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Joe R. Landsdale's new novel is a gripping crime thriller set in Texas at the start of the 1930s oil boom.
When Pete Jones, the local constable, is shot dead, his widow, Sunset, finds herself in his job, investigating a series of brutal murders. Most of the townsfolk object to her wearing Pete's gun and badge, some because this is the 1930s and they think a woman's place is in the home, others because it was Sunset who blew off Pete's head in the first place.
As much a modern western as a murder mystery, SUNSET & SAWDUST features a cast of outlandish characters -- gun-men, hobos, sheriffs, hookers, migrants and coloured families struggling to make living under the malevolent eyes of the Ku Klux Klan.
Sunset's investigation leads her and her friends into a labyrinth of greed, corruption, and unspeakable malice. Nothing and no-one are quite what they seem in Texas.
SUNSET & SAWDUST is a wildly energetic novel and Sunset Jones is an unforgettable heroine.
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Joe Lansdale is the poet laureate of the East Texas backwoods and this new semi-historical romp... might bring him a whole new readership, previously scared away by his colourful excesses. (THE GUARDIAN)
with violence and insanity aplenty, this is entertaining stuff. (THE LIST)
A hard-edged crime thriller set at the start of the Texas oil boom in the 1930s and driven by the sort of outrageous characters that only Joe Lansdale can come up with.
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Book Description Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0297829645
Book Description Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110297829645
Book Description Knopf, 2004. hardcover. Condition: New. Author Signed UK Hardcover Book. 2004 LON: W&N First UK Edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author. Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover. signed by author. Seller Inventory # LANSUNS05