Sunset and Sawdust

  • by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Narrated by Deborah Marlow
  • 13 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sunset Jones has just killed her husband. Never mind that he was raping her. Pete Jones was constable of a small sawmill settlement called Camp Rapture where no woman refuses her husband. So everyone is angrily surprised when, thanks to the amazing understanding of her mother-in-law (who owns three-quarters of the mill) Sunset becomes the new constable and begins to investigate the murders of a woman and unborn baby in which her late husband might be implicated. Yet, no one is more surprised than Sunset when the murders lead her, through a labyrinth of greed, corruption, and unspeakable malice, not only to the conclusion of the case, but to a well of inner strength she never knew she had.


What the Critics Say

"The book opens with a cyclone, ends with a plague of grasshoppers and in between there's insanity, extreme violence, sex, grotesques aplenty and an excellent dog. What's not to like?" (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Good Story and Book with Gnawing Drawling Narrator

I'm not sure why two of Lansdale's novels (non-Happ and Leonard) rated such poor narrators.

The story is pretty good. I listened to this one after all the Happ and Leonard books and it was a relief from his formulaic approach in the Happ and Leonard books.

This is the first in a two part series about "Camp Rapture", a town / settlement in East Texas. There is no need to take them in order as they are virtually unrelated.

I'm not much of a fan of female narrators because there are so few good ones, so there may be a bias here, but listen to a sample first to make sure you can stand her droning slow and irritating voice.

Overall, I recommend the story, just be cautious with the narrator.
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- Daniel Mcafee "danmc"


If I could give this book 6 stars I would. It's an amazing story - some of it a bit "fantasy" but overall a very good tale. And the narrator was incredibly good. I've been with Audible for a year and this is the best one I've read yet.
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- Samantha "lioness2001"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-25-2004
  • Publisher: Books on Tape