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Publisher Comments:

Mark Twain meets classic Stephen King--a bold new direction for widely acclaimed Edgar Award winner Joe R. Lansdale.

May Lynn was once a pretty girl who dreamed of becoming a Hollywood star. Now she's dead, her body dredged up from the Sabine River.

Sue Ellen, May Lynn's strong-willed teenage friend, sets out to dig up May Lynn's body, burn it to ash, and take those ashes to Hollywood to spread around. If May Lynn can't become a star, then at least her ashes will end up in the land of her dreams.

Along with her friends Terry and Jinx and her alcoholic mother, Sue Ellen steals a raft and heads downriver to carry May Lynn's remains to Hollywood.

Only problem is, Sue Ellen has some stolen money that her enemies will do anything to get back. And what looks like a prime opportunity to escape from a worthless life will instead lead to disastrous consequences. In the end, Sue Ellen will learn a harsh lesson on just how hard growing up can really be.

Review:

"Edgar-winner Lansdale (Devil Red) channels Mark Twain in this chillingly atmospheric stand-alone set in Depression-era East Texas. When 16-year-old Sue Ellen Wilson finds the body of her friend May Lynn Baxter in the Sabine River, weighed down by a sewing machine, she's appalled that May Lynn's father, 'a known hot-head and knife fighter,' and uncle would rather ignore the crime than report it. Sue Ellen and her two best friends, Terry Thomas, whom everyone thinks is a sissy, and Jinx Smith, a feisty 'colored' girl, soon hatch an elaborate plan: burn May Lynn's body and take her ashes to California, since May Lynn dreamed of Hollywood. When the trio discover money squirreled away by May Lynn's dead bank robber brother, they decide to take it with them on a raft down the Sabine en route to California. Soon they must contend with more than just the current. Lansdale's perfect ear for regional dialogue and ability to create palpable suspense lift this above the pack. Agent: Danny Baror, Baror International." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

"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

May Lynn is a pretty girl who dreams of becoming a Hollywood star. Until her dead body is dredged up from the Sabine River.

Sue Ellen, May Lynn's strong-willed teenage friend, her friends Terry and Jinx, and Sue Ellen's mother set out to dig up May Lynn's body, burn it to ash, and take those ashes to Hollywood. If May Lynn can't become a star, at least her remains can be spread in the land of her dreams.

Pursued by Uncle Gene and Constable Sy, who're after the money they've found, and Skunk, an all-too-real legendary killer who's after their lives, they begin to understand that when you set out to make the dreams of a friend your own, your worst nightmares might come along for the ride.

Synopsis:

May Lynn was once a pretty girl who dreamed of becoming a Hollywood star. Now she's dead, her body dredged up from the Sabine River.

Sue Ellen, a strong-willed sixteen-year-old yearning for something greater than what she's been given, decides to take May Lynn's ashes to Tinsel Town and place them on her favorite actor's grave. It's the least Sue and her friends can do for May Lynn. But first, they have to figure out how to get there.

Then fortune strikes, and the group stumbles across a vast sum of money theirs for the taking. But what seems the perfect chance to escape from an empty life will have disastrous consequences, as Sue Ellen discovers just how hard growing up can really get.

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About the Author

Joe R. Lansdale is the author of more than a dozen novels, including The Bottoms, A Fine Dark Line, andLeather Maiden. He has received the British Fantasy Award, the American Mystery Award, the Edgar Award, the Grinzane Cavour Prize for Literature, and eight Bram Stoker Awards. He lives with his family in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780316188432
Author:
Lansdale, Joe R
Publisher:
Mulholland Books
Author:
Lansdale, Joe R.
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Subject:
Murder; Female friendship; Rafting; Loss; Death; Espionage; History
Publication Date:
20130125
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.5 x 1 in 1.14 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Edgar-winner Lansdale (Devil Red) channels Mark Twain in this chillingly atmospheric stand-alone set in Depression-era East Texas. When 16-year-old Sue Ellen Wilson finds the body of her friend May Lynn Baxter in the Sabine River, weighed down by a sewing machine, she's appalled that May Lynn's father, 'a known hot-head and knife fighter,' and uncle would rather ignore the crime than report it. Sue Ellen and her two best friends, Terry Thomas, whom everyone thinks is a sissy, and Jinx Smith, a feisty 'colored' girl, soon hatch an elaborate plan: burn May Lynn's body and take her ashes to California, since May Lynn dreamed of Hollywood. When the trio discover money squirreled away by May Lynn's dead bank robber brother, they decide to take it with them on a raft down the Sabine en route to California. Soon they must contend with more than just the current. Lansdale's perfect ear for regional dialogue and ability to create palpable suspense lift this above the pack. Agent: Danny Baror, Baror International." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , "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

May Lynn is a pretty girl who dreams of becoming a Hollywood star. Until her dead body is dredged up from the Sabine River.

Sue Ellen, May Lynn's strong-willed teenage friend, her friends Terry and Jinx, and Sue Ellen's mother set out to dig up May Lynn's body, burn it to ash, and take those ashes to Hollywood. If May Lynn can't become a star, at least her remains can be spread in the land of her dreams.

Pursued by Uncle Gene and Constable Sy, who're after the money they've found, and Skunk, an all-too-real legendary killer who's after their lives, they begin to understand that when you set out to make the dreams of a friend your own, your worst nightmares might come along for the ride.

"Synopsis" by , May Lynn was once a pretty girl who dreamed of becoming a Hollywood star. Now she's dead, her body dredged up from the Sabine River.

Sue Ellen, a strong-willed sixteen-year-old yearning for something greater than what she's been given, decides to take May Lynn's ashes to Tinsel Town and place them on her favorite actor's grave. It's the least Sue and her friends can do for May Lynn. But first, they have to figure out how to get there.

Then fortune strikes, and the group stumbles across a vast sum of money theirs for the taking. But what seems the perfect chance to escape from an empty life will have disastrous consequences, as Sue Ellen discovers just how hard growing up can really get.

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