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Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite
If there is one place in the world that you could call Evil Town, Washington, DC would most likely be that town. Politics, corruption, and bribery are everyday occurrences. What really makes the place an Evil Town is what happens when someone bucks the trend and refuses to be bribed. John David Bethel creates a novel of mystery and intrigue that begins with the wife of a congressman, a man who has not been corrupted by the town and refuses to take a bribe. As the story delves into what happened to her, we are caught up in years of sweeping facts under the rug. From Vietnam to a local sugar plantation, everyone - it seems - is hiding a secret. What is it about the secrets and how do they relate to each other and the congressman?
John David Bethel takes the reader into the underbelly of Washington, DC. He takes what people tend to think goes on there and amps it up a bit to create a novel of intrigue and mystery that keeps the reader guessing with every page. Evil Town addresses corruption, politics, bribery, and murder. Everyone has a secret, but how they each relate to the other, and what one person wants and what they are willing to do to get it will amaze and confound you. At times you will believe the story and feel like it could be a true story, and at the same time you will think there is no way people can be this cruel and demented. Evil Town is well written and draws the reader into the novel, to the point that you feel like it is really happening. This is a great novel for adults and something to keep you guessing.