The Redemption of Charlie McCoy

Rated 4.00/5 based on 14 reviews
"A wonderfully offbeat caper with smart characters wielding guns and razor-sharp dialogue." -- Kirkus Reviews

Charlie McCoy’s set up to take the fall for a burglary of a mob boss’s house. He escapes with his life and a bag full of CD-ROMs that incriminate some dirty politicians. Both the mob and the FBI are on his trail as he flees town with his daughter, Amy. More

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About CD Wilsher

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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Review by: CodyB77 on Sep. 5, 2017 :
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.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: LaylaM1 on Aug. 29, 2017 :
"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.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Jenna Brewster on Aug. 23, 2017 :
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
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: MegKing on Aug. 23, 2017 :
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.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Karen Matthews on Aug. 10, 2017 :
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.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Samantha Ryan on Aug. 10, 2017 :
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.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Jhonni Parker on Aug. 8, 2017 :
"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
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Claire Middleton on Aug. 7, 2017 :
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.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Cale Owens on Aug. 1, 2017 :
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.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: LauraClarke on Aug. 1, 2017 :
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.(
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Steph Coleman on Aug. 1, 2017 :
"The Redemption of Charlie McCoy” by grabbed me from the opening pages and didn’t let go until the very end. It is rare to find a book that keeps my attention all the way through, but this one did. I was totally caught up in the whirlwind of events. Nothing lights my fire more than weird/flawed characters who play by their own rules and get caught up in shady shenanigans. Like that this is more on the entertaining and fun side than dark and disturbing (for crime thriller). Even when there is violence or something it never feels too graphic or upsetting or gratuitous. If I had some complaints, it was that it was a tad hard to follow at some parts because it almost seemed too fast paced at certain times and I thought some key events or revelations were almost glossed over and lost some emotional impact (or just left me confused…). A few characters seem to come and go without much development, and on occasion there is more chit-chat than I like. But it is an interesting voyage seen through the eyes of some extraordinary characters (really like Charlie) and I literally could not put down my Kindle during the last 30% or so and was pleased with the ending because I didn’t see it coming. Recommend to fans of mystery, thrillers and suspense…heck, for anyone who just enjoys a moving, intelligently-written, and exciting read!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: NicolaFlood on Aug. 1, 2017 :
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.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Brenda Maxwell on July 24, 2017 :
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.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: VigilantReader1 on July 15, 2017 :
Title – The Redemption of Charlie McCoy
Author – Christopher Wilsher
Genre – Crime Thriller
378 Amazon Pages
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 7/12/17
No.48 - 2017

My impressions: loner, serial failure, rationalization, liar, cold, sociopath

Main Characters:
Charlie McCoy – ex-Marine, small time hustler, burglar, 53 years old.
Amy McCoy – Charlie's thirteen year old daughter.
Mike De La Torre – FBI special agent

Charlie McCoy is pressured to repay a loan shark the money he owes after the shark's goons busted Charlie's right hand with hammer blows. He reluctantly agrees to break into a mob boss's home to steal a large sum of money and several computer discs; the job smells because it just seems too easy. The theft suddenly goes badly awry; luckily Charlie was leery and had a back up plan. Then Charlie is on the run from mob enforcers who want everything Charlie has stolen put back in the boss' possession..
But the mob isn't the only group chasing him. An FBI agent wants to know his whereabouts too, and Charlie is suspected of one then three counts of murder.
Charlie is a sociopath who easily blames everyone else for his problems and failures. He's also a loner who isn't able to relate to other people, even those he cares about; he's emotionally deficient.
His ex-wife has no use for him, until she needs him to keep their thirteen year old daughter for a few days. Then Charlie's life takes a definite turn for the worse. Precocious thirteen year old Amy challenges Charlie at every turn and confronts and condemns him each time the mobsters chasing him get near enough to almost catch them.
It's a rollicking non-stop confrontation as Amy constantly berates him for being an inept thief and a lousy father.
The ending held several surprises as Charlie pushed back against the crooks and the FBI.

The editing is very poor with missing, extra, misspelled and wrong words used.
Character development of the main characters is good and sentence structure is mostly good.
Details are adequate and thorough research is evident.
The plot is great with many unexpected twists.

I enjoyed The Redemption of Charlie McCoy and highly recommend it unless the editing would be a serious turnoff for the reader.

This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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