The Bottoms

The Bottoms

Book - 2000
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The Edgar Award winning thriller The Bottoms is classic American storytelling in its truest, darkest, and more affecting formwith echoes of William Faulkner and Harper Lee.

Its 1933 in East Texas and the Depression lingers in the air like a slow moving storm. When a young Harry Collins and his little sister stumble across the body of a black woman who has been savagely mutilated and left to die in the bottoms of the Sabine River, their small town is instantly charged with tension. When a second body turns up, this time of a white woman, there is little Harry can do from stopping his Klan neighbors from lynching an innocent black man. Together with his younger sister, Harry sets out to discover who the real killer is, and to do so they will search for a truth that resides far deeper than any river or skin color.
Publisher: New York : Mysterious Press, c2000
ISBN: 9780307475268
Characteristics: 328 p. ; 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.

Jan 02, 2011

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


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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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