The Thicket

The Thicket

Book - 2013
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ALA Reading List Award for History, Short List
Love and vengeance at the dark dawn of the East Texas oil boom from Joe Lansdale, "a true American original" (Joe Hill, author of Heart-Shaped Box ).

Jack Parker thought he'd already seen his fair share of tragedy. His grandmother was killed in a farm accident when he was barely five years old. His parents have just succumbed to the smallpox epidemic sweeping turn-of-the-century East Texas--orphaning him and his younger sister, Lula.

Then catastrophe strikes on the way to their uncle's farm, when a traveling group of bank-robbing bandits murder Jack's grandfather and kidnap his sister. With no elders left for miles, Jack must grow up fast and enlist a band of heroes the likes of which has never been seen if his sister stands any chance at survival. But the best he can come up with is a charismatic, bounty-hunting dwarf named Shorty, a grave-digging son of an ex-slave named Eustace, and a street-smart woman-for-hire named Jimmie Sue who's come into some very intimate knowledge about the bandits (and a few members of Jack's extended family to boot).

In the throes of being civilized, East Texas is still a wild, feral place. Oil wells spurt liquid money from the ground. But as Jack's about to find out, blood and redemption rule supreme. In The Thicket , award-winning novelist Joe R. Lansdale lets loose like never before, in a rip-roaring adventure equal parts True Grit and Stand by Me-- the perfect introduction to an acclaimed writer whose work has been called "as funny and frightening as anything that could have been dreamed up by the Brothers Grimm--or Mark Twain" ( New York Times Book Review ).
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2013
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780316188456
Branch Call Number: FIC Lansd
Characteristics: 340 p


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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.

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.

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.

Sep 08, 2014

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

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