I'm not going to fall into the trap of other reviewers and start comapring this to other Joe R Lansdale books, that way madness lies.
Instead I'm going to concentrate on the wonderful characterisation, the sparkling dialogue and his great craft at pacing a story wonderfully.
You are soon drawn into the world of the main protagonists, and you begin to feel as though you really know them and care about what happens to them.
The book has malevolent and dark characters that seem more than bogeymen, they are evil and nastiness on a day to day level, which is more terrifying in some ways than the actions of the main baddie.
Mr Lansdale evokes a situation and time so well, seemingly effortlessly, but I'm sure he works hard at his words.
Ok, this may not be his best work ever, but it's engaging, absorbing and compelling to read, and if that's not good enough for you then I don't know what would be....