In Edgar Award winner Joe R. Lansdale’s newest Hap and Leonard story collection, the boys are back, with more righteous ass-kickings, highly improbable adventures, and disastrous fishing trips. These never before collected tales showcase the popular not-so dynamic duo as a little bit older, but not a whole lot wiser—Hap and Leonard were truly born for trouble.
“You could call Born for Trouble a collection of stories. But that’s like calling Paradise Lost a poem. Born for Trouble is a road map through 20th-century crime fiction.”
—S.A. Cosby author of Razorblade Tears
When you meet him, Hap Collins seems just like a good ol’ boy. But even in his misspent youth, his best pal was Leonard Pine: black, gay, and the ultimate outsider. Together, they have mostly found their way as partners in crime-solving—and at least as often, as hired muscle.
As Hap wrestles with his new identity as a father, and Leonard finds love in a long-term relationship, the boys continue their crime-solving shenanigans. They uncover the sordid secret of a missing bookmobile, compete in a warped version of the Most Dangerous Game, regroup after Hap’s visit to the psychologist goes terribly awry, and much more.
So sit yourself back and settle in—Born for Trouble is East Texas mayhem as only the master mojo storyteller Lansdale could possibly tell.
About the Hap and Leonard TV series
The classic Hap Collins and Leonard Pine mystery series began in in 1990 with Savage Season. Hap and Leonard made their screen debuts in the three season Hap and Leonard TV series, starring the late Michael K. Williams (The Wire), James Purefoy (The Following), and Christina Hendricks (Mad Men).
A Note From the Publisher
“[Lansdale's] newest book, Born for Trouble, is a collection of stories about the irresistible duo of Hap and Leonard. If you’ve met these dudes before, you won’t be surprised to hear that these latest stories are a treat; if you’re a Hap-and-Leonard virgin, well, I’ll overlook the fact that you’ve spent your recent years living in a cave and congratulate you on the adventure upon which you’re embarking.”
—Lawrence Block, author of the Matthew Scudder mystery series
“You could call Born for Trouble a collection of stories. But that’s like calling Paradise Lost by Milton a poem. Born for Trouble is a road map through 20th-century crime fiction, and your guides are two of the greatest, most intriguing characters ever created, Hap and Leonard. Rambunctious, complex, and endlessly fascinating, these two best friends offer a clear yet sometimes painful view of America in general, and East Texas in particular.”
—S.A. Cosby, author of Razorblade Tears
“There are writers who are prolific and writers who are brilliant: Joe R. Lansdale is one of the few who is both, and we are lucky to have him. It’s good to see Hap and Leonard again, especially now.”
—Christopher Farnsworth, author of Blood Oath
“Joe Lansdale’s compassion and humanity have touched thousands of readers, me included, right where we live. Of all his vivid and lived-in characters, none are as beloved as Hap and Leonard, and this new collection, Born for Trouble: The Further Adventures of Hap and Leonard will delight Hap and Leonard fans all over the world.”
—Lewis Shiner, author of Glimpses and Frontera
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
"No one currently working the field demonstrates more convincingly and joyously the deep affinity between pulp fiction and the American tall tale.”
“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
Praise for the Hap and Leonard collections
[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."
“Enthralling storytelling that engages readers with dashes of simple wisdom and hard truth.”
—Fort Worth Weekly
“Joe Lansdale is one of our very best.”
—Ace Atkins, New York Times bestselling author of The Shameless
“Compelling. Hilarious. Poignant.”
—NY Journal of Books
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Average rating from 4 members
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. It is set to be published in March 2022. "Born For Trouble: The Further Adventures of Hap and Leonard" by Joe R. Lansdale is the latest installment in the Hap & Leonard series, which I've been following for my entire life. Joe Lansdale's creative genius has never disappointed me and I believe it never will. This collection of 5 fast-paced, action-packed novellas is a welcome return to the world of the "boys" for longstanding fan of the series, like me, and it will also work well as an introduction to the boys' adventures for newcomers. I love the sharp writing style, the witty banter, and the rare and all the more precious emotional bits scattered in these pages. More than once, the outrageous improbability of the messes Hap and Leonard keep getting themselves in made me laugh out loud. Furthermore, I thoroughly enjoyed the subtle feminist nuance permeating these stories, all the more unusual because the protagonists are two action men (and one of them is gay). Hap and Leonard are the brilliant exception in a genre that is sadly still dominated by a sexist culture. Joe Lansdale's works are proof that a man can write action/adventures novels (or novellas, in this particular case) without including sexist subtexts and tropes. I feel bad about giving "Born for Trouble" only 5 stars: it deserves more!