Edge of Dark Water

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Little, Brown, Mar 27, 2012 - Fiction - 304 pages
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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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Synopsis: Sue Ellen, Terry and Jinx are best friends. They, along with their slightly older friend May Lynn, dream of leaving their poverty stricken area. One day Sue Ellen, Terry, and Sue Ellen's ... Read full review

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Least favorite of what I think of as his East Texas trilogy (includes The Bottoms, The Thicket), still its one of the best damn yarns you'll read. Skunk is one of the most dreadful and horrifying characters I've ever encountered in a novel. Read full review

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Joe R. Lansdale is the author of more than a dozen novels, including Sunset and Sawdust, Lost Echoes, 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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