Act of Love

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Telling the tautly plotted story of a modern Jack the Ripper's spree in Houston, Lansdale creates a powerful combination of crime, police work, and social commentary--all with an eye for graphic detail. Act of Love, his first novel, is a collector's item for Lansdale's old fans and essential reading for his new ones.

Telling the tautly plotted story of a modern Jack the Ripper's spree in Houston, Lansdale creates a powerful combination of crime, police work, and ...

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Overview

Telling the tautly plotted story of a modern Jack the Ripper's spree in Houston, Lansdale creates a powerful combination of crime, police work, and social commentary--all with an eye for graphic detail. Act of Love, his first novel, is a collector's item for Lansdale's old fans and essential reading for his new ones.

Telling the tautly plotted story of a modern Jack the Ripper's spree in Houston, Lansdale creates a powerful combination of crime, police work, and social commentary--all with an eye for graphic detail. Act of Love, his first novel, is a collector's item for Lansdale's old fans and essential reading for his new ones. Previously published by Zebra.

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Publishers Weekly
Thirty-two years after its original release, Lansdale’s pivotal first novel still retains its shocking horror and clarity. Houston police detective Marvin Hanson, nicknamed Gorilla because he’s “black as the pit and ugly as an ape,” has been assigned a gruesome new case—the grisly slayings of young women. Reminiscent of Jack the Ripper, the killer, dubbed “The Houston Hacker,” is a twisted and demented soul, with each killing more barbaric than the last. While he enjoys taunting police and journalists, the Hacker has targeted Hanson and his family, and Hanson will stop at nothing to catch this depraved murderer. A new and clever short story, “A Bone Dead Sadness,” in which a much older Hanson investigates a long-ago disappearance, is a jarring contrast to the stark brutality of the novel. Both showcase Lansdale’s clean, crisp writing and deft characterization, as well as descriptions vivid enough to give the most jaded reader nightmares. Agent: Danny Baror, Baror International. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596064171
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Edition description: Deluxe
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

With more than thirty books to his credit, Joe R. Lansdale is the Champion Mojo Storyteller. Act of Love was the first thing he ever published. He’s been called “an immense talent” by Booklist; “a born storyteller” by Robert Bloch; and The New York Times Book Review declares he has “a folklorist’s eye for telling detail and a front-porch raconteur’s sense of pace.”

He’s won umpty-ump awards, including sixteen Bram Stoker Awards, the Grand Master Award from the World Horror Convention, a British Fantasy Award, the American Mystery Award, the Horror Critics Award, the Grinzane Cavour Prize for Literature, the “Shot in the Dark” International Crime Writer’s Award, the Golden Lion Award, the Booklist Editor’s Award, the Critic’s Choice Award, and a New York Times Notable Book Award. He’s got the most decorated mantle in all of Nacogdoches!
Lansdale lives in Nacogdoches, Texas, with his wife, Karen, writer and editor.

Find him online at www.JoeRLansdale.com.
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