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“A wonderfully nasty piece of work [that] inspires I-can’t-believe-this laughter. . . . Very entertaining.” –Newsday
The opening . . . will grab unsuspecting readers by the lapels and pull them right in. . . . Lansdale's prose--laconic and sarcastic--is so thick with slang and regional accent that it's as tasty as a well-cured piece of beef jerky." --The Denver Post
"Lansdale is an exceptional storyteller . . . readers will feel the Texas heat and hear the story in the author's unique East Texas drawl. The vivid characterization will make readers cheer for the protagonist and boo the villain." --Rocky Mountain News
“Delivers the unexpected and bizarre that his fans have come to expect. . . . The narrative is entertaining, but Lansdale’s patently unvarnished storytelling–backwoods and brash all at once–is the real reason to crack this cover.” --Texas Monthly
"Funny, bloody and bizarre. . . . Another five-star doozy of a tale from an immensely talented and original storyteller." --The Flint Journal
“Sunset Jones is the kind of woman that men who drink in East Texas bars would call a ‘pistol.’ As a tornado rips through the sawmill camp town of Rapture, in the rousing opening scene of Joe R. Lansdale’s historical barnburner Sunset and Sawdust, Sunset finally puts a stop to her husband Pete’s bloody beatings. . . . Soon Sunset has her own posse, including a wonderful dog whose abject adoration of the fiery gunslinger pretty much sums up this reader’s feelings.” --The New York Times Book Review
"A first-rate whodunnit. . . . [Lansdale] kno...
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- ASIN : B000XUADSG
- Publisher : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard; Reprint edition (December 18, 2007)
- Publication date : December 18, 2007
- Language : English
- File size : 795 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 338 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #187,984 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Welcome to Camp Rapture, East Texas, circa Great Depression. And welcome to Joe Lansdale, if not America's most talented spinner of homespun wisdom and mighty yarns, certainly one of the most prolific. So Sunset, with the unlikely support of her mother-in-law, goes on to pick up the constable duties of the husband she murdered, setting the stage for an improbable but no less entertaining saga of crime and corruption, justice and injustice, treachery and redemption, set among the oak and sweet gum forests in a steamy East Texas summer. Using a grisly double murder as enough of a plot against which a rich and motley cast than sling around Lansdale's unparalleled country bantered slang, Sunset deploys her common sense and country spine to solve the mystery through a bunch of twists and turns along the way.
As expected from Lansdale, he renders a cast of memorable characters, from the fiery Sunset to the malevolent McBride and his darkly mysterious sidekick "Two", and especially the guitar-twanging, quick-fisted hobo "Hillbilly." And like most of Lansdale's writing, this one brings along some serious morale undertones, set deep in racial tension and racial disgrace; the deep south in the worst days of her bigotry, delivered without apology or excuse. It's days of cotton candy innocence poorly hiding ugly undercurrents of hate and ignorance and the neat contrast of simpler times that really weren't all that simple. Plenty of action, a bit of history, and a generous helping of American culture add up for a wildly enjoyable page-turner, echoing Lansdale's classic "The Bottoms." Pick this one up if you missed it first time around.
Receiving unexpected moral and political support from her mother in law Marilyn, who feels partially responsible for her son's vile behavior, Sunset is appointed to serve the remainder of Pete's term as Constable of Rapture. Assisted by the plain spoken Clyde, and the handsome and mysterious drifter Hillbilly, Sunset finds herself at the center of a murder mystery involving her husband's mistress and unborn child. What follows is pure Lansdale, including a couple of beatings, a house fire, sweaty sex, gunplay, creepy villains (one of whom previously appeared in Lansdale's outstanding short novel The Big Blow), unexpected plot twists, and general mayhem.
Lansdale continues on his impressive upward climb of constant refinement and improvement, producing a book that exceeds the high expectations created by such previous successes as the Edgar Award winning The Bottoms and 2003's A Fine Dark Line. In the hands of a lesser writer, the events depicted in Sunset and Sawdust might read like an over the top country soap opera, but Lansdale's distinctive voice, combined with his emotional wisdom and his abiding affection for even the most despicable of his characters, transforms these incidents into affecting drama. Lansdale's wit has never been as keen, his insight into what makes his characters tick never deeper. His prose shines-you often stop to laugh at or reflect on what you've just read. Lines like "He was big enough to go alligator hunting with stern language," or "Flies were so thick on the front of his shirt they looked like a vest," create indelible images that linger in memory.
In the final analysis, however, it's the distinct sense of place that Lansdale creates that really sells the story. In Rapture, he's created a literary locale as vivid and unique as John Steinbeck's vision of Monterey, California, the setting for that author's famous novels Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday. What makes the town memorable, aside from its colorful denizens and the odd happenings which occur there, is the sense that you've actually visited the place and experienced its charms first hand. Finishing the book, you almost expect to find the sawdust that permeates the town's air on your clothing.
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Set in an East Texas lumber town during the Great Depression and just as oil is being discovered with all the crazy money and crazier people that came with it, we meet the heroine Sundown as she blows her husband's brains out. Surprisingly she becomes the law in Rapture, the said timber town. She surrounds herself with a variety of deputies some good, some bade do some useless as she fights big crime and protects the rights of the downtrodden negroes in spite of "the clan" and others out to rob them.
A fast crime thriller ensues written with superbly clever dialogue with high drama, low sex and also a barrowful of laughs. The characters are well drawn with some downright scary and not to be messed with.
A page turner piece of fine writing from one of the current best in this genre,
Lansdale is a great writer & even better storyteller & when he is on form he is very hard to beat. Pitch perfect dialogue, brilliant characters (Sunset, Hillbilly, Clyde, Lee, Two - the list goes on) & and an interesting plot make this a very, very enjoyable read. It's gruesome in some of its descriptions but has a dry sense of humour as well.
If you have read the Hap & Leonard books then this is just as good. If not read this & then give his series books a go. Highly recommended.