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Leather Maiden

by Joe R. Lansdale

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Normally I enjoy Lansdale’s books, but this one disappointed me. It was too gruesome in some places, and I’m afraid the psychotic “friend” who loves weapons and pops up just in time to help the protagonist has been done to death in crime fiction books. Also the author’s excessive use of "down-home" similes was getting to me after a while. The story itself was fine, but I don’t think the author developed the main characters enough. Good enough for a quick read if you like this type of story, but definitely not a keeper. ( )
  dorie.craig | Jun 22, 2017 |
L. ci ha abituato bene e questa sua ultima fatica - come d'altronde ci si deve aspettare, ogni tanto - e' superata da altre precedenti. Tuttavia, le 430 pagine scorrono che è un piacere e le figure dei comprimari (penso a due adorabili signore anziane) non fanno assolutamente rimpiangere Hap e Leonard. La storia è sufficientemente truculenta e le assonanze con alcuni thiller cinematografici si sentono. Ma avercene, di libri cosi'... ( )
  bobparr | Dec 14, 2014 |
Leather Maiden is a ride through hell you won't soon forget, though perhaps you may want to. Its protagonist is an Iraq War veteran with a few issues, such as his inability to understand that his ex-girlfriend doesn't want to see him any more. This doesn't prevent him from moving back to his hometown and cruising by her veterinary office a few times each day.

He takes a job for the town newspaper, because, before a little incident with a former boss's wife and stepdaughter, he was a Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist in Houston. After that incident, I guess a few years in the Army seemed like a good idea. Rather than write columns on gardening, he decides to start investigating the unsolved disappearance of a beautiful college student named Caroline. And then a giant hand reaches up out of a sewer and pulls him down to hell!

Well, not actually, but figuratively. Luckily, as his investigation reveals one awful thing after another, even involving his own family, his sociopathic war buddy, known as "Booger", shows up. This being a Lansdale novel, you know he didn't just come to sit on the couch and drink beer. The novel basically mutates into a Hap and Leonard story, minus the humor, and much more horrific. And it will definitely have you turning the pages, but Lansdale leaves credibility behind early in the story and just seems to be trying to achieve as much shock effect as he can. And he definitely succeeds in the gore and grue department. As a substitute for Hap and Leonard's humor, he instead has the protagonist and the older woman who runs the newspaper trade clever vulgarisms back and forth in lieu of actual speech. In fact, few people in this novel behave like real people--even real people in Texas.

Lansdale is having a lot of fun, and you may have some fun yourself as one unbelievable chapter after another rolls past, but when I finished the book, I regretted that it lacked the depth of Lansdale's better work, such as Lost Echoes or The Bottoms. Slow down, Joe! ( )
  datrappert | Dec 16, 2011 |
Well, another great read by Joe Lansdale. It doesn't really matter what genre he is writing, you will always get great, interesting characters and a plotline that steadily builds ever more violent, disturbing and laced with dark humor. ( )
  timdt | Apr 14, 2009 |
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Life is full of holes. The trick is to try to live between them. -- Jerzy Fitzgerald
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For Keith, Scoop Dog
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When you grow up in a place, especially if your childhood is a good one, you fail to notice a lot of the nasty things that creep beneath the surface and wriggle about like hungry worms in rotten flesh.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375414525, Hardcover)

A masterly new thriller from the Edgar Award–winning writer who has “a folklorist’s eye for telling detail and a front-porch raconteur’s sense of pace” (The New York Times Book Review).

After a scandalous affair costs him his job in Houston, Cason Statler—Gulf War veteran and Pulitzer Prize–nominated journalist—returns home to the small east Texas town of Camp Rapture. Cason is a wreck. He drinks too much, he’s stalking his ex-girlfriend, and he’s wallowing in envy of his successful older brother. To get back on his feet, he takes a job at the local paper, and when he stumbles across his predecessor’s notes on a cold case murder file, he thinks he’s found the thing that’ll keep him out of trouble. No such luck. The further he digs into the case, the more certain he is that the unsolved crime is connected to a series of eerie, inexplicable events that have recently occurred in town. And he knows his suspicions are right on when he finds himself dragged into a deadly game of blackmail and murder that clearly has evil as its only goal.

Leather Maiden is a brash amalgam of suspense, raw humor, and mystery that unfolds in the vividly rendered shadowy lowlands of eastern Texas. It’s country noir as only Joe Lansdale can do it.

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After a scandalous affair costs him his job in Houston, Cason Statler--Gulf War veteran and Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist--returns home to the small east Texas town of Camp Rapture. Cason is a wreck. He drinks too much, he's stalking his ex-girlfriend, and he's wallowing in envy of his successful older brother. To get back on his feet, he takes a job at the local paper, and when he stumbles across his predecessor's notes on a cold case murder file, he thinks he's found the thing that'll keep him out of trouble. No such luck. The further he digs into the case, the more certain he is that the unsolved crime is connected to a series of eerie, inexplicable events that have recently occurred in town. And he knows his suspicions are right on when he finds himself dragged into a deadly game of blackmail and murder that clearly has evil as its only goal.--From publisher description.… (more)

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