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The Bottoms de [Lansdale, Joe R.]
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"Wondrous...dark enchantment."
--"New York Times Book Review"
"Terrific suspense...equal parts morality tale and page-turning thriller."
--"Denver Post"
"Lansdale subtly but surely traces how race hatred can embitter, poison, and often physically destroy those who fall under its sway."
--"Philadelphia Inquirer"
"Lansdale creates many colorful and vivid characters. . . . The Bottoms tells a great yarn of a vanished place and time."

"Wondrous...dark enchantment."
--New York Times Book Review
"Terrific suspense...equal parts morality tale and page-turning thriller."
--Denver Post
"Lansdale subtly but surely traces how race hatred can embitter, poison, and often physically destroy those who fall under its sway."
--Philadelphia Inquirer
"Lansdale creates many colorful and vivid characters. . . . The Bottoms tells a great yarn of a vanished place and time."

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The Edgar Award winning thriller The Bottoms is classic American storytelling in its truest, darkest, and more affecting formwith echoes of William Faulkner and Harper Lee.
Its 1933 in East Texas and the Depression lingers in the air like a slow moving storm. When a young Harry Collins and his little sister stumble across the body of a black woman who has been savagely mutilated and left to die in the bottoms of the Sabine River, their small town is instantly charged with tension. When a second body turns up, this time of a white woman, there is little Harry can do from stopping his Klan neighbors from lynching an innocent black man. Together with his younger sister, Harry sets out to discover who the real killer is, and to do so they will search for a truth that resides far deeper than any river or skin color.

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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas 1933 Rural Texas, Atmospheric and Gripping Mystery Novel! 1 de diciembre de 2014
Por Happy Reader - Publicado en
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There is a good reason "The Bottoms" won the 2001 Edgar Award for BEST NOVEL. This is a book that takes you to a specific time and place and makes you taste it.

That time & place is 1933 East Texas. Way East Texas, on the border with Louisiana and not that far from the Gulf. The Dust Bowl is shaping North/West Texas*, but in East Texas it's wetter. But there is still the 3 year-old Great Depression. On the other hand, times were never flush in The Bottoms, the lands close to the lazy Sabine River.

The narrator is Harry Collins, now an old man confined to a wheel chair. But the tale he tells is of his 1933 12 year-old self. And how he tells it! Jim Crow is like a character in "The Bottoms". Always there. Menacing. Every action Harry's father, the part-time constable, takes has to be weighed with Jim Crow's reaction in mind, as if the institutional racism is a single powerful person.

When Harry and his sister Tom(asina) find the body of a black woman trussed in barbed wire and stashed at the river's edge as if it were a dessert in a larder, their father has to look into it. He can't take the body to the local doctor/coroner, because even if the doctor was inclined to work on a black, he would lose his white clientele. So the body is carted to a nearby settlement mostly black, where a black doctor performs the post mortem in an ice house. As it turns out, the local preacher can identify the woman, too. All this effort gets Constable Collins only more questions and a warning from the sheriff.

Then there's another body, similarly tortured, and Harry's father has the novel notion that even if a serial killer only goes after blacks, it should be investigated, And this gets Constable Collins a visit from the Klan. But don't get me wrong, Harry's father, even when seen through the eyes of his 12 year-old son, is not Rambo or even the Lone Ranger. He is a decent man trying to do his decent best.

And he and his wife are raising their kids to be the same way. I would say that as I was reading this book, my feeling was one of expectant fear, simmering. Here's Harry about to make a gruesome discovery: "I felt something in the air I can't explain. Maybe it was just the car that had set me on edge, but it was as if the night were filled with needles and the cool points of them were sticking in my skin." That's how I felt while reading "The Bottoms".

As a mystery, the plotting of "The Bottoms" is pretty good. You are given clues but they are very subtle - I certainly didn't catch on. My personal taste runs to murderers who are driven by something other than madness, but my immersion in the world of Harry Collins was so complete that I can highly recommend it as a mystery and as a mystery approaching literature.

Given it's time and place, the language used is realistic. Though not gratuitous, the n-word is used in casual conversation.

If you're interested (I had to look it up) the Sabine River is pronounced seh bin.

* I do want to note that Lansdale only brings up the Dustbowl and the Depression as background. And good thing. The story takes place in 1933, so the Depression was very real, though hardly getting started. But the first wave of the Dust Bowl's three droughts didn't happen until 1934. This nitpicking fact did not affect my enjoyment of this fascinating novel.

Happy Reader
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas "THE DEEP SOUTH" 6 de abril de 2017
Por Anonymous, Bklyn N.Y. - Publicado en
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My feelings regarding this story are simply very sad for the times that Afro-Americans are described and illustrated. What they endured and somehow kept their dignity. Those of you who may read this may think Afro-American could pull themselves out of this quagmire that was created by"SLAVERY". I'm going to say this author lived in the South in this particular town. Everything he writes about is true nothing is elaborated. And sadly these same situations are still alive and thriving. This is a ugly ugly blot on the American tapestry. The story is nothing new anyone who has family living in the South in those days before integration and the law for Blacks was "Jim Crow"state governments were no help, even the United States Government was any help. All I will say is read this article and it's raising its ugly head again...If any you read this part of America history, listen to Nina Simones record "STRANGE FRUIT"she wrote this song as she driving through the South and witness these "Fruits".
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas THIS is how suspense thrillers are supposed to be written! 25 de septiembre de 2015
Por Matthew M. Frick - Publicado en
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One of the best books I've read in a long, long time. I was unsure about reading a suspense/mystery that took place in 1930's East Texas--only because it's not the normal setting and time period that I read--but I was pleasantly surprised. I read this book in my free time in one week, which for me is saying a lot. I hated having to put it down, and I looked forward to the next opportunity I had to get back into it. I picked this up after seeing the movie "Cold in July" based on the Joe R. Lansdale novel of the same name. The movie intrigued me, but this book really shows the genius of Lansdale's writing and how Hollywood--with a few exceptions--still has problems doing justice to the written word (not so much their fault, it's just that books offer so much more in terms of character thoughts and insights that just don't translate easily to the visual medium). As a writer, I learned plenty from Joe R. Lansdale and "The Bottoms."Open Source (A Casey Shenk Geopolitical Thriller Book 1)

I'm going to be reading more of Lansdale's work, no question!
3.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas 3.5 stars - A well-written Southern mystery with classic plot points 27 de febrero de 2015
Por Brandon - Publicado en
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A good Southern mystery. As several reviews have mentioned, the plot does have tones of To Kill a Mockingbird, but does not necessarily make it a negative. The story flows nicely and I like the aspect of a child narrating the events, all be it from the advantage of the frame of looking back as an adult.

I wanted to give it 3.5 stars. The reasons behind the deductions were two fold. One, ignoring the fact the plot does have ties to Harper Lee, the mystery itself is pretty formulaic. I never had an 'ah-ha' moment when the I was shocked and impressed with the denouncement. That dropped it to a 4.5 star for me though because it's rare to have a mystery that can really break out of the convention.

The other star deduction was for the writing. At times, I felt as if the author used dialogue as a means to relate social stories. Racial tension played a major role here, and it should, but the explanations of racism in the south were unnecessary. Forgivable once, but it happened several times throughout. Then, I felt personally many characters were two dimensional, and sometimes verged on caricatures.

All in all, I would recommend this as a well written mystery with classic elements set in the deep south with racial tensions, but hold back a bit due to some issues I had with the dialogue and plot. I will, however, be reading other books by the author.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Beautiful 'coming of age' novel 26 de marzo de 2013
Por Rhouse - Publicado en
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If you did a mash-up of "Boy's Life" and "To Kill A Mockingbird", you'd have this wonderful book by Lansdale. It might be 5% off from those two classic novels, but it is definitely in their league.

I've read the one and two star reviews of "The Bottoms" ~most were disappointed in the so-called 'mystery' included in the novel, and I agree. It's not a great whodunit. I wish the book wasn't touted as a mystery, because "The Bottoms" is far, far better than a mystery.

What Lansdale has done in this remarkable novel is bring to life East Texas circa 1933, with all it's evils but more importantly, all it's charm and humanity.

Please, put "mystery" out of your mind, and instead, immerse yourself in young Harry's life. As I read this rich, atmospheric novel, I thought of two other wonderful books: "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Boy's Life"...and, like those, the murders are surely secondary to the stories they inspire.
This is a novel of family, growth, values and the change in all of us when the world creeps into our childhood.
Please, read "The Bottoms" as literature, deep and moving. I think, then, you'll love it as much as I do.
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