Daniel Russell was only thirteen years old when his father tried to kill them both by driving their car into Moon Lake. Miraculously surviving the crash and growing into adulthood, Daniel returns to the site of this traumatic incident in the hopes of recovering his father's car and bones.
Lansdale has long been a master of blending realistic human drama with elements of horror, and he’s at it again here, in what Daniel calls a 'Gothic gumbo' that layers a coming-of-age story within a plot encompassing ritualistic murder and racism at its most virulent.
... thought-provoking ... As usual with this author, the Texas dialect is pitch-perfect, though some explanatory dialogue can be a bit didactic. Lansdale effectively dramatizes racial and economic conflict in this searing gothic tale.