Despite its terrific writing, this was a book I initially resisted, thinking it tread too closely to To Kill a Mockingbird-young children growing up in a Southern town with racial crimes and politics, and a father involved in the case.
But it went off on its own path quickly enough to win me over, giving its characters a complexity I really admired. There is palpable terror here, not just the kind to frighten children and the atmosphere is as thick as the summer heat. Highly recommended as a literary novel as well as crime fiction. First book I've read by Mr. Lansdale but not the last.