The Redemption of Charlie McCoy

The Redemption of Charlie McCoy

by CD Wilsher

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Ask Charlie McCoy who he is, he’d say, “I’m a thief.” Ask others and they’d tell you he’s a loner, he seems to care for nobody, and he believes there’s nobody who cares for him.

Charlie is set up to take the fall for a burglary of a powerful mob boss’s house. But he gets the drop on his partner, and he manages to escape with his life and a bag full of CD-ROMs that incriminate some dirty politicians. Now both the mob and the FBI are in hot pursuit.

He’s on his way out of town when his ex-wife unexpectedly saddles him with Amy, his smartass, know-it-all thirteen-year-old daughter. He barely knows Amy, and there are things he’s not telling her, such as how he makes a living; but she seems to understand Charlie better than he does himself--such as how he could be better than what he is.

When the mob tortures and murders his ex-wife in an effort to locate Charlie, he realizes he’s all that Amy has left. Now time is running out for him to engineer an escape while insuring neither of them ends up dead.

"A wonderfully offbeat caper with smart characters wielding guns and razor-sharp dialogue." -- Kirkus Reviews

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BN ID: 2940154121290
Publisher: CD Wilsher
Publication date: 04/12/2017
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 509 KB

About the Author

I’ve been a lawyer for thirty-three years and so I am experienced in dealing with conmen, liars, and thieves. And that’s just the other lawyers! The legal profession does cause you to see people at their worst, their most desperate, and their most wounded. It’s easy to be cynical when you’ve deal with the legal system, but once in a while a glimmer of humanity manages to peep through. And it’s all of grist for the crime novelist’s mill. Be sure to check out my blog Post Industrial Noir at

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The Redemption of Charlie McCoy 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
chrucas2 More than 1 year ago
The Redemption of Charlie McCoy by CD Wilsher This story is about a guy (Charlie McCoy) who isn't the worst man in the world, but he certainly is not a good person. He's kind of a dead beat Dad, which is why his daughter Amy doesn't have a good relationship with him. Amy's Mother decides it is a good idea to leave Amy with her Dad on the weekend. This just happens to be the weekend that Charlie has agreed to do a "job". This "job" happens to be stealing from the mob! Charlie would have never done something so serious, but he is in major financial trouble. He didn't really have much of a choice. As you can probably imagine, the job goes wrong and Charlie takes the fall. There are tons of interesting characters, awesome action and violence, and even relationship problems. If you decide to read this amazing book, be prepared to be busy with it for quite a while! You will not be able to put the book down. This isn't one of those books that you read a couple of chapters, put it away and come back to it. Nope! I don't usually like violent stories, but this is done in a very interesting way. Even the violent scenes have a reason for being put there. I absolutely loved this book! I may have to read it again.
Barnseys_Books More than 1 year ago
Charlie McCoy is set up by small-time crook Mo Baker to be the fall guy for a burglary on mob boss Phil Adonis' home. It doesn't go according to plan and he ends up shooting Mo dead. Unable to see any other way out, Charlie goes on the run with his ill-gotten gains and, unexpectedly, his teenage daughter. He discovers the bag from the burglary doesn't contain the heap of cash he was expecting; it actually contains Phil Adonis' 'sensitive' financial information on a bunch of CD-ROMs.... and Phil's coming to get them back with his band of psycho henchmen! Charlie McCoy is the quintessential lovable rogue. He's done some bad s**t and done his time. He's determined he's not going back inside for another stretch. His relationship with daughter Amy is complicated. The divorce from ex-wife Carol and absence from Amy's life have left her with a far from perfect view of him. During their time on the run, their relationship is fully explored and this, for me, is what makes the book such a good read. There's plenty of action, the story flows well and the pacing is excellent. The author has a talent for writing that is distinctly evident. My only quibble is the unprofessional looking cover art which doesn't do the book justice. Sort the cover and the book really would be the whole package.
Blackcrayon More than 1 year ago
This is an action packed, sitting on the edge of your seat story from the first page to the last page. I will say this is definitely not a short book by no means but the author does an amazing job of structuring the story in a way that as a reader you do not notice the length or really even mind the length. Many stories will have its upbeat, fast paced parts but also have those parts that are slow and kind of unimportant to the storyline, I can say I did not find this happening in this story, all parts in the end are shown have a reason for being placed where they were. I also loved how the author was able to switch between each character storyline with each new chapter without the reader having any confusion of whose storyline they were reading at that point, which I found as an issue with books that have as many different storylines as this one does. The author does a great job also at making sure each character is complex with their own unique back story, which yes is one reason that the story is as long as it is. Yet I will say that even with the degree of detail, everything presented had a reason for being there and did not drag the story down at all, it just added to it. The beginning I will also say and a few other parts throughout the story (especially the gore factor) reminded me a lot of Quinton Tarantino movies, and as speaking as a huge Tarantino fan this was a major major plus! If I had to say anything negative about the book or anything I would change, first would be there were some words that I found misspelled, so maybe a little more carefulness in editing. Also, this book is a prime example of not judging a book by its cover. The cover currently is very plain and I feel for how much action is in this story it is to plain and maybe people would pass over it without ever actually trying to find out what the book is about. Need to be more attention grabbing, maybe even have more to actually do with the story itself. So in conclusion, I highly highly highly recommend this book. 5 out of 5 stars all the way!
VondaNelson More than 1 year ago
The Redemption of Charlie McCoy by CD Wilsher is an excellent story that follows the life of the main character, Charlie McCoy. McCoy is a man living on the wrong side of the law and he has been for his entire life. He is known for his breaking and entering skills and McCoy is relying on those skills to pay off a debt that he owes to those involved in organized crime. However, McCoy gets set up on a job that goes down in a way he never expected. The information stolen on this job proves to be quite valuable, but leaves McCoy scrambling to save his life and that of his estranged daughter. McCoy is willing to do whatever it takes to protect himself and his daughter and to keep him from returning to prison. He knows the information he has stolen will somehow be his saving grace! Wilsher does a superb job in this novel of creating excitement and suspense with all the twists and turns between the characters of the story. Wilsher provides organized crime through the mob families, high ranking officials in the FBI who have been committing crimes off the books for decades, all the way down to the small time crimes of one man, Charlie McCoy. The author also manages to weave in an intricate storyline between Charlie and his daughter, Amy and because of her we get to see the redemption of Charlie McCoy in this novel. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys crime thrillers. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering where the twists and turns of the story will take you next. You will want to hate Charlie McCoy, but in the end you can’t help rooting for him and the take down of the evil forces swirling around in the tangled web of deceit created by author, CD Wilsher. I give The Redemption of Charlie McCoy 5 out of 5 stars!
Leonid480 More than 1 year ago
A Gripping Tale getting into this book I found it hard to put down. It is gripping crime novel that has no truly graphic violence, or the aftermath thereof, and no gratuitous sexual descriptions. I appreciate that in a novel and I am sure many of you readers do too. I hate to get into a book and regret I bought it due to the graphic nature of its contents. The characters were very distinct from one another and developed well. Great tension played out in the father daughter dynamic. Good pace, multiple characters with their storylines converging naturally together into an exciting close to the story. There were at least a dozen clear errors, edit corrections that were missed, which almost caused me to give this book only three stars, but it is just a good tale appropriate for almost all ages. Besides, with e-books those errors may be gone by now.
CodyBCB More than 1 year ago
No lack of explosive drama here! Try and be bored reading this… just try. I dare ya! But seriously, this was one roller coaster ride that I was not expecting. It’s a fast read, one I finished in just a few sittings, and the brisk narrative is perfect tempo for a book of this genre. Christopher Wisher uses great word economy and doesn’t bore us with too many unnecessary details, but we can still really feel like we are a part of the story, especially because of the various POV’s. But the characters were great, and I liked Charlie and will be interested to see what he does next (if anything…..) . Fast, focused, and with great tension and a nice emotional element, “The Redemption of Charlie McCoy” is a riveting and addicting joyride and sure to please fans of suspense thrillers and crime novels.
LaylaM1 More than 1 year ago
"The Redemption of Charlie McCoy” by Christopher Wilsher seems to have something of everything… seriously. Action, drama, crime, mystery, personal struggles, humor, and suspense… but I was impressed by the seamless narrative transitions throughout the alternating chapters, and while I’m not usually a fan of frequent alternating POV’s (I prefer to focus in on one character) it didn’t bother me here much as I enjoyed Mr. Wilsher’s skillful word-play and the way that the characters in their own world/time did a great job of progressing the storyline. Always found myself reading for longer than I planned to, as there was never a good place to just “stop”. This is good too. This book will have wide ranging appeal, and I can see fans of mystery and crime fiction gobbling it up. Probably best suited for adults.
JennaBrewster More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Holey moley, this book was terrific! Once I started reading I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the whole thing! It was all I could do though not to rush it so I could enjoy it. I enjoyed the author’s “voice” and style of writing. The interweaving storylines were intelligent, well-developed and not predictable, and having it mostly be from the angle of Carlie, the criminal (instead of the ‘good guy’) made it all the more fascinating and fun. I really enjoyed it! Great jo of character development with him – at first I worried he’d fall flat but the introduction of Amy made him more complex and gave him more depth. The other characters were all genuine and interesting in their own right and mostly well-written, but some felt very flimsy and just like ‘names’.. This book covers so many topics, yet it all fits well together in a unique blend of action and human interactions and introspection with quirky personalities and crazy characters that you never quite know if you can trust. The story itself was fairly fast-paced (sometimes TOO fast paced, actually), but overall it flowed well, which is tricky considering the frequently changing point of view for different chapters. One thing I particularly liked was how we really felt like we were part of the story as it unfolded, instead of it just being “told” to us, on the outside looking in. We feel like we are a part of this wild ride and I recommend wholeheartedly for fans of crime suspense and mystery
MegKing More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Okay just a heads up…when starting “The Redemption of Charlie McCoy” by Christopher Wilsher make sure you don’t have anywhere you need to be or anything you need to do because you won’t want to stop reading until you’ve finished it all!! Trust me on this! The book starts off with an engaging and enticing beginning pulls you into Charlies shady world and seedy lifestyle and just keeps going from there. The characters of Charlie McCoy and his young daughter Amy are so genuine and authentic you feel like you know them personally. I think what I liked the most about this book was just the overall feel the author managed to create where it felt intimate, like a close friend was telling me this really awesome story that I didn’t want to stop listening to. There are some surprising twists and some parts that really catch you off guard – some shocking and some confusing (lol)… but that just made this book even more amazing and fun to read. Recommend.
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book!! I thought it was excellently written and really original in terms of storyline and in delivery. I’ve read books in this genre before, but how the whole story tied together in the bigger picture felt really inventive and fresh. At times, I wondered if the author would be able to tie up all the loose ends and make a cohesive, believable story, but I must say he definitely managed to do it! It kept my attention from the opening to the satisfying ending. It is a fast read (due to the quick tempo and short chapters) but there is a ton of drama in these pages. Christopher Wilsher skillfully develops the various storylines so that we the readers are thoroughly invested the whole way through. I liked his writing style very much, extremely clean narrative, rapid-fire dialogue and great tension. Didn’t want to stop reading and found myself completely lost in this world he recanted night after night. Was almost disappointed when I was done, but the ending gave the emotional satisfaction I look for in a great book. Well done. Recommend to fans of mystery, suspense, crime thrillers, or anyone who just enjoys an entertaining, well-written story with lots of drama and action.
SamRyan More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I found myself wavering while reading “The Redemption of Charlie McCoy” by Christopher Wilsher. At first, I was immediately interested in the story, and became immersed in the interesting world building and complex plot development and the characters, especially Charlie. I liked the style of narration, even though third-person present tense isn’t normally my favorite it does work well here. Adds a certain urgency that works for the tone of the book. But there were times I felt the story wasn’t as focused as I’d like, erratic and inconsistent, with some conversations and scenes maybe weren’t necessary and perhaps could have been eliminated to tighten the overall tension some. But at the same time, the pacing was fast, and there was pretty much nonstop action and some crazy developments toward the end that had me totally hooked. It felt fresh and unpredictable, always a nice experience--especially in the thriller/crime genre where so much feels derivative and predictable--, and it had a certain intelligence and emotional depth that you don’t normally see with many of these types of books, was interesting to see it come together. I enjoyed the author’s voice, and was satisfied with the ending…. Seems like maybe there might be more? But some really awesome characters (esp. Charlie) and very polished in terms of formatting and editing. I would happily read more from Wilsher in the future.
JhonniP More than 1 year ago
"The Redemption of Charlie McCoy” by Christopher Wilsher is one of the more riveting and original and well-crafted books I’ve read in a while. But in my opinion, it did slow down for me after the opener, not for lack of action, but it was almost like being shot out of a cannon with few bearings. Occasionally the narrative was too ‘telling’ and vague for my liking (like “it looked like a scene straight out of hell” or “his expression changes”….to what? Can’t picture anything.) So I would have liked more details and fleshing out of scenes and more ‘showing’ of events that left me frustrated at times. But I kept reading and was able to experience a really cool story. We feel transported not only into the lives of some pretty unique characters (who grow on you – didn’t like Charlie at first, but this changed) and his amazing life experiences… and it was a wonderful and entertaining escape from reality. “Redemption…” covers so, so much it’s impossible to sum up, but it felt like I was living through the lives of these characters, and it was interesting to see how it all tied together in the end, which I thought was great! I was really impressed and would love to read more from Christopher Wilsher in the future
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars I’ll be the first to admit that “The Redemption of Charlie McCoy” wouldn’t be my normal type of read (I’m more of a fantasy and romance gal) but I’ve been wanting to read more out of my comfort zone lately and expand my tastes… the premise and sample looked intriguing so I thought I’d give it a chance. I’d so glad I did! It was far more exciting and emotionally engaging than I would’ve guessed, and I found myself flipping the pages as fast as I could to see what would happen. I was totally wrapped up in the drama and felt pulled into the characters’ lives, (especially Charlie and his daughter Amy), but I liked how the chapters showed the different perspectives from each character so we really get a well-rounded view of the whole story as it passes through time. Liked that this is more character driven than a typical action/mystery or suspense book, and I liked that it wasn’t predictable in fact the rug gets pulled out from under you a few times which is something even a jaded reader like myself can appreciate! If there’s more adventures from Charlie in the future I’d be happy to read them.
-Cale-Owens- More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book that captured my attention from the beginning, pulled me in, and never once let go- quite a feat considering I have such a short attention span for boring books and no patience if it isn’t written well and professionally edited. But “The Redemption of Charlie McCoy” excels on all accounts and I enjoyed every page. Each scene was engaging, imaginative, and flowed smoothly from one to the next… never a “dull part” where you get bored or want to skip ahead… in fact almost the opposite with the various interweaving plotlines and going from one character’s head and event to the next. The descriptions were very minimal, and the conversations with the characters rapid-fire. Sometimes feels more like talking heads and I got confused who was speaking. But the fast pace does work well for the genre. Because of the literary style of the alternating chapter perspectives for different characters, I felt like I was genuinely inside their heads experiencing their version of the world through their eyes, for better or worse. I like that while even though this book contained some familiar themes and tropes necessary for a mystery/suspense, it still felt really unique and unlike anything I’ve read before. I would love to read more from Mr. Wilsher in the future as he has a natural gift for creating a well-thought out story and bringing memorable characters to life in a profound and impactful way that not only entertains, but also provides a real human experience as well. A good read for fans of crime/thrillers and suspense novels.
LauraClarke More than 1 year ago
To be honest, it took me some time to get into this book, and at first I wasn’t really sure where it was going…after the intriguing beginning I just couldn’t find the hook… the reason that I would care about the story and what I was reading. There is little emotional connection with the characters and they come across as paper thin for a very long time and there is so much ‘happening’ off the bat it takes some work to feel grounded in the story. But then the more I read the more I got into it, and then by half way I was totally in to it. Mr. Wilsher did a great job at creating some really interesting characters and bringing the them to life in an unusual and unexpected way, and also in keeping us on our toes… some crazy events at the end, and I was so curious to see how it would all work out, but it did in a really bizarre sort of way…. I appreciated that this book wasn’t all flash with no substance – the author touches on some complex subject matter here that I thought was discussed in a way that was organic and real…shows a different side of the character that could easily be one-dimensional but shows more sides of the man. Makes him more relatable to all of us, I think. Overall very well done and I’d recommend this without hesitation. Recommended for mature teens on up.(
NicolaF More than 1 year ago
I had a great time reading “The Redemption of Charlie McCoy” by CD Wilsher. Almost non-stop drama and a fast moving plot kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. The writing was excellent, very few errors as far as I could tell which is always a huge plus on my end. I hate sloppy editing! One of the more ‘creative’ takes on a crime/drama that I’ve read, and really enjoyed how our protagonist is a ‘bad’ guy (who evolves…. Sort of) Wilsher infused authentic, interesting characters and a compelling storyline that kept us turning the pages– it was actually fun to read. I was really impressed with the writing style, the quick pacing and minimal word choice works well here, but I could have used more detailing/descriptions on some things. Occasionally felt too rushed and I couldn’t picture the scene well (or the characters) but the story itself was good, there is impressive character development and unpredictable twists. Fast paced and fun. Recommend.
BrendaMax More than 1 year ago
I’m a huge fan of crime, mystery and suspense and I read them all the time. Unfortunately, after a while many of them start to feel the same, like many authors---especially new ones---are using the same recycled plot over and over again. But I like trying out new authors and thought the premise of “The Redemption of Charlie McCoy” sounded interesting, and I liked that it had more of a ‘character’ angle with Charlie and his relationship with his daughter (rather than just being about the crimes/action (if that makes sense). But while I fully admit I didn’t have the highest expectations going in…well, consider me blown away! I read “Redemption…” in a few short nights, quite a feat considering I have no free time! Christopher Wilsher is a natural writer, and I was sucked in by the way he weaved so many interesting characters and twisted individual plotlines together to create a wholly addicting story that I couldn’t put down until the final, satisfying conclusion. It was really fast-paced with snappy dialogue and super short chapters that were free from many clichés that riddle this genre, but when they are there they work okay. I was curious to see how this would all work out in the end, and I wasn’t at all disappointed, even though it’s not really how you expect it to end – but it works for the spirit of the story. A thought-provoking read that is different from much out there that is solidly- written and professionally executed. Recommend for fans of mystery/suspense/drama.