There is another world, but it is in this one.

Paul Eluard. Œuvres complètes, vol. 1, Gallimard, 1968.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Reading Joe R. Lansdale: Day 7

The Nightrunners by Joe R. Lansdale


The Nightrunners (1987) is a suspenseful and ambitious novel. It features a dozen major characters, multiple viewpoints, and an unflinching aesthetic.

The story begins with the spree of four young thrill-killers along the highways and back roads of East Texas. When they are thwarted in their plan to rape and murder/sacrifice a former high school teacher of the gang's leader, remaining members decide to finish the job.  

Their mission of evil has strong supernatural overtones. When gang leader Clyde dies after the failed initial assault, his second in command Brian takes over. But as other gang members observe, Clyde still seems to be controlling Brian.

The Nightrunners treats its victims with humanity. The moments of torture and violence are not delivered salaciously: they are driven by the heartbreaking confluence of characters on a collision course.

20 October 2018

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