The Thicket

The Thicket

Book - 2013
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"Jack Parker knows all too well how treacherous turn-of-the-century East Texas can be. His parents did not survive a smallpox epidemic. His grandfather was murdered. Now his sister Lula has been kidnapped by a criminal who may believe wearing a dead man's clothes protects him from death. With bounty hunter Shorty, a charismatic and cunning dwarf, and Eustace, a gravedigging son of an ex-slave, the heartbroken young Jack sets off on an epic quest to rescue his sister from the corrupt men who control much of the new territory. In the throes of being civilized, East Texas is still a wild feral place. Oil wells spurt liquid money from the ground, but blood and redemption rule supreme."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781444736915
1444736914
9780316188456
031618845X
Branch Call Number: F LANSD-J
Characteristics: 340 pages ; 25 cm

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whereisfredbeckey
Sep 05, 2017

It reminded me of "True Grit" with an East Texas twist that only Lansdale could dream up. Very few writers do dialog as colorfully and as interestingly as he can. I really liked this book - it was a fun adventure.

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BB_Hclib
Oct 25, 2016

I would call this a western -thriller- tall tale. We start with lots of death and violence and it just keeps going. The language is so colorful and entertaining that there is actually quite a bit of humor. The violence is graphic and over the top almost to a comic book level with the way people get injured and just keep going. Also, lots of sexual violence. Fast paced, action packed adventure.

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WendyLC
May 15, 2016

Lansdale is a great American writer. These books (his stand-alones) will be read 50 years from today. One of the best books of its year. If I were on the Pulitzer committee, this would have won it. Pure Americana.

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chawki7
Sep 08, 2014

Kept me guessing. Loved the characters. Would be a great movie. Highly recommend.

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