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The Backwoods [Paperback]

Edward, Jr. Lee


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Aug. 7 2012
A backwater prostitute strangled half to death and buried alive. Children scampering into the woods to play-and never return. Women raped and murdered, men strung up and butchered in place-all for sport. Corpses buried and corpses dug up, and bodies found...with parts missing. Welcome home, Patricia... But it's more than home that awaits Patricia when she returns to the quiet backwoods town where she grew up. Lust-driven frenzy and sultry dreams spark the most erotic obsessions, while something wanton stalks her from the darkest heart of the night. As the bodies pile up and the blood pours, the blackest secrets are revealed. Has the town she calls home really been cursed? No. It's been blessed. By a nameless evil older than sin. Welcome to... THE BACKWOODS!
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At the start of Lee's peculiar and uneasily convincing mix of sex and violence, 40-ish D.C. lawyer Patricia White temporarily leaves her successful practice and her loving husband to console her sister, Judy, after the grisly murder of Judy's brutish husband, Dwayne. Judy lives in Agan's Point, a boondocks Chesapeake Bay town where the sisters grew up. There Patricia relives unhappy memories of her rape years earlier by an unknown assailant and feels unexpected and intense sexual longings for a childhood friend who never left the Point. Eerie and insular squatters and an unscrupulous land developer anxious to eliminate the squatters contribute to the growing mayhem. Lee (City Infernal) throws in some overly convenient supernaturalism toward the end, but if you're still reading by that point, it's a fair bet you won't want to put the book down unfinished. (Dec.)
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Amazon.com: 2.9 out of 5 stars  47 reviews
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What did you expect??? Dec 8 2005
By William M Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Come on, everyone. The book is called, "The Backwoods". What did you expect? I'm sure Lee blazed through writing this in a matter of weeks -- it has all the standard Lee stuff -- rapes, sex, violent deaths, sex, ridiculous gore, sex, torture, and sex. Look, every few months or so I need my fix of Edward Lee to purge my system. This book worked for me. I had a smile on my face thinking how much fun Edward had writing this. I laughed out loud many times at some of his sexual descriptions. He's not trying to win any awards here. Lighten up. Sure, it's mostly immature, but boy I had a good time.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but not as good as his others Sept. 1 2007
By A. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book after reading Lee's Flesh Gothic and City Infernal, so needless to say I kind of had an expectation for his work that this book did not meet. It's not badly written, nor is it boring, but I found myself waiting for the next slap in the face that I found Lee was good at, and it never came.

The book is different from most of his other works in that his view of hell and its demons was never seen here, which is fine since they had no bearing on the story, but Lee's creativity is what sets him out and it was not present here. The storyline was OK and new, but I just kept waiting for something big and in-your-face to happen and I was disappointed when it never came. Also, there was no thorough explanation as to who the squatters were and where there powers came from, which I think would have helped if that had been expanded on.

This book is written well and Lee is a great writer, but it did not have his same knock out power that I have come to expect from him and that is why I did not rate it as high as his others.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ho-Hum for Gross-Out Horror Oct. 14 2007
By T. Blake Braddy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The biggest problem with The Backwoods is that the ending seems a little stitched together. Convenient is another word I would use. Sure, I agree with the above review, in saying that once you get to the paranormal elements that you'll probably finish the book anyway. That doesn't make it entirely satisfying.The ending was too rushed, considering just how long and domestic the first act turned out to be. It dragged and set up a few things that didn't turn out as one would expect them to. Once I was almost done, I re-read what actually happened because it seemed to end entirely too quickly.

On the whole, though, the book was pretty good. The characters were fairly likeable, despite the fact that most of them serve the plot to a ridiculous extent. The sexual element did get a bit tiresome, considering that it didn't get resolved in the end very well. It felt as though on every page the size of Patricia's breasts got revealed. That she could see anything at all over them must have been a challenge, especially considering that she was being targeted for much of the book.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just not good Nov. 9 2005
By S. Selman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I had been wanting to read Ed Lee for a while now based on reviews of his previous books and various snippets i'd read along the way. Now i find myself wondering if i will ever read anything else by him ever again. This book simply was not good. It sounded amateurish. The whole thing was rather trite. It was as if someone took a bad romance novelist and gave him a subject and a list of required gore and horror and sat him in front of a computer. And the dialogue, ohh god the dialogue! Bad dialogue will kill a book faster than anything else. I gave it two stars only because i like books that are not afraid to be frank about sex and gore. Otherwise, i consider this book wasted time both on my part and the author's.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars IT'S ABOUT TIME! Oct. 12 2005
By Tim M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Edward Lee returns to his "backwoods" roots (CREEKERS, BIGHEAD, GHOULS) in this new one that starts out with a weird murder mystery in a hillbilly setting and then turns into an occult extravaganza full of wild sex, ,rednecks, gore (especially some really perverted ax-work) and an ending that totally took me by surprise. Not as twisted as CREEKERS (my favorite by Lee) but deeper characters and a heavier erotic tone. This one I couldn't put down!

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