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The Thicket [Paperback]

Joe R. Lansdale
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12 Sep 2013

Acclaimed author Joe Lansdale's landmark tale of love and vengeance at the dark dawn of the East Texas oil boom.

Jack Parker knows all too well how treacherous life can be. His parents did not survive a smallpox epidemic. His grandfather was murdered. Now his sister Lula has been kidnapped by a bank robber.

Alongside bounty hunter Shorty, an eloquent dwarf with a chip on his shoulder, and Eustace, the grave-digging son of an ex-slave, Jack sets off to rescue Lula.

In turn-of-the-century Texas, that quest is likely to turn dangerous. Murderous outlaws find their homes in the remote wilderness. Oil wells spurt liquid money from the ground. And blood and redemption still rule supreme.


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (12 Sep 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1444736914
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444736915
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.5 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A master of noir laced with laugh-out-loud black humour . . . horror, bloodshed and laughs (Shortlist)

This latest work reads like a dark version of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and feels like a Coen brothers movie. It's the perfect mix of light and dark, with plenty of humor mixed in (Houston Chronicle)

The Bard of East Texas is back . . . Memorable characters, a vivid sense of place, and an impressive body count make THE THICKET another Lansdale treasure (Booklist)

Storytelling laced with bravado, good humor, action, and heart . . . As captivating as the best of Larry McMurtry and written in a style reminiscent of Mark Twain. . . This title cannot help but captivate readers. (Library Journal)

A gently legendary quality makes this tall tale just about perfect (Kirkus Reviews)

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)

THE THICKET presents Joe Lansdale at his finest - which is to say, at the high-water mark of all storytelling. Nuanced, compelling, darkly humorous and remarkably vivid, THE THICKET quickly becomes a one-sitting novel, told in a voice that would have called Huck Finn himself in from the river. Lansdale marries story and style in a way most writers never achieve. (Michael Koryta, author of THE PROPHET)

Too often overlooked in American literature is that lineage descending from our early humorists such as Bierce, and from Twain: regional, darkly comic, bizarre. That's where Joe Lansdale lives. He's very Texan, very American, very funny - and a stone brilliant writer (James Sallis, author of Drive)

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An utterly unique historical thriller from master storyteller and fan favourite Joe Lansdale - set in a time when America was still a wild and unsafe place to venture...


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4.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a book 7 Oct 2013
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
I love a crime mystery that tries to do something a little different and whilst this book is set last century it has all the wonderful delight of bringing an old west to the modern reader as the principle protagonist brings together perhaps the strangest posse to help rescue his captured sister.

Its definitely quirky, has hints of Louis L'Amour and to be honest was definitely something that I had a lot of fun reading. I loved the principle character and the interactions between the supporting cast, add to this an author who clearly has a love of the old west as he weaves magical story bringing the best as well as the worst to the fore. Add to this great pose and pace, some wonderful turns of phrase as well as a colourful use of dialogue and all round I was more than a happy reader.
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I have read most of Mr. Lansdale's stories and novels and enjoy them all. This novel is one of his best.
A moving "revenge" western peopled with wonderful characters and awash with trademark Lansdale turn of phrase.
An excellent book highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars As thicket as thieves 26 Jan 2014
Format:Paperback
Jack Parker's folks die of the pox, and along with his 14yr old sister, both of them are soon being chaperoned by their grandfather up to an aunties they've never met. That is until their journey is interrupted by three nasty outlaws, who murder Jack's grandfather and kidnap his sister..
So in an effort to rescue his little sister, Jack high~tails it to the nearest town in order to get some form of posse together. Which is where he meets two bounty hunters, one a big bloke with a four gauge and a vicious pet pig, the other a sharp~shooting midget with an often ornery attitude, who offer to help catch the bad men at a price.
And when it appears that Jack's sister has been taken into the titular 'Thicket', an infamous den of thieves, rapists and vagabonds, the price of her rescue may just have gotten a little higher for everyone...

A highly entertaining western written by Joe R Lansdale. Complete with his usual brand of colourful characters, imaginative plot twists, humorous dialogue and violence. And as is often the case for this author's work, there are also themes featuring a little moral food for thought, a coming of age vibe and also as we (his readers) have come to expect, high adventure, woven together in a fine storytelling style..

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With the story's downsides being, that even at 240 pages, I nailed this in only a couple of sittings, and it easily could have spent another 100 pages plus in the Thicket, having our heroes coming up against all manner of murderous ner~do~wells.
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5.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyable East Texas adventure yarn 29 Nov 2013
By Rob Kitchin TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Set just as oil is being discovered in Texas and the first cars are bumping along unpaved roads, The Thicket is an adventure yarn that is a mix of Tom Sawyer, Stand by Me and True Grit, with a solid dose of the comic, dark humour that populates Lansdale's Hap and Leonard books. The strengths of the tale is its voice, characterisation, sense of place and time, and plot. The story is told as a form of a reminiscence through a very engaging narrator's voice that makes it feel as if it's the transcript of porch-told tale. Jack Parker is a wonderful character, just on the cusp of becoming an adult, but still naive and unworldly, though brave and determined. And Lansdale puts in his company a colourful band of bounty hunters, who are ranged against an equally colourful band of dispicable villians. The plot is a boys own adventure with a large dose of spice and grit, that is perfectly paced with the right balance of action and reflection, and the reader is placed into the landscape of East Texas in the early twentieth century and its social relations and rhythms. Overall, Lansdale is on fine form and The Thicket is a thoroughly enjoyable escapist yarn.
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