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Jack Parker knows all too well how treacherous turn-of-the-century East Texas can be. His parents did not survive a smallpox epidemic. His grandfather was murdered. Now his sister Lula has been kidnapped by a criminal who may believe wearing a dead man's clothes protects them both from death.
With bounty hunter Shorty, a charismatic and cunning dwarf, and Eustace, a gravedigging son of an ex-slave, the heartbroken young Jack sets off on an epic quest to rescue his sister from the corrupt men who control much of the new territory.
In the throes of being civilized, East Texas is still a wild, feral place. Oil wells spurt liquid money from the ground. But blood and redemption rule supreme.
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By Jim "The Impatient" on 11-11-14
JESUE FORGIVES, SO WHY NOT ENJOY YOURSELF
I LIKED READING IT, BUT DECIDED I DID NOT WANT TO LIVE IT.
Just like the last Lansdale I read, this started out like a Mark Twain novel. THAT WAS THE SIZE OF IT AND I PUT IT ON TO WEAR. Once you get to know the characters it sounds similar to True Grit. Then it turned very very dark. Like a J.A. Konrath novel the killing and explicit torture just would not stop. lansdale wants you to understand why the main good character, Jack Parker, agreed to killing the bad guys instead of capturing them. I thought the point was made fairly early on and the continued body count and descriptive tortures could have ended much sooner. I really like Lansdale's writing and think he is extremely intelligent and witty. I think he should have more confidence in his writing and know when to stop the rubber necking. I KNOW HOW THE HORSE ATE THE APPLE.
Q: I'M A CORRECT IN MY ASSUMPTION?
One of JRL's talents is coming up with interesting characters. I also like how he includes the black man in most of his writings. This is my fourth writing of his to enjoy and all have had black men included in the main characters. This stars Jack Parker (IT IS BETTER TO BE DEAD THEN RED IN THE HEAD.), who is very similar to the female lead in True Grit. Eustace, the grave digger, is part Comanche, black, and white. The Comanches COULD TRACK A FART UNDER A ROCK IN A RIVER. Shorty is a dwarf, who is well educated, often called a midget and tends to lecture a lot and who kicks serious ass. Jimmie Sue is a whore, who takes Jack's virginity and wants to marry him. I WANTED TO GROW UP TO BE A PRINCESS, INSTEAD I AM A WHORE. Then there is the six hundred pound hog and I just loved grandpa. Those are the good guys. The bad guys are Cut Throat Billy, Fatty and Nigger Pete.
A: I GUESS YOU HAVE ASSUMPTED RIGHT.
The narrator is excellent and makes listening a better experience then reading the book.
15 of 18 people found this review helpful
By Matthew Ortiz on 01-12-14
Lansdale will knock you out!
What did you love best about The Thicket?
Lansdale's ability to tell a great and funny story, even in the midst of a dark East Texas tragedy. For the audiobook version, Will Collyer brought this dark tale to life.
What did you like best about this story?
Lansdale's use of dialogue between his characters. Each personality is described so vividly as Lansdale's ability to effectively bring his characters to life is shown. I love the change in language between these characters as they are all so very different.
Which character – as performed by Will Collyer – was your favorite?
My favorite was Shorty.
Any additional comments?
This is a highly recommended book! Not only does Lansdale once again deliver a great story, but Will Collyer does a fantastic job of breathing life into the characters. A must read!
5 of 6 people found this review helpful