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Waltz of Shadows

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  167 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
The Lost Lansdale, Nacogdoches Texas 75961-9161: Vol. 1

Bill, who's 24, hooks up with the Disaster Club, four hedonistic youths obsessed with sex and death who plan to throw a scare into a philandering doctor. While they stake out the doctor, they stumble into a hit on his wife. The hired assassins are Fat Boy and Cobra Man, both major-league psycho killers. The wife is but
Hardcover, Signed Edition Limited to 1000 Numbered copies, 271 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by Subterranean Press (first published 1999)
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May 28, 2015 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, kindle, read_2015
Sadistic killers, a misguided young man, and a whole lot of murder amount to an entertaining read from Joe R. Lansdale.

WALTZ OF SHADOWS should come with a graphic content warning - the images this book conveys through explicit and clever writing are heinous to say the least; the book of the dead, those unfortunate characters who are immortalized in gruesome detail via Polaroid invoke the darkest aspect to the mad - and that's exactly what a couple of unassuming characters (as least one is unass
Jun 17, 2015 Roberta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007, horror
oe Lansdale è un famoso autore texano non solo prolifico, ma anche versatile. Egli è profondamente influenzato dalla sua cultura texana (su wikipedia viene citata la sua frase "Il Texas è uno stato mentale"), dalla letteratura pulp (oltre alla letteratura in generale) dai B-movie e dalla passione per i fumetti. I suoi romanzi spaziano dal pulp al western alla fantascienza ai romanzi di formazione, inoltre è un esperto di arti marziali e scrittore di fumetti. Per una lista completa della produzio ...more
Jan 24, 2014 Gregg rated it it was amazing
Normally, I'm a slow reader. I devoured this book in about a week. This is one hell of a story that has a little but of everything: action, suspense, horror.... I guess what really gripped me was how real this story seemed. Makes you wonder about the truth behind some of the news stories and headlines you see and read about. Top-notch story that is a rollercoaster ride through Lansdale country. This is a must read!
Nov 27, 2012 Marvin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
There is no mistaking this violent East Texas thriller with any other writer but Lansdale. All the hallmark signs are there except maybe the non-stop wisecracks and wit. It is there but not as plentiful as in the Hap and Leonard novels. Waltz of Shadows seems more serious and this may be the problem. It is a fairly conventional crime noir/revenge tale without the usual Lansdale twists. Yet it is still Lansdale so it is a cut above the more usual mainstream efforts. While I enjoyed it I would not ...more
Quinesia Johnson
May 26, 2015 Quinesia Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only arguably unforgivable aspect of this book is that the two killers Fat Boy and Snake commit their crimes too quickly between time, some might find it a stretch of the imagination. Also, the resolve was pretty simple, which may be excusable since the protagonist is a normal guy and a man's man. This makes the resolve; therefore, sensible. As another also, the story takes place in the late 80s or early 90s, but it doesn't stand out too much or distract from the story.

Other than that, the l
Sep 27, 2014 Karl rated it really liked it
The Lost Lansdale Volume One. Hank Small is an everyman, has a loving wife and two kids, a dog that greets him at the door every time he comes home. He's got an estranged half-brother named Earl, and an always-in-trouble nephew named Bill. What he's got are the makings of a pretty good life, one he's contented to follow in its course.

Now he's got Bill, who's in more trouble than ever before over a little group he's joined called the Disaster Club. He's got someone he knows only as the Fat Man ca
Premetto che Lansdale e' uno dei miei scrittori preferiti, ma qui mi ha un po' deluso. Tutto gia' letto in altri suoi libri e tantissima violenza gratuita. Gli do la sufficienza per alcune scene descritte che sono davvero godibili!
Trent Zelazny
Jun 23, 2012 Trent Zelazny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lansdale, as always, proves that he is a master. I dunno how I'd missed this one, but it did not disappoint. Suspense, action, horror, drama, beautifully put together, making Waltz of Shadows one hell of a read.
Matteo Pellegrini
Jan 22, 2014 Matteo Pellegrini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror

Il fratellastro di Hank, Earl, ha un figlio di nome Bill, che è entrato a far parte del Disaster Club, composto da giovani malviventi con una vera fissazione per il sesso e l'omicidio. Durante una delle loro aggressioni, le cose non vanno secondo i piani, e due del gruppo rimangono uccisi, mentre Bill riesce a fuggire; il giovane decide di rifugiarsi proprio dallo zio Hank, dato che il branco lo incolpa della morte dei compagni e chiede vendetta. Una vendetta che incombe sulla tranquilla vita di

Trev Twinem
Jun 24, 2012 Trev Twinem rated it liked it
Now don't get me wrong I did enjoy this book, it's brutal in its delivery and the evil prevalent through the eyes of two characters is stomach churning and not for the faint hearted but necessary as the author draws a picture of innocence and evil....evil that comes calling one day into the lives of Hank Small, his wife Bev and two lovely kids...not forgetting the dog Wylie..ah the good old American homestead :) Hanks nephew Bill (who himself has some serious sexual/psycho problems!) calls on go ...more
Feb 11, 2013 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Joe Lansdale is one of my favorite authors of all time. Two of us books - The Bottoms and A Fine Dark Line - are on my Top Ten book list of all time.

I had read some of the reviews of "Waltz of Shadows" and wasn't quite sure what to expect. I shouldn't have worried because Lansdale is THE master storyteller.

He brings his usual mix of good guys, flawed good guys, slimy guys and truly vile human specimens together to waltz to Lansdale's own internal warped 3/4 time music.

I like Hank Small and his f
May 25, 2016 Andrew rated it really liked it
A high-ish 3.5 stars. There are some definite problems -- such as having no denouement whatsoever -- but the parts that are done well counterbalance those problems. At least for me, though I can see how one character arc in particular could be insurmountably problematic for many readers. I wish I hadn't waited so long to read this.
Randy Evans
Sep 02, 2015 Randy Evans rated it really liked it
Joe Lansdale with "Waltz of Shadows" does what he is known best for, writes a tale of hard times and hard people and of course it takes place in East Texas. The content may be to hard core for some but if you are a fan of Joe Landale you of course want to read everything he's wrote.
Rob Errera
Jun 26, 2012 Rob Errera rated it really liked it
Joe Lansdale is a master storyteller and Waltz of Shadows is no exception. Like many of Lansdale's novels, this is a tale of family, and the bonds that tie us to one another. It's also the story of death-defying thrill seekers, cheating husbands, corrupt cops, child pornographers, and a henchman with horrendous body odor. It's a wild ride, indeed! Despite these outrageous plot elements, Lansdale touches on some serious issues as well, treating them with his magic touch of humor and powerful pros ...more
John Grazide
Sep 07, 2015 John Grazide rated it liked it
Pretty dark and violent. But...
Good little story, just wish the ended would have been a little different, maybe a little more closure.
Trentt James
May 13, 2015 Trentt James rated it really liked it
Maybe a bit too violent/gory, but very entertaining, quick read.
Mar 05, 2012 Godzilla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2012, kindle
This is a lot darker that Joe Lansdale's usual fayre - there are some comic descriptions, but the story is fairly unrelentingly bleak.

As ever the characters leap off the page at you, and the dialogue crackles.

Whilst there's always some violence in his books, this is far more graphic and unsettling.

Fans of Hap and Leonard books will recognise the style, but the pallette is much darker here, and the brushstrokes less refined.

It's still a page turner, and he draws you in to this tale of family, red
Apr 21, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it
Jan 01, 2009 David rated it really liked it
Read in Late June and finished July 3rd 2007. I sped through this and would like to read more. It is raw, he does not spare the details of gory killings. The main character is a married man with two kids and a wife and a chain of video stores. He has to help his nephew. In order to do that he patches things up with an estranged half-brother. The trail to the bad guys is twisted and ends with two very twisted folks.
May 12, 2013 Kiara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
C'è poco da fare: Lansdale mi conquista sempre! Non faccio in tempo a provare raccapriccio davanti alle scene più forti e violente(e in questo libro non mancano di certo descrizioni anche dettagliate), che subito mi trovo a ridere per uno scambio di battute tra i protagonisti. Sempre originale e scritto benissimo, si legge con scioltezza e ....dispiace solo che finisca troppo velocemente!
incipit mania

Sangue e disastri iniziarono un sabato mattina, quando ero convinto che tutto stesse andando per il meglio.....
Il valzer dell'orrore
Libro crudele che mi ha risucchiata nelle sue spire malate. La violenza che si respira è quasi insopprtabile (sopratutto nei primi capitoli), ma il modo in cui Lansdale descrive il suo Texas è magica e ti fa digerire tutto il resto.
Apr 21, 2013 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A relentlessly brutal and surprisingly unsatisfying crime novel. Pure pulp, with only a few flashes of the poetry that Lansdale's prose usually contains. For Lansdale completists only.
Feb 11, 2008 Andrew rated it liked it
Shelves: lansdale
A pretty good little yarn, but it is probably missing a few things. This was supposed to be Joe's mainstream book, I don't quite see how that could be. Still fun though.
Jan 25, 2012 Geoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good read from Joe Lansdale. Dark, gritty and very pacy.
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Joe R. Lansdale is the winner of the British Fantasy Award, the American Horror Award, the Edgar Award, and six Bram Stoker Awards. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas.
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