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Overview When a man is shot in his coffee shop, Aramis Black is pulled into a centuries-old mystery that forces him to face his need for truth, family, and forgiveness.
Publishers Description ""Spare your soul," he ranted, "and turn your eyes from greed...." " The tattoos on his arms still reading "Live by the Sword" and "Die by the Sword," Aramis Black is ready for a fresh start. Determined to set aside his violent tendencies, he opens an espresso shop in Nashville and begins to put his childhood memories behind him. The past isn't finished with him, though. One ordinary day at the shop, a man is shot before his eyes, speaking dying words to Aramis that are all too familiar. Aramis realizes that his path to freedom will demand forgiveness-forgiveness from God and forgiveness of others. Along the way, he must uncover the conspiracy behind a centuries-old mystery and the shocking truth of his mother's death. The question remains: Will Aramis be able to conquer his past, or will evil get the best of him?
Citations And Professional Reviews The Best of Evil (An Aramis Black Mystery) by Eric Wilson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 09/01/2006 page 128
Christian Retailing - 09/18/2006 page 32
Booklist - 10/01/2006 page 32
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Eric Wilson is a NY Times best-selling author. He has traveled in 35 countries, earned a degree in theology, and spent over 21 years married to his sweetheart. 2 Seconds Late is his twelfth novel. His novelization of the hit film Fireproof won a Gold Medallion Award for best Christian fiction of the year. Eric has written articles for numerous magazines and reviewed hundreds of novels. He loves sports, chess, books, and the great outdoors.
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Eric Wilson's Mission Oct 29, 2008
I had the pleasure of meeting Eric Wilson at the 2008 Southern Festival of Books -- a serendipitous event! I think we saw in each other a basic goodness and honesty that made us mutually interested in looking a little more deeply into each others souls -- through our novels.
We traded books, and as he read mine and uncovered my mysteries of plot, character, and personal demons, I did the same with his, and here are my reactions.
I think Eric Wilson is on a mission to make the world a better place through his books, as I am. In Eric's case, he creates a world in which the main character is both flawed and likeable, and altogether redeemable, in which the supportive cast is deftly drawn (my favorite being Mrs. Michaels, mother of a murdered son, a sloppy-heavy woman with too much eye makeup and who makes the best biscuits this side of Tennessee, and who keeps on trucking no matter how much pain life throws at her). His world is also one of intrigue, a historical slant worthy of any good southern scholar, and plenty of good old-fashioned fist fights, gun-toting bad guys, nice girls gone bad, and a mystery that twirls and twists in so many ways the reader has to tap dance to keep up.
My favorites parts were: the story line of a beloved son, a bonding of brother to brother, and a reconciliation with a father who never knew how to love. The book will linger long in my mind -- Eric Wilson is a true talent.
tricky title Mar 9, 2008
I was almost put off by the title of this book (The Best of Evil, Eric Wilson) but decided to give it a try anyway. It was an enjoyable read.
Aramis Black moved to Nashville to start a new life, far away from the drug culture and the radical group with which he was involved in the northwest. Now he's living with his brother Johnny Ray Black, an aspiring musician and health food afficionado.
Aramis is operating a espresso shop, named Black's, in honor of his mother, Dianne Lewis Black. When he was six years old, she was murdered in front of him and even now, twenty years later, she is never far from his thoughts. He blames his uncle Wyatt for not preventing the tragedy.
When a man is murdered in Aramis' shop, things start to happen, odd things. His mother's handkerchief, entrusted to him just before her murder but then stolen, turns up briefly and disappears again. Clues start hinting at a relationship between Aramis and the famed explorer Meriwether Lewis. Suddenly a reality TV show crew shows up with an invitation to try out for their new show, The Best of Evil, in which someone is given the opportunity to "get the best of evil" by repaying another with good instead.
Aramis summarizes his constant struggle with this: "Evil, I believe, is a choice. We embrace or reject it. It comes at us in insidious guises, and we make decisions that push it back or let it edge closer. It never tires and never sleeps; it's there every day--crouching on our doorsteps, hoping for a cozy place to shack up. After a while, it seems easier to give in. Just a little."
Like each of us, Aramis faces daily choices to embrace or reject evil. Each seemingly small decision moves his life along the path to clarifying his past and directing his future.
The Best of Eric Feb 6, 2008
I love Eric Wilson's novels. Everyone of them. Read them all. Wilson is hands down, one of the best voices in fiction today.
When I first learned The Best of Evil was written in first person, I have to admit, was a bit concerned. See, I don't like to read those kinds of books. Don't like to play those kinds of video games either. Strange seeing as how reviews like this are written in that very mode.
Preferences aside, when you open The Best of Evil to the first page you become completely enveloped in the world of protagonist Aramis Black. Not your typical queaky clean sort, from an early age Aramis went on a downward spiral after seeing his mother murdered. He's carried a lot of baggage since then. One day he's almost killed himself and takes his survival of the incident as indication God is giving him a second chance. He moves to Nashville TN to live with his brother who wants to be a country star. He opens a coffee shop and names it Black's. His deceased mother had loved coffee. Everything's fine. Aramis seems to have out run his demons till one day a man is murdered at Black's and speaks the same dying words of Aramis's mother so long ago. This--along with a crazy idea from his brother--sets him on a course of action to learn the truth about his mother's death.And just how does it relate to the late Meriweather Lewis of the famed Lewis & Clark of American History?
As my title to this review says, this novel is the best of Eric. Each novel he writes shows growth. His characters are more real and believeable then ever. His prose is as tight as a guitar string. No fluff at all. His weaving in of history--a staple of Eric's work--never takes you out of the story at hand. And for me, it actually felt more important to the story this time. Without the background of Meriweather Lewis, I don't believe you'd have the same novel. Eric weaves so many elements in this story, a lesser writer would have spun the story out of control. Not Eric. He takes such elements as murder, revenge, a classic novel read and loved by millions, a reality TV show, a family momento, country music and so much more and throws them in a pot, stirring them till a well rounded story comes out.
The book is full of human emotion that you can feel. I could especially relate to Black's estrangement from a couple of family members. As well as the love/hate relationship of siblings and the awkwardness of new love. Even the emotion of having lost a mother. Though mine was not murdered, my mom passed three years ago. I could feel Black's pain from his loss in many passages.
Buy The Best of Evil. Read it fast so you can get to the sequel A Shred of Truth. Then catch his other releases Dark To Mortal Eyes, Expiration Date, Facing The Giants. His next novel comes out soon, Flywheel. Like Facing The Giants, it's a novelization of a movie. Then later this year Eric begins the Jerusalem's Undead series with Field of Blood. Something you've never read before. Think first century Jerusalem during the founding of the Christian church . . . and vampires. Yeah. You know you want to read that!
New Generation of Mystery/Suspense Oct 28, 2007
I finished "Best of Evil" the other night, and I found it absolutely refreshing, like a breathe of fresh air in a stale world of fiction. How the author turned a simple man's mundane world into a great read is beyond me. I was expecting something... I don't know... dynamic and over-the-top, like an Ozzy guitar riff, but rather I found a catchy and mellow bass verb like in a jazz/blues song. I've walked away from books feeling inspired, entertained, amused, as well as a whole host of other things, but from this one I just feel... good. I'll definitely be reading the sequel, as will my family members (I gave BOE to my mother after I finished it, and she informed me this morning that she's done already).
Awesome Book Eric!! Jul 7, 2007
Hi Eric!! Awesome Book!! Well yes I finally read it, I was sitting at the Ford dealer having my suv fixed and I could not put this book down! I love the drama, the message, and the many references to TN here. Now you know everybody in my family read it but me but I finally got around to it and unpacked it. Now I can wait to read A Shred of Truth, the sequel. Thank You Eric, you are a Gifted Writer!! Blessings, Jillian in TN