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Sunset and Sawdust

Joe R. Lansdale

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A hard-edged crime thriller set at the start of the Texas oil boom in the 1930s and driven by the sort of outrageous characters that only Joe Lansdale can come up with.

Joe R. Landsdale's new novel is a gripping crime thriller set in Texas at the start of the 1930s oil boom. With Pete Jones, the local constable, shot dead; his widow, Sunset, finds herself in his job, investigating a series of brutal murders. Most of the townsfolk object to her wearing Pete's gun and badge, some because this is the 1930s and think a woman's place is in the home, others because it was Sunset who blew off Pete's head in the first place. As much a modern western as a murder mystery, Sunset & Sawdust features a cast of outlandish characters - gun-men, hobos, sheriffs, hookers, migrants and coloured families struggling to make living under the malevolent eyes of the Ku Klux Klan. Sunset's investigation leads her and her friends into a labyrinth of greed, corruption, and unspeakable malice. Nothing and no-one are quite what they seem in Texas. Sunset & Sawdust is a wildly energetic novel and Sunset Jones is an unforgettable heroine.

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Praise for Sunset and Sawdust

  • with violence and insanity aplenty, this is entertaining stuff. - THE LIST

  • Joe Lansdale is the poet laureate of the East Texas backwoods and this new semi-historical romp... might bring him a whole new readership, previously scared away by his colourful excesses. - THE GUARDIAN

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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.

Visit his website at www.joerlansdale.com, follow him on Twitter @joelansdale or find him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JoeRLansdale.