Sunday, May 01, 2016

Bad Chili by Joe R. Lansdale

(hb; 1997: fourth book in the Hap and Leonard series)

From the inside flap:

"Fresh from a stint on an offshore oil rig Hap arrives home in LaBorde, Texas, to find his best friend Leonard brooding over the break-up with his lover, Raul. Things get worse when Raul's new lover is found murdered and Leonard is the prime suspect. Hap sets out to clear his friends name, but there are complications in the form of a nurse with an abusive husband, a tornado, and threatening behavior from LaBorde's Chili King - not to mention more dead bodies than you can shake a stock at."


Bad is another excellent, fun entry in the Hap and Leonard series. It has all the elements that made the preceding books so enjoyable: a mix of quip-sharp banter (usually involving Hap and Leonard); sadistic, twisted bad guys; sudden and raw violence, punctuated by effective warmth and humor; and, most effectively, the rapport between the titular characters, whose bond makes Lansdale's entertaining, addictive-read writing shine even more.

Like the other books in this series, this is worth owning. Followed by Rumble Tumble.

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