- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Tachyon Publications (May 27, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616961619
- ISBN-13: 978-1616961619
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 86 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...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.”
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...told by a master writer...a great novel.”
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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.”
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...this is crime fiction/pulp fiction at its best. It is dark, it is dangerous, it is wickedly humorous....”
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Without spoiling the story, just know there are twists and turns that make ‘Cold in July’ a worthy read.
But, unlike the film version of the book, which is wonderfully gritty and stripped down to the bare essentials of a dark story that just seems to get darker, the book leans towards humorous banter which diffuses the tension between Dane and Russell, who are otherwise excellent natural enemies.
Readers of crime fiction will not be disappointed with Cold in July, though, with its highly original plot. The action scenes are taut, Richard Dane’s guilt is convincing and Russell is a pretty good misunderstood villain.
Cold in July was, by far, one of the best books I have read this year. The unexpected twists and turns were amazing, and the dark suspense that began on page one never let up. It is one of those books that you literally can't put down because you just have to know what is going to unfold next, especially once the reality behind the dead burglar starts to take shape. After that there just is no turning back. One discovery leads to another and before you know it the book is racing toward a final confrontation between all the players. Simply put, this was an amazing read, one which I have to recommend to anyone who enjoys suspenseful tales. Like F. Paul Wilson said in his story introduction to "Slasher" in his collection The Barrens and Others: "If you've never read Cold in July, do so immediately." Seriously, open up another tab on your computer screen, go to the correct page on Amazon, and order a copy. You won't be sorry. Just be ready for your electric bill to be a little higher than normal this time around because you will be reading long into the night. Nothing you can do to change it, but thankfully it most certainly will be money well spent.