The eagerly anticipated retrospective collection from the Edgar Award winning creator of Hap and Leonard, THINGS GET UGLY: THE BEST CRIME STORIES OF JOE R. LANSDALE is now available from all finer booksellers or direct from Tachyon.
Lansdale’s writing hits like a brass-knuckled punch to the face: Hard and nasty and visceral. This collection of nineteen ugly stories shows the master of the crime thriller at the height of his formidable powers.—Marc Guggenheim, creator of Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow
Wildly entertaining, binge-worthy, and a total escape from hum drum reality, THINGS GET UGLY is pure Joe Lansdale on terrific display. In this collection of his greatest crime fiction stories, Lansdale’s scalpel-sharp wit and prose will have you cackling one minute while it chills you to the bone the next. A rollicking, sometimes haunted trip through his piney-woods soaked noir landscape, THINGS GET UGLY confirms that Joe Lansdale is to crime fiction what Willie Nelson is to country music: wholly original, genre-defying, raw, gritty, soulful, and lastly, timeless. I could not put this book down!—May Cobb, author of The Hunting Wives
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.
Foreword by S. A. Cosby, author of the New York Times bestseller Razorblade Tears
A potent blend of stories from one of the all-time greats, THINGS GET UGLY is the kind of collection you never want to end—as it shows the versatility and command of the craft only a legend like Lansdale can execute. There’s a reason Lansdale is among the greatest, and this book showcases his knack for shady characters, rural noir, and an innate ability to get to the heart of what drives us all. A can’t-miss book.—Alex Segura, bestselling author of Secret Identity
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.
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 Neom
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”