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The Thicket

 
 
Author
Joe R. Lansdale.
Publisher Mullholland Books  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.45 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780316188449
Pages/Publication Date 356/2013
Daedalus Item Code 61660
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Jack Parker thought he'd already seen his fair share of tragedy; his grandmother was killed in a farm accident when he was barely five years old and his parents have just succumbed to the smallpox epidemic sweeping East Texas, orphaning him and his younger sister Lula. But catastrophe strikes again on the way to their uncle's farm, when bandits murder Jack's grandfather and kidnap his sister. With no elders left, Jack must grow up fast, and sets out to hire whatever heroes he can find to help rescue Lula. What he gets, in this tale by multiple Bram Stoker and Edgar Award winner Joe Lansdale, is a bounty-hunting dwarf named Shorty, a grave-digging son of an ex-slave named Eustace, and a street-smart woman-for-hire named Jimmie Sue.

"The Bard of East Texas is back, this time with the turn-of-the-20th-century coming-of-age tale of 16-year-old Jack Parker and his 14-year-old sister, Lula. Still shocked by the sudden deaths of their parents from smallpox, they see their grandfather murdered by outlaws, who then abduct Lula. The same outlaws have killed the sheriff Jack hopes will rescue Lula, and Jack must turn to bounty hunters Eustace Cox and Shorty. Eustace is a black man who carries a giant shotgun; his constant companion is a 600-pound feral hog. Shorty is a dwarf with an attitude who was taught to shoot by Annie Oakley. Their bond is the discrimination they face, and they are willing to chase the outlaws into the primordial and lawless deep woods of East Texas' Big Thicket. Lansdale ... has been writing brilliantly about East Texas for three decades (in both historical fiction and his contemporary series starring Hap Collins and Leonard Pine), but never has the region appeared stranger or more violent than it does here. The oil boom has begun, and Jack, a naive and pious farm boy, is introduced to boomtowns, brothels, lynchings, and all manner of new things. Memorable characters, a vivid sense of place, and an impressive body count make The Thicket another Lansdale treasure."Booklist (starred review)

 
 
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