Saturday, December 28, 2013

Leather Maiden by Joe Lansdale

Leather Maiden by Joe Lansdale

Vachss is a good friend of Lansdale, and I liked The Bottoms well enough, so I thought I’d try some more. After all, Lansdale is a bit of a Texas legend…

Leather Maiden is another murder mystery. Carson, our hero, returns to his hometown in East Texas to resume a career in investigative journalism. He gets on the track of a teenage girl who disappeared to less fanfare than one might expect.

The novel is a bit perverse, a bit lurid, and periodically interesting. Then the protagonist’s friend Booger arrives and the novel gets stupid. The wrap up to this decent setup is shallow and overly fast; I’m bored and mildly disgusted by Booger by the end.

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