A Fine Dark Line by Joe R. Lansdale

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During a sweltering East Texas summer, 13-year-old Stanley Mitchel Jr. begins a journey of awakening. His family runs the town’s drive-in movie theater, where Stanley spends his time helping out, reading ten-cent comics, playing with his dog Nub and generally living a boy’s life, circa 1958. When Stanley discovers a cache of old love-letters and starts to unravel a local mystery, however, he finds himself confronting secrets of ghosts, women, sex, race and his own courage. As he tells it, “I felt as if something living inside of me had been stolen, taken away and mistreated, then returned without all of its legs.” Ultimately, it’s a story about taking a clear-eyed look behind the veil and acknowledging the truth of things, without succumbing to them.
 

About Joe R. Lansdale

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Joe R. Lansdale is the author of more than a dozen novels, including Sunset and Sawdust, Lost Echoes, and Leather 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.
 
Published July 28, 2011 by Gere Donovan Press. 330 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Horror, Business & Economics, Crime. Fiction

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But before Stanley can find the answers he’s so intent on, he loses that which you can’t lose twice, leaving him feeling “as if something inside had been stolen, taken away and mistreated, then returned without all of its legs.” So long, innocence.

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Stanley pursues the identity of the two lovers with help from the projectionist at his family's drive-in, an aged black man who quotes Sherlock Holmes and doesn't mince words about the world's injustices.

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The arrival of A FINE DARK LINE prompts a legitimate question regarding its author, Joe R.

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In a small Texan town in 1958, the end of innocence comes for thirteen-year-old Stanley Mitchell when he finds some old love letters, leading him to a house fire and two tragic deaths many years before.

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Stanley enters a forbidden world of .

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Instead, Lansdale draws a detailed picture of life in a small Texas town, mixing the mundane with the true horror: the fact that life, it its convoluted twists and turns can be just as ghastly as one of the flickering movies playing out on the Mitchell family's drive-in movie screen.

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A FINE DARK LINE is the best book I have read so far in 2003, very definitely a WOW book, and one that I wholeheartedly recommend.

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