By Joe R. Lansdale
From the Edgar Award-winning writer of the Hap and Leonard mysteries comes a stunning crime mystery to cool the even the warmest summer's evening. by way of turns bright, uncooked, and darkly comedic, this secret vintage encouraged the 2014 significant movie chilly in July, starring Michael C. corridor (Dexter) Sam Shepard (Black Hawk Down), and Don Johnson (Miami Vice).
Richard Dane has killed a guy. He can't unhear the firing of the gun or unsee the blood on his front room wall. yet every person within the small city of LaBorde, Texas understands Dane acted in self safety. each person other than Ben Russel, the ex-con father of the small-time legal who invaded Dane's home.
When Russel comes trying to find revenge opposed to Dane's family members, the 2 are without warning drawn right into a conspiracy that conceals the vilest of crimes. Surrounded by way of police corruption, mafia deception, and underworld brutality, Dane, Russel, and whimsical PI Jim Bob Luke have chanced on a video game they might not live on.
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And if she knew Sonny Boy 44 CHARLES DEEMER / DEAD BODY IN A SMALL ROOM hadn’t cut the hole in the fence, did she also know who had? Lavinia provided more questions than answers. “A penny for your thoughts,” said Sally, sliding onto the barstool beside me. She was wearing jeans, a red western shirt and cowboy boots. My sister the cop looked like someone who’d have no trouble wrestling a steer to the ground. ” “You certainly seemed deep in thought. ” I was changing the subject without her knowing it.
On I-80 East on their way home, they stopped late in the afternoon in Sogobia to find a motel. When they saw the large sign at the edge of town advertising The Black Cat B&B, they decided to check it out. They still felt like celebrating, and a bed-andbreakfast would be more festive than a motel. They were surprised to find that The Black Cat B&B was surrounded by a high chain-link fence with a security gate at the entrance. But it looked ideal: a large Victorian building on a sprawling lot within walking distance of the Sogobia River, surrounded by shade trees to temper the heat coming off the Nevada desert.
He’s only the screenwriter, Sally. ” 47 CHARLES DEEMER / DEAD BODY IN A SMALL ROOM 5 I’d brought my Remington portable typewriter with me from Hollywood. It was still in its case in the closet. On Thursday morning I made a gigantic gesture toward starting a new future and took it out, setting it up on one end of the small table off the kitchen. For a long time I sat in front of it, as if trying to get used to the idea that this was my new writing space instead of the office I’d rented at Columbia, that I could work at home and write books and be my own boss.