The Big Blow

The Big Blow

by Joe R. Lansdale
     
 

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Peculiar weather settles over a bustling Texas sea port, a city made prosperous off the cotton trade and thick with racial inequality. The sky above Galveston, Texas darkens to the sickly green of a healing bruise, the sea turns black, and the inhabitants of the city have no idea the force of the hammer about to drop on them.

The wild wind blows boxer John McBride

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Overview

Peculiar weather settles over a bustling Texas sea port, a city made prosperous off the cotton trade and thick with racial inequality. The sky above Galveston, Texas darkens to the sickly green of a healing bruise, the sea turns black, and the inhabitants of the city have no idea the force of the hammer about to drop on them.

The wild wind blows boxer John McBride into town, a white prize fighter with seemingly superhuman fury and skill. As black boxer Jack L'il Arthur Johnson prepares to fight this fierce opponent, the storm closes in. If he can survive the ring and the vicious undercurrents of the Jim Crow south, L'il Arthur will still have to fight his way through the storm winds, the rising flood waters, and the violent night.

On September 8th, 1900, a hurricane ripped apart Galveston, Texas, killing nearly 8,000 people and nearly obliterating the town. Lansdale's story brings dimension to many who lost their lives that day, and a few who survived.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With hundreds of short stories and over a dozen novels to his credit, the prolific and versatile award-winning Texas storyteller--best known for his series featuring the mismatched East Texas private eyes Hap Collins and Leonard Pine (Bad Chili)--strives for darker irony in this often vulgar, sometimes bittersweet, patchwork novella depicting a latter-day Sodom and Gomorrah. The narrative builds an atmosphere of impending doom in the lives of a group of blithely unsuspecting denizens during the four days preceding the 1900 Galveston hurricane, considered by many as the most devastating North American natural disaster of the 20th century. On September 4, 1900, Isaac Cline, the Galveston, Tex., weatherman, receives an official telegram from the Weather Bureau in Washington: "Tropical storm disturbance moving northward over Cuba." That same afternoon, prizefighter John McBride arrives from Chicago, scheduled to fight the local heavyweight champion, a black man named "Lil" Arthur Johnson. Sponsored by a group of racist white businessmen, McBride is offered a $500 bonus if he kills Johnson in the fight. The next day the Washington Bureau warns that the tropical disturbance is moving northwest toward the Keys and could become dangerous. But there is no hint of danger in the balmy air as a romantic young woman loses her virginity to an opportunistic young gigolo on the beach. As the storm nears, two battered whores, a ship's captain sailing for Pensacola, a couple with a new baby, the betrayed virgin and the pugilists are all unprepared for approaching disaster. Despite the bare-knuckle prose, there is a heavy sense of karma lurking here. Lansdale's fans will snap it up. (Nov.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Unknown - Sybil Steinberg
[Lansdale] strives for darker irony in this often vulgar, sometimes bittersweet, patchwork novella depicting a latter-day Sodom and Gomorrah. The narrative builds an atmosphere of impending doom in the lives of a group of blithely unsuspecting citizens during the four days preceding the 1900 Galveston hurricane ... the most devastating North American natural disaster of the 20th century. There is a heavy sense of karma lurking here. Lansdale's fans will snap it up.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780986259401
Publisher:
Pandi Press
Publication date:
05/01/2015
Pages:
124
Sales rank:
557,944
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.29(d)

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Meet the Author

With more than thirty books to his credit, Joe R. Lansdale is the Champion Mojo Storyteller. 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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