Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Savage Season by Joe R. Lansdale

(audiobook; 1990: first book in the Hap and Leonard series)

From the back cover:

"Start with two best friends who practice martial arts in their free time: one a straight white guy, the other a black gay guy. Add a conniving ex-wife in a blue-jean miniskirt. Throw in half a million in a muddy creekbed somewhere near the Sabine River in East Texas. Add an ex-radical from the '60s and two naive idealists who want to save the world. Mix them all together in a half-assed plan, season with double-crosses, and then top it off with a hilarious and chilling drug dealer named Soldier. Bloody mayhem à la Lansdale."


Savage is an excellent, all-around entertaining and hard-to-put-down book. The novel's neo-pulpish, Texas-based drama and action of the storyline and its characters is made memorable by its lead characters, Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, whose laugh-out-loud rude banter provides an especially heartfelt core to Savage's proceedings. This is worth owning, and a promising start to the (thus far) fourteen-book series.

Followed by Mucho Mojo.


The resulting television series, Hap and Leonard, debuted on the Sundance Channel on March 2, 2016. Its first season is based on Savage Season.

James Purefoy plays Hap Collins. Michael Kenneth Williams plays Leonard Pine. Christina Hendricks plays Trudy Fawst. Ron Roggé plays Bud Collins.

Bill Sage plays Howard. Neil Sandilands plays Paco. Jeff Pope plays Chub.

Jimi Simpson plays Soldier. Pollyanna McIntosh plays Angel. Trace Cheramie plays Softboy McCall.

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