Despite the trappings -- guns, stakeouts, an ex-con, a private eye, a porn ring, a shootout -- this isn't an ordinary suspense novel. It's a lean, effective character study about a man who risks his comfortable life to pursue something half-glimpsed within his psyche. He feels guilty about his father's suicide, he doubts his ability to raise his own son, and now he's mixed up with another father, whose son has gone into a place of great darkness. A stirring tale in which actions have consequences, and no one is left unchanged by the things that they see and do.
...a crime fiction classic.”
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The Novel Pursuit
...impressive Realism-meets-Road House-circa ’89 fight-scenes, tailings, and gunfights.... You’re sure to finish this book fast, but you’re also sure to think on it slowly.”
One of the benefits of Cold in July being made into an independent movie (adapted by screenwriter/actor Nick Damici and directed by Jim Mickle) is this new, movie tie-in edition from Tachyon, Joe R. Landsdale’s publisher....a finely told crime story.”
"It's a major novel, full of darkness, humor, passion, and truth."
-Lewis Shiner, author of Glimpses and Mozart in Mirroshades (with Bruce Sterling)
"I can't think of a more remarkable suspense novel in the last few years. Cold in July has it all...."
-Ed Gorman, author of The Poker Club
"Cold in July is more than a novel of detection; it is an odyssey into the dark recesses of the human psyche...."
-Loren D. Estleman, author of Burning Midnight
...told by a master writer...a great novel.”
Murder by the Book
Lansdale has a dark sense of humor and a brilliant ability to translate physical tension onto the page. In this novel, originally published in 1989 (and a film by the time you read this), he blends crime, southern gothic, and his own brand of East Texas noir. Don’t miss it.”
A character-driven thriller with more twists than an off-the-map dirt road, awards-quality performances from the three leads, a rare sensitivity to the after-effects of horror and a sure directorial hand.
...this is crime fiction/pulp fiction at its best. It is dark, it is dangerous, it is wickedly humorous....”
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Praise for Joe R. Lansdale
A folklorist’s eye for telling detail and a front-porch raconteur’s sense of pace.”
-New York Times Book Review
A terrifically gifted storyteller.”
-Washington Post Book Review
Like gold standard writers Elmore Leonard and the late Donald Westlake, Joe R. Lansdale is one of the more versatile writers in America.
Los Angeles Times
A zest for storytelling and gimlet eye for detail.”
"Lansdale is an immense talent."
Lansdale is a storyteller in the Texas tradition of outrageousness...but amped up to about 100,000 watts.”
Lansdale’s been hailed, at varying points in his career, as the new Flannery O’Connor, William Faulkner-gone-madder, and the last surviving splatterpunk...sanctified in the blood of the walking Western dead and righteously readable.”