アイスマン (ハヤカワ・ノヴェルズ) 単行本 – 2002/2
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Bill is a loser. He has no job and no money and no mother: '...his mother was dead and kind of freeze-dried in her bedroom'. She doesn't smell as bad as she used to, but her welfare checks are piling up and he doesn't feel smart enough to forge her signature. So he decides to rob the firecracker stand across the highway from his house, for cash and maybe a few loud bangs into the bargain. The heist goes horribly wrong and Bill winds up on the run with a freak show: Ulysses S Grant the bearded lady, Double Buckwheat the Siamese twins and Conrad the dog man. Plus Gidget, the trailer-trash hot blonde; could it be that Bill's loser days are over? Nope... --このテキストは、絶版本またはこのタイトルには設定されていない版型に関連付けられています。
ビルの親友で、メンターとなるフリークショーの一員 ドックマン（犬のような人間） コンラッドはいい味を出しているな。
I had never heard of Joe R. Lansdale, a Texas born writer, until I bought those two books and was surprised to find he has a large and loyal cult following as a writer of horror-supernatural short stories and novels, one of which became the popular movie, Bubba-HoTep, about two elderly gentlemen in a nursing home who believe they are really a former US President and Elvis Presley. Although not a huge fan of horror in general, I read that short story and found it very funny and quite frightening and decided to see what else he had written that I might like. I then stumbled upon his Hap & Leonard mystery suspense novels and was hooked. I now have them all and had to look for something more by Joe.
I ran across this older book, Freezer Burn, and finally got a copy of it. I can't say enough good things other than to say it's his very BEST mystery-suspense novel of all and a super great read! So much so that he has now become one of my five top favorite writers of all time, in any genre.
This is the story ( set in Texas, naturally ) of redneck loner, loser, and Mama's boy, Bill Roberts. One day Mom dies and chronically unemployed Bill ( we'll just call him slightly slow )decides he doesn't want to give up her Social Security check so he leaves her rapidly decaying body in a back bedroom with only the ever increasing flies and the Texas heat to keep her company. Bill is always scheming, though, so he and an even dumber buddy plan a robbery of a fireworks stand, a plan that goes incredibly bad, and this is when the story gets downright hysterical! Bill high tails it into the swamp and emerges eventually with a gigantic red and swollen face and head, having been bitten hundreds, nay thousands, of times by those giant Texas skeeters. Appearing to be a real freak of nature, he goes on the run by joining up with a cheap traveling carnival and fits right in! Look forward to lots of laughter as the dialogue and characters ( creepy midgets, pinheads, pumpkinheads, a dog-man and bearded lady, to name a few )are superbly written.
One mystery starts upon Bill's seeing the carvnival's main attraction, a sinister bearded man frozen in ice. Is the iceman a genuine caveman, or...perhaps even..... Jesus?? As Bill's envolvement with the charismatic carnival owner and his lush young wife deepens, you will find yourself both afraid, angry, and yet laughing hysterically as the second mystery holds your interest. In fact, I stayed up all night reading this book as it's one of those you just can't put down, and one of my neighbors asked me the next day what was so funny as I had awakened her laughing out loud the night before!!
I will warn you that Lansdale's books are a little graphic, containing a lot of profanity, overly descriptive sexual situations, and violence, but even as a big prude myself, I can look over them all just to read what's between those small literary sins...a delicious, wonderfully rich and crazy tale brilliantly told by a Master. Since then, I talked both my adult sons into reading Freezer Burn even though neither of them are really mystery supense fans. However, now both say it's one of the best books they've ever read and a top favorite for both now, too. My older son's wife was forced by him to read it, as well, and she still talks ( and laughs )about what a great book it was!
The reasons I really enjoy Lansdale are the variety of themes in his stories (think the two I already mentioned plus The Complete Drive-In and The Magic Wagon and all the Hap and Leonard books); plus his quirky sense of humor and storytelling abilities. This was just too much typical noir for me.
There's the dumb-as-rocks protagonist and the married femme fatale leading him astray, blah, blah... There were many quirky Lansdale moments I enjoyed. I definitely liked Conrad. But I prefer most of Lansdale's other writings by far.