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Sunset And Sawdust by Joe R Lansdale

Sunset And Sawdust

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Hard-edged crime set in Texas in the 1930s and starring a self-elected law enforcer, the deceased local copâs wife Sunset. With the oil boom, the Ku Klux Klan and a bunch of odd-balls, there is obviously much corruption and greed about. I really like this fellow whose wacky characters and outlandish situations make for an interestingly different read.

Comparison: Carl Hiaasen, Elmore Leonard, Robert Crais.
Similar this month: None but try Paul Adam and Andrew Pyper.

If you like Joe R Lansdale you might also like to read books by Elmore Leonard, Christopher Brookmyre and Robert Crais.

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Sunset And Sawdust by Joe R Lansdale

A hard-edged crime thriller set at the start of the Texas oil boom in the 1930s

When Pete Jones, the local constable, is shot dead, his widow, Sunset, finds herself in his job, investigating a series of brutal murders. Most of the townsfolk object to her wearing Pete's gun and badge, some because this is the 1930s and they think a woman's place is in the home, others because it was Sunset who blew off Pete's head in the first place.

As much a modern western as a murder mystery, SUNSET & SAWDUST features a cast of outlandish characters -- gun-men, hobos, sheriffs, hookers, migrants and coloured families struggling to make living under the malevolent eyes of the Ku Klux Klan.

Sunset's investigation leads her and her friends into a labyrinth of greed, corruption, and unspeakable malice. Nothing and no-one are quite what they seem in Texas.

About the Author

Joe R Lansdale
Joe R. Lansdale is the winner of the British Fantasy Award, the American Horror Award, the Edgar Award, and six Bram Stoker Awards. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas.

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6th October 2005


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