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Harry, an elderly man, tells the story of a series of events that occurred in his 11th year, when the mutilated, murdered bodies of Negro prostitutes began turning up in the county where his father was the local constable. Harry and Tom, his younger sister, find the first one. Only their father, Jacob Crane, seems to care about finding justice for the victims, who are dismissed out of hand as unimportant by the local branch of the Ku Klux Klan, which warns Jacob off any further investigations. Harry and Tom think they know who's responsible: the Goat Man, a creature who's said to lurk beneath the swinging bridge that crosses the Sabine River, where the first body was found. In fact, the Goat Man has something to do with the murders, and the secret of who he is and what he really did is the key to the unsolved slayings. But that takes second place to the artfully explicated character of Jacob and Harry's changing relationship with him in the course of the loss of his boyish innocence. This is a masterfully told story and a very good read. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Joe Lansdale had somehow escaped my notice all these years. He's an extraordinary writer who creates a wonderful story with a magical grip on language that reminds me of Wallace... Read morePublished 12 hours ago by Susanlb
I can see it now....
The publishes meeting, "Here's the pitch boys, 'To Kill A Mockingbird meets Silence of the Lambs! Read more
Brilliant! Another overlooked work by a great author. While the American public gobbles up pap from Patterson and many other so called great writers writers, far superior works... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Robert A. Kalanja
Joe R Lansdale is one of the best writer's ever? He makes you laugh, cry and mourn for your own family and youth. Read morePublished 20 days ago by V. Couturier
Loved it. Was pulled in from the very first chapter and stayed hooked until the end. Great writing style with an intriguing cast of characters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jopa