Lost Echoes (2007) "I hear and see ghosts in sounds," says Harry Wilkes in Joe R. Lansdale's Lost Echoes . Wilkes is a tortured guy who's doomed to… 2007-02-13 Fiction Mystery and Thriller Vintage
Book Review

Lost Echoes (2007)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Feb 13, 2007; Writer: Joe R. Lansdale; Genres: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Publisher: Vintage

''I hear and see ghosts in sounds,'' says Harry Wilkes in Joe R. Lansdale's Lost Echoes. Wilkes is a tortured guy who's doomed to silently watch murders, suicides, and beatings from the past. All it takes is a loud sound — for example, slamming the same door a murderer shut — to conjure a violent episode. When a friend's father mysteriously dies, Harry ''visits'' the scene for details that expose a twisted chain of events. Clues protrude like sore thumbs, and the overly simple characters (the dopey friend, the bitchy girlfriend) seem prepackaged for a TV movie. But quick-and-punchy chapters — about as deep as the premise — keep the narrative clipping along. B-

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Originally posted Feb 23, 2007 Published in issue #923 Mar 02, 2007 Order article reprints