Edge of Dark Water

By Joe R. Lansdale
Read by Angéle Masters

9.48 Hours 03/27/2012 unabridged
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Mark Twain meets classic Stephen King—a bold new direction for widely acclaimed Edgar Award winner Joe R. Lansdale. May Lynn was once a pretty girl who dreamed of becoming a Hollywood star. Now she’s dead, her body dredged up from the Sabine River. Sue Ellen, May Lynn’s strong-willed teenage friend, sets out to dig up May Lynn’s body, burn it to ash, and take those ashes to Hollywood to spread around. If May Lynn can’t become a star, then at least her ashes will end up in the land of her dreams. Along with her friends Terry and Jinx and her alcoholic mother, Sue Ellen steals a raft and heads downriver to carry May Lynn’s remains to Hollywood. Only problem is, Sue Ellen has some stolen money that her enemies will do anything to get back. And what looks like a prime opportunity to escape from a worthless life will instead lead to disastrous consequences. In the end, Sue Ellen will learn a harsh lesson on just how hard growing up can really be.

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Summary

Summary

One of the 2012 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books: Mysteries

A 2012 Booklist Editors’ Choice Selection: Adult Books for Young Adults

Mark Twain meets classic Stephen King—a bold new direction for widely acclaimed Edgar Award winner Joe R. Lansdale.

May Lynn was once a pretty girl who dreamed of becoming a Hollywood star. Now she’s dead, her body dredged up from the Sabine River.

Sue Ellen, May Lynn’s strong-willed teenage friend, sets out to dig up May Lynn’s body, burn it to ash, and take those ashes to Hollywood to spread around. If May Lynn can’t become a star, then at least her ashes will end up in the land of her dreams.

Along with her friends Terry and Jinx and her alcoholic mother, Sue Ellen steals a raft and heads downriver to carry May Lynn’s remains to Hollywood.

Only problem is, Sue Ellen has some stolen money that her enemies will do anything to get back. And what looks like a prime opportunity to escape from a worthless life will instead lead to disastrous consequences. In the end, Sue Ellen will learn a harsh lesson on just how hard growing up can really be.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

One of the greatest yarn spinners of his generation: fearless, earthy, original, manic and dreadfully funny. Dallas Morning News, on Vanilla Ride
Scenes that stand your hair on end while you fall out of your chair laughing. Chicago Sun-Times, on Leather Maiden
Lansdale has created a landscape of broken dreams, skewed personalities and hope still clinging to the inside of the Pandora's box of problems they all share. . . . He has been called a folklorist, and Leather Maiden makes you want to sit on a porch listening to him spin a yarn that you know doesn't contain a true sentence. Los Angeles Times
Joe R. Lansdale has a folklorist's eye for telling detail and a front-porch raconteur's sense of pace. The New York Times Book Review
Edge of Dark Water describes a trip downriver that is one-half Huck Finn, one-half Deliverance, and entirely Joe Lansdale. If you aren’t familiar with the work of this true American original, and master of hillbilly noir, climb in the boat and hang on for dear life: the water is rough.” Joe Hill, New York Times bestselling author
“A charming Gothic tale…As funny and frightening as anything that could have been dreamed up by the Brothers Grimm—or Mark Twain.” New York Times Book Review
“A cast of unforgettable characters…From its pages waft memories of Huckleberry Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird, and even As I Lay Dying with its journey to lay a soul to rest. When I reached the final page, something happened that I can’t remember ever happening with a book I’ve read for a review: I wanted to read it again.” Boston Globe
“Nonstop adventures that edify, terrify, and deepen the bond between Sue Ellen and Jinx. A highly entertaining tour de force.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Joe R. Lansdale

Joe R. Lansdale is the author of over thirty novels and numerous short stories. He has received the Edgar Award, more than fifteen Bram Stoker Awards, the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, a Critics’ Choice Award, and many others. His novella Bubba Ho-Tep was adapted to film by Don Coscarelli.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Runtime: 9.48
Audience: Adult
Language: English