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The Thicket by Joe R. Lansdale
  

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Both a thrillingly page-turning and wonderfully atmospheric noir told in a charming first person narrative, set in Texas when oil was just being discovered and the west was still extremely wild. Jack Parker’s lost all his family when his sister is kidnapped and he puts together a motley crew of mercenaries to bring her back. There follows a boys own adventure full of dastardly deeds and gloriously rich characters which is simply a delight from beginning to end.

If you like Joe R. Lansdale you might also like to read books by Smith Penderson, George Pelecanos and Patrick deWitt.

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Synopsis

The Thicket by Joe R. Lansdale

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.

Reviews

'A master of noir laced with laugh-out-loud black humour ... horror, bloodshed and laughs.' -Shortlist

'This latest work reads like a dark version of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and feels like a Coen brothers movie. It's the perfect mix of light and dark, with plenty of humor mixed in.' -Houston Chronicle

'The Bard of East Texas is back ... Memorable characters, a vivid sense of place, and an impressive body count make THE THICKET another Lansdale treasure.'

-Booklist

'Storytelling laced with bravado, good humor, action, and heart ... As captivating as the best of Larry McMurtry and written in a style reminiscent of Mark Twain... This title cannot help but captivate readers.'

-Library Journal

'A gently legendary quality makes this tall tale just about perfect.'

-Kirkus Reviews

'Joe Lansdale is one of the dark kings of modern mystery fiction, a master of the genre. His name deserves to be whispered with the greats.'

- John Connolly

'THE THICKET presents Joe Lansdale at his finest - which is to say, at the high-water mark of all storytelling. Nuanced, compelling, darkly humorous and remarkably vivid, THE THICKET quickly becomes a one-sitting novel, told in a voice that would have called Huck Finn himself in from the river. Lansdale marries story and style in a way most writers never achieve.'

-Michael Koryta, author of THE PROPHET

'Too often overlooked in American literature is that lineage descending from our early humorists such as Bierce, and from Twain: regional, darkly comic, bizarre. That's where Joe Lansdale lives. He's very Texan, very American, very funny - and a stone brilliant writer.'

- James Sallis, author of Drive

About the Author

Joe R. Lansdale

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.

Author photo © Karen Lansdale

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Publication date

9th October 2014

Author

Joe R. Lansdale

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Publisher

Mulholland Books an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9781444736922

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