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Veil's Visit

By: Andrew Vachss,Joe R. Lansdale
Narrated by: Joe R. Lansdale
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Publisher's Summary

Booklist called them "two of the unlikeliest but most likable amateur detectives in crime fiction" and The Chicago Tribune describes them as "colorful... lunatic... like a twister". They're Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, and if you've been reading Joe R. Lansdale's Hap & Leonard novels like Mucho Mojo, The Two-Bear Mambo, and Rumble Tumble, then this is the treat you've been waiting for. 

Veil's Visit is an original Hap & Leonard short story co-authored by Joe R. Lansdale and Andrew Vachss, in which Leonard gets taken to court to answer for burning down a crack house.

©1999 Joe R. Lansdale & Andrew Vachss (P)2019 Encyclopocalypse Publications

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My Cousin Vinny on crack

Hap: “I was out in the backyard one night, meditating’
Leonard: “master** you mean”
When Hap introduces attorney Veil to Leonard, it’s three ornery cusses trading zingers and the story of Hap and Veil’s meeting, told in order to convince Leonard to trust Veil’s legal defense.

“What did you do with the body?”
Once Veil’s mercenary credentials are proven, the short provides a 15 minute lightning-trial that plays like My Cousin Vinny.

“Especially Sunflower, she had this thing about clothes being inhibiting … she was goin to shuck drawers and throw the hair triangle around.”
This is a short story that’s more trash than class, so if F bombs and raunch aren’t your thing, skip it.
I found it a fun listen to tear through, even if I felt shortchanged on a plot that could have supported
a full length Hap and Leonard book.

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Good journey through unfortunate circumstances

Though short, the characters' actions and moral stances are certainly interesting. There is an argument to say that what they did was right or wrong either way. The relationship between the defendant and the lawyer was also fascinating to see develop.

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A Clever Tale Told Excellently

An engaging short tale about criminal justice. Veil oozes with cunning and charisma and Hap and Leonard are a hoot and a holler! Nice to enjoy this story on a long walk or a drive on the bus, Lansdale's voicework absolutely nails the southern vibe of the story.

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Love The Narration!

Professionally and excitingly narrated by Joe Lansdale. This is a great story for people who want a short audiobook to listen to. An instant favorite due to the amount of voices Lansdale uses to tell the story.

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  • 02-03-21

Great Short Story

Great short story that has a “My Cousin Vinny” feel to it but set in a more Southern tone. Great listen for a rush hour traffic trip.

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Hap, Leonard, and Veil

A short, but excellent introduction to the world of Hap and Leonard. Hap and Leonard are a blast to listen to with their banter, and Veil’s ability to keep up with the pair’s antics is commendable. The courtroom scene was great, listening to Veil’s seemingly irrelevant questioning come to a stunning finale was extremely satisfying. The narration itself was also on point!

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Wow if only law was like this! buy it now.

Vachss is still one of the get writers of our generation. Buy this now if you love Hap and Lenard.

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Hap & Leonard

This was a very short story, But very good, I would like to see some more stories with Veil, The narration was top shape.

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I Need More!

This piece gave me one taste into this hearty world, and I'm hooked! Leonard and Veil lead an explosive start to the narrative that act as a nice foil to the speaker. We're lead on a journey in administering justice, and all throughout the court arc, you can't help but root for Veil to win the case. His tangential and near-chaotic defense leaves you wondering if all the effort is worth it, keeping you on your toes and laughing along the way.

Does he succeed? I'll leave that to you to find out. Highly recommend!

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Well Done!

I really enjoyed the way the authors made Hap and Leonard characters that said what was on their mind. They felt raw and real. The story itself was nice and bite size, lending itself as a good introduction to the other books with Hap and Leonard. I also enjoyed the interaction with Veil, DA and Judge. Pretty hilarious.

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  • 03-06-22

Fantastic

A short interlude and an enjoyable one at that. Joe R. Lansdale and Andrew Vachss are two authors I've enjoyed ever since becoming immersed in crime and mystery fiction. Vachss' Burke books blew me away when I first encountered them in the 90s. Lansdale always surprises me with his range ... horror, crime, or Western. He can write it all. (Plus fantasy, but I try and avoid those books!)

I always want to beat myself up when I realise how long it's been since I've read one of their books and when I realise how many I haven't read. That's true of many authors on my TBR shelf. That Vachss recently passed was another cause for regret.

Veil's Visit has Vachss thinly diguised as Veil, a lawyer rocking up in Texas to defend Leonard for burning down a crack house in his neighbourhood. It's looking like a slam-dunk, especially as Leonard has admitted doing it. Veil (Vachss) has other ideas. We get some backstory as to how Hap knows the lawyer and some of their shared history and we have some fun in court.

Humour, action, character, dialogue and a satisfying outcome. A smashing half an hour's listening. I wished it had been much, much longer. It was also cool to have Joe R. Lansdale read it to me.

4,5 from 5

Read - (listened to) January, 2022
Published - 1999
Page count - approx 25 (0 hrs 29 mins)
Source - Audible purchase
Format - Audible