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Joe R. Lansdale

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27 mars 2012
Mark Twain meets classic Stephen King--a bold new direction for widely acclaimed Edgar Award winner Joe R. Lansdale.

May Lynn was once a pretty girl who dreamed of becoming a Hollywood star. Now she's dead, her body dredged up from the Sabine River.

Sue Ellen, May Lynn's strong-willed teenage friend, sets out to dig up May Lynn's body, burn it to ash, and take those ashes to Hollywood to spread around. If May Lynn can't become a star, then at least her ashes will end up in the land of her dreams.

Along with her friends Terry and Jinx and her alcoholic mother, Sue Ellen steals a raft and heads downriver to carry May Lynn's remains to Hollywood.

Only problem is, Sue Ellen has some stolen money that her enemies will do anything to get back. And what looks like a prime opportunity to escape from a worthless life will instead lead to disastrous consequences. In the end, Sue Ellen will learn a harsh lesson on just how hard growing up can really be.

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"A cast of unforgettable characters....a terrific read. From its pages waft memories of Huckleberry Finn, To Kill A Mockingbird, and even As I Lay Dying with its journey to lay a soul to rest. When I reached the final page, something happened that I can't remember ever happening with a book I've read for a review. I wanted to read it again."—Boston Globe

"A charming Gothic tale...as funny and frightening as anything that could have been dreamed up by the Brothers Grimm--or Mark Twain."—New York Times Book Review

"Reading Joe Lansdale is like listening to a favorite uncle who just happens to be a fabulous storyteller. This book deals with dark and strange material, but it is hugely appealing as narrated in the first person by young Sue Ellen, who shines."—Dean Koontz

"A doozy of a read, the kind of book we call an 'all nighter'...It's that kind of great, and it's pure-blood Lansdale, crammed to bursting with plot twists that recall the snaky bends of the Sabine River...This sucker moves...It's our favorite book of the year so far, and one of Lansdale's best, ever."—Austin Chronicle

"The strongest, truest, and most pitch-perfect narration since Huck Finn's. Marvelous and terrifying, EDGE OF DARK WATER is the result of real genius at work. A masterpiece."—Dan Simmons, author of The Terror and Drood

"An ambitious, quietly grieving portrait of racism in Texas in the 1930s."—New York Times

"For those new to Lansdale's work, this novel will serve as a good intro: entertaining, eerie and soaked with the East Texas period atmosphere Lansdale owns like no other writer....Along the river chase, readers will pick up on nods to homer, Dickey, Twain and others, but the brooding East Texas atmosphere is all Lansdale: the specter of Skunk is like something out of a horror movie; man and nature both provide plenty of thrills and chills; the mystery of who killed May Lynn is given just enough attention; and Sue Ellen's precocious teen wisdom and bumpkin delivery provides the laughs....Joe R. Lansdale could fall into the Sabine River at its filthiest point and still come up dripping nothing but storytelling mojo."—The Dallas Morning News

"EDGE OF DARK WATER describes a trip downriver that is one-half Huck Finn, one-half Deliverance, and entirely Joe Lansdale. If you aren't familiar with the work of this true American original, and master of hillbilly noir, climb in the boat and hang on for dear life: the water is rough."—Joe Hill, author of the New York Times bestsellers Horns and Heart-Shaped Box

"Joe Lansdale has long been one of our finest and most difficult to classify writers. You can call his writing supernatural, horror, crime, or plain Southern, as long as you remember to call it great. Always a generous storyteller, in EDGE OF DARK WATER he offers a beautifully spun tale of life in the sticks, friendship and mortality, and tells it with the wit, humor and pure-dee power we've come to expect of him."—Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter's Bone

"Nonstop adventures that edify, terrify and deepen the bond between Sue Ellen and Jinx. A highly entertaining tour de force."—Kirkus Reviews

"Edgar-winner Lansdale channels Mark Twain in this chillingly atmospheric stand-alone set in Depression-era East Texas...Lansdale's perfect ear for regional dialogue and ability to create palpable suspense lift this above the pack."—The Washington Examiner

"Joe Lansdale always transports me. In EDGE OF DARK WATER, he takes me to the mysterious brooding landscape of Twain and Faulkner, with a compelling twist that is all Lansdale."—David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of First Blood and Creepers

"A coming of age story peopled with original and fascinating blood-and-bones characters. A chillingly atmospheric tale of good and evil and adolescent angst. EDGE OF DARK WATER has all the potential of becoming a classic, read by generations to come."—New York Journal of Books

"Joe Lansdale is one of the dark kings of modern mystery fiction, a master of the genre. His name deserves to be whispered with the greats."—John Connolly

"Joe R. Lansdale's fellow Texans would call Joe a 'straight shooter.' That's what makes his writing so good-no BS involved. Joe's work is alternately scary, funny as hell, disturbing, but always (and most importantly) memorable."—Bruce Campbell

"A storyteller in the great American tradition of Ambrose Bierce and Mark Twain."—Boston Globe

"Joe R. Lansdale has a folklorist's eye for telling detail and a front-porch raconteur's sense of pace."—The New York Times Book Review

"One of the greatest yarn spinners of his generation: fearless, earthy, original, manic and dreadfully funny."—Dallas Morning News

Biographie de l'auteur

Joe R. Lansdale is the author of more than a dozen novels, including The Bottoms, A Fine Dark Line, and Leather Maiden. He has received the British Fantasy Award, the American Mystery Award, the Edgar Award, the Grinzane Cavour Prize for Literature, and eight Bram Stoker Awards. He lives with his family in Nacogdoches, Texas.

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Né à Gladewater, Joe R. Lansdale déménage dans une autre ville du Texas, Nacogdoches, alors qu'il est encore enfant. S'il commence à écrire de petits articles pour des journaux locaux dès l'âge de neuf ans, il publie à vingt-et-un ans avec sa mère sa première nouvelle. Alternant les métiers de fermiers, chercheur d'or, charpentier et plombier, il se consacre entièrement à l'écriture à partir de 1981, un an après la sortie de son premier roman. Le film Bubba Ho-tep, avec l'inégalable Bruce Campbell dans la peau d'Elvis, est adapté de l'un d'eux. Aujourd'hui, il vit toujours à Nacogdoches avec son épouse et leurs deux fils, et place volontiers l'intrigue de certains de ces romans dans cette ville.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Edge of my seat holding my water 16 mars 2012
Par Dale - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The title of this review describes my position while reading most of this book. I have read all of Joe R. Lansdale's books and stories with various degrees of approval and I must say that this novel is at the top of a very large and wonderful heap. Mr. Lansdale, hisownself, says this book may be his best and I am not going to argue that point.

He writes about bad people doing bad things but they are always countered with good people who grew up in the same environment but were able to rise above their upbringing. This message cannot be used often enough. We live in an era when people want to blame others for their plight but Mr. Lansdale writes of folks who work hard to do the right thing and better themselves in the process and he does it with humor, suspense, and sometimes pure horror. His characters are not perfect. Each of them has flaws but those flaws make the characters real and help us to identify with them. You care about Sue Ellen and the others on the raft. You feel their terror and their hope. You inwardly cheer when the evil folks get their due. He fills their story with more twists than the river that serves as the backdrop of the story has.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Edge of My Seat 8 avril 2012
Par James Fay - Publié sur Amazon.com
I've searched out Joe R. Lansdale ever since I saw the movie Bubba Ho-Tep. I've read the entire Hap & Leonard series and several other novels and "Edge of Dark Water" is the best of all as a page-turning story. Sue Ellen, Jinx, Terry & Sue Ellen's mother find themselves fleeing down the Sabine River in east Texas on a raft with a lard can full of the ashes of a murdered friend and another full of stolen money. They are pursued by various family members, acquaintances, a crooked constable and Skunk, the best killer since Anton Chiggurh from "No Country for Old Men". The book is narrated by Sue Ellen, a smart-aleck, wise cracking 16-year-old. They meet people on the river and have close encounters with their pursuers. You can compare this to "Huckleberry Finn", the Odyssey and the books of Robert Lewis Tayloy ["The Travels of Jamie McPheeters", "Journey to Matecumbe" and "Two Roads To Guadalupe"]. I've given this book 5 stars because I just fell in love with it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fantastic Coming-of-Age Mystery Novel 6 avril 2012
Par Michael Popplewell - Publié sur Amazon.com
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If I could steal talent from anyone it would be Joe Lansdale. I've read almost everything he's written and I'd rank this with The Bottoms as my favorite of his novels. Like The Bottoms, it's set in a perfectly described East Texas in the 30's, this time with a female protagonist. A wonderful coming-of-age story that perfectly blends humor, mystery and horror. No other writer comes up with as many memorable characters or fills the pages with better dialogue than Lansdale. He's one of our best storytellers and Edge of Dark Water finds him at the top of his game.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Twain on Steroids 27 mars 2012
Par Sam Sattler - Publié sur Amazon.com
Joe Lansdale's new novel, Edge of Dark Water, can be characterized as Huckleberry Finn on steroids (an easily imagined image for today's sports fans), but a more apt categorization of the book is one author Joe Hill uses for it: hillbilly noir. I love that term and the image it creates.

Set in rural East Texas, an area Joe Lansdale calls home, this depression-era novel recounts the very personal quest that16-year-old Sue Ellen, her alcoholic mother, and Sue Ellen's two closet friends embark upon, one that involves perilous journey along the path of the treacherous Sabine River. Sue Ellen, Terry (the town "sissy"), and Jinx (a teenaged black girl) are close despite the prejudice and rigid segregation of the times, and they are determined to spread the ashes of the town's recently murdered beauty queen in Hollywood where she had always dreamed of becoming a film star. Sue Ellen's mother, needing to flee her old life before it kills her, insists on going with them.

Lansdale is quick to set the tone of Edge of Dark Water. The novel opens on the banks of the Sabine where Sue Ellen's father, who has decided that electrocuting fish is too much work, is busy poisoning them so that Sue Ellen and Terry can drag them out of the river for him. When local beauty May Lynn's bloated body is dragged to the bank from the bottom of the river, things take a nasty turn that will have the reader rapidly turning pages for the rest of the novel.

Just as Sue Ellen and her two friends are wavering on following through with their plans to go to Hollywood, the decision is snatched from their hands and they have to run for their lives, May Lynn's ashes in tow. Along the way, these Twain-like characters will meet, and often face-off with, some of the most interesting new scoundrels and villains any reader is likely to run into in this year's new books, including super-villain, Skunk - a man who smells so bad that his victims often know he is around long before they see or hear him.

One suspects that Twain would be pleased to be mentioned in association with a novel like Edge of Dark Water because Joe Lansdale has created a story here that is every bit as funny as it is terrifying, much like what Twain did with Huckleberry Finn. In a novel filled with unforgettable characters, it is remarkable that even the book's minor characters are memorable. Do not miss this one.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another classic 6 avril 2012
Par Mr. P. Thompson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Might even be better than The Bottoms. Once i started reading i could not put it down. Everyone must own this book.
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