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Paradise Sky by Joe R. Lansdale
  

Paradise Sky

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A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.

East Texas pulpster Lansdale never writes a dull book and his new novel proves no exception. This latest wild tale veers sharply towards the western, albeit in a highly picaresque fashion, narrating the tale of Nat Love, a buffalo soldier, a black slave who escapes lynching and gains an education before he has to go on the run. His flight and travails over the years see him come across Buffalo Bill, apaches, and sundry colourful characters of the Old West as he himself balances between cowboy, bouncer, ratcatcher, dime novel hero and sharpshooter. Based on a real life historical figure, this is a joyful, if at times bloody romp, with all the verve of Tarantino or the modern movies all the while betraying terrible affection for the rugged landscapes of Texas and Deadwood. Memorable. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

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

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Paradise Sky by Joe R. Lansdale

Meet Nat Love. Born a slave in Texas, he escapes a lynching and finds a mentor who trains him in shooting, riding, reading, writing and gardening. But the enemies of his youth pursue him, and soon he is on the run again...In the course of a tumultuous life, he becomes in turn a Buffalo Soldier, a bouncer, a ratcatcher, a sharpshooter, a dime-novel star, a friend to Wild Bill Hickock and a US Marshall. From Texas to Deadwood and back down south, he both dodges and courts violence, hoping one day to get his revenge. Featuring cowboys, Apaches, buffalo and much, much more, this is a mostly true tale of how the West was won from one of America's most original writers.

Reviews

'Lansdale's tall tales are reminiscent of other western fiction from Thomas Berger's Little Big Man onwards but his original, blackly comic prose gives them new vigour.' The Sunday Times

'A full-blooded western, served up unapologetically and masterfully...Lansdale is one of those very rare authors who can have his readers howling with laughter during one sentence while bringing tear to their eyes with the next.' BookReporter

'A sweeping Western epic...Lansdale at his funniest and most energetic, with some of the most engaging writing you'll read this year' Houston Chronicle

'Enough guns, glory and goofiness to keep you entertained' LitReactor

'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

'Throughout Paradise Sky, Lansdale the master storyteller gives lessons in corralling point-of-view, tone, plot, irony, character development and just plain old good writing...may well prove to be Lansdale's best' Dallas News

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

18th June 2015

Author

Joe R. Lansdale

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Publisher

Mulholland Books an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback

Categories

Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9781444787184

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