Edge of Dark Water (Paperback)

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Sue
Ellen's life is just about intolerable before one of her friends
turns up dead. She has an addicted mother and a no good father, as
well as an even wider host of creeps in her life. Sue Ellen, Jinx,
and Terry decide to set off down the river for greener pastures, a
chance at going to Hollywood, and hope for something better. On the
way they run into all kinds of evil and hospitality.

Edge
of Dark water is all around Mark Twain worship, with a little evil
thrown in for good measure. This book moves at a fast pace while
helping us to appriciate what we have, but not letting us forget that
sometimes action is called for. If Mark Twain time traveld to now and
became jaded he would probably develope crazy charcters like these.
One charecter is named skunk and one is addicted to a
laudanum/alchohol cure-all.

If
you like this, try: Charlie Huston's The Mystic Arts of Erasing All
Signs of Death or also by Charlie, The Shotgun Rule

— Alex

Description


An Edgar Award winner blends Mark Twain's humor and Stephen King's suspense in this darkly compelling novel of three friends determined to take their friend's ashes to Hollywood.

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. And 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.

About the Author


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.

Praise For…


"The strongest, truest, and most pitch-perfect narration since Huck Finn's. Marvelous and terrifying, EDGE OF DARK WATER is the result of real genius at work. A masterpiece."—Dan Simmons, author of The Terror and Drood

"EDGE OF DARK WATER describes a trip downriver that is one-half Huck Finn, one-half Deliverance, and entirely Joe Lansdale. If you aren't familiar with the work of this true American original, and master of hillbilly noir, climb in the boat and hang on for dear life: the water is rough."—Joe Hill, author of the New York Times bestseller Horns and A Heart-Shaped Box

"Joe Lansdale has long been one of our finest and most difficult to classify writers. You can call his writing supernatural, horror, crime, or plain Southern, as long as you remember to call it great. Always a generous storyteller, in EDGE OF DARK WATER he offers a beautifully spun tale of life in the sticks, friendship and mortality, and tells it with the wit, humor and pure-dee power we've come to expect of him."—Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter's Bone

"Joe Lansdale always transports me. In EDGE OF DARK WATER, he takes me to the mysterious brooding landscape of Twain and Faulkner, with a compelling twist that is all Lansdale."—David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of First Blood and Creepers

"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

"Scenes that stand your hair on end while you fall out of your chair laughing."—Chicago Sun-Times, on Leather Maiden
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316188425
ISBN-10: 0316188425
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Publication Date: February 12th, 2013
Pages: 320
Language: English
 

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