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Edge of Dark Water

Joe R. Lansdale

14 Reviews

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Fiction, Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense, Westerns

Mark Twain crossed with crime fiction - a Depression-era noir by fan favourite Joe Lansdale.

May Lynn dreamed of being a movie star. But her future was short, and it wasn't on the silver screen. It was down in the dark depths of the Sabine River with a sewing machine wired to her feet.

In Depression-era Texas, a better life is hard to come by. May Lynn's friends Sue Ellen, Terry and Jinx know they need to leave, and now they have a reason - they're going to take May's ashes all the way to Hollywood. But silent obstacles stand in their way: a family's worth of betrayal, a fortune's worth of stolen gold, and a legendary killer who'll stop at nothing...

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Praise for Edge of Dark Water

  • A terrific and memorable novel that sticks in the mind long after it is finished - Canberra Times

  • The pace never slackens, the writing is elegance personified, and the story tugs at the heartstrings - Daily Mail

  • Lansdale has the delight in language of the best raconteur; he also delivers some wince-inducing violence and can crank up the tension to screaming point. - Metro

  • The strongest, truest, and most pitch-perfect narration since Huck Finn's. Marvelous and terrifying, EDGE OF DARK WATER is the result of real genius at work. A masterpiece. - Dan Simmons

  • Joe Lansdale is one of the dark kings of modern mystery fiction, a master of the genre. His name deserves to be whispered with the greats. - John Connolly

  • A charming Gothic adventure as funny and frightening as anything that could have been dreamed up by the Brothers Grimm - or Mark Twain - New York Times Book Review

  • EDGE OF DARK WATER describes a trip downriver that is one-half Huck Finn, one-half Deliverance, and entirely Joe Lansdale. - Joe Hill

  • Alternately scary, funny as hell, disturbing, but always (and most importantly) memorable. - Bruce Campbell

  • A folklorist's eye for telling detail and front porch raconteur's sense of pace. - New York Times Book Review

  • Joe Lansdale is the poet laureate of the East Texas backwoods - Guardian

  • Dark and comic, bleak and terrifying, romantic and endearing...This, I kid you not, is the Great American Novel of the year. - CrimeTime

  • Lansdale is a terrifically gifted storyteller with a sharp country boy wit - Washington Post

  • Joe Lansdale has long been one of our finest and most difficult to classify writers... In EDGE OF DARK WATER he offers a beautifully spun tale of life in the sticks, friendship and mortality, and tells it with the wit, humor and pure-deep power we've come to expect of him. - Daniel Woodrell

  • Lansdale rarely hits a wrong note. He's a superb stylist and a first-rate storyteller - Booklist

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Joe R. Lansdale

Joe R. Lansdale is the author of more than a dozen novels, including Sunset and Sawdust, Rumble Tumble and The Bottoms. He has received the British Fantasy Award, the American Mystery Award, the Edgar Award, the Grinzane Cavour Prize for Literature, and seven Bram Stoker Awards. He lives with his family in Nacogdoches, Texas.

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