THE BOTTOMS by Joe R. Lansdale

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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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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 7, 2010 by Vintage. 338 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Now that he’s in his 80s, Harry Crane’s memories turn from his rest home in Houston back to his early teens in the ’30s in East Texas, where his father, Jacob, was the town barber and constable, his mother was the town beauty, and he and his baby sister Thomasina played in the local woods, the Bo...

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Lansdale's 80-something protagonist, Harry Crane, looks back to the day in 1933 when he was 13 and, with his nine-year-old sister, Tom (Thomasina), he found the mutilated corpse of a black prostitute bound to a tree with barbed wire near their home along the hardscrabble bottomlands of the Sabine...

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An elderly man sits in a nursing home, with plenty of time to remember and relive his boyhood in an area of East Texas known as The Bottoms.

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There are gruesome bits to deal with, but as a reward, you encounter the story-teller and keeper of many secrets, Miss Maggie and Doc Tinn, the smart, curious, intuitive "colored" doctor, who has a copy of Krafft-Ebing's Psychopathia Sexualis his extensive book collection, which is larger than th...

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As Harry's father, also part-time constable, strives to solve what turns out to be a series of fetishistic murders, Harry learns about racism and broad-mindedness, duty and privilege, affection, bitterness and hatred.

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Las Vegas Review Journal

There have been hundreds of books I’ve enjoyed over the past 45 years, but few have managed to capture my heart and soul in such a way as to leave me with a profound sense of what it means to be a human being.

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She came though for me and wrote up a nice review last week.A few months back I had written an Amazon review of Chanson's self-published book (ExMormon), and a couple of days after her review of my book came out, I was reading her blog and saw that she'd noticed my Amazon review and mentioned it ...

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