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Author: Joe R. Lansdale Narrator: Deborah Marlowe Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Release Date: December 2003 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781415902653

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He has been called “hilarious . . . refreshing . . . a terrifically gifted storyteller with a sharp country-boy wit” (Washington Post Book World), and praised for his “folklorist’s eye for telling detail and [his] front-porch raconteur’s sense of pace” (New York Times Book Review). Now, Joe R. Landsdale gives us a fast-moving, electrifying new novel: a murder mystery set in a steamy backwater of Depression-era East Texas. It begins with an explosion: Sunset Jones kills her husband with a bullet to the brain. Never mind that he was raping her. Pete Jones was constable of the small sawmill town of Camp Rapture (“Camp Rupture” to the local blacks), where no woman, least of all Pete's, refuses her husband what he wants. So most everyone is surprised and angry when, thanks to the unexpected understanding of her mother-in-law—three-quarter owner of the mill—Sunset is named the new constable. And they're even more surprised when she dares to take the job seriously: beginning an investigation into the murder of a woman and an unborn baby whose oil-drenched bodies are discovered buried on land belonging to the only black landowner in town. Yet no one is more surprised than Sunset herself when the murders lead her—through a labyrinth of greed, corruption, and unspeakable malice—not only to the shocking conclusion of the case, but to a well of inner strength she never knew she had. Landsdale brings the thick backwoods and swamps of East Texas vividly to life, and he paints a powerfully evocative picture of a time when Jim Crow and the Klan ruled virtually unopposed, when the oil boom was rolling into and over Texas, when any woman who didn't know her place was considered a threat and a target. In Sunset, he gives us a woman who defies all expectations, wrestling a different place for herself with spirit and spit, cunning and courage. And in Sunset and Sawdust he gives us a wildly energetic novel—galvanizing from first to last.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Quite the book. Made me appreciate the life I have versus life during the depression. It's pretty descriptive and a little shocking sometimes as far as sexual lifestyles and death goes. "

    - Sandy, 2/11/2014
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Stopped reading at 40%. Not my cup of tea. "

    - Kristen, 2/6/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for "

    - Whitaker, 1/29/2014
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Very enjoyably entertaining, as is the case with Lansdale's latest, full-length novels. "

    - Wes, 1/6/2014
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " i love this guy and he's always a great writer, but sometimes his actual stories are hit and miss. I should have trusted my gut instinct and given up 100 pages before the end "

    - Andrew, 1/2/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A solid, occasionally hilarious, murder mystery set in Depression-era East Texas. A bit Elmore Leonard-ish, without being derivative. "

    - Writer, 12/16/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I'd give this 3.5 if I could. It's pretty raw and quirky, but I was definitely entertained. I'll give Lansdale another try in the future. "

    - Deb, 12/13/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This is my first Joe Lansdale book and I am loving it. Very visceral descriptions. "

    - Mary, 10/23/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Good read, but not as enjoyable as The Bottoms. "

    - Pam, 10/16/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I really like his books. But, don't read them unless you're ok with violence. "

    - Sally, 8/7/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This was a rough, rough read for me. I'm not saying it's not a good book, but I think in the end it was too raw for my taste. Don't get me wrong, it's very well-written and made me laugh out loud several times. Just...raw. "

    - Tracy, 7/3/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I loved this book. Joe Lansdale was already one of my favourite authors, and Sunset is the kind of awesome chick we all want to be. "

    - Jennifer, 2/14/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I don't usually pick stories that are set in the old Wild West. This was pretty good. After a while, I figured out who the crooks were and the nature of the scam, but it was still interesting to read through. "

    - Stephen, 9/4/2012
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " My first five-star review in a long time. Lansdale is running on all cylinders for this one! "

    - G.N., 2/3/2012
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I love this book. My favorite non Hap and Leonard novel by Champion Joe. "

    - Nelson, 1/8/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This is my first Lansdale. Right from the start, I was laughing more than I've laughed in a long time. "

    - Bob, 12/20/2010
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Another great read from Joe R Lansdale. The characters are fleshed out quickly, entwined in a fast paced plot. A real page turner, from a shocking opening with some truly malevolent characters. "

    - Godzilla, 10/20/2010
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Great I think its just as good as The Bottoms if not better "

    - Jerry, 9/11/2010
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A rip-roaring and often hilarious thriller written with voice, color and authority. The ending is a wee bit unsatisfying, but you know what, I'm sure that's how the characters felt, too, so it actually works quite well. "

    - John, 9/6/2010
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This was a rough, rough read for me. I'm not saying it's not a good book, but I think in the end it was too raw for my taste. Don't get me wrong, it's very well-written and made me laugh out loud several times. Just...raw. "

    - Tracy, 8/12/2010
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This book was just okay. It starts off too slow for my tastes but I went ahead and read it all. It was confusing because some of the details seemed too present tensed for the fact that its actually more of a western story. "

    - Launiquela, 5/27/2010
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A solid, occasionally hilarious, murder mystery set in Depression-era East Texas. A bit Elmore Leonard-ish, without being derivative. "

    - Writer, 3/1/2010
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This was a fun read, kind of silly, but fun. "

    - Ann, 11/13/2009
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I really like his books. But, don't read them unless you're ok with violence. "

    - Sally, 9/6/2009
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A rough, wild and violent story set like a western on steroids. Very good story and the characters are awesome. I would love to read a follow up to this novel. A cool book. "

    - Loren, 2/6/2009
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Very enjoyably entertaining, as is the case with Lansdale's latest, full-length novels. "

    - Wes, 1/17/2009
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Another great read from Joe R Lansdale. The characters are fleshed out quickly, entwined in a fast paced plot. A real page turner, from a shocking opening with some truly malevolent characters. "

    - Godzilla, 10/8/2008

About the Author

Joe R. Lansdale is the author of nearly four dozen novels, including the Edgar Award–winning The Bottoms. He has received nine Bram Stoker Awards, the American Mystery Award, the British Fantasy Award, a Critics’ Choice Award, and the Grinzane Cavour Prize for Literature, among others. His novella Bubba Ho-Tep was adapted to film by Don Coscarelli.