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Edge of Dark Water

Hardcover, 03/25/2012

ISBN 978-0-316-18843-2


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A charming Gothic tale….as funny and frightening as anything that could have been dreamed up by the Brothers Grimm–or Mark Twain.”–New York Times Book Review

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, and her friends Terry and Jinx 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, then at least her remains can be spread in the land of her dreams.

All they need is some money and a raft; while the raft is easily available, stealing the money requires some gumption, but they manage it. Then they head downriver together with Sue Ellen’s agoraphobic mother: a motley crew on a mission.

Pursued by Uncle Gene and Constable Sy, who’re after the money, 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.

“A cast of unforgettable characters….a terrific read. From its pages waft memories of Huckleberry Finn, To Kill A Mockingbird, and even As I Lay Dying with its journey to lay a soul to rest. When I reached the final page, something happened that I can’t remember ever happening with a book I’ve read for a review. I wanted to read it again.”–Boston Globe

Reading Joe Lansdale is like listening to a favorite uncle who just happens to be a fabulous storyteller. This book deals with dark and strange material, but it is hugely appealing as narrated in the first person by young Sue Ellen, who shines.”—Dean Koontz

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, author of the national bestsellers The Terror and Drood

“EDGE OF DARK WATER describes a trip downriver that is one-half Huck Finn, one-half Deliverance, and entirely Joe Lansdale. If you aren’t familiar with the work of this true American original, and master of hillbilly noir, climb in the boat and hang on for dear life: the water is rough.”—Joe Hill, author of the New York Times bestsellers Horns and Heart-Shaped Box

A charming Gothic tale….as funny and frightening as anything that could have been dreamed up by the Brothers Grimm–or Mark Twain.”–Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

“Joe Lansdale has long been one of our finest and most difficult to classify writers. You can call his writing supernatural, horror, crime, or plain Southern, as long as you remember to call it great. Always a generous storyteller, 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-dee power we’ve come to expect of him.” —Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter’s Bone

“Edgar-winner Lansdale channels Mark Twain in this chillingly atmospheric stand-alone set in Depression-era East Texas…Lansdale’s perfect ear for regional dialogue and ability to create palpable suspense lift this above the pack.”–Washington Examiner

“Lansdale crafts a perfect noir mood using time, place, and culture for a novel that pits the pretty good against pure evil. This literary thriller will add to his fan base while sating the appetite of the already converted.”–Library Journal

“A coming of age story peopled with original and fascinating blood-and-bones characters. Inevitably, Edge of Dark Water will be compared to the work of Twain and Faulkner, but Joe Lansdale adds his own unique voice to this chillingly atmospheric tale of good and evil and adolescent angst. Edge of Dark Water has all the potential of becoming a classic, read by generations to come.”–New York Journal of Books

“Joe Lansdale always transports me. In EDGE OF DARK WATER, he takes me to the mysterious brooding landscape of Twain and Faulkner, with a compelling twist that is all Lansdale.” —David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of First Blood and Creepers

“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

“Joe R. Lansdale’s fellow Texans would call Joe a ‘straight shooter.’ That’s what makes his writing so good—no BS involved. Joe’s work is alternately scary, funny as hell, disturbing, but always (and most importantly) memorable.”—Bruce Campbell

“Joe R. Lansdale has a folklorist’s eye for telling detail and a front-porch raconteur’s sense of pace.”—The New York Times Book Review

Joe R. Lansdale is the author of more than a dozen novels, including The Bottoms, A Fine Dark Line, and Leather Maiden. 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.

“Huston writes dialogue so combustible it could fuel a bus and characters crazy enough to take it on the road.”

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