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Skeletons Glendon Swarthout

Skeletons

Glendon Swarthout

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ISBN : 9780671835866
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Skeletons is bestselling author Glendon Swarthouts one and only mystery/thriller. It took him 8 years to work out this complicated, multi-time level, historically-backdropped plot, and he said it was so mentally exhausting, hed never attemptMoreSkeletons is bestselling author Glendon Swarthouts one and only mystery/thriller. It took him 8 years to work out this complicated, multi-time level, historically-backdropped plot, and he said it was so mentally exhausting, hed never attempt another mystery. But Skeletons turned out very well with tremendous reviews and was optioned in the 90s for a feature film for famous horror filmmaker Wes Craven (Nightmare On Elm Street), who let the option pass due to Universals reluctance to finance Wes for bigger-budget horror films, until the Scream franchise hit big for Wes later.The skeleton in Jimmie Butters closet is his ex-wife, Tyler. She is beautiful and obsessed, and enjoys painting coins and mens personals with red nail enamel. Her skeletons are two long-dead grandfathers and an old Colt revolves which she carries about with her like a doll. Tyler is also brilliant in bed and after a showdown between the sheets in New York, she sweet talks Jimmie into galloping to New Mexico in his classic Rolls-Royce to track down some crimes, dig up some graves, and sample the regional cuisine.In its remorsely skillful blending of the sinister present and the far-from-golden past, an onion-like puzzle is peeled away. Old-timers give way to bullets. Innocent men are made to run a Texas horserace -- in lawless New Mexico. There is rape. There is mayhem. There is love. Above all, there is one B. James Butters, author of childrens books, who hates evil, fears violence, and is an engaging and unlikely a private eye as ever stalked his prey in Gucci loafers.Reviews --More surprises, more fun, more chilly thrills than 10 average mysteries. Eugenia Thornton, Cleveland Plain DealerA master storyteller...his talents have never been sharper as he reveals mysteries within mysteries....witty, tantalizing and pervaded with a tingling sense of foreboding and danger. Houston ChronicleWitty, complex and highly entertaining, Swarthouts whodunit has all the ingredients of a good mystery. Publishers WeeklyWith Skeletons, Glendon Swarthout has written not so much a whodunit as a whodunwhat? There are plots and subplots, murders, international criminal rings, old family feuds, even a reconstruction of a thrilling Old West-style shootout staged nearly sixty years earlier in a Ford agency showroom. Swarthout is a superb mystery writer, filling the pages with surprise upon surprise, weaving a tale of suspense that mounts with every page....Skeletons is the stuff of which movies are made. Constance Daniell, Milwaukee JournalThe plot is multi-layered, like an onion, and the reader is held as Swarthout peels off layer after fascinating layer...In the process he takes the reader on a memorable fictional journey that moves effortlessly back and forth in time and when it is finished neatly ties up all the strings in a most satisfactory manner. Phil Thomas, Associated Press Books EditorThe plot is full of twists, turns, leaps and surprises- the writing style is crisp and humorous. And if you havent guessed by now, the skeletons in Hardings closets turn out to be more than figurative. With all neatly tied-up by the last page, one comes away feeling as though having just returned from a dusty, scary,and thoroughly enjoyable trail ride...Glendon Swarthout is a storytellers storyteller. And his latest novel, Skeletons, is fine summer fodder. Baltimore SunSteamy stuff, delivered in terse, unblocked prose, areated with humour. Sunday Times of LondonThe author of The Shootist and many other bestsellers has turned his practiced hand to a crime novel and its a tour de force -- witty, wicked, original and an enthralling read...