Search Results: "Joe R. Lansdale"


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COCO BUTTERNUT by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"This bite-sized addition to Lansdale's droll franchise gives his two heroes little room for their trademark back-and-forth banter. But the slide from fizzy East Texas comedy to deeper waters is so deftly managed that you'll be chuckling all the way to the graveyard."
What could be more featherweight than a tale of dognapping? How about a dognapping whose victim is already dead and buried? Read full book review >

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BAD CHILI by Joe R. Lansdale
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 9, 1997

"Hap's effortless talent as a downscale East Texas raconteur (The Two-Bear Mambo, 1995, etc.) makes him the funniest of Travis McGee's widely dispersed sons, even when he's writing about truly menacing bad guys."
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DARK AT HEART by Karen Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1992

"What might have been a groundbreaking anthology, a Dark Forces of crime fiction, proves nothing more than a competent but uninspired anthology with no cutting edge."

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BLOOD AND LEMONADE by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"The emphasis on prequels to the partnership subordinates the trademark dialogue between Hap and Leonard, who doesn't even appear in half these stories, to self-serious moralizing over individually effective but highly repetitious tales."
This companion volume to the second season of the Hap and Leonard TV series includes 14 flashbacks to the iconic Texas partners' youth, eight of them new to print. Read full book review >

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HONKY TONK SAMURAI by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Let's hope there's more of that good feeling to come in this terrific series."
Hap and Leonard, the East Texas duo of two-fisted do-gooders, return in the ninth novel about their adventures. Read full book review >

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LOST ECHOES by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2007

"No doubt there's a leaner, more suspenseful tale struggling to break out of this one. But Lansdale (A Fine Dark Line, 2003, etc.) remains one of the preeminent entertainers in crime fiction."
At the age of six, Harry Wilkes got the mumps, almost died, got better, began to see sounds. Read full book review >

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DEAD ON THE BONES by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 2016

"This act of a writer's love becomes a show of generosity for the audience."
Lansdale pays homage to the pulp writers who inspired him in this loving collection of stories. Read full book review >

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THE THICKET by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Alternately violent and tender, with a gently legendary quality that makes this tall tale just about perfect."
If the Coen brothers' film version of True Grit gave readers an appetite for more underage period Western bounty hunting, Lansdale (Edge of Dark Water, 2012, etc.) is eager to oblige. Read full book review >

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FREEZER BURN by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1999

"Let's hope it's just a detour."
The thing that Bill Roberts misses most about his recently defunct mom is her signature. Read full book review >

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HAP AND LEONARD by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016

"No one currently working the field demonstrates more convincingly and joyously the deep affinity between pulp fiction and the American tall tale."
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. Read full book review >

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ALL THE EARTH, THROWN TO THE SKY by Joe R. Lansdale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"A solid yarn with just a hint of romance. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Three orphans with nothing to lose embark on a road trip that reaches epic proportions. Read full book review >

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CAPTAINS OUTRAGEOUS by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2001

"Still, the trademark raunchiness is present in full measure, and even those fans who aren't caught up in this adventure will probably find themselves grinning a lot."
Walking an East Texas poultry plant as a security guard isn't the stuff of joie de vivre, and for some time Hap Collins has been experiencing a pervasive and debilitating lassitude. Read full book review >