This week, I’m reading two American thrillers. One is a standalone novel by a prolific author who I promised myself I’d read more of and the other is a debut novel that launched the author into ‘Book Of The Year’ prominence.
I’m hoping that both of them, as well as being entertaining and exciting, will give me a flavour of America that is more distinctive than the standard Hollywood or TV drama fare.
‘Moon Lake’ by Joe R. Lansdale (2021)
After having had Joe Lansdale recommended to me by a number of people, I tried him out a couple of years ago with the audiobook version of ‘Fender Lizards’, narrated by Casey Lansdale, Joe Lansdale’s daughter and had a good time with it.
I promised myself I’d read a lot more of Joe Lansdale’s books but you know how it is, too many books, too little time. I have the ebook version of ‘Savage Season’ the first Hap and Leonard book, published back in 2001, on my TBR but this week, I felt like having something to listen to so I’ve gone with ‘Moon Lake’, one of his most recent novels.
I hoping for a bit of well done Souther Gothic with a young protagonist discovering dark secrets in South Texas.
‘Blacktop Wasteland’ by S. A. Cosby (2020)
S. A. Cosby made quite a splash with his debut novel ‘Blacktop Wasteland’ back in 2020. The book won so many prizes that I wondered if Crosby would be too intimidated to bring out a second novel. Then he dropped ‘Razorblade Tears’ on us and established himself as a writer that people look forward to reading
I’ve had both books sitting in my TBR for a while now, waiting for me to be in the mood for a literary thriller with some edge to it.
Well, now is the time. I’m hoping for something with a distinctive voice, believable people and a twisty plot that will keep me on edge.
2 thoughts on “#FridayReads 2023-04-14 -‘Moon Lake’ and ‘Blacktop Wasteland’”
S.A. Cosby is the real deal! The narrator for his audios is wonderful. Joe Lansdale has a new release on Audible narrated by Brad Sanders, Freezer Burn and a Fine Dark Line. I also highly recommend Lansdale’s The Thicket, which is a western. For 10 years Peter Dinklage has stuck to this project, and now he and Juliet Lewis will be starring in it. It is absolutly AWESOME, and there is a role that is so perfect for Peter Dinklage- a character named Shorty. Here’s a little info: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4058618/
Hope you enjoy both of these as much as I did!
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I’m really looking forward to these two. I’ve started Moon Lake and the tone is mesmerising.
The Thicket seems like a Must Watch movie. Thanks for the heads up.