Okay, I am stranded on a deserted (warm) island. There is fresh water on the island, coconuts, and fish in the sea. But day after day that lifestyle becomes mind-numbingly boring. Then one day I wake up and my pleas have been answered because now Joe Lansdale is stranded on this island with me. And, bar none, Lansdale is a storyteller extraordinaire. So, every night, Joe (we're on a first name basis now) tells his stories. My boredom is gone and Joe gets an appreciative audience to hear his tales as he spins them.
Joe Lansdale is one of my very favorite authors. Two of his books - THE BOTTOMS and A THIN, DARK LINE are on my Top Ten list of all-time favorite books.
There are six novellas in this new collection by Lansdale. The title story was my favorite but all of them were grand. No one does dialogue better than Lansdale and his characters come to life on the pages of his stories. I especially liked the introductions that he wrote to each story which gave some insight into his writing process.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book to readers of all genres.