EDGE OF DARK WATER
Mark Twain Meets Stephen King with a Lansdale Twist
March 25, 2012-New York, NY- Mulholland Books an imprint of Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group brings you the latest crime novel from cult favorite, award winner Joe R. Lansdale.
Joe R. Lansdale is the author of over twenty novels, the Edgar Award winner THE BOTTOMS, and the ever popular Hap and Leonard series to name a few. He has penned countless short stories, chapbooks, graphic novels, screenplays, animated series work, and comic books. His work spanning western, horror, science fiction, suspense, and mystery has won him numerous awards including the British Fantasy Award, the American Mystery Award, the Grinzane Cavour Prize for Literature, and an impressive eight Bram Stoker Awards to name a few.
Iconic author and pioneer in transcending genre, Joe R. Lansdale blends lost dreams, death, thievery, and a trip down river on a raft with a Southern flair that only he can manage. With a plot that is reminiscent of the classic Mark Twain and Stephen King works combined – Edge of Dark Water is crime fiction at its best.
May Lynn was once a pretty girl who dreamed of becoming a Hollywood star. Now she’s dead, her body dredged up from the Sabine River. Sue Ellen, May Lynn’s strong-willed teenage friend, sets out to dig up May Lynn’s body, burn it to ash, and take those ashes to Hollywood to spread around. If May Lynn can’t become a star, then at least her ashes will end up in the land of her dreams. Along with her friends Terry and Jinx and her alcoholic mother, Sue Ellen steals a raft and heads downriver to carry May Lynn’s remains to Hollywood.
Only problem is, Sue Ellen has some stolen money that her enemies will do anything to get back. Including avoiding a strange and relentless hired assassin called Skunk. What looks like a prime opportunity to escape from a worthless life will instead lead to disastrous consequences. In the end, Sue Ellen will learn a harsh lesson on just how hard growing up can really be.
- “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 )
- “Lansdale has created a landscape of broken dreams, skewed personalities and hope still clinging to the inside of the Pandora’s box of problems they all share. . . . He has been called a folklorist, and Leather Maiden makes you want to sit on a porch listening to him spin a yarn that you know doesn’t contain a true sentence.” (Los Angeles Times)
- “One of the greatest yarn spinners of his generation: fearless, earthy, original, manic and dreadfully funny.” (Dallas Morning News, on Vanilla Ride )
- “A storyteller in the great American tradition of Ambrose Bierce and Mark Twain.” (Boston Globe)
- “Joe Lansdale simply must be read.” (Robert Crais)
- “One of the greatest yarn-spinners of his generation: fearless, earthy, original, manic, and dreadfully funny.”(Dallas Morning News)