“With The Last Professional, Davis has done for American railroads what Kerouac did for American highways, and Steinbeck did for American nomads.”
Jerry Cimino, The Beat Museum,
San Francisco

“It’s the antithesis of cliché, the kind of story that feels like its inspirational roots are as much grounded in a storyteller’s unique imaginative qualities, as it is in someone’s lived experience.”
Colin Jordan, Medium

“Trains, murder, moonlight, & adventure…. What more could you want in a book to curl up with this winter?”
Anastacia M.Galloway Reed, Macdonald Book Shop

“An informative and adventurous story of a wayward journey into another world.”
Kirkus Review

“…If you love intimate slice-of-life tales, this is the book for you.”
Readers’ Favorite Reviews

“You will never see a passing freight train the same way again.”
Fran Braga Meininger, The Years Beyond Youth

“I got a ‘Jack London meets Thoreau’ vibe from this story of living a nomadic lifestyle. Not my usual cup of tea but definitely worth reading!”

“Fans of novels that cajole readers to think on a deeper level may wish to ride the rails with this one.”
Mari Carlson, The US Review of Books

“It’s not so much what Ed Davis has done for American railroads in The Last Professional. It’s what he has done for human awareness, for our conscience, for our understanding of the many paths we take.”
Jim Alkon, BookTrib

“. . . will prove to be a welcome and enduringly appreciated addition to personal, community, college, and university library Literary Fiction collections.”
Midwest Book Review

“Wow, what an ending!”
Don Bartletti, Pulitzer Prize Winner

“. . . a nostalgia-tinged, old-fashioned page turner, sure to please any reader who enjoys a good yarn.”
Rose City Reader

“The Last Professional is the classic kind of reading experience that conjures up a different time . . . and a sense of innocent modern day swashbuckling that introduced to us authors like Hunter S. Thompson and Jack London.”

“Part Peckinpah, part Stephen King’s Stand By Me, and part something else entirely – The Last Professional feels honestly like escapism done right. The kind that completely envelopes you, with dream-like seduction, in a fully realized and fleshed out environment.”
Jodi Marxbury, Daily Pop News

“A breathtakingly vigorous page-turner about coming of age while riding the rails with an enigmatic hobo mentor.”
Jim Shere, The Kenwood Press

More on Ed’s Work . . .

“…Powerful; beautifully written, well-observed and effective.”
Kirkus Review

“So beautifully and succinctly told that it reads like a prose poem.”
The Sonoma Index Tribune

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