Even if you think that western novels are not your “thing,” you really need to read THE THICKET. Joe R. Lansdale, whose output over the past three decades or so is exceeded only by the quality of the works produced, brings his usual “A” game to this book. He merges a grim, dark tale of revenge with a parable of a quest while combining memorable turns of phrase with odd --- and oddly believable --- characters to create one of his best novels to date.
THE THICKET is told in the voice of Jack Parker, a teenager living in East Texas at the turn of the 20th century. The oil boom is just beginning, and the world is full o