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The Bottoms (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)

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ISBN13: 9780307475268
ISBN10: 0307475263
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A thriller with echoes of William Faulkner and Harper Lee, The Bottoms is classic American storytelling in its truest, darkest, and more affecting form.

 

Its 1933 in East Texas and the Depression lingers in the air like a slow moving storm. When a young Harry Collins and his little sister stumble across the body of a black woman who has been savagely mutilated and left to die in the bottoms of the Sabine River, their small town is instantly charged with tension. When a second body turns up, this time of a white woman, there is little Harry can do from stopping his Klan neighbors from lynching an innocent black man. Together with his younger sister, Harry sets out to discover who the real killer is, and to do so they will search for a truth that resides far deeper than any river or skin color.

 

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When young Harry Collins finds the mutilated body of a black woman bound to a tree with barbed wire, he and his younger sister suspect the legendary Goat Man, who is said to lurk under the swinging bridge crossing Texas's Sabine River. The creature holds the key to a string of brutal murders--and a chilling truth. A New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

About the Author

Joe R. Lansdale is the author of more than a dozen novels, including Sunset and Sawdust, Lost Echoes, Leather Maiden, and Vanilla Ride. The Bottoms and Mucho Mojo were New York Times notable books. He has received the British Fantasy Award, the American Mystery Award, the Edgar Award, the Grinzane Cavour Prize for Literature, and seven Bram Stoker Awards. He lives with his family in Nacogdoches, Texas.

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SAH, February 3, 2014 (view all comments by SAH)
"Its 1933 in East Texas and the Depression lingers in the air like a slow moving storm. When a young Harry Collins and his little sister stumble across the body of a black woman who has been savagely mutilated and left to die in the bottoms of the Sabine River, their small town is instantly charged with tension. When a second body turns up, this time of a white woman, there is little Harry can do from stopping his Klan neighbors from lynching an innocent black man. Together with his younger sister, Harry sets out to discover who the real killer is, and to do so they will search for a truth that resides far deeper than any river or skin color."


With The Bottoms Joe R Landsale transports the reader to a small town in Depression era East Texas. Narrated in flashbacks by Harry Crane, who now resides in a nursing home, The Bottoms utilizes an eleven year old Harrys involvement in a series of murders to illustrate how the people around him struggle with poverty, prejudice, kindness, cruelty, ignorance and complexity of character a he passes through the childhood realm of innocence and acceptance into the realities of adulthood.
Combination murder mystery/coming of age story the Bottoms is a quick and somewhat intense read whose characters will linger long after the book is over.
I can see myself taking this book off the shelf in the future if only to revisit the wonderfully realistic family Lansdale has created.
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dinaitalia, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by dinaitalia)
Really enjoyed the story, easy reading but kept me captivated to the end.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307475268
Author:
Lansdale, Joe R.
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery Historical
Subject:
mystery;fiction;texas;horror;crime;racism;murder;edgar award;east texas;thriller;coming of age;serial killer;1930s;usa;great depression;historical fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Original
Publication Date:
20101231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 5.17 x .73 in .5625 lb

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"Synopsis" by , When young Harry Collins finds the mutilated body of a black woman bound to a tree with barbed wire, he and his younger sister suspect the legendary Goat Man, who is said to lurk under the swinging bridge crossing Texas's Sabine River. The creature holds the key to a string of brutal murders--and a chilling truth. A New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
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