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Pulpy, blackly humorous, compulsively readable, and somehow both wildly surreal and down-to-earth. Lansdale is a national fucking treasure.Christa Faust, author of Money Shot
The spiritual heir to both Walt Whitman and Elmore Leonard, Joe R. Lansdale is the bard who sings America: in gem-hard, polished prose that never lets up, no matter how ugly things get. As they do indeed in the seminal retrospective that is THINGS GET UGLY, where vicious people do vicious things to each other beautifully. It should stand next to Leonard’s Three-Ten to Yuma as a remarkable testament to the power of short fiction.Lavie Tidhar author of Central Station and Maror
THINGS GET UGLY
THE BEST CRIMES STORIES OF JOE R. LANSDALE
Foreword by S. A. Cosby, author of the New York Times bestseller Razorblade Tears
ISBN: Print: 978-1-61696-396-5; Digital: 978-1-61696- 397-2
Published: Aug 2023
Available Format(s): Trade paperback and Digital
Edgar Award winner Joe R. Lansdale (the Hap and Leonard series) returns to the piney, dangerous woods of East Texas. In this career retrospective of his best crime stories, Lansdale shows exactly why critics continue to compare him to Elmore Leonard, Donald Westlake, Flannery O’Connor, and William Faulkner.
- In the 1950s, a young small-town projectionist mixes it up with a violent gang.
- When Mr. Bear is not alerting us to the dangers of forest fires, he lives a life of debauchery and murder.
- A brother and sister travel to Oklahoma to recover the dead body of their uncle.
- A lonely man engages in dubious acts while pining for his rubber duckie.
In this collection of nineteen unforgettable crime tales, Joe R. Lansdale brings his legendary mojo and witty grit to harrowing heists, revenge, homicide, and mayhem. No matter how they begin, things are bound to get ugly—and fast.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword by S. A. Cosby
Introduction by Joe R. Lansdale
“The Steel Valentine”
“Driving to Geronimo’s Grave”
“Six Finger Jack”
“The Shadows, Kith and Kin”
“Santa at the Café”
“I Tell You It’s Love”
“Booty and the Beast”
“Boys Will Be Boys”
“The Phone Woman”
“Drive in Date”
“Incident On and Off a Mountain Road”