Too Late to Call Texas

Too Late to Call Texas

by Trent Zelazny


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If only he hadn't found the hat. Or the dead guy. Or the steamer trunk. Or the rag doll. If only he hadn't found any of these things, everything might have been okay. But he had found them. All of them.

Now Carson Halliday is on the run, trying his damnedest to keep one step ahead of a dangerous gang of outlaws and mad men. A run leading him from town to town in the dry wasteland of the southern New Mexico desert, over dark hills and dangerous plains, through shantytowns and city streets, and, most frightening of all, into the mysterious depths of the human heart.

Features a new introduction by Billie Sue Mosiman.

"A powerful and good writer... someone who's been through hell and come out, I hope, the other side." --Neil Gaiman

"Trent Zelazny has already begun to carve out his own genre niche. He's got the right stuff to make fiction both engrossing and literate." --Tom Piccirilli

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ISBN-13: 9781627553742
Publisher: Wilder Publications
Publication date: 09/24/2013
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)

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TOO LATE TO CALL TEXAS 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Mott342 More than 1 year ago
What? Likening this upstart’s work to Shakespeare and Tarentino? Has the reviewer lost his mind? Those are two separate questions, to which I answer: 1) Yep, and: 2) …well, yes, but not in relation to Too Late To Call Texas. I’m not a spoiler-type reviewer, so I won’t give many details, but just let me say this: Not since Jack Bauer have so many characters been in so much danger. The body count is high, the feel-good quotient low. But this is what Zelazny seems to know and do best, which is to deny us relief, shun our pleas for leniency. If you’re looking for sunshine and roses look elsewhere. On the other hand, if you like tragedy (Shakespeare) and ugly, in-your-face grit (Tarentino), then look no further. Zelazny knows this territory, maybe too well. And he’s not afraid to grab the reader by the scruff of the neck and say, “Pay attention, this is what despair feels like; what it looks, and smells and tastes like.” I find all of this immensely refreshing. We are being told and shown the truth. I don’t know the man, so I am going out on a limb in saying Zelazny is not slanting for any particular market, he is stilling some very aggressive personal demons. If I ever get to meet him, I’d like to talk with him long over coffee and beg him never to stop writing. At least until the demons have had their say. I’ve raved about Trent Zelazny before, and this latest work only proved my previous rants. This boy can write. You should be reading his work.
Constant_Reader1 More than 1 year ago
What would you do if you found a steamer trunk full of money, drugs, and a child's doll? Carson Halliday finds trouble by the end of page 1, and by page 2 the action starts and doesn't let up, moving at a relentless pace while carrying you along for a wild ride. Zelazny left me panting to know what the characters would do next. And what they did next surprised me more than a few times; the author keeps you guessing until the very last page. This is my favorite of Zelazny's work (although To Sleep Gently is a close runner-up.) I enjoyed the story of Marisol. I love the author's wit in the turn of a phrase and his smart-mouth dialogue, which is excellent. The writing is plain terrific: "The words blew through the air like hollow ravens." As with all of Zelazny's work, Too Late to Call Texas is filled with tension and suspense, hardboiled attitude, and gritty people, places, and happenings. And, despite the simple language with which he conveys his story, he communicates deeper themes that will leave you thinking for a long time to come. This was a great read. If you like neo-noir, I highly recommend this book.
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