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Sunset and Sawdust

Joe R. Lansdale

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He has been called "hilarious . . . refreshing . . . a terrifically gifted storyteller with a sharp country-boy wit" (Washington Post Book World), and praised for his "folklorist's eye for telling detail and [his] front-porch raconteur's sense of pace" (New York Times Book Review). Now, Joe R. Landsdale gives us a fast-moving, electrifying new novel: a murder mystery set in a steamy backwater of Depression-era East Texas. It begins with an explosion: Sunset Jones kills her husband with a bullet to the brain. Never mind that he was raping her. Pete Jones was constable of the small sawmill town of Camp Rapture ("Camp Rupture" to the local blacks), where no woman, least of all Pete's, refuses her husband what he wants. So most everyone is surprised and angry when, thanks to the unexpected understanding of her mother-in-law-three-quarter owner of the mill-Sunset is named the new constable. And they're even more surprised when she dares to take the job seriously: beginning an investigation into the murder of a woman and an unborn baby whose oil-drenched bodies are discovered buried on land belonging to the only black landowner in town. Yet no one is more surprised than Sunset herself when the murders lead her-through a labyrinth of greed, corruption, and unspeakable malice-not only to the shocking conclusion of the case, but to a well of inner strength she never knew she had. Landsdale brings the thick backwoods and swamps of East Texas vividly to life, and he paints a powerfully evocative picture of a time when Jim Crow and the Klan ruled virtually unopposed, when the oil boom was rolling into and over Texas, when any woman who didn't know her place was considered a threat and a target. In Sunset, he gives us a woman who defies all expectations, wrestling a different place for herself with spirit and spit, cunning and courage. And in Sunset and Sawdust he gives us a wildly energetic novel-galvanizing from first to last. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Length:

5h 52m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:43


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:59


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:50


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:20


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:48


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:52


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:10


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:39


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:27


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:19


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:34


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:09


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:45


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:41


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:29


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:30


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:42


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:32


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:27


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:05


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:47


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:02


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:40


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:07


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:36


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:06


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:37


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:09


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:45


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:29


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:08


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:12


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:27


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:16


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:03


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:15


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:45


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:14


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:36


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:45


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:33


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:46


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:16


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:57


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:17


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:06


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:10


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:16


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:12


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:31


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:04


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:50


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:59


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:40


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:59


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:15


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:06


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:45


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:22


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:50


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:41


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:07


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:15