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2020 Silver Falchion Nominee

The Unrepentant by E.A. Aymar
 
 
 
 
 

The Unrepentant by E.A. Aymar

Down & Out Books
$17.95
ISBN 978-1948235587
Publication Date: March 2019
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The Unrepentant by E.A. Aymar

Review by Sharon Marchisello

The Unrepentant (Down & Out Books), the new thriller by E.A. Aymar, has been nominated for a Silver Falchion award.

Mace Peterson is a disabled war veteran whose PTSD cost him his marriage. The story opens when he happens on a young girl being attacked in the woods by two thugs. Despite the odds, Mace intervenes and helps free the girl, Charlotte Reyes, who turns out to be quite a fighter herself. His first instinct is to report the incident to the cops, but Charlotte won’t let him. One of the men who has been holding her against her will is a cop.

Like it or not, Mace stays involved in Charlotte’s life as she tries to elude the men who want to kill her. He drags his ex-wife, Eve, and her friend Dory, a victim’s advocate, into the web of danger. Charlotte goes from deception and distrust to opening up and asking for help. She’s also hell-bent on revenge.

This book is not for the fainthearted, as it exposes the ugly, violent side of sex trafficking in graphic detail. Parts were painful to read. Most of the bad guys are unrepentant, as the title says. The ending is sad, with just a small glimmer of hope.

Aymar’s other thrillers include the novel-in-stories The Night of the Flood (in which he served as co-editor and contributor), I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead and You’re As Good As Dead. A member of the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, Aymar also runs the Noir at the Bar series for Washington, D.C., and has hosted and spoken at a variety of crime fiction, writing, and publishing events nationwide. He is represented by Michelle Richter with Fuse Literary.

Sharon Marchisello (sharonmarchisello.com) is the author of two mysteries published by Sunbury Press, Going Home (2014) and Secrets of the Galapagos (2019). She has also published short stories, travel articles, and a nonfiction book about personal finance, Live Well, Grow Wealth. She earned a Masters in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California and is a member of Sisters in Crime. Residing in Peachtree City, GA, Sharon does volunteer work for the Fayette Humane Society and the Fayette County Master Gardeners, and she writes a blog about personal finance, Countdown to Financial Fitnesshttps://sharonmarchisello.blogspot.com/.