Sunset and Sawdust by Joe R. Lansdale

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In the middle of a cyclone, beautiful, red-haired Sunset Jones shoots her husband Pete dead when he tries to beat and rape her. To Camp Rapture’s general consternation, Sunset’s mother-in-law arranges for her to take over from Pete as town constable. As if that weren’t hard enough to swallow in depression era east Texas, Sunset actually takes the job seriously, and her investigation into a brutal double murder pulls her into a maelstrom of greed, corruption, and unspeakable malice. It is a case that will require a well of inner strength she never knew she had. Spirited and electrifying, Sunset and Sawdust is a mystery and a tale like nothing you’ve read before.

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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 December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 338 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Lansdale dishes out the cornpone with relish, never fearing to say things like a man’s wilted tie “fell over his chest like a strangled man’s tongue.” This tendency, not to mention the creation of whipsmart but hot-to-trot Sunset, makes the pages fly by—until the story’s vacant center becomes app...

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The prolific Lansdale's novels (The Bottoms ; Rumble Tumble ; Bad Chili ) are always wil

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While Lansdale's work is set in this world, he's definitely writing about the part of the town where the buses run few and far between, if at all.

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Sunset's new assistants are the dandyish newcomer Hillbilly, forced to take a job to pay for a new guitar (he smashed the other one over a would-be rapist's head) and country yokel Clyde who decides to burn down his house rather than bother cleaning it.

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Reviewing the Evidence

We have one lynching during the book but even more striking is the fear of the black man who finds Sunset partially clothed after a cyclone blows her house and possessions away.

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