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Author: Joe R Lansdale
Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The time is the summer of 1958. The place is Dewmont, Texas, a town that the great American postwar boom has somehow passed by. A sad, hollow beat trails the kids who tune into rockabilly on the radio and waste their weekends at the Dairy Queen. And an undetected menace simmers under the heat that clings to the skin like thin molasses." "For blissfully ignorant thirteen-year-old Stanley Mitchell, the end of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Detective and mystery stories
Detective and mystery fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joe R Lansdale
ISBN: 0297845594 9780297845591
OCLC Number: 63396518
Description: 307 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Joe R. Lansdale.

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For 13-year-old Stanley Mitchell, the end of innocence comes with his discovery of the long-ago demise of two very different young women. In his quest to unravel the truth about their tragic fates,  Read more...

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"Entertaining, fast-paced, and bristling with hidden menace." -- KATE SAUNDERS THE TIMES "a charming tale about growing up, and a vivid recreation of a world that no longer exists" -- SUSANNA YAGER Read more...

 
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