The Thicket

Joe R. Lansdale. Little, Brown/Mulholland, $26 (336p) ISBN 978-0-316-18845-6
Set in early 20th-century East Texas, this satisfying novel from Edgar-winner Lansdale (Edge of Dark Water) takes 16-year-old Jack Parker to darker places than he ever imagined. After Jack’s parents die of smallpox, his preacher grandfather determines to deliver Jack and his 14-year-old sister, Lula, to an aunt who lives across the Sabine River. While waiting for a ferry, they’re attacked by a band of men, who kill the grandfather, nearly kill Jack, and kidnap Lula. Having lost most of his family, Jack doesn’t intend to lose her and sets out after them. Soon he encounters an undersized bounty hunter, Shorty, and Eustace Cox, the grave-digging son of an ex-slave, who agree to help him rescue his sister for a price. As the body count rises, the narrative grows steadily more grim (if, at times, hilarious). Lansdale’s humor and skill at characterization come across well, though at moments the reader wishes for just a little more background detail. Agent: Danny Baror, Baror International. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 07/01/2013
Release date: 09/10/2013
Show other formats
Paperback - 368 pages - 978-0-316-18844-9
Hardcover - 465 pages - 978-1-4104-7078-2
Hardcover - 163 pages - 978-0-316-24219-6
Open Ebook - 978-0-316-24875-4
Book - 9 pages - 978-1-4789-8011-7
Open Ebook - 1 pages - 978-1-306-75989-2
Hardcover - 320 pages - 978-1-4447-3691-5
Hardcover - 9 pages - 978-0-85735-860-8
Hardcover - 320 pages - 978-1-4447-3692-2
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Email Address


Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.