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Joe R. Lansdale - Author

About the Author

Joe R. Lansdale is the author of more than a dozen novels, including Sunset and Sawdust, Rumble Tumble and The Bottoms. He has received the British Fantasy Award, the American Mystery Award, the Edgar Award, the Grinzane Cavour Prize for Literature, and seven Bram Stoker Awards. Several of his novels have been adapted for the screen, including Bubba Ho-Tep and most recently Cold in July, starring Michael C. Hall. His Hap and Leonard series is currently in development for television. He lives with his family in Nacogdoches, Texas.

 

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Featured books by Joe R. Lansdale

The Thicket

The Thicket

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/10/2014

Jack Parker knows all too well how treacherous life can be. His parents did not survive a smallpox epidemic. His grandfather was murdered. Now his sister Lula has been kidnapped by a bank robber. Alongside bounty hunter Shorty, an eloquent dwarf with a chip on his shoulder, and Eustace, the grave-digging son of an ex-slave, Jack sets off to rescue Lula. In turn-of-the-century Texas, that quest is likely to turn dangerous. Murderous outlaws find their homes in the remote wilderness. Oil wells spurt liquid money from the ground. And blood and redemption still rule supreme.

Other books by Joe R. Lansdale

Magic Wagon

Magic Wagon

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 21/05/2018

THE MAGIC WAGONJOE R. LANSDALEAlready renowned for his work in horror and ';splatterpunk,' Joe R. Lansdale (the Hap and Leonard series, Cold in July, Bubba Ho-Tep) helped cement the Weird Western genre as we know it with THE MAGIC WAGON and several other titles beginning in the 1980s and continuing more than 30 years later to this day.First published in 1986, THE MAGIC WAGON tells the tall tales of narrator Buster Fogg and the group of traveling merchant marauders he takes up with after his family is killed by a tornado. Their adventures take them through dank caves, across the countryside, and into Mud Creek - an East Texas town that would have made Deadwood look like the Land of Oz.INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHORBookVoice: How would you describe THE MAGIC WAGON to someone who might not have heard of the story?Joe: Thats a toughie, but I will say this, if you think its a standard Western, youre wrong. If you think its something else, oddly, youre also wrong. It takes place at the turn of the century, 1909, and the West as we think of it was gone, but there is a residual somewhat ghostly residue of its existence, though much of what we think about the West is wrong and is built on movie images. Thats part of what the story is about. We dont even know if this is Wild Bills body, not actually. But in Billy Bobs mind it is for certain. And for him the Dime Novel idea of what the West was is pervasive with him. He prefers the myth to the truth. The myth gives him comfort. Whats going on here is a story told by a kid who has had a rough life in a short time, and hes telling a story that manages to be about age and race and broken dreams. It deals with some real historical figures, but the truth is, Buster is an unreliable narrator. He tells what he thinks he knows, and senses what he thinks is going on, a kind of supernatural aspect, but that may or may not be more in his head than in reality. And hey, you get a wrestling chimpanzee.-- A Twainesque tall tale. This novel endures as a modern western classic. - Publishers Weekly-- Classic Lansdale. - Ricky L. Brown, Amazing Stories-- An assortment of colorful, often humorous characters gives this insightful and gritty tale authenticity and a sense of wonder. - Booklist-- Joe R. Lansdale proves he can show his readers a good timeand leave them a little something to think about afterward. - The New York Times Book ReviewABOUT THE AUTHORJoe R. Lansdale is the author of fifty novels and more than three hundred short stories. His work has appeared in national anthologies, magazines, and collections, as well as numerous foreign publications. He has written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and Internet sites.His work has been collected in at least thirty short-story collections, and he has edited or co-edited over a dozen anthologies.Lansdale has received the Edgar Award, eleven Bram Stoker Awards, the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Grinzani Cavour Prize for Literature, the Herodotus Historical Fiction Award, the Inkpot Award for Contributions to Science Fiction and Fantasy, and many others.THE MAGIC WAGON is also available from BookVoice Publishing in a signed/numbered limited edition hardcover. Includes an all-new introduction by the author, new artwork and inside sketches, a rare Western short story by Joe, and more. Limited to only 500 copies. www.bvpstore.com

Jackrabbit Smile

Jackrabbit Smile

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 27/03/2018

Edgar Award-winner and fan favorite Joe R. Lansdale is back with Hap and Leonard's latest caper: investigating the disappearance of a revivalist cult leader's daughter. Hap and Leonard are an unlikely pair-Hap, a self-proclaimed white trash rebel, and Leonard, a tough-as-nails black gay Vietnam vet and Republican-but they're the closest friend either of them has in the world. Hap is celebrating his wedding to his longtime girlfriend, Brett (who is also Hap and Leonard's boss), when their backyard barbecue is interrupted by a couple of Pentecostal white supremacists. They're not too happy to see Leonard, and no one is happy to see them, but they have a problem and only Hap and Leonard will take the case.Judith Mulhaney's daughter, Jackrabbit, has been missing for five years. Well, she's been missing from them for five years, but she's been missing from everybody, including the local no-goods who ran with her, for a few months. Despite their misgivings about Judith and her son, Hap and Leonard take the case. It isn't long until they find themselves mixed up in a revivalist cult that believes Jesus will return flanked by an army of lizard-men-- solving a murder to boot. With Lansdale's trademark humor, whip-smart dialogue, and plenty of ass-kicking adventures to be had, you won't want to miss Hap and Leonard's latest.

Jackrabbit Smile Hap and Leonard Book 11

Jackrabbit Smile Hap and Leonard Book 11

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/03/2018

Meet Hap and Leonard, the unlikely detective duo now on screen in the highly praised series starring James Purefoy, Michael K. Williams and Christina Hendricks. 'Reading Joe R. Lansdale is like listening to a favorite uncle who just happens to be a fabulous storyteller' Dean Koontz Hap and Leonard are an unlikely pair - Hap, a self-proclaimed white trash rebel, and Leonard, a tough-as-nails black gay Vietnam vet and Republican - but they're the closest friend either of them has in the world. Hap is celebrating his wedding to his longtime girlfriend, when their backyard barbecue is interrupted by a couple of Pentecostal white supremacists. They're not too happy to see Leonard, and no one is happy to see them, but they have a problem and they want Hap and Leonard to solve it. Judith Mulhaney's daughter, Jackrabbit, has been missing for five years. That is, she's been missing from her family for five years, but she's been missing from everybody, including the local no-goods they knew ran with her, for a few months. Despite their misgivings, Hap and Leonard take the case. It isn't long until they find themselves mixed up in a revivalist cult believing that Jesus will return flanked by an army of lizard-men, and solving a murder to boot. With Lansdale's trademark humour, sharp dialogue, and plenty of righteous beatdowns, you won't want to miss Hap and Leonard's latest.

Rusty Puppy Hap and Leonard Book 10

Rusty Puppy Hap and Leonard Book 10

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/02/2018

Hap and Leonard investigate a racially motivated murder that threatens to tear apart their East Texas town.Hap, a former 60s activist and self-proclaimed white trash rebel, is recovering from a life-threatening stab wound. He's hoping to take it easy, but then Louise Elton arrives with a job...Months earlier, a bully cop pulled over and sexually harassed Louise's daughter, Charm. When he started stalking her, her brother Jamar tried to get evidence on him. The next thing Louise knew, Jamar got in a fight and was killed by local hoods. It doesn't add up: he was a straight-A student, destined for better things, until he began to ask too many questions about the racist police force. Leonard, a tough black gay Vietnam vet and Republican, joins Hap in the investigation, and they stumble upon the racial divides that have shaped their Eastern Texas town. But if anyone can navigate these pitfalls and bring the killers to justice, it's them.Filled with Lansdale's trademark snappy dialogue, colourful characters, and relentless pacing, Rusty Puppy is Joe Lansdale at his page-turning best.

Krasse Killer

Krasse Killer

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 27/09/2017

Hap und Leonard sind wirklich nicht auf Arger aus, doch der Arger lauft ihnen hinterher wie ein halb verhungerter Straenkoter. Meist fangt alles ganz harmlos an, doch dann nimmt die Sache Fahrt auf und am Ende gibt es gebrochene Knochen, weggeschossene Kniescheiben und Chaos vom Feinsten. Was mit der einfachen Suche nach der vermissten Enkelin einer alten Lady beginnt, entpuppt sich in diesem neuen Roman von Country-Noir-Knig Joe R. Lansdale bald als Riesending, in dem die Mafia, das FBI, brutale Auftragsmorde und Vanillekekse eine nicht unerhebliche Rolle spielen. Diesmal mssen sich die beiden Jungs und ihre neue Chefin feuerkrftige Untersttzung suchen, auch wenn zwischendurch niemand mehr so recht wei von welcher Seite ihnen zuerst die Kugeln um die Ohren fliegen werden. Das verrckteste Ermittler-Duo der Krimi-Geschichte jetzt auch als erfolgreiche TV-Serie auf Amazon Prime.

Fender Lizards

Fender Lizards

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 05/09/2017

Dot waitresses on roller skates at the Dairy Bob, doesn't care for smoking, at least partly on account of her dad having never returned from a cigarette run, and carries on the family tradition of philosophizing. Life hasn't done her any favors in her seventeen years so far. But if there was ever a heroine built for turning things upside down and seeing what shakes out, it's Dot. Determined to find out who she is and why she's the way she is, an opportunity presents itself when her heretofore-unknown uncle suddenly moves his camper into the front yard.As in his classic novels The Bottoms and The Magic Wagon, Lansdale instills place with character and character with place. Here is an overlooked world and a cast of real folks that prove unforgettable, all rendered in one of American fiction's most authentic voices.

Red Range A Wild Western Adventure

Red Range A Wild Western Adventure

Author: Joe R. Lansdale, Sam J. Glanzman Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/07/2017

A tale of hope set amongst the hyper violence of the 19th century, RED RANGE tells the tale of Red Mask, a tough vigilante that rides against the tragic racism of a klan-dominated Texas. Written by Joe Lansdale and illustrated by the legendary Sam Glanzman, RED RANGE offers an unerring ear for exotic period and regional dialect, racial unrest and strange happenings that find their mark 18 years after its original publication.

Devil Red Hap and Leonard Book 8

Devil Red Hap and Leonard Book 8

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/01/2017

Meet Hap and Leonard, the unlikely detective duo now on screen in the highly praised series starring James Purefoy, Michael K. Williams and Christina Hendricks. If there's one thing Hap Collins and Leonard Pine like, it's trouble - and they especially like getting paid to find it. So when their friend and sometime boss Marvin Harmon asks the boys to look into a cold-case double homicide, they're happy to oblige. It turns out that both victims were set to inherit some serious money, and one of them ran with an honest-to-goodness vampire cult. The more closely Hap and Leonard look over the crime scene photos, the more trouble they see. The image of a red devil's head is painted on a tree. A little research turns up a slew of murders with that same fiendish signature. And if things aren't weird enough, Leonard has taken to wearing a deerstalker cap... Will this be the case that finally sends Hap over the edge?

Vanilla Ride Hap and Leonard Book 7

Vanilla Ride Hap and Leonard Book 7

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2017

Meet Hap and Leonard, the unlikely detective duo now on screen in the highly praised series starring James Purefoy, Michael K. Williams and Christina Hendricks. Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, the kings of East Texas mischief and mayhem, return in this full-throttle thriller to face off with the Dixie Mafia. When Leonard is asked to rescue a teenage girl from a lowly drug dealer, he gladly agrees and invites Hap along for the ride. Everything goes according to plan, until they find out the dealer is a member of the Dixie mafia. A wild gun fight ensues, after which Hap and Leonard are arrested. Turns out, however, that the law needs a favour and if Hap and Leonard can do the deed they'll be free to roam. There's one problem, the Dixie Mafia's new hired gun - the legendary assassin Vanilla Ride. Filled with breakneck action, gut-busting laughs, and one gigantic alligator, this hilarious novel is as hot as a habanero pepper.

Barenblues

Barenblues

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 15/12/2016

Florida ist verschwunden. Haps frhere Flamme, Florida Grange, hat im Provinzkaff Grovetown nach den unverffentlichten Tonbndern einer schwarzen Blues-Legende gesucht. Dabei kam sie womglich einem Lynchmord auf die Spur und dem rtlichen Kapuzenklan in die Quere. Also machen sich Hap und Leonard nun auf die Suche nach ihr. Rammelnde Bren, schlechte Schattenspiele, Weihnachtsameisen, fortwhrender Liebeskummer und selbst der endlose osttexanische Winterregen knnen das unzertrennliche Detektivduo nicht stoppen. Aber nach einer krftigen Tracht Prgel vom versammelten rassistischen Mob im Grovetown Caf mssen sie sich doch fragen: Wo zur Hlle sind wir hier gelandet? Und wie kommen wir da lebend wieder raus?Brenblues ist nach Wilder Winter und Mucho Mojo das dritte detektivische Abenteuer von Hap Collins und Leonard Pine. Und diesmal steht ihnen das Wasser wirklich bis zum Hals. (Die erste deutschsprachige Ausgabe ist unter dem Titel Mambo mit zwei Bren im Rowohlt Verlag erschienen.)

Rumble Tumble Hap and Leonard Book 5

Rumble Tumble Hap and Leonard Book 5

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/12/2016

Meet Hap and Leonard, the unlikely detective duo now on screen in the highly praised series starring James Purefoy, Michael K. Williams and Christina Hendricks. Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are in for an action-packed adventure when they cross paths with a towering Pentecostal preacher, a midget with a giant attitude, and a gang of bikers turned soldiers of fortune. Even though a midlife crisis just hit Hap Collins like a runaway pickup truck, he's still got his job, he knows his best friend, Leonard Pine, will always be there for him, and of course he's got his main squeeze, Brett Sawyer. Things hit a new low, however, when Brett's daughter, Tillie, who has been walking on the wrong side of the law, suddenly stands in need of a rescue. It won't be easy - it never is - but nothing is going to stop Hap and Leonard as they hit the road destined for Hootie Hoot, Oklahoma to shake things up. And with Hap and Leonard at the wheel this promises to be a wild ride.

The Two-Bear Mambo Hap and Leonard Book 3

The Two-Bear Mambo Hap and Leonard Book 3

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/11/2016

Meet Hap and Leonard, the unlikely detective duo now on screen in the highly praised series starring James Purefoy, Michael K. Williams and Christina Hendricks. Full of savage humour, heart-stopping suspense, and a cast of characters so tough they could chew the bumper off a pickup truck, THE TWO-BEAR MAMBO is classic country noir. In this rollicking, rollercoaster ride of a novel, Hap Collins and Leonard Pine take a break from their day jobs to search for Florida Grange, Leonard's drop-dead gorgeous lawyer and Hap's former lover, who has vanished in the Klan-infested East Texas town of Grovetown. Before she disappeared, Florida was digging up some dirt behind the mysterious jailhouse death of a legendary bluesman's son, who was in possession of some priceless merchandise. To Hap and Leonard, something don't smell right. With murder on their minds, Hap and Leonard set out to investigate as only they know how... chaotically.

Bad Chili Hap and Leonard Book 4

Bad Chili Hap and Leonard Book 4

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/11/2016

Meet Hap and Leonard, the unlikely detective duo now on screen in the highly praised series starring James Purefoy, Michael K. Williams and Christina Hendricks. With his trademark knack for gut-busting laughter and head-splitting action, Joe R. Lansdale serves up a bubbling cauldron of murder and mayhem that only he could create. Hap Collins has just returned home from a gig working on an off shore oil rig. With a new perspective on life, Hap wants to change the way he's living, and shoot the straight and narrow. That is until the man who stole Leonard Pine's boyfriend turns up headless in a ditch and Leonard gets fingered for the murder. Hap vows to clear Leonard's name, but things only get more complicated when Leonard's ex shows up dead. To the police it is just a matter of gay-biker infighting, but to Hap and Leonard murder is always serious business, and these hit a little too close to home.

Savage Season Hap and Leonard Book 1

Savage Season Hap and Leonard Book 1

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2016

Meet Hap and Leonard, the unlikely detective duo now on screen in the highly praised series starring James Purefoy, Michael K. Williams and Christina Hendricks. A rip-roaring, high-octane, Texas-sized thriller, featuring two friends, one vixen, a crew of washed-up radicals, loads of money and bloody mayhem. Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are best friends, yet they couldn't be more different. Hap is an East Texas white boy with a weakness for women. Leonard is a gay, black Vietnam vet. Together, they steer up more commotion than a fire storm. But that's just the way they like it. When an ex-flame of Hap's returns promising a huge score, Hap lets Leonard in on the scam, and that's when things get interesting. Chock-full of action and laughs, Savage Season is the masterpiece of dark suspense that introduced Hap and Leonard to the thriller scene. It hasn't been the same since.

Mucho Mojo Hap and Leonard Book 2

Mucho Mojo Hap and Leonard Book 2

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2016

Meet Hap and Leonard, the unlikely detective duo now on screen in the highly praised series starring James Purefoy, Michael K. Williams and Christina Hendricks. Hap and Leonard return in this incredible, mad-dash thriller, loaded with crack addicts, a serial killer, and a serious body count. Leonard is still nursing the injuries he sustained in the duo's latest escapade when he learns that his uncle Chester has passed. Hap is of course going to be there for his best friend, but when the two of them clean up Uncle Chester's dilapidated house, they uncover a dark little secret beneath the house's rotting floorboards: a small skeleton buried in a trunk. Hap wants to call the police. Leonard, being a black man in East Texas, persuades him this is not a good idea, and together they set out to clear Chester's name on their own. The only things standing in their way are a houseful of felons, a vicious killer, and possibly themselves.

By Bizarre Hands

By Bizarre Hands

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/07/2016

Miracles Ain't What They Used To Be

Miracles Ain't What They Used To Be

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2016

By Bizarre Hands

By Bizarre Hands

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 22/06/2016

"e;Lansdale is an immense talent."e; — Booklist. Small-town juvenile delinquents, Pentecostal snake-handlers, zombies, psychopaths, and assorted freaks populate these witty and gritty tales of horror by a master of the genre. The suspenseful, action-packed tales range from visions of a post-apocalyptic world ("e;Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man's Back,"e; "e;On the Far Side of the Cadillac Desert with Dead Folks"e;) to alternative histories ("e;Trains Not Taken,"e; "e;Letter from the South, Two Moons West of Nacogdoches"e;). A dozen other stories of gruesome violence and utter depravity include "e;The Pit,"e; in which car trouble develops into a life-or-death struggle; "e;Night They Missed the Horror Show,"e; involving an encounter with ornery rednecks; and "e;Hell Through a Windshield,"e; in which a drive-in movie provides a one-way ticket to another dimension.By Bizarre Hands, Joe R. Lansdale's debut collection of short stories, was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for Best Fiction, and two of its tales have received Stoker awards. Lansdale's novella Bubba Ho-Tep was adapted into a 2002 film, and his Hap and Leonard detective stories inspired the Sundance Channel television series. This edition features an Introduction by science-fiction novelist Lewis Shiner and an Afterword by horror fiction author Ramsey Campbell. Suggested for mature readers.

Das abenteuerliche Leben des Deadwood Dick

Das abenteuerliche Leben des Deadwood Dick

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 23/04/2016

Eigentlich wollte Willie Jackson nur ein paar Besorgungen machen. Doch dann erhascht er unfreiwillig einen Blick auf die Unterwasche einer weien Frau. Deren Mann nimmt die Sache personlich, und Willie muss Hals uber Kopf fliehen. Joe R. Lansdale erzahlt die filmreife Lebensgeschichte eines ehemaligen Sklaven, der zur Westernlegende Deadwood Dick wurde. Nachdem Willie unverschuldet eine Einladung zum Lynchen erhalt, stiehlt er ein Pferd und flieht. Er begibt sich unter den Schutz eines ehemaligen Soldaten namens Loving, der ihm Lesen und Schieen beibringt. Als er erneut fliehen muss, nimmt Willie den Namen Nat Love an und meldet sich im Norden freiwillig zur Armee. Er und ein anderer freigelassener Sklave sind kurz darauf die einzigen Uberlebenden ihrer Einheit bei einem Apachenhinterhalt. Gemeinsam machen sie sich auf nach Deadwood, wo Nat sich in eine wunderschone junge Frau verliebt, das Leben von Wild Bill Hickok rettet - und auf Rache an seinen Verfolgern sinnt.

Rote Rache

Rote Rache

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 15/03/2016

Endlich durfen Hap und Leonard ihren ersten richtigen Auftrag fur Marvin Hansons Privatdetektei ubernehmen: Sie sollen einen Doppelmord aufklaren, der allerdings schon Jahre zuruckliegt. Bei ihrer Recherche stoen sie auf eine bluttrinkende Vampirclique, noch mehr Morde und uberall die rote Teufelsfratze. Tatkrftig untersttzt von einem umtriebigen Reporter und einem Computerprofi mssen sie allmhlich erkennen, dass der Fall immer grere Kreise zieht und der Killer von damals jederzeit wieder zuschlagen kann ... Dann fangen wir mal an zu ermitteln.Du meinst, ihr fangt an durch die Gegend zu stolpern und hofft, ber irgendwas drberzufallen.Ja, kommt ungefhr hin.Rote Rache ist das achte spannende Abenteuer der beiden handfesten Helden Hap Collins und Leonard Pine. Wieder erleben wir mit ihnen Menschliches und Allzumenschliches, Freundschaft und Humor, aber auch hchste Gefahr und die Gewalt des Bsen.

Mucho Mojo

Mucho Mojo

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 30/11/2015

Was ist schlimmer: Das vermullte Haus eines Messie-Onkels zu erben, mitsamt Kinderleiche im Keller, oder Nachbarn, die dummdreiste Drogendealer sind?Jedenfalls mssen Leonard Pine und sein treuer Kumpel Hap Collins da erst mal richtig aufrumen. Und dann, mit oder ohne Hilfe der Polizei, das Rtsel um die furchtbaren Kindermorde lsen. Mucho Mojo ist, nach Wilder Winter, das zweite Abenteuer des texanischen Desaster-Duos, und auch hier flieen wieder jede Menge Blut, Schwei und Lachtrnen!Sag mal, der Pfahl mit den Flaschen dran. Was soll das darstellen? Gartenschmuck?Das is so 'n Mojo-Schei. Schtzt vor bsen Geistern. Die sollen in die Flaschen kriechen und sich verfangen. Oder vielleicht werden sie auch in was Harmloses verwandelt, wenn sie drin stecken. Wei nich so genau. Als kleiner Junge hab ich die Dinger hin und wieder gesehn. Und davon reden gehrt. Aber Onkel Chester hat nie an so 'n Mll geglaubt. Der war Realist. Rational wie 'n Scharfrichter.Es gibt fter Sachen, die man nich vermutet, Leonard. Selbst bei so engen Freunden wie uns beiden. Mein Gott, wer wei, vielleicht hr ich zu Hause Polka.Dt. Erstausgabe 1996 unter dem Titel Texas Blues

Das Dixie-Desaster

Das Dixie-Desaster

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 09/03/2015

Einem alten Freund einen Gefallen tun und dessen Enkeltochter aus Drogensumpf und Prostitution befreien, das ist die eine Sache. Aber gleich die ganze Gang und ihren Trailer kurz und klein schlagen und obendrein den Drogenvorrat ins Klo kippen, das ist eine Kampfansage. Die Bosse im Hintergrund sind sauer. Hap und Leonard haben sich nichts ahnend mit dem organisierten Verbrechen angelegt, und die Dixie-Mafia schlgt gnadenlos zurck. Korrupte Bullen und Profikiller rcken unserem tapferen Duo auf die Pelle, und auch das FBI mischt mit. Das kann nur auf eine Art enden: mit einem Desaster. Warum sollten wir was Kluges, Ungefhrliches und Wohldurchdachtes tun, wenn wir einfach hinfahren und Krawall machen knnen?Manchmal klappt das.Manchmal schon. Und manchmal kriegen wir aufs Maul.Country Noir meets Buddy Comedy auch Joe R. Lansdales neuester Roman um das ungleiche Heldengespann Hap Collins und Leonard Pine gehrt wieder zum Derbsten, Witzigsten, Ehrlichsten und Herzerwrmendsten, was die heutige Kriminalliteratur zu bieten hat.

Wilder Winter

Wilder Winter

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 15/11/2014

Hap Collins: wei, hetero, Kriegsdienstverweigerer. Leonard Pine: schwarz, schwul, Vietnamveteran. Die beiden ungleichen Freunde haben schon bessere Tage gesehen und schlagen sich mit Gelegenheitsjobs auf den Rosenfeldern von Texas durch. Eines schnen Wintermorgens tauchen Haps Ex-Frau Trudy und ein paar Kumpels aus den 60er Jahren auf, die den bewaffneten Kampf gegen das Establishment wiederbeleben wollen. Das Startkapital dazu liegt angeblich im Sabine River: eine Million Dollar aus einem schiefgelaufenen Bankraub. Hap ist in der Gegend aufgewachsen und soll bei der Suche helfen. Doch die Zeiten haben sich gendert, und auch ehemaligen Revolutionren sitzt mittlerweile das Hemd nher als die Hose. So bewahrheitet sich bald das, was Leonard von Anfang an klar war: Wo Trudy ist, gibt's rger. Es wird ein wilder Winter. Aufgenommen in die KrimiWelt-Bestenliste von WELT, ARTE und Nordwestradio.

The Thicket

The Thicket

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/10/2014

Jack Parker knows all too well how treacherous life can be. His parents did not survive a smallpox epidemic. His grandfather was murdered. Now his sister Lula has been kidnapped by a bank robber. Alongside bounty hunter Shorty, an eloquent dwarf with a chip on his shoulder, and Eustace, the grave-digging son of an ex-slave, Jack sets off to rescue Lula. In turn-of-the-century Texas, that quest is likely to turn dangerous. Murderous outlaws find their homes in the remote wilderness. Oil wells spurt liquid money from the ground. And blood and redemption still rule supreme.

Das Dickicht

Das Dickicht

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 23/08/2014

Jack Parker dachte, er hatte schon einiges durchgemacht. Seine Eltern sind soeben an den Pocken gestorben. Doch auf dem Weg zur Farm seiner Tante ermorden Banditen auch noch seinen Grovater und entfuhren seine Schwester. Zeit fur Jack, die Verfolgung mit Hilfe zweier Kopfgeldjager selbst in die Hand zu nehmen. Allein in einer gewalttatigen Welt, muss Jack schnell erwachsen werden, wenn er seine Schwester retten will. Und er braucht dringend Hilfe, die beste, die er kriegen kann. Aber die einzigen Kopfgeldjager, die zur Verfugung stehen, sind Shorty, der Zwerg, und Eustace, der Sohn eines ehemaligen Sklaven. Zusammen mit Jimmie Sue, einer genauso klugen wie kauflichen Dame, nehmen sie die Verfolgung in eine beruchtigte Gegend auf: das Dickicht. Dort sprudelt aus den ersten windschiefen Bohrturmen illegal das flussige Gold, doch Jack ist fest davon uberzeugt: Blut ist dicker als Ol.

Cold in July

Cold in July

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/06/2014

Night. You wake suddenly. Someone's in your house. Is your family safe? You stumble from bed. You must investigate. If you had a gun, would you take it? If your life was threatened, would you use it? Richard Dane, face-to-face with an armed intruder, does. With one shot he takes a man's life and changes his own forever. The police say it is a clear-cut case of self-defence - the deceased is a no-account ex-con wanted by the law. No one blames Richard... except the dead man's father who, hell-bent on revenge, sets his sights on Richard's own four-year-old son. As father is pitted against father, both men are inexorably drawn into dangerous territory as small-town secrets peal away to reveal a vile conspiracy that will threaten to devour them both.

Deadman's Road

Deadman's Road

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 13/05/2014

Deadwood meets Cthulhu in this wild and profane Western romp featuring zombies, werewolves, evil spirits, and one pissed-off gunslinging preacher.The Wild West has never seen the likes of the Reverend Jebidiah Mercer, a hard man wielding a burning Bible in the battle between God and the devil, in an endless struggle he's not sure he cares who wins. With its five stories laced with fast-paced action, nonstop humor, and spine-tingling horror, Deadman's Road is your ride to hell, in which a vengeful shaman curses a town by conjuring a seemingly unstoppable army of the undead; an ill-advised shortcut leads to a bees' nest of terror; a man stands condemned, not for murdering his wife but for raising the Lovecraftian horror that killed her; a woman is attacked by werewolves and left for dead in a ghost town; and a mining camp faces off with a horde of cannibalistic fiends.

Machos und Macheten

Machos und Macheten

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 20/02/2014

Einmal im Leben wollen Hap und Leonard sich einen richtigen Urlaub gonnen, doch schon an der Kuste Mexikos wird's kompliziert. Kaum eingetroffen, verstrickt eine schone Fischerstochter die beiden in ihre dubiosen Machenschaften mit einem gewissen Juan Miguel, seines Zeichens Mafioso und Nudist. Als Hap sich selbst in seiner miefigen Wohnung in East Texas nicht mehr vor Miguel und seinen Handlangern sicher sein kann, muss etwas geschehen. Ein genialer Plan wird geschmiedet, mit allem, was dazugehrt: Waffen, Chloroform und einem Treffpunkt auf einer Kreuzung um Mitternacht. Ich sag's euch, ihr beiden habt echt ein Talent dafr,mit dem Schwanz in den Schraubstock zu geraten, was?Hap schon. Und ich hab drunter zu leiden.In seinem neuen Abenteuer legt das Duo infernale Hap Collins und Leonard Pine noch mal eins drauf: Die beiden Haudegen geraten von einer brenzligen Situation in die nchste. Joe R. Lansdale, selbst mehrfach ausgezeichneter Kampfsportler und texanischer Meistererzhler, zeigt seine ganze Knnerschaft!

Blutiges Echo

Blutiges Echo

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 25/09/2013

Fur den Collegestudenten Harold Wilkes lauert der Schrecken buchstablich an jeder Straenecke: Vor seinem geistigen Auge spielen sich grauenhafte Szenen aus der Vergangenheit ab, wenn er, ohne es zu wollen, dem Schauplatz eines Unglucks oder eines Verbrechens nahe kommt. Um diesen Visionen zu entfliehen, betubt Harry sich mit Alkohol. In seiner Stammkneipe lernt er Tad kennen, einen ehemaligen Kampfkunstlehrer, der seine Probleme ebenfalls in Bier ertrnkt. Gemeinsam versuchen sie, ihr Leben wieder in den Griff zu kriegen. Doch dann taucht Harrys Kindheitsschwarm Kayla auf und bittet ihn, mithilfe seiner besonderen Gabe den Mord an ihrem Vater aufzuklren ... Ein unheimlicher Thriller, die bewegende Geschichte einer geplagten Seele und ein weiteres literarisches Meisterstck im facettenreichen Werk von Joe R. Lansdale, der auch hier wieder alle Genregrenzen sprengt.

Thicket

Thicket

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 10/09/2013

ALA Reading List Award for History, Short ListLove and vengeance at the dark dawn of the East Texas oil boom from Joe Lansdale, "e;a true American original"e; (Joe Hill, author of Heart-Shaped Box).Jack Parker thought he'd already seen his fair share of tragedy. His grandmother was killed in a farm accident when he was barely five years old. His parents have just succumbed to the smallpox epidemic sweeping turn-of-the-century East Texas--orphaning him and his younger sister, Lula.Then catastrophe strikes on the way to their uncle's farm, when a traveling group of bank-robbing bandits murder Jack's grandfather and kidnap his sister. With no elders left for miles, Jack must grow up fast and enlist a band of heroes the likes of which has never been seen if his sister stands any chance at survival. But the best he can come up with is a charismatic, bounty-hunting dwarf named Shorty, a grave-digging son of an ex-slave named Eustace, and a street-smart woman-for-hire named Jimmie Sue who's come into some very intimate knowledge about the bandits (and a few members of Jack's extended family to boot). In the throes of being civilized, East Texas is still a wild, feral place. Oil wells spurt liquid money from the ground. But as Jack's about to find out, blood and redemption rule supreme. In The Thicket, award-winning novelist Joe R. Lansdale lets loose like never before, in a rip-roaring adventure equal parts True Gritand Stand by Me--the perfect introduction to an acclaimed writer whose work has been called "e;as funny and frightening as anything that could have been dreamed up by the Brothers Grimm--or Mark Twain"e; (New York Times Book Review).

By Bizarre Hands

By Bizarre Hands

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 08/08/2013

This collection of sixteen tales of horror and the macabre contains the kinds of stories one reads compulsively - helplessly enthralled by their seductive allure, their perversions and truths, their violence and centered peace.

Deadman's Road

Deadman's Road

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2013

Deadwood meets Cthulhu in this wild and profane Western romp featuring zombies, werewolves, evil spirits, and one pissed-off gun-slinging preacher. The Wild West has never seen the likes of Reverend Jebediah Mercer, a hard man wielding a burning Bible in the battle between God and the Devil, in an endless struggle he's not sure he cares who wins. Laced with fast-paced action, nonstop humor, and spine-tingling horror, Deadman's Road is your ride to hell, in which a vengeful shaman curses the town by conjuring a seemingly unstoppable army of the undead; an ill-advised shortcut leads to a bees' nest of terror; a man stands condemned, not for murdering his wife but for raising the Lovecraftian horror that killed her; a woman is attacked by werewolves and left for dead in a ghost town; and a mining camp faces off with a horde of cannibalistic fiends.

Deadman's Crossing

Deadman's Crossing

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2013

Deadwood meets The Walking Dead in this wild and profane Western romp featuring zombies, werewolves, killer bees, and one pissed-off gun-slinging preacher. The Wild West has never seen the likes of Reverend Jebidiah Mercer, a hard man wielding a burning Bible and a bottle of whiskey in the battle between God and the Devil. Frankly, hes not sure he gives a damn who wins. As the not-so-good Reverend tangles with a Lofecraftian horror and joins a renegade named Flower to battle a horde of cannibalistic fiends, only this is certain: Mercers blasphemous journey is laced with relentless action, terrifying evil, and nonstop humor. This supernatural epic of the Old West that never was will leave you heartily cheering for the good guysif you can just figure out who the good guys are.

Strae der Toten

Strae der Toten

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 31/03/2013

Reverend Jebidiah Mercer wei die Bibel ebenso gut zu handhaben wie seine Revolver. Von seinem schlechten Gewissen verfolgt hetzt er durch den Wilden Westen und legt sich mit allem an, was sich ihm in den Weg stellt: indianischen Zombies, hungrigen Ghulen, Gespenstern, Werwolfen und anderen grasslichen Geschopfen. Und doch ist er stets nur auf der Suche nach innerem Frieden ... Zum ersten Mal auf Deutsch: smtliche Abenteuer des Jebidiah Mercer, bestehend aus dem Roman Dead in the West und vier lngeren Erzhlungen, wie sie nur aus der Feder von Joe R. Lansdale flieen konnten. Meisterwerke des "e;Weird Western"e; fesselnd, unheimlich und garantiert nicht bleifrei!

Dunkle Gewasser

Dunkle Gewasser

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 21/02/2013

Sue Ellen findet, dass ihre tote Freundin May Lynn etwas Besseres verdient hat. Wenn schon kein Filmstar aus ihr wird, wie sie sich immer ertraumte, soll wenigstens ihre Asche in Hollywood verstreut werden. Beim Durchsuchen von May Lynns Habseligkeiten stot sie mit ihren Freunden Terry und Jinx auf einen Hinweis, der sie zur Beute eines Bankuberfalls fuhrt. Zusammen mit Sue Ellens labiler Mutter fluchten die drei Freunde Hals uber Kopf mit dem Flo in Richtung Suden. Habgierige Verwandte und der wenig gesetzestreue Constable hangen sich sofort an ihre Fersen. In Panik geraten die Fluchtenden jedoch erst, als sie merken, dass der sagenumwobene Killer Skunk ebenfalls hinter ihnen her ist. Dem wahnsinnigen Fahrtenleser ist angeblich noch nie jemand entkommen.

Edge of Dark Water

Edge of Dark Water

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/02/2013

May Lynn dreamed of being a movie star. But her future was short, and it wasn't on the silver screen. It was down in the dark depths of the Sabine River with a sewing machine wired to her feet. In Depression-era Texas, a better life is hard to come by. May Lynn's friends Sue Ellen, Terry and Jinx know they need to leave, and now they have a reason - they're going to take May's ashes all the way to Hollywood. But silent obstacles stand in their way: a family's worth of betrayal, a fortune's worth of stolen gold, and a legendary killer who'll stop at nothing... Joe R. Lansdale is one of the great American crime writers and Edge of Dark Water shows him at his finest. If you haven't read him yet, you're missing out.

Mammoth Books presents Christmas with the Dead

Mammoth Books presents Christmas with the Dead

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 26/07/2012

"e;I wrote 'Christmas with the Dead' simply because I wanted to write a holiday horror story,"e; Lansdale admits. "e;This was the result."e;

Edge of Dark Water

Edge of Dark Water

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 27/03/2012

Mark Twain meets classic Stephen King--a bold new direction for widely acclaimed Edgar Award winner Joe R. Lansdale.May Lynn was once a pretty girl who dreamed of becoming a Hollywood star. Now she's dead, her body dredged up from the Sabine River.Sue Ellen, May Lynn's strong-willed teenage friend, sets out to dig up May Lynn's body, burn it to ash, and take those ashes to Hollywood to spread around. If May Lynn can't become a star, then at least her ashes will end up in the land of her dreams.Along with her friends Terry and Jinx and her alcoholic mother, Sue Ellen steals a raft and heads downriver to carry May Lynn's remains to Hollywood.Only problem is, Sue Ellen has some stolen money that her enemies will do anything to get back. And what looks like a prime opportunity to escape from a worthless life will instead lead to disastrous consequences. In the end, Sue Ellen will learn a harsh lesson on just how hard growing up can really be.

Ein feiner dunkler Riss

Ein feiner dunkler Riss

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 12/03/2012

East Texas, 1958. Bis vor Kurzem glaubte der dreizehnjahrige Stanley noch an den Weihnachtsmann. Im Laufe eines einzigen heien Sommers erfahrt er jedoch mehr uber die wirkliche Welt jenseits seiner Superheldencomics und des elterlichen Autokinos, als ihm lieb ist. Stans Spielkamerad Richard wird zu Hause verprgelt; die schwarze Kchenhilfe Rosy lebt bei einem gewaltttigen Mann; und selbst Stans Vater wird gern handgreiflich, wenn es die Familie zu verteidigen gilt beispielsweise gegen bereifrige Verehrer von Stans kecker siebzehnjhriger Schwester Callie. Und dann gibt es da noch die faszinierenden alten Geschichten um ein Spukhaus auf dem Hgel, einen kopflosen Geist am Bahndamm und zwei in ein und derselben Nacht ermordete Mdchen. Stan beginnt Detektiv zu spielen, stets begleitet von seinem treuen Hund Nub, und auerdem mit Rat und Tat untersttzt von dem mrrischen schwarzen Filmvorfhrer und Ex-Polizisten Buster. Eine spannende Abenteuergeschichte bers Erwachsenwerden, ein bewegender Kriminalroman in der Tradition von Lansdales Meisterwerk "e;Die Wlder am Fluss"e;.

Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations

Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations

Author: Joe R. Lansdale, David Tallerman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2012

Darkness exists everywhere, and in no place greater than those where spirits and curses still reside. Tread not lightly on ancient lands that have been discovered by this collection of intrepid authors.In DARK TALES OF LOST CIVILIZATIONS, you will unearth an anthology of twenty-five previously unpublished horror and speculative fiction stories, relating to aspects of civilizations that are crumbling, forgotten, rediscovered, or perhaps merely spoken about in great and fearful whispers.What is it that lures explorers to distant lands where none have returned? Where is Genghis Khan buried? What happened to Atlantis? Who will displace mankind on Earth? What laments have the Witches of Oz?Answers to these mysteries and other tales are presented within this critically acclaimed anthology by the following authors.Introduction by Eric J. GuignardAngel of Destruction by Cynthia D. WitherspoonThe Door Beyond the Water by David TallermanTo Run a Stick Through a Fish by Mark Lee PearsonQuivira by Jackson KuhlDirections by Michael G. CorneliusQuetzalcoatls Conquistador by Jamie LackeyKnigreich der Sorge (Kingdom of Sorrow) by C. Deskin RinkGestures of Faith by Fadzlishah JohanabasBare Bones by Curtis James McConnellBritish Guiana, 1853 by Folly BlaineThe Nightmare Orchestra by Chelsea ArmstrongThe Funeral Procession by Jay R. ThurstonRequiem by Jason AndrewGilgamesh and the by Mountain by Bruce L. PriddyBuried Treasure by Rob RosenThe Small, Black God by Caw MillerIn Eden by Cherstin HoltzmanWe Are Not the Favored Children by Matthew BorgardRebirth in Dreams by A.J. FrenchWhale of a Time by Gitte ChristensenSins of our Fathers by Wendra ChambersThe Talisman of Hatra by Andrew S. WilliamsSumeria to the Stars by Jonathan Vos PostThe Tall Grass by Joe R. LansdaleThe Island Trovar by JC Hemphill(with interior illustration by Ron Perovich)

Kahlschlag

Kahlschlag

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2012

Osttexas in den 30er Jahren: In Camp Rapture ist die Sagemuhle der Familie Jones der grote Arbeitgeber. Pete, einziger Sohn der Familie und Constable des kleinen Orts, prugelt und vergewaltig regelmaig seine Frau Sunset, bis diese ihn eines Tages in Notwehr erschiet. Ganz Camp Rapture steht Kopf, als Petes Mutter sich nicht nur auf Sunsets Seite schlgt, sondern auch dafr sorgt, dass ihre Schwiegertochter der neue Constable des Ortes wird. Als wre diese Krte nicht schon schwer genug zu schlucken, nimmt Sunset ihre neue Aufgabe auch noch auerordentlich ernst. Ihre Untersuchung eines rtselhaften Doppelmords reit sie in einen gefhrlichen Strudel aus Gier, Korruption und brutaler Gewalt.

Gauklersommer

Gauklersommer

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2012

Beruflich und personlich gescheitert kehrt Cason Statler, Veteran des ersten Irak-Kriegs und einst vielversprechender Journalist, als menschliches Wrack in seine Heimatstadt Camp Rapture zuruck. Er trinkt zu viel, kann sich nicht damit abfinden, dass ihm seine Freundin den Laufpass gegeben hat, und versinkt in Selbstmitleid. Um wieder auf die Beine zu kommen, tritt er bei der Lokalzeitung eine Stelle als Kolumnist an. In den alten Notizen seiner Vorgngerin stolpert er ber den unaufgeklrten Fall einer Studentin, die im Jahr zuvor spurlos verschwunden ist. Statler sieht die Chance, sich wieder einen Namen zu machen, und greift die Geschichte auf. Doch damit sticht er in ein Wespennest ...

The Best of Joe R. Lansdale

The Best of Joe R. Lansdale

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/02/2010

Godzilla's in a twelve-step program. A soul-sucking Mummy stalks Elvis and John F. Kennedy. Joe Bob Briggs has a moral dilemma: If your girlfriend turns zombie on you, what do you do? And that's the tame stuff. In this red-hot collection from world-champion Mojo storyteller Joe R. Lansdale, you'll find his best, most outrageous stories. The high priest of Texan weirdness does it all: horror, mystery, satire, suspense, and even Westerns. Prepare to be offended, shocked, and cackling like a crazed redneck. Featuring five Bram Stoker Award--winning stories, this career retrospective contains some of Lansdale's rarer work, his nonfiction forays into drive-in theaters and B-movies, and the novella Bubba Ho-Tep, later made into a cult-classic major motion picture. Come on in--the weirdness is fine.

Captains Outrageous

Captains Outrageous

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 10/11/2009

Hap Collins and Leonard Pine find mucho trouble, this time in Mexico, when they come face to face with a nudist mobster, his seven-foot strong-arm, an octogenarian knife-touting fisherman, and, somehow, an armadillo.When Hap Collins saves the life of his employers daughter, he is rewarded with a Caribbean cruise, and he convinces his best friend, Leonard Pine, to come along. However, when the cruise sails on without them, stranding them in Playa del Carmen with nothing but their misfortune and Leonards ridiculous new hat, the two quickly find themselves drawn into a vicious web of sordid violence. When they return to East Texas, they find that trouble has beaten them back, and when troubles around it doesnt take long for Hap and Leonard to find it.A storyteller in the great American tradition of Ambrose Bierce and Mark Twain. The Boston GlobeLansdale reaches the reader on a gut level.A terrific writer. Ellery Queens Mystery Magazine

Sanctified and Chicken-Fried The Portable Lansdale

Sanctified and Chicken-Fried The Portable Lansdale

Author: Joe R. Lansdale, Bill Crider Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2009

Master of mojo storytelling, spinner of over-the-top yarns of horror, suspense, humor, mystery, science fiction, and even the Old West, Joe R. Lansdale has attracted a wide and enthusiastic following. His genre-defying work has brought him numerous awards, including the Grand Master of Horror from the World Horror Convention, the Edgar Award, the American Horror Award, seven Bram Stoker awards, the British Fantasy Award, Italy's Grinzane Prize for Literature, as well as Notable Book of the Year recognition twice from the New York Times. Sanctified and Chicken-Fried is the first true best of Lansdale anthology. It brings together a unique mix of well-known short stories and excerpts from his acclaimed novels, along with new and previously unpublished material. In this collection of gothic tales that explore the dark and sometimes darkly humorous side of life and death, you'll meet traveling preachers with sinister agendas, towns lost to time, teenagers out for a good time who get more than they bargain for, and gangsters and strange goings-on at the end of the world. Out of the blender of Lansdale's imagination spew tall tales about men and mules, hogs and races, that are, in his words, the equivalent of Aesop meets Flannery O'Connor on a date with William Faulkner, the events recorded by James M. Cain. Whether you're a long-time fan of Joe R. Lansdale or just discovering his work, this anthology brings you the best of a writer whom the New York Times Book Review has praised for having a folklorist's eye for telling detail and a front-porch raconteur's sense of pace.

Sunset and Sawdust

Sunset and Sawdust

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 05/02/2008

He has been called hilarious . . . refreshing . . . a terrifically gifted storyteller with a sharp country-boy wit (Washington Post Book World), and praised for his folklorists eye for telling detail and [his] front-porch raconteurs sense of pace (New York Times Book Review). Now, Joe R. Landsdale gives us a fast-moving, electrifying new novel: a murder mystery set in a steamy backwater of Depression-era East Texas. It begins with an explosion: Sunset Jones kills her husband with a bullet to the brain. Never mind that he was raping her. Pete Jones was constable of the small sawmill town of Camp Rapture (Camp Rupture to the local blacks), where no woman, least of all Pete's, refuses her husband what he wants.So most everyone is surprised and angry when, thanks to the unexpected understanding of her mother-in-lawthree-quarter owner of the millSunset is named the new constable. And they're even more surprised when she dares to take the job seriously: beginning an investigation into the murder of a woman and an unborn baby whose oil-drenched bodies are discovered buried on land belonging to the only black landowner in town. Yet no one is more surprised than Sunset herself when the murders lead herthrough a labyrinth of greed, corruption, and unspeakable malicenot only to the shocking conclusion of the case, but to a well of inner strength she never knew she had.Landsdale brings the thick backwoods and swamps of East Texas vividly to life, and he paints a powerfully evocative picture of a time when Jim Crow and the Klan ruled virtually unopposed, when the oil boom was rolling into and over Texas, when any woman who didn't know her place was considered a threat and a target. In Sunset, he gives us a woman who defies all expectations, wrestling a different place for herself with spirit and spit, cunning and courage. And in Sunset and Sawdust he gives us a wildly energetic novelgalvanizing from first to last.From the Hardcover edition.

Conan And The Songs Of The Dead

Conan And The Songs Of The Dead

Author: Joe R. Lansdale, Timothy Truman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2007

Bumper Crop

Bumper Crop

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2004