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Title:The Bottoms
Format Type:Ebook
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Publisher:Mysterious Press
ISBN:0446677922
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Number of Pages:328
Category:Mystery, Fiction, Horror, Crime, Historical fiction, Thriller, Mystery thriller

The Bottoms by Joe R. Lansdale

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Bottoms The narrator of i The Bottoms i is Harry Collins an old man obsessively reflecting on certain key experiences of his childhood In the year that forms the centerpiece of the narrative Harry is years old and living with his mother father and younger sister on a farm outside of Marvel Creek Texas near the Sabine River bottoms Harry s world changes forever when he discovers the corpse of a young black woman tied to a tree in the forest near his home The woman who is eventually identified as a local prostitute has been murdered molested and sexually mutilated She is also as Harry will soon discover the first in a series of similar corpses all of them the victims of a new unprecedented sort of monster a traveling serial killer p From his privileged position as the son of constable and farmer and part time barber Jacob Collins Harry watches as the distinctly amateur investigation unfolds As more bodies not all of them colored surface the mood of the local residents darkens Racial tensions never far from the surface even in the best of times gradually kindle When circumstantial evidence implicates an ancient innocent black man named Mose the Ku Klux Klan mobilizes initiating a chilling graphically described lynching that will occupy a permanent place in Harry Collins s memories With Mose dead and the threat to local white women presumably put to rest the residents of Marvel Creek resume their normal lives only to find that the actual killer remains at large and continues to threaten the safety and stability of the town p p Lansdale uses this protracted murder investigation to open up a window on an insular poverty stricken racially divided community With humor precision and great narrative economy he evokes the society of Marvel Creek in all its alternating tawdriness and nobility offering us a varied absolutely convincing portrait of a world that has receded into history At the same time he offers us a richly detailed re creation of the vibrant dangerous physical landscapes that were part of that world and have since been buried under the concrete and cement of the industrialized juggernaut of the late th century In Lansdale s hands the gritty realities of Depression era Texas are as authentic and memorable as anything in recent American fiction p

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The narrator of i The Bottoms i is Harry Collins an old man obsessively reflecting on certain key experiences of his childhood In the year that forms the centerpiece of the narrative Harry is years old and living with his mother father and younger sister on a farm outside of Marvel Creek Texas near the Sabine River bottoms Harry s world changes forever when he discovers the corpse of a young black woman tied to a tree in the forest near his home The woman who is eventually identified as a local prostitute has been murdered molested and sexually mutilated She is also as Harry will soon discover the first in a series of similar corpses all of them the victims of a new unprecedented sort of monster a traveling serial killer br p br From his privileged position as the son of constable and farmer and part time barber Jacob Collins Harry watches as the distinctly amateur investigation unfolds As more bodies not all of them colored surface the mood of the local residents darkens Racial tensions never far from the surface even in the best of times gradually kindle When circumstantial evidence implicates an ancient innocent black man named Mose the Ku Klux Klan mobilizes initiating a chilling graphically described lynching that will occupy a permanent place in Harry Collins s memories With Mose dead and the threat to local white women presumably put to rest the residents of Marvel Creek resume their normal lives only to find that the actual killer remains at large and continues to threaten the safety and stability of the town br p p br Lansdale uses this protracted murder investigation to open up a window on an insular poverty stricken racially divided community With humor precision and great narrative economy he evokes the society of Marvel Creek in all its alternating tawdriness and nobility offering us a varied absolutely convincing portrait of a world that has receded into history At the same time he offers us a richly detailed re creation of the vibrant dangerous physical landscapes that were part of that world and have since been buried under the concrete and cement of the industrialized juggernaut of the late th century In Lansdale s hands the gritty realities of Depression era Texas are as authentic and memorable as anything in recent American fiction p, It is the summer of in Dewmont Texas a town the great American postwar boom passed by The kids listen idly to rockabilly on the radio and waste their weekends at the Dairy Queen And an undetected menace simmers under the heat that clings to the skin like molasses For thirteen year old Stanley Mitchell the end of innocence comes with his discovery of the mysterious long ago demise of two very different young women In his quest to unravel the truth about their tragic fates Stanley finds a protector in Buster Lighthorse Smith a black retired Indian reservation cop and a sage on the finer points of Sherlock Holmes the blues and life s faded dreams But not every buried thing stays dead And on one terrifying night of rushing creek water and thundering rain an arcane murderous force will rise from the past to threaten the boy in a harrowing rite of passage Vintage Lansdale A Fine Dark Line brims with exquisite suspense powerful characterizations and the vibrant evocation of a lost time, Here comes Trudy back into Hap s life thirty six but looking ten years younger with long blonde hair and legs that begin under her chin and the kind of walk that ll make a man run his car off the road Here comes trouble says Leonard and he s right She was always trouble but she had this laugh when she was happy in bed that could win Hap over every time Trudy has a proposition an easy two hundred thousand dollars tax free It s just a simple matter of digging it up Hap Collins and Leonard Pine white and black straight and gay are the unlikeliest duo in crime fiction Savage Season is their debut, Inheriting one hundred thousand dollars and a small hiccup of a house in a dilapidated district is not so bad and Uncle Chester made a nice gift of it to his nephew Leonard though the clean up is intensive the floor is Rotten and the neighbors are something from a nightmare br br It is one thing to renovate a house to sell it It is another to cut down the walls and risk discovering hidden skeletons