Coming in November from Down & Out Books: ADRENALINE JUNKIE, a Memoir by Les Edgerton
About ADRENALINE JUNKIE …
Adrenaline Junkie is more than a renowned, multi-award-
Why was he compelled to be the best he could be in all his endeavors—legal or otherwise. What drove him to excel, then flee success, only to strive for supremacy in another field?
Adrenaline Junkie holds the answers. With nothing held back. With his life-saving humor, an indomitable spirit, and a fierce courage to expose the ugly and painful. Like the tough, raw, vulnerable characters Les writes about in his short stories and novels, he exposes us to a man fighting against family, society, and his own sense of injustice. Fighting for a moment—regardless of how fleeting—to feel in control of his life. And, as uncomfortable at times as Les's life adventure may be for us to witness, we come away grateful he took us with him.
So settle back. Meet a real-life, twenty-first-
Advance praise for ADRENALINE JUNKIE …
"In a way, Edgerton already wrote Adrenaline Junkie in his crime novels. With the veneer of fiction removed, his always entertaining, often enlightening, sometimes infuriating and unapologetic stories hit even harder. Without any doubt, Edgerton is one of the great storytellers of fiction—and now non-fiction."
"Having survived an American Gothic horror story of a childhood, unrepentant former thief, dope dealer, hedonist, Navy hellraiser, and porn actor, Les Edgerton—now a writer and teacher—tells a tale of many tales: If Scheherazade were an old pirate who got away with the gold, this would be his opus." —Earl Javorsky, author of Down to No Good
"Les Edgerton's expertly told memoir is in turns tragic, thrilling, funny and heart-breaking. Adrenaline Junkie is a powerful blend of coming-of-age story, family drama and low-life crime thriller." —Paul D. Brazill, author of Last Year's Man
"Adrenaline Junkie should be on any prospective (or established)
"Filled with stories of knifings, armed robberies, brutal prison fights, and Charles Manson (yes, that Charles Manson!), Edgerton proves that life can be stranger than fiction. But Edgerton isn't just a guy with a tough story to tell. He's a poet who startles you with sentences both stark and darkly beautiful. An astonishing accomplishment."
"A compelling, beautifully written story of an extraordinary man who has lived on both sides of the tracks, seen through the bullshit and the hypocrisies, and come out saner and stronger for it. Much like Harcamone at Fontevrault, or a hero in a Johnny Cash song, a huge, Promethean work of major significance and scale." —Richard Godwin, critically acclaimed author
"How often is a memoir genuinely astounding? A reformed outlaw takes us through his harsh rural childhood, working harder before he was twelve than most of us ever will. Essential reading." —Mark Ramsden, author of The Dark Magus and the Sacred Whore, The Dungeon Master's Apprentice and others
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