Joe Lansdale

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Joe Lansdale at the 2012  Texas Book Festival

Joe Lansdale’s new thriller Edge of Dark Water begins with a body. May Lynn, a pretty East Texas teenager who always dreamed of making it to Hollywood and becoming famous, is found drowned in the Sabine River, and no one seems terribly bothered. One of the men who discovers her corpse suggests that they throw her back in the river: “She ain’t gonna get no deader if she ain’t found.” What passes for law in the Depression-era backwater near Gladewater, Texas certainly doesn’t bat an eye. About the only ones who do care are three of May Lynn’s friends: Sue Ellen, Jinx, and Terry. Joined by Sue Ellen’s broken and reality-fearing mother, the trio resolve to cremate May Lynn and take her ashes to Hollywood in the girl’s memory. Planning to travel down the river to Gladewater and catch buses from there, the group dig up stolen money to finance the journey. But they aren’t the only ones who know about the money, and soon discover Sue Ellen’s vicious Uncle Gene and the corrupt Constable Sy pursuing the loot themselves. Even worse, another ghostly figure might be trailing them, seeking a far more elusive prize: their lives. Lansdale has written more than a dozen other novels, including The Bottoms, a recipient of the Edgar Award for Best Novel. He has also received the British Fantasy Award, the American Mystery Award, the Grinzane Cavour Prize for Literature, and nine Bram Stoker Awards. He resides with his family in Nacogdoches, Texas.

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