Book Reviews of A Fine Dark Line

A Fine Dark Line
A Fine Dark Line
Author: Joe R. Lansdale
ISBN-13: 9780892967292
ISBN-10: 0892967293
Publication Date: 1/8/2003
Pages: 304
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 14 ratings
Publisher: Mysterious Press
Book Type: Hardcover
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Interesting mystery told from a thirteen year old's point of view...
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I have read and loved all of this author's Hap & Leondard books so I decided to give some of his other stuff a try. This was the 1st one and I loved it! The story is told thru the eyes of 13-year-old Stanley. I enjoyed his innocent descriptions of things he did not yet understand. I thought the relationships between the characters were very well developed and the story line kept my interest. I was finished with this book in a couple of days. I definitely recommend it!
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This is a great book for gaining an understanding of the late 1950's. I listened to it and then passed it on to my 19 year old daughter, so that she could get an idea about that era. It is well written and so exciting in places that I had to pull of the road. I highly recommend this book.
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I really enjoyed this book. It is not your typical murder mystery, but it still keeps you guessing.
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This Lansdale novel, unlike the other Lansdale novels Ive read, is told from the point of view of a thirteen year old boy named Stanley. Its not filled with the off-the-rails cursing and crazy gore that I expect when reading a work from this guy but it still kept my attention. Set in a small town in Texas in 1958, it makes sense that Stanleys voice is still quite innocent. I dont think you could get away with that sort of innocence today, what with the internet and MTV and their marathon showings of pregnant teens and spoiled skater bois and all but it works here.

Stanleys parents recently purchased the local drive-in and having made only one friend, Stans a bit of a lonely kid. He has an older sister but all they do is bicker. One summer day he and his trusty dog Nub unearth a box filled with love letters written long ago. This gets his curiosity going and he does some snooping, along with the ancient often drunken projectionist, and learns that a house use to stand where he found the box and that a young girl died inside when it burned to the ground. He then discovers another young girl was tragically murdered on the same night. Certain the two events are tied together; he spends his summer determined to find out the truth, befriending some colorful characters along the way, and disturbing things better off left alone.

Im a sucker for coming of age tales and this is a damn good one. It drags a little here and there but the characters kept me coming back for more. Ill never claim to be some big mystery wiz and though I guessed one important aspect of the mystery the rest of it kept me guessing. The characters are interesting and realistic (always most important to me) and the tale is scary, funny, heartwarming and compelling with a very well done sense of place. The twists, turns and chills come in the most unexpected places. Reading this I felt like I was tagging along with Stan, Nub and Buster during a long lazy summer. Its good classic stuff from Mr. Lansdale hisownself.
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1958 in Dewmont, TX. The end of innocence for Stanley Mitchell (age 13),comes with finding some old love letters that lead him to a long-ago house fire and the tragic deaths of two very different women.
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Corny at times. Full of stereotypes. The father of the main boy was just a stupid characterization. I still finished the book and somewhat enjoyed it. I enjoy Joe Lansdale's books, but this was not one of his best.
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A sweet coming of age story, thriller and mystery, all wrapped up into one very good book.
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This Lansdale novel, unlike the other Lansdale novels Ive read, is told from the point of view of a thirteen year old boy named Stanley. Its not filled with the off-the-rails cursing and crazy gore that I expect when reading a work from this guy but it still kept my attention. Set in a small town in Texas in 1958, it makes sense that Stanleys voice is still quite innocent. I dont think you could get away with that sort of innocence today, what with the internet and MTV and their marathon showings of pregnant teens and spoiled skater bois and all but it works here.

Stanleys parents recently purchased the local drive-in and having made only one friend, Stans a bit of a lonely kid. He has an older sister but all they do is bicker. One summer day he and his trusty dog Nub unearth a box filled with love letters written long ago. This gets his curiosity going and he does some snooping, along with the ancient often drunken projectionist, and learns that a house use to stand where he found the box and that a young girl died inside when it burned to the ground. He then discovers another young girl was tragically murdered on the same night. Certain the two events are tied together; he spends his summer determined to find out the truth, befriending some colorful characters along the way, and disturbing things better off left alone.

Im a sucker for coming of age tales and this is a damn good one. It drags a little here and there but the characters kept me coming back for more. Ill never claim to be some big mystery wiz and though I guessed one important aspect of the mystery the rest of it kept me guessing. The characters are interesting and realistic (always most important to me) and the tale is scary, funny, heartwarming and compelling with a very well done sense of place. The twists, turns and chills come in the most unexpected places. Reading this I felt like I was tagging along with Stan, Nub and Buster during a long lazy summer. Its good classic stuff from Mr. Lansdale hisownself.
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This was the first of Joe Lansdale's books I have listened to and I am hoping to listen to all of the audio CD books of his I can find. I loved how the author kept me glued. It was such a refreshing change without all the complicated characters and detailed twists. Having listened to it in one day while I quilted away, I found it sad when the story ended. I also enjoy most all the books that are narrated by Dick Hill, as this one was. I certainly give it 5 stars and a thumbs up.