Acclaimed author Joe Lansdale's landmark and mythic tale of love and vengeance at the dark dawn of the East Texas oil boom.
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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A Good Little Western Coming-of-Age Story
- W Perry Hall "One master-passion in the br east, like Aaron's serpent, swallows all the rest. A. Pope"
Lansdale will knock you out!
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.
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.
My favorite was Shorty.
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!
- Matthew Ortiz "Dental hygienist, runner, avid reader, and best of all....a lover of music :)"