Books by Joe R. Lansdale

THE THICKET by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Alternately violent and tender, with a gently legendary quality that makes this tall tale just about perfect."
If the Coen brothers' film version of True Grit gave readers an appetite for more underage period Western bounty hunting, Lansdale (Edge of Dark Water, 2012, etc.) is eager to oblige. Read full book review >
EDGE OF DARK WATER by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2012

"The river, the raft, a stash of money coveted by bad guys, nonstop adventures that edify, terrify and deepen the bond between Sue Ellen and Jinx. A highly entertaining tour de force."
The author of the prize-winning Hap and Leonard series (Devil Red, 2011, etc.) charts a course that may remind you of a distaff Huck and Jim. Read full book review >
ALL THE EARTH, THROWN TO THE SKY by Joe R. Lansdale
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"A solid yarn with just a hint of romance. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Three orphans with nothing to lose embark on a road trip that reaches epic proportions. Read full book review >
DEVIL RED by Joe R. Lansdale
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 16, 2011

"The question remains: Will a fan base built on blithe spirits take kindly to an unhappy Hap, enduring the angst of a midlife crisis?"
Those charming miscreants Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are back (Vanilla Ride, 2009, etc.), minus some of the charm. Read full book review >
VANILLA RIDE by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2009

"Talented Lansdale (Leather Maiden, 2008, etc.) pens another rowdy, raunchy entertainment—nothing to take seriously but more damn fun than a barrel of Rambos."
Pine and Collins, crime fiction's most lovable miscreants (Captains Outrageous, 2001, etc.), are back in action, filling body bags for the sake of friendship. Read full book review >
LEATHER MAIDEN by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 6, 2008

"An underimagined plot and a hero who's hard to like may leave fans of Edgar-winner Lansdale (Lost Echoes, 2007, etc.) yearning for those charismatic rascals Collins and Pine."
A native has a blood-soaked homecoming. Read full book review >
LOST ECHOES by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2007

"No doubt there's a leaner, more suspenseful tale struggling to break out of this one. But Lansdale (A Fine Dark Line, 2003, etc.) remains one of the preeminent entertainers in crime fiction."
At the age of six, Harry Wilkes got the mumps, almost died, got better, began to see sounds. Read full book review >
SUNSET AND SAWDUST by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 2004

"A slutty kind of fiction that seems to give everything up too easily but never quite delivers."
An East Texas lumber town steeped in racism, sin, and mendacity—everything that should make for a much better yarn. Read full book review >
A FINE DARK LINE by Joe R. Lansdale
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 8, 2003

"Funny, scary, heartwarming, heart-pounding, Tom Sawyer-ish, Huck Finn-ish, provocative, evocative, sometimes actually wise: the best ever from talented Lansdale (Captains Outrageous, 2001, etc.)—a genre-crossing tour de force to spark the most jaded appetites."
Long and hot—'twas ever thus—is the summer of 1958 in backwater Dewmont, Texas, but almost nothing that happens to13-year-old Stanley Mitchell during its course is remotely typical. Read full book review >
CAPTAINS OUTRAGEOUS by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2001

"Still, the trademark raunchiness is present in full measure, and even those fans who aren't caught up in this adventure will probably find themselves grinning a lot."
Walking an East Texas poultry plant as a security guard isn't the stuff of joie de vivre, and for some time Hap Collins has been experiencing a pervasive and debilitating lassitude. Read full book review >
THE BOTTOMS by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2000

"Lansdale, whose claim on East Texas (Freezer Burn, 1999, etc.) remains undisputed, takes dead aim at the stupidity of prejudice and hits the bull's-eye."
Now that he's in his 80s, Harry Crane's memories turn from his rest home in Houston back to his early teens in the '30s in East Texas, where his father, Jacob, was the town barber and constable, his mother was the town beauty, and he and his baby sister Thomasina played in the local woods, the Bottoms, scaring each other silly with tales of the Goat Man who supposedly roamed the area. Read full book review >
FREEZER BURN by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1999

"Let's hope it's just a detour."
The thing that Bill Roberts misses most about his recently defunct mom is her signature. Read full book review >
RUMBLE TUMBLE by Joe R. Lansdale
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 8, 1998

"A routine adventure in between Hap and Leonard's serious outings (Bad Chili, 1997, etc.) that's still enlivened by dollops of the most pungent dialogue this side of Quentin Tarantino."
Just when it seems that life is good for Hap Collins and his new lady, Brett Sawyer, Brett gets word that her daughter Tillie is in even more trouble than most Texas prostitutes. Read full book review >
BAD CHILI by Joe R. Lansdale
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 9, 1997

"Hap's effortless talent as a downscale East Texas raconteur (The Two-Bear Mambo, 1995, etc.) makes him the funniest of Travis McGee's widely dispersed sons, even when he's writing about truly menacing bad guys."
Think your love life is complicated? Read full book review >
THE TWO-BEAR MAMBO by Joe R. Lansdale
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 6, 1995

"Like Hap and Leonard's debut (Mucho Mojo, 1994), this wickedly funny tale is as refreshing and flavorsome as a jolt of moonshine. (Film rights to Propaganda Films; author tour)"
Here's the deal: Lt. Read full book review >
MUCHO MOJO by Joe R. Lansdale
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A hybrid between a thriller and a comedy of manners that is imaginative and chilling. (Author tour)"
A raunchy tale of perversion and murder with a distinctly East Texan twist. Read full book review >
DARK AT HEART by Karen Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1992

"What might have been a groundbreaking anthology, a Dark Forces of crime fiction, proves nothing more than a competent but uninspired anthology with no cutting edge."
NIGHT VISIONS 8 by John Farris
Released: Feb. 3, 1990

Original horror short stories that run the gamut from inane to inflammatory. Read full book review >