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About the Author
Joe R. Lansdale is the author of over thirty novels and numerous short stories. His work has appeared in national anthologies, magazines, and collections, as well as numerous foreign publications. He has written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and Internet sites. His work has been collected in eighteen short-story collections, and he has edited or co-edited over a dozen anthologies. He has received the Edgar Award, eight Bram Stoker Awards, the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Grinzani Cavour Prize for Literature, the Herodotus Historical Fiction Award, the Inkpot Award for Contributions to Science Fiction and Fantasy, and many others. His novella Bubba Hotep was adapted to film by Don Coscarelli, starring Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis. His story "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road" was adapted to film for Showtime's "Masters of Horror." He is currently co-producing several films, among them The Bottoms, based on his Edgar Award-winning novel, with Bill Paxton and Brad Wyman, and The Drive-In, with Greg Nicotero. He is Writer In Residence at Stephen F. Austin State University, and is the founder of the martial arts system Shen Chuan: Martial Science and its affiliate, Shen Chuan Family System. He is a member of both the United States and International Martial Arts Halls of Fame. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas with his wife, dog, and two cats.
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The woman hit, his neighbour, is killed instantly and the police are called immediately.
When asked, Tom is forth coming with every bit of information he can offer; and as a routine check the cops ask him to look at a stream of mugshots on the off chance that it is a regular felon - considering the callousness of the incident.
And sure enough, Tom instantly fingers one of the mug shots as the guilty party, 100%, no doubt. But when it becomes clear that the man in question is Will Anthony, the son of Pye Anthony, head of the local Dixie Mafia, known felons, who run a gang of violent, dangerous criminals, Tom is left wondering whether testifying to what he saw is the right thing to do after all..
Tom's wife is against the idea, and even the police have their doubts, but Tom is a moral man and is prepared to do the right thing whatever the cost.
That is until both Tom and his wife are abducted by the Anthony clan, and threatened point blank. At which point he is left no alternative but to either back down, or get outside help, in the form of Cason Statler (a reporter) and Booger (a total headcase), two ex-war buddies, who play just about as rough as anyone Tom knows....
106 page novella from Joe R Lansdale, that plays to his style of Texan humour and rough and tumble action.
This is the second 'Cason Statler and Booger' novel, the other being the much longer 'Leather Maiden'.
Here Joe name-drops in a few familiar characters (Hap & Leonard get a mention etc), just for the fans, and obvious similarities can be made between this and one of his earlier efforts, 'Cold In July' (which was written in 1989 and more recently made into a film).. In which another family man is forced outside his comfort zone in order to protect his family.
The hero of the original novel getting a mention, by way of a nod to his picture framing business.
All in all this is a quick pulpy read, with plenty of chucklesome dialogue and crowd pleasing violence. Yes their are a few nods and waves, but not enough that a first time reader would even notice.
Shame it wasn't a full novel.
I will watch this space for the next Statler & Booger adventure.
4.5/5 Sure, this isn't as good as a full novel, but for what it is, it's very enjoyable..
A family man has to choose how far can he go to make things right again. Quite enjoyable and there are some cameos of other characters from a couple of Lansdale books.
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