Friday, July 04, 2008

New Lansdale: Leather Maiden

Joe R. Lansdale has a new thriller coming out in August: Leather Maiden

From the Random House website:
After a scandalous affair costs him his job in Houston, Cason Statler—Gulf War veteran and Pulitzer Prize–nominated journalist—returns home to the small east Texas town of Camp Rapture. Cason is a wreck. He drinks too much, he’s stalking his ex-girlfriend, and he’s wallowing in envy of his successful older brother. To get back on his feet, he takes a job at the local paper, and when he stumbles across his predecessor’s notes on a cold case murder file, he thinks he’s found the thing that’ll keep him out of trouble. No such luck. The further he digs into the case, the more certain he is that the unsolved crime is connected to a series of eerie, inexplicable events that have recently occurred in town. And he knows his suspicions are right on when he finds himself dragged into a deadly game of blackmail and murder that clearly has evil as its only goal.

Leather Maiden is a brash amalgam of suspense, raw humor, and mystery that unfolds in the vividly rendered shadowy lowlands of eastern Texas. It’s country noir as only Joe Lansdale can do it.
Lansdale is one of my brutal favorites, so I'll definitely look for this one.


Robert said...

I've never read any of Landsale's books. A shame I know. This one sounds great though! Also, have a Happy 4th :)

Joe said...

If you can get your hands on any of his Subterranean novellas, check out: Zeppelins West, Flaming London, and The Big Blow.

The first two are related, the third is not. All are excellent.

Also, Dead in the West, a short zombie western novel from Night Shade.