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Publisher's Summary

The iconic Texan crime-fighting, bigot-bashing duo meet in this companion to the breakout Hap and Leonard TV series

As a liberal young man in East Texas, Hap Collins is discovering his passion for two-fisted justice in a redneck world. Leonard Pine - black, gay, and the ultimate outsider - is already fighting his own battles against racists and bullies. So when Hap sees Leonard demolishing an angry mob with his fists (and taunts), it’s immediately clear that these two young men have a lot in common.

Discover Joe R. Lansdale's compelling coming-of-age manifesto alongside the second season of the Sundance TV Hap and Leonard series starring Michael K. Williams (The Wire), and James Purefoy (The Following).

“Parable of the Stick” © 2016, 2017 by Joe R. Lansdale. An earlier version appeared in Miracles Ain’t What They Used to Be (PM Press: Oakland, California). “Tire Fire” © 2015, 2017 by Joe R. Lansdale. An earlier version appeared in Fender Lizards (Subterranean Press: Burton, Michigan). “Not Our Kind” © 2016, 2017 by Joe R. Lansdale. An earlier version appeared in Hap and Leonard (Tachyon Publications: San Francisco, California). “Down by the River Side” © 2015, 2017 by Joe R. Lansdale. An earlier version appeared in Fender Lizards (Subterranean Press: Burton, Michigan). “Short Night” © 2016, 2017 by Joe R. Lansdale. An earlier version appeared in Miracles Ain’t What They Used to Be (PM Press: Oakland, California). “The Boy Who Became Invisible” © 2009, 2017 by Joe R. Lansdale. An earlier version appeared in The Bleeding Edge: Dark Barriers, Dark Frontiers, edited by William F. Nolan and Jason V. Brock (Cycatrix Press: Vancouver, Washington). “Blood and Lemonade”, “In the River of the Dead”, “Stopping for Coffee” © 2017 Joe R. Lansdale. First appearance. “Apollo Red” © 2016, 2017 by Joe R. Lansdale. An earlier version appeared in Miracles Ain’t What They Used to Be (PM Press: Oakland, California). “Coach Whip” © 2017 by Joe R. Lansdale. First appearance. “The Bottom of the World” © 2015, 2017 by Joe R. Lansdale. An earlier version appeared in Fender Lizards (Subterranean Press: Burton, Michigan). “Squirrel Hunt” © 2017 by Joe R. Lansdale. First appearance. “The Oak and the Pond” © 2016, 2017 by Joe R. Lansdale. An earlier version appeared in Hap and Leonard Ride Again (Tachyon Publications: San Francisco, California)."

©2017 Joe R. Lansdale. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Showcases some of Lansdale’s most personal and reflective writing to date.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

“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

“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)

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The Hap and Leonard series in its entirety is a work of art. This one has been, probably, my favorite so far.

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Great collection of mahem.

Loved the backstory of these two.
Great narration, great bit of info.
Fantastic, thought provoking writing.

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UGH.... ANOTHER WASTED CREDIT

I love JOE R LANSDALE's work but yet again, great writing is being completely ruined by the extremely poor narration by JD JACKSON. Mr Jackson's monotone voice, with very little difference in inflection, make following the story line very difficult to follow at times. If you have listened to the other books in this series and are used to the flawless narration of PHIL GIGANTE, I suspect that you, like me, will be very disappointed in this one. You might consider the print version. NOTE: The same can be said for "DEVIL RED"

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  • 04-15-22

Hap and Leonard origin stories

As a long-time fan of Joe R Lansdale, and Hap and Leonard in particular, I was pleased to finally find an audible title.

This is, as Lansdale himself calls it in the afterword, a mosaic novel - a collection of stories which fill in a lot of the history of Hap and Leonard as well as reflecting the times they lived in. Lansdale is known as the Bard of Texas and I’m sure his work will always be valued as a window into a southern community through shifting times.

Lansdale’s work is always gritty, thought-provoking and funny. There are genuine laugh-out-loud moments and his unexpected turns of phrase are a joy. An example, not from this book, “He hit me so hard some of the coins in my pocket changed denomination.” Genius.

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  • 11-17-21

Want more Joe on audible

Another great outing with Hap and Leonard. Stories of their past experiences as young men

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  • Biro
  • 03-12-21

Hap and Leonard - always hugely entertaining

If this is your first foray into Hap and Leonard’s world you may be slightly confused, especially if having seen the all too short lived TV show. But perseverance will pay off, as always these stories be they full length or short are rewarding and heartwarming.