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.