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The Thicket

Lansdale (Edge of Deep Water) offers up a coming-of-age Western adventure as captivating as the best of Larry McMurtry and written in a style reminiscent of Mark Twain. With intriguing, sometimes bumbling characters and storytelling laced with bravado, good humor, action, and heart, all set in the wilds of Texas during the early days of the oil boom, this title cannot help but captivate readers.

Little Wolves

Maltman's second novel (after the acclaimed The Night Birds) is a powerful mix of tragedy, myth, psychological thriller, and discovery told in a style so engaging that the reader might easily get caught up in the beauty of the words if the story itself were not so stunning. [See Prepub Alert, 7/22/12.]

Code of the Forest

A former journalist and attorney specializing in First Amendment rights has written a fine first novel of political shenanigans and freedom of the press, in a locale still smarting from the civil rights strife of the 1960s. A compelling read for environmentalists or enthusiasts of courtroom drama, with a hint of romance to take off the edge. Readers who enjoyed James W. Hall's Hell's Bay will recognize a similar theme, with a very different execution.

A Land More Kind Than Home

In a style reminiscent of Tom Franklin and John Hart, Cash captures the reader's imagination in the first chapter, with the minister and his snakes, and maintains the wonder of the tale through to the coda of faith and affirmation. Lovers of Southern fiction should not miss this one. [See Prepub Alert, 11/21/11.]

Edge of Dark Water

Lansdale (Devil Red) crafts a perfect noir mood using time, place, and culture for a novel that pits the pretty good against pure evil. This literary thriller will add to his fan base while sating the appetite of the already converted. [See Prepub Alert, 9/25/11.]


Gavin's first novel is a sure winner. Reminiscent of Tim Dorsey's "Serge Storms" series but with a more likable protagonist, it will appeal to down-home good old boys and their armchair counterparts. Recommended. [A Minotaur First Edition Selection; library marketing.]

Dollarapalooza; or, The Day Peace Broke Out in Columbus

This debut by librarian and longtime LJ reviewer Sapp is a fun-filled fantasy in which the little guy wins through chutzpah, luck, and great good humor. Mix in large helpings of homey philosophy, common sense, and truth, lavishly documented with footnotes, and you have an outside-the-box tale too good to miss. [Switchgrass Books is dedicated to Midwestern literary fiction.—Ed.]

Comfort to the Enemy and Other Carl Webster Stories

This volume is the logical next episode in the charmed life of one of Leonard's most famous characters, and Carl Webster fans will certainly clamor for this latest installment. [Oct. 11 marks Leonard's 85th birthday, and his 44th novel, Djibouti, also publishes this month.—Ed.]

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