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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.
I enjoyed this book a lot. It's written well and has a good plot. The 1930s East Texas accents are dead on. Good ending as well.Published 8 days ago by dallaspatents
Loved this book, don't miss it. This one is on the same level as Ordinary Grace and California Girl and Montana 1948.Published 15 days ago by David W Putnam
There is a good reason "The Bottoms" won the 2001 Edgar Award for BEST NOVEL. This is a book that takes you to a specific time and place and makes you taste it. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Happy Reader
One of the best crime fiction novels I've read and I've read a lot of them.Published 28 days ago by William Stage
Lansdale's descriptive writing brings the characters to life and draws the reader into the story. It was a little too real in some spots and made me uncomfortable even to read some... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Becky Zimmerman
I really gobbled this up. It's a great story, told from the perspective of end of life wisdom, but still from through eyes of an 11-year-old boy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer