A thriller with echoes of William Faulkner and Harper Lee, The Bottoms is classic American storytelling in its truest, darkest, and more affecting form. Its 1933 in East Texas and the Depression lingers in the air like a slow moving storm. When a young Harry Collins and his little sister stumble... show more
A thriller with echoes of William Faulkner and Harper Lee, The Bottoms is classic American storytelling in its truest, darkest, and more affecting form. Its 1933 in East Texas and the Depression lingers in the air like a slow moving storm. When a young Harry Collins and his little sister stumble across the body of a black woman who has been savagely mutilated and left to die in the bottoms of the Sabine River, their small town is instantly charged with tension. When a second body turns up, this time of a white woman, there is little Harry can do from stopping his Klan neighbors from lynching an innocent black man. Together with his younger sister, Harry sets out to discover who the real killer is, and to do so they will search for a truth that resides far deeper than any river or skin color.
Publish date: December 7th 2010
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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, Historical Fiction
, Coming Of Age
, Mystery Thriller
The Bottoms by Joe Lansdale is a rousing atmospheric murder mystery with an abundance and it has to said, more than its fair share of tension and thought provoking issue. The Bottoms won the Edgar award in 2000 and is definitely a book that will stay resolutely in your thoughts long after you've fin...
„Die Wälder am Fluss“ ist ein unheimlich intensiver, spannender und gesellschaftskritischer Krimi. Erzählt wird die Geschichte aus der Sicht von Harry, der sich als alter Mann an die Erlebnisse rund um die „Ziegenmann“-Morde in seinem Heimatort im Süden der USA Anfang der 30er Jahre erinnert.Harry u...
Pretty solidly written mystery set in Depression-era East Texas river bottom country with all the troubling racial and social baggage that involves. Surprisingly I figured out whodunit (I'm usually clueless) and the denouement, especially where the character Tom was involved felt rushed, so 3 1/2 st...
Lansdale plops you right in the middle of the East Texas bayou and runs you along with the protagonist as he tells his enthralling story.
This is Lansdale at his best. The Bottoms is a realistic look at rural life in the East Texas during the Great Depression. Narrated by a man at the end of his years about an incident that happened he was 11 years old, the story centers around a string of brutal murders of women. At first it is a bla...