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TheThicket Kindle Edition

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1165 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (12 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,129 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Oct. 2013
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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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By Alexander Bryce TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Aug. 2015
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Reminds me of the early westerns by Larry McMurtry ( Lonesome Dove) and Thomas Berger ( Little Big Man ). Yes Joe R Lansdale is that good.
Great intelligent and at times outrageously funny dialogue superimposed on a tragic tale of murder , abduction and any number of depravities.
Young 16 year old Jack loses his 14 year old sister to a filthy , murderous gang of bank robbers and sets out to get her back whatever it takes. He puts up his inheritance to hire a mixed bunch of bounty hunters consisting of an educated dwarf, a big black man , a young prostitute and a very large pig. Set out west in the infancy of the motor car with the horse still the preferred mode of transport we follow his posse as they pursue the even more disparate gang of villains with various adventures and encounters along the way.
Each of Jack's team has something of value to contribute to the whole. Even the pig.
Like Jack , I immediately fell for the whore with a heart , Jimmie Sue who has the best lines and whose totally open attitude to all matter sexual is refreshingly honest. I also grew to respect her other companions as their previous lives are revealed.
With graphic descriptions of gory gun fights and all manner of violence this is not for the squeamish. There is however a lot more to it than blood and guts. There is also a few love stories interwoven and lots of dry humour. Will it end happily ............?
The Thicket is one of those books that I hated to finish and I am sure I will read again and possibly yet again.
This is my first novel by Mr. Lansdale and certainly won't be my last . He is a writer to whom attention must be paid.
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By booksy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Oct. 2014
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If only more books were like this. That you finish them and feel totally bereft because you're leaving behind characters you've grown to love.

While the plot behind The Thicket isn't anything complex or twisty, the dialogue and pace, along with a host of wonderful characters, keep you turning the pages. This novel sparkles with wit and charm, and I found myself re-reading many parts just for the sheer pleasure of how certain sections were phrased. My favourite character was Shorty - a midget who's anything but a small man; fierce, loyal, wise and witty. And how can you not love a character who comes out with gems like: "... what you have done is tie an anvil to the feet of time, causing it to drag itself about in circles", in response to a character who's telling bad jokes to try and pass the time. And the narrator himself had a pretty nifty turn of phrase too ... 'he looked like he'd been through a fire and someone had tried to put it out with a dull hatchet'.

All I can say is that this book is simply wonderful and I honestly feel upset that I've finished it now. I would love for there to be a follow up to this novel. It doesn't need one (it's not one of those unsatisfying books that isn't properly tied up at the end). However, I do feel that those characters who survived the Thicket could easily regroup for another adventure!
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Although this book is set at the dawn of the motor car it is most definitely a western and what a great read it is. The story follows Jack's hunt for his sister, abducted by a gang of psychotic bank robbers and taken into the "Thicket". He hires Eustace (who carries a 4-gauge hand canon & has a pet pig) and his sharp-shooting dwarf side kick, Shorty. They pick up a few stragglers along the way & between them they set about righting some wrongs.
It is laugh out loud funny in parts, most of the humor provided by the pig & Jimmie Sue, Jack's ex-prostitute girlfriend & will also have you holding back the tears; such is the power of his words. Any author capable of that deserves 5 stars.
Read this on holiday in 1 sitting, tried to drag it out but couldn't put it down. Excellent stuff.
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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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