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  • Published: New York : Mysterious Press, 2000.
  • Year Published: 2000
  • Description: 328 p.p. cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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The bottoms

by Lansdale, Joe R., 1951-

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A mystery and so much more

Lansdale is one of the quirkiest writers in the business. He has a real sense for detail and a love for Texas. If you've ever seen the film Bubba Ho-Tep, Lansdale wrote the screenplay and the story it was based off.

"The Bottoms" isn't so much a quirky novel as it is a mystery wrapped in a a coming of age tale with a little enigma sauce on the side. The main character, Harry, tells the story as an old man looking back on a particular summer when he was a child and the bodies of mutilated, murdered black women were left in the river. Keep in mind, this is 1933 Texas, so many of the townspeople couldn't care less.

But Harry's father Jacob is the town constable and a friend to many in the black community, so he feels a certain responsibility to find the killer. This also puts him in a dangerous situation, since many in the town were part of the KKK.

Harry and his sister, Tom, are convinced the killer is the fabled Goat Man, a creature part human and part goat.

What I loved best about this book was how the mystery is unraveled. In particular, I liked how one well-loved character in the book came off as creepy to me. But I couldn't quite put my finger on why. There are some great twists in this book, but it all seems very natural.

Lansdale really establishes a time and place, and the characters are quite distinct. I stayed up all night when I got near the end of the book just so I could get to the end.

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