By Joe R. Lansdale
Telling the tautly plotted tale of a contemporary Jack the Ripper's spree in Houston, Lansdale creates a robust mix of crime, police paintings, and social commentary--all with an eye fixed for image element. Act of affection, his first novel, is a collector's merchandise for Lansdale's previous enthusiasts and crucial analyzing for his new ones.
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Someday he would go back there, and someday that farm would smell of animals and vegetables again. Someday. Christ! Hanson thought. It's awful damn early in the morning to be philosophical. As he closed the Chrysler door night was fading at the edges, giving over to the day. That was supposed to symbolize something. The turning of confusion into order. The rebirth of the Phoenix. Fat chance. Not in Houston, Texas. There would never be a new dawn for that world of concrete, steel, pollution and crowded human flesh.
All out for blood and guts," Clark announces. " But for all their exterior toughness and sandpaper approach to police work, they were not looking forward to this little jaunt. Never did. But this trek was particularly distasteful. Smokey's words concerning Bella's appearance kept rotating in their minds. Like a butchered hog, he had said, only messy. It would, of course, be easy to wait on the autopsy reports and read them, or talk to the man on the scene, Higgins, in great detail. But they would not wait.
Day one every morning. Day one forever. It was like being a janitor. You could come in on schedule, sweep and mop, wax and throw out the garbage. But next day it was right back again, sometimes worse than the day before. You never made real progress. You just kept it where folks could walk for a few hours without getting bubblegum on their shoes. It was the same way with a cop. Temporary order, nothing more—and that, precarious order at best. Poor Bella. A street whore swept out with the rest of the slush.
Act of Love by Joe R. Lansdale