Hap and Leonard

Hap and Leonard : Blood and Lemonade

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A new novel celebrating the second season of the Sundance TV Hap and Leonard series starring Michael K. Williams (The Wire), James Purefoy (The Following), and Christina Hendricks (Mad Men). Hap Collins is becoming a man--just not the man he's expected to be. His East Texan childhood has been chock full of ignorant rednecks, bullies, and bigots. As a more enlightened sort, Hap went and figured out that being right is a lot less fun that kicking ass. But singlehandedly punishing the jerks of the world is a tough row to hoe. Luckily, Hap's about to meet his unlikely partner-in-crime-solving. Leonard Pine is many things Hap is not: black, gay, and surprisingly conservative. Frankly, the two young men seem ill-matched at best. But when Hap sees Leonard demolishing an angry mob with both his fists and words, it's immediately clear that they have a lot in common. Hap and Leonard: Blood and Lemonade brings together the origins of Joe R. Lansdale's popular Texan crime-fighting duo. These new, familiar, and definitive adventures show once and for all how two pissed-off young men became one heck of a bad-ass team.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 234 pages
  • 133 x 210 x 25mm | 227g
  • San Francisco, United States
  • English
  • 1616962534
  • 9781616962531
  • 463,586

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[STARRED REVIEW] "Showcases some of Lansdale's most personal and reflective writing to date."
--Publishers Weekly "If Frank Dobie is the Lone Star State's Homer, if Larry McMurtry is the Texas equivalent of Henry James, then Joe R. Lansdale has to be the Mark Twain behind the pine curtain. No other writer--in Texas or any other state in the union--can switch between gut-bursting humor and nail-biting suspense with as much heart and grace as Lansdale . . . Blood and Lemonade is a must-have for just about everyone."
--Texas Books in Review "Joe R. Lansdale's Blood and Lemonade is a masterpiece of addictive and stylistic storytelling."
--Risingshadow "Joe Lansdale is our East Texas Hemingway, and here's another example of what makes him great. In Hap & Leonard: Blood and Lemonade, he carves out beauty with plain words and direct sentences. Some of the stories in this mosaic novel are horrifying, others gritty, sad, thrilling, and funny, but all of them are beautiful. I ate it up."
--Daryl Gregory, author of Spoonbenders and We Are All Completely Fine "An amazingly vivid style that feels like Hemingway. Themes that are especially important for our time. With these early adventures of his compelling Hap and Leonard characters, Joe. R. Lansdale hits a new high."
--David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Murder As a Fine Art "Blood and Lemonade is the best of Lansdale and the best of Hap and Leonard. As urgent as it is timeless. As fun as it is thoughtful. It haunts you while it kicks your ass. Joe never lets you down, just shows you over and over why he's the best."
--Jim Mickle, director of Cold in July "Magnificent storytelling."
--Char's Horror Corner "Hap and Leonard: Blood and Lemonade is something truly special. You are going to love it"
--Horror Drive-In "The dialogue is pitch perfect . . . thoughtful, rather clever, and with enough bullets and banter to satisfy the most demanding reader."
--Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews "When you come right down to it, this may be my favorite Hap and Leonard book ever, and that's saying a lot."
--Chet Williamson, author of Psycho Sanitarium "Everything here is written in Lansdale's inimitable style of down-home East Texas storytelling, and everything is eminently readable and enjoyable. There's humor, there's sadness, there's blood, and there's lemonade. And some cussing, too. Great stuff, irresistible reading."
--Bill Crider, Pop Culture Magazine "Exceptional . . . Hap and Leonard: Blood and Lemonade is a wonderful piece of storytelling, and a worthy addition to a great series."
--October Country "The reason Lansdale can get away with outrageous literary behavior the way he does is because at the center of his every story lie the beating hearts of characters who are as true and honest a reflection of a real person as Lansdale can make them . . . Highly recommended."
--Fantasy & Science Fiction Praise for Hap and Leonard "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."
--Kirkus [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.
--Publishers Weekly, starred review "As Mr. Lansdale might say, "This was more fun than rolling down a hill with a bunch of armadillos."
--Horror Novel Reviews "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, gut-busting humor"
--Adventures in Genre Fiction "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 series."
--Bookgasm 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."
--Entertainment Weekly "Lansdale is an immense talent."
--Booklist "Lansdale is a storyteller in the Texas tradition of outrageousness...but amped up to about 100,000 watts."
--Houston Chronicle "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."
--Austin Chronicle
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About Joe R. Lansdale

Joe R. Lansdale is the internationally-bestselling author of over fifty novels, including the popular, long-running Hap and Leonard series. Many of his cult classics have been adapted for television and film, most famously Bubba Ho-Tep, starring Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis. Lansdale has written numerous screenplays and teleplays, including for the iconic Batman the Animated Series. He has won an Edgar Award for The Bottoms, ten Stoker Awards, and has been designated a World Horror Grandmaster. Lansdale, like many of his characters, lives in East Texas.
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Rating details

480 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 19% (91)
4 47% (224)
3 28% (133)
2 6% (30)
1 0% (2)
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