'True American original' Joe Lansdale's wildly entertaining novel based on the real-life figure of Nat Love, an African-American cowboy and Buffalo Soldier. If you enjoyed Deadwood or Django Unchained, this is for you.
Meet Nat Love.
Born a slave in Texas, he escapes a lynching and finds a mentor who trains him in shooting, riding, reading, writing and gardening. But the enemies of his youth pursue him, and soon he is on the run again...
In the course of a tumultuous life, he becomes in turn a Buffalo Soldier, a bouncer, a ratcatcher, a sharpshooter, a dime-novel star, a friend to Wild Bill Hickock and a US Marshall. From Texas to Deadwood and back down south, he both dodges and courts violence, hoping one day to get his revenge.
Featuring cowboys, Apaches, buffalo and much, much more, this is a mostly true tale of how the West was won from one of America's most original writers.
Lansdale's tall tales are reminiscent of other western fiction from Thomas Berger's Little Big Man onwards but his original, blackly comic prose gives them new vigour. - The Sunday Times
A rip-roaring tale completely in keeping with dime novel traditions and the cinematic hyperbole of Blazing Saddles or Django Unchained - Los Angeles Times
A full-blooded western, served up unapologetically and masterfully...Lansdale is one of those very rare authors who can have his readers howling with laughter during one sentence while bringing tear to their eyes with the next. - BookReporter
A sweeping Western epic...Lansdale at his funniest and most energetic, with some of the most engaging writing you'll read this year - Houston Chronicle
Enough guns, glory and goofiness to keep you entertained - LitReactor
Throughout Paradise Sky, Lansdale the master storyteller gives lessons in corralling point-of-view, tone, plot, irony, character development and just plain old good writing...may well prove to be Lansdale's best - Dallas News
Speaking with stoicism and a relentless humour, he (Nat) is the perfect narrator for Lansdale's tale of injustice and ultimately hope. - Daily Express
Joe R. Lansdale is the author of over thirty novels and numerous short storiess. 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. Lansdale's Hap and Leonard series has been adapted for TV by the Sundance Channel, starring James Purefoy and Michael K. Williams. He lives with his family in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Visit his website at www.joerlansdale.com, follow him on Twitter @joelansdale or find him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JoeRLansdale.