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.
©2013 Joe R. Lansdale (P)2013 Hachette Audio
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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!
I started to give this 4 stars, but it's so entertained me, I'll say 4.5 and round up to 5.
A little far-fetched, Jack and Lula, 2 red-headed teens, and their Grandpa must take a ferry across the river, after just starting off on a trip from East Texas to live with Auntie Em in Kansas after mom and dad die from the pox. They get into an altercation with some super bad hombres who just robbed a bank. The lead hombre, CutThroat, kills grandpa just before a waterspout overturns the ferry and Jack lands on the opposite side of the river from sis Lula who is captured and taken off by the hombres.
Jack seeks the sheriff, who, it turns out, was killed by the hombres. He runs into Eustace (part white, Indian and black) who puts him in touch with Shorty, a bada$$ midget, both of whom have done bounty hunting in the past and agree to help Jack rescue Lula. Before leaving town, they hear that Fatty, one of the outlaws, may be at the local brothel. In doing some detective work on his own, Jack meets Jimmie Sue, a brothel resident about his age, and she turns him onto a little more than the whereabouts of Fatty. She decides she wants to leave "the life" and go with Jack, Shorty and Eustace on the rescue mission.
Like I said, a little out there with the characters, but a fun story of love, learning and killing bad guys on the way to saving Lula.
The narrator did a great job with the different voices for the various odd assortment of characters.
Such a good read/listen..totally satisfying..funny..harsh..warm
Yes..and I did
I so loved this book..really well done..bravo..
The story is very good. There are several memorable characters. I wish this was a series. When a book stays with me several days after finishing, I know it's a great book..
Weird Wild West
"Shorty" the midget bounty hunger, because he had a quick temper, a quicker mind, and a very broad grasp of life, and the world. He improved his lot in life by dreaming.
This is Will's coming of age story. While reality whittles away at his high moral standards, and the things he believed he knew about it, it hands him the tools and relationships to forge stronger beliefs of his own. He's honest, true, and a real-world sort of hero in the making.
Hog, because how many times do you get a supporting character that is a wild, smelly animal treated like one of the team?
This book reminds of the author's "The Magic Wagon," and treats the old west in a very realistic way, as opposed to the fast-shooting, trail-riding westerns that line most bookstore shelves. Gritty, and strange, littered with memorable characters and unforgettable action. A great book.
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