The Bottoms

The Bottoms

Large Print - 2000
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Today, the Sabine River runs as before, yet the bottoms have been drained. Long gone are the alligators, and the few birds that take to the air cast tiny shadows over concrete surfaces. But way back then, during the thick of the Great Depression, a boy could hear the crickets and the frogs in the star-studded southern night. And in this primordial time a killer stalked the land.When young Harry Crane discovers the black woman's body, mutilated and bound to a tree with barbed wire, he unwittingly unleashes a storm of uncontrolled fear, thinly buried racial animosities, and fearsomely escalating violence. Jacob Crane, Harry's father and the town constable, struggles valiantly to see that proper justice gets done.Then Harry fixes his own growing suspicions on the legendary native horror called the Goat Man who, the locals say, lurks beneath the swinging bridge that crosses the Sabine. More real than he ever could have imagined, the creature holds the key to a string of brutal and confounding murders.
Publisher: Rockland, MA : Wheeler Pub., 2000.
ISBN: 9781587240935
1587240939
Branch Call Number: LGPRINT MYSTERY Lansdale Joe 2000
Characteristics: 401 p. (large print) ;,24 cm.

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multcolib_susannel Jul 17, 2017

When Harry and his sister find a murdered women near the river, they are sure the Goat Man did it.

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rtwete
Jan 02, 2011

Not the greatest writing, but superb plot, very suspenseful.

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rtwete
Jan 02, 2011

An East Texas brother & sister find a body in the river bottoms near their house. The brother is narrating story from his nursing home bed. Father of boy is constable/farmer/barber, in 30's. Family is white and friendly and tolerant toward black people. Body is black prostitute. Other murders follow. Boy and grandmother try to help solve crime after lynching of old black river man causes father to give up and start drinking.

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