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Edge of Dark Water by Joe R. Lansdale
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Mar 30, 2012

Read in March, 2012

Edge of Dark Water, by Joe Lansdale, a-minus, Narrated by Angele Masters, Produced by Hachette Audio, Downloaded from audible.com.

Terry, Sue Ellen, and Jinx go fishing with Sue Ellen’s father and one of his friends. They think they’ve hooked a big fish, but when they pull it in, it turns out to be the corpse of their friend, May Lynn, whose body was sunk with the assistance of a sewing machine tied to her feet. The adult men think they should just push her back into the water. After all, she was known as somewhat of a tramp. But her three friends prevail. Hardly any investigation is made and her body is buried. Then Terry and Sue Ellen and Jinx decide that they will exhume May Lynn’s body, burn it to ashes in a brick kiln, and take the ashes to Hollywood to scatter, as that is where May Lynn wanted to go. But they also find out that May Lynn knows of a good deal of money which her brother helped a friend rob from a bank and it is buried. So the friends unbury the money and take it with them as well. Then Sue Ellen’s mother, who has been abused by her husband for some time, decides to go with them and leaves her husband. But May Lynn’s father knows about the buried money, and he and Sue ellen’s father, and the deputy sheriff decide to go after the kids and get the money away from them. This is sort of like a thriller with touches of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn about it. The kids and Sue Ellen’s mother go down the river to get away. The men who are chasing them enlist the aid of a crazy man known as Skunk, and Sue Ellen figures out who murdered May Lynn and her into the river with the sewing machine. This is an excellent book.

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