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"The Bottoms" Joe Lansdale

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"Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom." General George S. Patton

  • Jul 25, 2010
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The story is told as a man is nearing the end of his life and is reminiscing about the most momentous event of his childhood.

In East Texas, during the depression, twelve-year-old Harry Crane and his ten-year-old sister, Tom, find the body of a black woman who had been murdered, deep in the woods by their farm.

Their father, Jacob, is the town constable. He brings the body to the next town because he is afraid that if he goes to the young doctor in his town, the doctor will lose patients because he worked on a black woman

Jacob learns that there have been two other black women who have been murdered but there wasn't any publicity because of their color.  Then he is ordered to stay in his own jurisdiction by the constable in that town, Red Woodrow.

Meanwhile, Tom and Harry are convinced that a legendary killer known as Goat Man is hiding in their woods and one day follows them home.

Another body of a black woman is found but this time the body is in Jacob's jurisdiction and he is able to investigate.

The story is told with a warm, visual style as if the reader was sitting on the porch of an old home and listening to the narrator as he sways in his rocking chair.

Harry and Tom are excellently portrayed and could be the children of Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird." In fact, Scout Finch and Tom Crane could be twins, they are that much alike. Both stories take place in the South and have negro characters who are wrongly accused and both stories are masterpieces of literature.

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