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A Fine Dark Line by Joe R. Lansdale
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Aug 16, 2010

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Read on August 16, 2010 — I own a copy

It is 1959 in Dewmont, Texas. Stanley Mitchell, 13, learns many life lessons during this particular summer. He finds a box of letters that lead him to discover the deaths of two young women -- one perished in a house fire while the other was decapitated near the train tracks.

Stanley's parents own the local drive-in, and Stanley develops a friendship of sorts with black, elderly Buster Lighthouse Smith who runs the projector at the drive-in. Buster helps Stanley investigate the deaths and along the way, a few dreadful things happen. Stanley's "family" grows to include people who are not blood-related, but who are very important to him.

Monsters are not always easy to identify. They are not always ugly.
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