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The Thicket

Jack Parker thought he'd already seen his fair share of tragedy. His grandmother was killed in a farm accident when he was barely five years old. His parents have just succumbed to the smallpox epidemic sweeping turn-of-the-century East Texas --- orphaning him and his younger sister, Lula.

Then catastrophe strikes on the way to their uncle's farm, when a traveling group of bank-robbing bandits murder Jack's grandfather and kidnap his sister. With no elders left for miles, Jack must grow up fast and enlist a band of heroes the likes of which has never been seen if his sister stands any chance at survival. But the best he can come up with is a charismatic, bounty-hunting dwarf named Shorty, a grave-digging son of an ex-slave named Eustace, and a street-smart woman-for-hire named Jimmie Sue who's come into some very intimate knowledge about the bandits (and a few members of Jack's extended family to boot).

In the throes of being civilized, East Texas is still a wild, feral place. Oil wells spurt liquid money from the ground. But as Jack's about to find out, blood and redemption rule supreme. In THE THICKET, award-winning novelist Joe R. Lansdale lets loose like never before, in a rip-roaring adventure equal parts TRUE GRIT and STAND BY ME --- the perfect introduction to an acclaimed writer whose work has been called "as funny and frightening as anything that could have been dreamed up by the Brothers Grimm --- or Mark Twain" (New York Times Book Review).

The Thicket
by Joe R. Lansdale

  • Publication Date: September 10, 2013
  • Genres: Adventure, Fiction, Western
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books
  • ISBN-10: 031618845X
  • ISBN-13: 9780316188456