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From the Edgar Award-winning author of the Hap and Leonard mysteries comes a shocking crime thriller to chill even the warmest summer's night. By turns vivid, raw, and darkly comedic, this mystery classic inspired the 2014 major motion picture Cold in July, starring Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Sam Shepard (Black Hawk Down), and Don Johnson (Miami Vice).

Richard Dane has killed a man. He cannot unhear the firing of the gun or unsee the blood on his living room wall. But everybody in the small town of LaBorde, Texas, knows Dane acted in self-defense. Everybody except Ben Russel, the ex-con father of the small-time criminal who invaded Dane's home. When Russel comes looking for revenge against Dane's family, the two are unexpectedly drawn into a conspiracy that conceals the vilest of crimes. Surrounded by police corruption, mafia deception, and underworld brutality, Dane, Russel, and eccentric PI Jim Bob Luke have discovered a game they may not survive.

©1992 Joe R. Lansdale (P)2014 Recorded Books

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Very dark and different yet boring

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I have every Lansdale offered by audible - his range is so great that he writes wonderful dialog and unique views of people - but this story is like there is something he forgot to write about in order to make the reader follow the story.

What was most disappointing about Joe R. Lansdale’s story?

Story didn't seem to be consistent end to end and characters had big pieces missing. Maybe that was the intent and if so boy did he succeed.

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sorrow that I bought it.

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I will still buy most Lansdale books but will preview them first.

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Good fast paced story

Great audio book. The narrator moved the story along with his tone and pace. The characters were well developed and the story was tight and fast paced - definitely recommend it.

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Well written but bland.

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I felt that it was well written from a technical perspective. But the story lacked depth, was predictable, and without flavor.

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Trash

How anyone can write, or enjoy such trash is beyond me. Not only is it poorly written and a ridiculous story line, it is crass and offensive. It certainly makes Texans look like a bunch of uneducated idiots.

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