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Edge of Dark Water by [Lansdale, Joe R.]
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The pace never slackens, the writing is elegance personified, and the story tugs at the heartstrings (Daily Mail)

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)

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)

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

A charming Gothic tale...an 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)

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)

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

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)

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

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 783 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (15 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007CKAJZ2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #191,331 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I must admit I've loved all of Joe R Lansdale's books that I've read so far, and this one was no exception.
Set in rural East Texas in barely post-depression years, this is the story of 3 teenagers, and the mother of one of them, living in a society of poor whites, and blacks, who are soon caught up in an often horrific adventure following the apparent murder of one of their friends. Sue Ellen, Terry and Jinx may be poor and at the mercy of abusive fathers and relatives, but they are not downtrodden. Sue Ellen's mother, Helen, is downtrodden and dependent on the 'cure-all' (a mixture of alcohol and laudanum) to separate her from the misery of her life with Don. Jinx is black and though her family life is better than the whites she is seen, casually, as inferior, even by her friends.
It is discovered that the dead girl, May Lynn, had a secret stash of money, buried by her brother who robbed a bank shortly before dying of natural causes, and it had always been her ambition to go to Hollywood and become a film star. The friends decide to get away, and to take her ashes and the money and go to Hollywood themselves. They are chased by various unpleasant relatives and a corrupt lawman and find themselves on a helter-skelter ride down the Sabine River on a raft, with Helen, who fights her way clear of the cure-all, and for a time with the Reverend Jack Joy, a preacher with bad secrets of his own. Tailing all of them is the Skunk, a backwoods killer who is a legend in his cruelty and has never been known to give up.
There are storms, a raftwreck, killing, heroism, and many secrets coming to light along the way. The whole thing is edge of the seat stuff, but the characters shine through, developing as they go.
Great tale, great author.
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Growing up poor is never fun, no matter when or where it happens. Joe R. Lansdale's latest takes place in East Texas around the time of the Great Depression, when poor meant having to eat roots dug up from the ground. Life was cheaper back then, or so it seems to Lansdale. No one really cares when the body of May Lynn is dragged out of the river; in fact some people think it's best just to throw her back in. However, her pals Sue Ellen, Jinx and Terry think otherwise and set off on an adventure to take May Lynn's ashes to Hollywood, but there will be a lot of bodies on the way.

Think of `Edge of Dark Water' as like `Huckleberry Finn', but with a few more bloated corpses. Lansdale is a brilliantly evocative writer and he drags you kicking and screaming into a world you don't really want to know much about. This is a dirt poor part of the US and the people are pretty nasty, even the heroes shrug off death too easily. `Edge' is part road (river) story and part horror. The horror of being chased by a series of desperate men looking for money, but also the horror of having to survive. Everything is described with a sense of menace; the river is more than just a body of water, but a place where people die.

`Edge' is not a pleasant read, but it is a very good one. You spend the entire experience feeling a little grubby and by the end you may even feel a little sad. However, it takes a great author to take you on a ride you don't want to go on and still see you to the end.
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By J. Mcdonald TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 April 2012
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This is a wonderfully evocative, hauntingly poetic novel.
A sombre little tale of escape and pursuit set in East Texas during America's depression in the 1930`s; it begins ostensibly as a murder-mystery but becomes something quite out of the ordinary, a dark and at times gristly tale of stolen money, revelation and emotional bonding as sixteen-year-old Sue Ellen, her friends Jinx, Terry and her Mother journey along the Sabine River trying to get to California with the terrifying, spectral bogeyman Skunk, intent on hunting them down.
The characters are finely-drawn and convincing; the narrative is delivered by Sue Ellen in drawling Texas vernacular, seasoned in parts with a dry, laconic southern humour which often lightens what otherwise would be a harrowing and rather unpleasant plotline. The lyrical nature of the writing lifts it beyond genre; I consider this to be a piece of true literary craftsmanship.

Lansdale is a new author to me, and if this is anything to go by, one I`m going to enjoy reading further.
I really enjoyed "Edge of Dark Water" and am happy to recommend it.
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By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Mar. 2012
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Set decades ago in a part of East Texas best avoided. There life is primitive: women regarded as fit only for sex and beating; few of the men likely to reach forty with ears, nose and teeth still intact.

The story concerns three teenagers: narrator Sue Ellen, coloured Jinx (with a nice line in backchat) and Terry who is gay. All vow to honour the memory of murdered friend Lynn Baxter, to take her ashes to Hollywood where she had always yearned to be. Problems multiply when her diary reveals clues where much money can be found....

The three seize the chance to escape from ghastly home lives. Villains pursue. Their Sabine River odyssey proves a quest amidst mounting horrors, larger than life characters (some with grim secrets), and much severing of body parts.

All is most sultry and vividly described. Sue Ellen herself is full of choice phrases - an odious uncle as "fat as a hog, but without the personality", a biscuit "as hard as a banker's heart". Unexpectedly there is also much humour - as when a preacher tries to convert Jinx.

Gruesome aspects abound, especially with nightmarish contract killer Skunk steadily advancing - he smelling like an open grave. This book is not for the fainthearted. Meanwhile addicts no doubt can hardly wait for the film version.

Although not what I expected, the strong characters and fine descriptions quickly drew me in - I probably one of many longing for villains to perish most horribly, young ones to emerge triumphant. Too much to hope for? Nothing can be guaranteed.
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