A Fine Dark Line
It is the summer of 1958 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... show more
It is the summer of 1958 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.
Publish date: October 1st 2003
Publisher: Mysterious Press
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
GR Cleanup Project Read in 2010 This Lansdale novel, unlike the other Lansdale novels I’ve read, is told from the point of view of a thirteen year old boy named Stanley. It’s not filled with the off-the-rails cursing and crazy gore that I expect when reading a work from this guy but it still kept ...
Bisher hatte ich noch nichts von Lansdale gelesen und ich muss sagen, ich bin wirklich richtig begeistert und beeindruckt, über diesen spannenden, ehrlichen, fesselnden und berührenden Krimi.Dieses wird sicher nicht mein letztes Buch von Lansdale sein.Er schafft es ohne große Schnörkel, den Leser in...
Quick and entertaining. Although, I was somewhat disappointed that the mystery wasn't solved through investigation, considering a lot of time was spent investigating (and great risks were taken to get the materials needed for the investigation). As always, with Lansdale, I found myself laughing out ...
A Fine Fark Line is the novel that is most like Lansdale's other classic, The Bottoms. There is a lot of similarities: It s a coming-of-age story wrapped around a mystery. It takes place in East Texas but in the 50s, not in the 30s as with The Bottoms. There is also many of Lansdale's favorite topic...