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The Lineup: Weekly Links

Contrasted ConfinementNick Santora’s new novel FIFTEEN DIGITS was recently reviewed in The Hollywood Reporter, which proclaimed the novel “a propulsive thriller that hurtles along to a brutal and–trust me–very unexpected conclusion.” Nick’s novel was also reviewed in the Washington Post, with reviewer Steve Donoghue writing: Santora expertly ratchets up the tension….Readers will be mighty entertained.” LA Weekly also has a great interview with Nick, and touts the novel as “a mix of Dennis Lehane and Scott Turow.”

In other news, Lawrence Block’s much-acclaimed return to Matthew Scudder A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF was just awarded a Spinetingler Award for Best Novel in the Legend category. Congrats Larry!

A new section of our social writing project Triggers Down is up…

And Nick put together this absolutely incredible short film of the first scene in FIFTEEN DIGITS with a little help from a few of his friends–check it out below! Now THAT’S what we call a book trailer! Fullscreen it–you won’t be disappointed.

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The Lineup: Edge of Dark Water Edition

Contrasted ConfinementHoping to discover more about EDGE OF DARK WATER and Joe’s signature style, or find fresh ways to talk up the novel with friends and fellow readers? We’ve got you covered!

You could try the recent reviews–in last Sunday’s New York Times Book Review, Marilyn Stasio offered high praise for Joe R. Lansdale’s newest, proclaiming EDGE OF DARK WATER: “A charming Gothic tale….as funny and frightening as anything that could have been dreamed up by the Brothers Grimm–or Mark Twain.” At New York Journal of Books, Sam Millar raves that EDGE OF DARK WATER “has all the potential of becoming a classic, read by generations to come.”

Prefer your Youtube account? With Joe’s help and including on-location footage of the setting of his novel and the East Texas region that gives his work such vibrancy, we’ve put together two video clips about Joe’s newest and his inspirations:

More audio-inclined? Don’t miss these killer podcasts that feature some of Joe’s contributions to the storytelling tradition:

The Bomb:

Write Something:

East Texas Christmas:

And if you’re new to the site this week, don’t miss Dan Simmons’ essay that compares and contrasts EDGE OF DARK WATER to the classic that’s come up so often in reviews of the novel, Joe Lansdale and Andrews Vachss’ epic conversation on EDGE OF DARK WATER and Vachss’ THAT’S HOW I ROLL (Part I and Part II), and our own conversation with Lansdale (Part I and Part II).

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