||Feb 28 1998
Accused of a crime he didn't commit…attacked with a spade by his girlfriend…buried up to his neck in the mud in the Badlands…shot in the leg by the sheriff…injected with methamphetamines by a speed freak…mauled by a bear…set up for murder by a sociopathic teenaged computer genius…charged by a rogue buffalo…stalked by a mad militia leader and his followers…pursued by the FBI…Everett Pick survives all this, but can he survive his ex-wife's vision for America in the new Millennium?
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Everett Pick is a high school teacher nearing retirement when he's falsely accused of child molestation. To escape sure conviction, he flees across the American Midwest to the Badlands and the Black Hills. Ev becomes the Job of the Nineties, but that biblical figure had it easy compared to Everett Pick. Job only had to deal with God's wrath. Ev Pick is pursued by New Age nuts, militia extremists, media leeches, the FBI, the sheriff, a psychopathic computer genius, his girlfriend and, worst of all, his ex-wife whose well-meaning efforts to bring peace and understanding to the world end up doing exactly the opposite. Ev has to handle all of these troubles while, at the same time, he tries to prevent the pregnant wife of his worst enemy from committing suicide. In the end, some very, very big heads roll, and Everett Pick is left to pick up the pieces. Everett Pick is a comic tragedy set in the strangest place on earthAmerica in the early 1990s.
Ev opened his eyes to the return of his perfect girlfriend for the 90's, the Not-So-Virgin Mary Fae Without Mercy. She stood in the dark next to the waterbed with the shovel raised high over her head. He'd seen in combat how such a tool gets the job done effectively but not neatly and efficiently, which is why he was surprised to find Mary Fae had taken it from the garage to kill him. Subtle weapons like piano wire (she loved music) or a Wusthof blade or her favorite, slow-acting poison--corporate gossip--those were more her style. The spade, therefore, was not good news. It could only mean one thing.
She was really pissed this time.
The Relentless Pursuit of Laughter and Intrigue...
If you want to know the meaning of the word "rocks" in today's vernacular, as in: "It rocks!", look in the dictionary under: Pick, Everett!
The novel is a howling, rollicking, roller-coaster ride that's filled with action, complexities (not TOO complex!), new religion, old antagonists, spousal abuse, Indian lore, and some of the most unforgettable characters you will ever meet in a book . . . and all of it is wrapped around the lovable, unflappable, unfortunate Everett Pick.
If I ever marry again, it will be to a man like Pick. He knows himself and his limits and he functions methodically without distraction while the whole world crumbles around him. He touches the lives of so many people, yet remains unchanged, undaunted . . . just Pick.
You'll meet Pick in the majestic mountains where Mt. Rushmore dominates the landscape, but it will not be a sight-seeing tour. Oh, no, this is pure humor/action fiction at its finest. Rushmore is just the backdrop for the collision between a high-powered militia organization, a New Age religious group, corporate America, a sociopathic computer genius, and old friends trying to simply make a life for themselves.
On this ride of all epic rides, Everett Pick brings along his ex-love (who whacks him over the head with a shovel at the opening of the book!)...his ex-wife, who starts her own New Age following by listening to the "Ascended Beings" in her head and erecting a towering telephone-pole "power antenna" to make contact with those beings...an old friend, who is a tired, beat-up sheriff trying to do his best to maintain law and order... a young woman who is beaten regularly and unmercifully by her car-salesman husband...and a magnificent stallion, a Dutch warmblood, who provides some of the very intense moments of the action with mystery and majesty.
There are many, many more colorful, unforgettable characters, but why don't you meet them on your own?
Don 't pass up the opportunity to read this book. You will come away with a very big smile on your face and a lovely warm feeling in your heart and a quick intake of breath at the ending. You will love it -- guaranteed.
Barbara A. Garrett Writer/Editor
Excellent Action in The Relentless Pursuit of Everett Pick
Hard to put down, I found "The Relentless Pursuit of Everett Pick" to be thoroughly enjoyable - full of gritty characters, action, and misadventures. Everett Pick is a schoolteacher falsely accused of a crime he didn't commit. Faced with sure conviction, he's forced to flee across the American Midwest to the Badlands and the Black Hills, only to face troubles he never dreamed of.
Be warned: Everett Pick is not your standard hero! In fact, at first he seems a pitiful loser when he wakes up and discovers that his beautiful, but deadly girlfriend, Mary Fae, is attempting to kill him with a shovel because he's planning to leave her to return to his ex-wife, Juliet. Escaping with his life and not much else, the broke Everett drives 600 miles to his ex-wife's home in Black Hills dressed only in his underwear.
Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to be better off in Juliet's hands. An advocate of a New Age Religion, Juliet worships the mystical "Ascended Beings" and becomes more and more out of touch with reality as the story unfolds. Her sole purpose is to attract followers to worship the Ascended, no matter what the costs to herself and those around her.
Ev Pick undertakes a series of misadventures from being shot in the leg and falling down a canyon while avoiding and interacting with various characters in the Black Hills town of Rapid City. Examples include the wife-beating militia leader, Vernon Sarvis and the town's preacher, Moses Brubaker, who seems to have committed all of the 7 Deadly Sins of life (especially Gluttony and Greed!)
Despite all his misfortunes, Ev displays courage and compassion while under siege from the militia members, the FBI, the sheriff, his ex-wife, and a murderous computer genius. You glimpse the tenderness that Everett can exhibit when he becomes attached to the doomed Lorena, the 18-year-old pregnant wife of the heartless Vern Sarvis.
An unlikely partnership forms between Everett and the local Sheriff, Lonny Gunderson, who comes a close second to Everett for surviving mishaps such as a treacherous deputy and militia members armed to the teeth. Together, Ev and Lonny discover a dark conspiracy unfolding in Black Hills that threatens the life of everyone living there... but will they be too late to uncover the truth?
While reading the book, I kept wanting to know what else could possibly happen to Everett and how or if he would survive his next mishap. I learned that despite all his faults, Everett Pick was a true hero in every sense, regardless of my original opinion. If you enjoy reading Stephen King, you'll love Steven Fisher's book.
I have only one warning... this book is filled with coarse language so I don't recommend it for young readers.
Review by Eva Almeida, eBooks N' Bytes Reviews
A Brilliant Book
Everett Pick" is brilliantly written. It kept me constantly on my toes, with something new at every turn. The characters are positively delicious, even when I didn't like them! And the ending is so surprising and vivid that it stuck in my mind for days after finishing it. I have nothing but admiration for Steven Fisher's talent, and can't wait to read his next book.
Kimberly Metz from South Dakota USA
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