The Big Book of Hap and Leonard
by Joe R. Lansdale
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Pub Date 15 May 2018 | Archive Date 22 May 2018
Tachyon Publications, Particle Books
SPECIAL E-BOOK OMNIBUS EDITION: Contains all the material from the trade paperback HAP AND LEONARD and the e-book-only edition of HAP AND LEONARD RIDE AGAIN.
The boys are back, and just in time for Season 3 of the Hap and Leonard TV series, starring Michael K. Williams (The Wire) and James Purefoy (Altered Carbon).
Hap Collins looks like a good ’ol boy, but his lefty politics don’t match. His buddy, Vietnam veteran Leonard Pine, is even more complicated: black, conservative, gay . . . and an occasional arsonist.
With Hap and Leonard on the job, small-time crooks all on the way on up to the Dixie Mafia are extremely nervous.
Everyone’s favorite ass-kicking Texan duo are further immortalized in this expanded collection of tall tales, slick nonfiction, and four full-length novellas.
A Note From the Publisher
Praise for Hap and Leonard and Hap and Leonard Ride Again
“Seven laid-back adventures, one of
them brand new, for “freelance troubleshooter” and good old boy Hap Collins and
his gay black Republican partner Leonard Pine. . . . No one currently working
the field demonstrates more convincingly and joyously the deep affinity between
pulp fiction and the American tall tale.”
[STARRED REVIEW] “Last seen in
the novel Honky Tonk Samurai, Lansdale’s
incomparable East Texas crime fighting duo show their chops in this remarkable
story collection. Hap Collins, a straight, white liberal, and Leonard Pine, a
black, gay conservative, have long challenged genre conventions, and the
friendship and camaraderie between these two hard cases as they suit up against
injustice and hypocrisy is at the heart of these seven tales. In the novella
“Hyenas,” the boys help save a client’s impressionable younger brother from the
clutches of a group of psychotic robbers. “Dead Aim” finds the pair taking on
the Dixie Mafia after a seemingly straightforward cheating spouse case gets a
tad more complicated. “Not Our Kind” is set against the backdrop of the late
1960s, when a teenage Hap first befriends Leonard and faces the racism and
intolerance of his peers up close. Readers can also look forward to the debut
of the TV show Hap and Leonard on the Sundance Channel in March.
“An essential Hap and Leonard
—The Novel Pursuit
“As Mr. Lansdale might say, “This
was more fun than rolling down a hill with a bunch of armadillos.”
—Horror Novel Reviews
"A perfect introduction”
“East Texas charm, profane wit, and
strong characterization, with enough snappy dialogue to keep a smile on your
face . . . excellent entertainment, edge-of-your-seat action one minute,
—Adventures in Genre Fiction
“This collection is crime/pulp
fiction at its best and most captivating.”
“If you find yourself on the wrong
side of Hap and Leonard, be cautious, because they are quicker than a
rattlesnake, and their bite is just as bad. If you find yourself an innocent
bystander looking for a great book to read, you’ve come to the right place.”
“For those new to either Lansdale or
the series, this latest collection is an excellent introduction to the kind of
trouble these two often find themselves in; all the while exchanging some of
the funniest, lovingly antagonistic, and memorial dialogue of any crime
Praise for Joe R. Lansdale
“A folklorist’s eye for telling
detail and a front-porch raconteur’s sense of pace.”
—New York Times Book Review
“An American original”
-Joe Hill, author of Heart-Shaped Box
“A terrifically gifted storyteller.”
—Washington Post Book Review
“Like gold standard writers Elmore
Leonard and the late Donald Westlake, Joe R. Lansdale is one of the more
versatile writers in America.
—Los Angeles Times
“A zest for storytelling and gimlet
eye for detail.”
“Lansdale is an immense talent.”
“Lansdale is a storyteller in the
Texas tradition of outrageousness…but amped up to about 100,000 watts.”
“Lansdale’s been hailed, at varying
points in his career, as the new Flannery O’Connor, William Faulkner-gone-madder,
and the last surviving splatterpunk…sanctified in the blood of the walking
Western dead and righteously readable.”
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Average rating from 5 members
THE BIG BOOK OF HAP AND LEONARD by Joe R.Lansdale is pretty much what the title suggests, an assortment of short (and not so short) stories involving them and other regular characters from the novels.
Dedicated to author Lansdale’s longtime friend, the late Bill Crider, this book opens with forwards by editor Richard Klaw, Michael Koryta, and Bill Crider who was there at the beginning of Hap and Leonard. I found the window into Joe R. Lansdale and Bill Crider’s friendship especially a treasure, and his description of Hap and Leonard very insightful from a great author who will be sorely missed.
Stories and chapters include:
Hyenas (an excellent mid-length novel in and of itself)
Veil’s Visit (somewhat of a departure of the usual Hap and Leonard story including a new character with a mysterious background who would fit well in future novels)
Death by Chili (a short story originally a promo for the novel Bad Chili)
Dead Aim (more or less a typical Hap and Leonard tale that finds them deep into something going off into all directions after being taken on as a simple straight forward case on face value.)
A Bone-Dead Sadness (enjoyable short story described by the author as a “closed room” story involving Marvin Hanson, the former officer turned detective who hires Hap and Leonard for cases.)
The Boy Who Became Invisible (chilling tale of high school bullying and violence that fits with current events, and serves as a reminder that all of us have at one time or another made choices we’re not proud of.)
Not Our Kind (young Hap and Leonard deal with racism present in a way that shapes their future.)
The Oak and the Pond (short story that everyone can identity with about loss of treasured surroundings from our childhood.)
Bent Twig ( Hap’s once again sent to retrieve Brett’s wayward daughter Tillie from harm’s way.)
Joe. R. Lansdale Interviews Hap Collins and Leonard Pine
An Interview with Joe R. Lansdale, His Own Self
The Care and Feeding and Raising Up of Hap and Leonard.
*all three of the final chapters are a goldmine for what they contain of the author’s thoughts and remembrance of the development of Hap and Leonard, and how much of himself and others from his past live and breathe through the characters of the books in this series.
I’d recommend this book to both new and old fans of the series, and while I’d recommend starting at the beginning with “Savage Season”, this would be a fine collection to start with to include a wide assortment of tales that really give an overview into what makes Hap and Leonard work as a series.
As usual I enjoyed the stories of Hap & Leonard, mostly because to me they are like some old friends that I love to meet again.
Come al solito le storie di Hap e Leonard mi sono piaciute e mi hanno divertito perché ormai, per me é come reincontrare dei vecchi amici.
THANKS NETGALLEY FOR THE PREVIEW!
The Big Book of Hap and Leonard by Joe R. Lansdale-This book is a distillation of several earlier releases of novelettes and short stories featuring our home-spun heroes, Hap and Leonard. A significant addition is the novellas "Hyenas" and "Dead Aim", The rest are short ruminations and accounts of living in East Texas, and the goings on of these two unlikely partners. Always amusing and occasionally exciting, these stories rely mostly on the aptly drawn characterizations of the participants and the never-ending fertile imagination of Joe R. Lansdale. If you've never read Hap and Leonard, this is a great place to start.
Great for fans of Joe R. Lansdale's Hap and Leonard but I wouldn't recommend this as the starting point for anyone unfamiliar with them because of connections to previous adventures -- everything works as standalone but it's better with that background knowledge.
This collection includes several novellas that were previously released in limited edition specials, a handful of short stories and essays and a few fun extras.
Some of the highlights include Veil's Visit, a Hap and Leonard novella co-written by Lansdale and author Andrew Vachss about Leonard going to trial for burning down a crack house. An interview with Joe R. Lansdale and then an afterward where Lansdale looks back at the origins of the first Hap and Leonard book, Savage Season, and how that led to the creation of a series.
A must have for any Hap and Leonard fan!
***I received a free digital copy of this title from NetGalley.
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