaging but manipulative protagonist; one with his eye on the prize of the preacher’s daughter. Geoffrey Webb, our main man, intent on showing Angela, more than just a path to the Lord, meets his match (or does he) when he crosses paths with the Sheriff in a small Arkansas town.
Violent, funny, irreverent and for me enjoyable and entertaining; Hell on Church Street doesn’t deal in happy endings, but was a blast while it lasted. Hinkson’s portrayal of a small town church community with its petty squabbles and manoeuvrings was fantastic.
Not the sort of book that is ever likely to trouble the best-seller lists, and it probably won’t appeal to a lot of readers. It worked well for me though.
4 stars from 5....and an immediate reshuffling of Mount TBR putting The Posthumous Man closer to the top.
I got this sometime last year on Amazon.