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A Fine Dark Line

Joe R Lansdale

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A classic coming-of-age murder mystery with corrupt cops, segregation, ice cream and missing lesbians

It is the summer of 1958 in Dewmont, Texas, a town the great American postwar boom passed by. The kids listen to rockabilly on the radio and waste their weekends at the Dairy Queen. But an undetected menace simmers under the heat that clings to the skin like molasses. . .

For thirteen-year-old Stanley Mitchell, the end of innocence comes with his discovery of the mysterious long-ago demise of two young women. But not every buried thing stays dead. And on one terrifying night of rushing creek water and thundering rain, an arcane, murderous force will rise from the past to threaten Stanley and everything he holds dear.

Vintage Lansdale, A FINE DARK LINE brims with exquisite suspense, powerful characterisations, and the vibrant evocation of a lost time.

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Joe R Lansdale

Joe R. Lansdale is the winner of the British Fantasy Award, the American Horror Award, the Edgar Award, and six Bram Stoker Awards. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas.