Search Results: "Joe R. Lansdale"


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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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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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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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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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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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DEVIL RED by Joe R. Lansdale
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 16, 2011

"The question remains: Will a fan base built on blithe spirits take kindly to an unhappy Hap, enduring the angst of a midlife crisis?"
Those charming miscreants Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are back (Vanilla Ride, 2009, etc.), minus some of the charm. Read full book review >

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EDGE OF DARK WATER by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2012

"The river, the raft, a stash of money coveted by bad guys, nonstop adventures that edify, terrify and deepen the bond between Sue Ellen and Jinx. A highly entertaining tour de force."
The author of the prize-winning Hap and Leonard series (Devil Red, 2011, etc.) charts a course that may remind you of a distaff Huck and Jim. Read full book review >

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A FINE DARK LINE by Joe R. Lansdale
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 8, 2003

"Funny, scary, heartwarming, heart-pounding, Tom Sawyer-ish, Huck Finn-ish, provocative, evocative, sometimes actually wise: the best ever from talented Lansdale (Captains Outrageous, 2001, etc.)—a genre-crossing tour de force to spark the most jaded appetites."
Long and hot—'twas ever thus—is the summer of 1958 in backwater Dewmont, Texas, but almost nothing that happens to13-year-old Stanley Mitchell during its course is remotely typical. Read full book review >

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SUNSET AND SAWDUST by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 2004

"A slutty kind of fiction that seems to give everything up too easily but never quite delivers."
An East Texas lumber town steeped in racism, sin, and mendacity—everything that should make for a much better yarn. Read full book review >

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THE BOTTOMS by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2000

"Lansdale, whose claim on East Texas (Freezer Burn, 1999, etc.) remains undisputed, takes dead aim at the stupidity of prejudice and hits the bull's-eye."
Now that he's in his 80s, Harry Crane's memories turn from his rest home in Houston back to his early teens in the '30s in East Texas, where his father, Jacob, was the town barber and constable, his mother was the town beauty, and he and his baby sister Thomasina played in the local woods, the Bottoms, scaring each other silly with tales of the Goat Man who supposedly roamed the area. Read full book review >

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PARADISE SKY by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"Noting that he's starred in many a dime novel penned by his old friend Bronco Bob Brennen, the narrator maintains in closing: 'Here is the straight record.' That assurance is a lot harder to swallow than the rest of this tall tale, which goes down smooth and easy as a vintage sarsaparilla."
How did Deadwood Dick get his name? Readers can learn this, and a whole lot more, in this picaresque Western from a master of the form (The Thicket, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >

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VANILLA RIDE by Joe R. Lansdale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2009

"Talented Lansdale (Leather Maiden, 2008, etc.) pens another rowdy, raunchy entertainment—nothing to take seriously but more damn fun than a barrel of Rambos."
Pine and Collins, crime fiction's most lovable miscreants (Captains Outrageous, 2001, etc.), are back in action, filling body bags for the sake of friendship. Read full book review >