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It’s the summer of ’33 and the Depression has the Dale family living “close to the bone.” While his father travels with the carnival, hoping to win prize money for wrestling, fifteen year-old Ricky takes charge of the farm and family. All he really wants to do, though, is be a writer. “The idea was comfortable, like drinking a big cup of hot coffee on a cold morning and having it spread around inside your stomach.” But then their corn crop is ripped up by the roots and their dog killed by Old Satan, the Devil Boar. With his best friend Abraham, an old Winchester, a shield and spear and guidance from Uncle Pharaoh, Richard Harold Dale sets out to even the score.

Readers may recognize some of The Boar’s characters from Lansdale’s Edgar-award winning novel, The Bottoms. Along with Sunset and Sawdust and the recently-published YA novel, All the Earth Thrown to the Sky, the less well-known Boar is a jewel-like addition to Lansdale’s Depression-era East Texas “country noir.”

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