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Bad Chili [Paperback]

Joe R Lansdale
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4 April 2002

Fresh from his stint on an offshore oil rig and determined to make some changes in his life, Hap Collins arrives home in Laborde, Texas, only to find his best friend Leonard brooding over his break-up with his love Raul. Things seem bad for Leonard ¿ but they can only get worse.

When a local biker, who happens to be Raul¿s new lover, is found murdered, Leonard is the prime suspect. The local law is little use, as usual, so Hap sets out to clear Leonard¿s name. But it isn¿t going to be easy. Then again, nothing in Hap¿s life ever is. Complications include his new love interest, the nurse of every man¿s dream with a secret past; the life-threatening behaviour of LaBorde¿s Chili king; and more dead bodies than you can shake a stick at.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New edition edition (4 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753813963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753813966
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fast-paced, raunchy and fun, Bad Chili is the fourth book by Joe R Lansdale to feature the incorrigible East Texan duo of modern crime fiction, Hap Collins and Leonard Pine. The trouble, and there's always a ton of it, begins when Hap rolls back into town only to be attacked by a rabid squirrel--and everything goes downhill from there. Leonard's ex-lover, Raul, is murdered and when the bigoted police squad shows no sign of bringing the murderer to justice, Leonard decides to take matters into his own hands--Ain't no one gonna do much about this shit. Couple queers aced is almost good business far as the chief's concerned...They don't make it their business, then I got to make it my business. Easier said than done, for each stone that Hap and Leonard overturn in their pursuit of Raul's murderer reveals a confusing array of illegal dealings, thugs and mysterious videotapes. But the duo's irreverent humour and witty repartee never falters and it is this hilarious dialogue, combined with fast-action adventure, that is winning Lansdale fans the world over. --Shannon Bingham --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A bitingly brilliant novel of comedy and crime from a master at the height of his powers.

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It was mid-April when I got home from the offshore rig and discovered my good friend Leonard Pine had lost his job bouncing drunks at the Hot Cat Club because, in a moment of anger, when he had a bad ass on the ground out back of the place, he'd flopped his tool and pissed on the rowdy's head. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joe R Lansdale rocks! 7 Mar 2003
I picked up this crazy East Texas-set tale entirely by accident and am I glad I did! I read the first sentence, laughed out loud and it was uphill from there. Bad Chili reminds me of Carl Hiaasen's work in that it contains similar ingredients: animals going mad (rabid squirrels in this case); psychotic bad guys; cool good guys; feisty, sexy chicks; great dialogue and deeply black-humoured set-piece scenes that really stick in your mind. (At one point Hap, our hero, is tortured to within an inch of his life and his plight will make all men wince in sympathy).
Essentially a revenge story of good versus evil, the good guys perpetrate enough bad deeds themselves to test the reader's moral standpoint. The truth is, though, that you'll be cheering as the bad guys are brought to justice.
Lansdale uses the conventions of the genre well and delivers a pacy, funny story of ordinary guys trying to make their world a better place.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great Hap & Leonard book 3 May 2013
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Not quite as enjoyably readable as "The Two Bear Mambo", this fourth Hap & Leonard book none-the-less entertains throughout, with one of the better structures in the series, furthering the characters' lives in greater detail than any other book in the series.

Issues of both Leonard's homosexuality and predilection for violence are examined more closely after basically lingering in the background for three books, while Hap's love life finally gets an uncomplicated upswing and by now you have to feel for the man.

If there is a negative, it would merely be that the mystery aspect of the book was less successful than it might have been. I had it in my mind that certain characters would turn out to be nasty, and they did not, so I was pleasantly surprised, but at the same time, I felt kind of underwhelmed by how uncomplicated it all ended up. Perhaps the problem was with my own expectations!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Chili! 16 Mar 2006
'Bad Chili' is the first Lansdale book I have read but on this form it certainly will not be the last. Hal and his best friend Leonard are two Texas men who are just trying to live their lives. However, when Leonard's boyfriend leaves him and the body of a biker is found the police come looking to them as suspects. Can they discover who the real killer is and does it have anything to do with the chili king or a group of criminals producing illegal videos? 'Bad Chili' twists and turns to let us find out.
This book is very funny in sections but must also be noted as very violent. Some scenes where so bad that even I could barely stomach them - this has dropped the book from a 5 to a 4.
However, for fans of violent crime novels this is a must. The characters are well portrayed and the story is very witty. I am glad I stumbled across this book and look forward to reading other books by the author.
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After having read Joe R. Lansdale's beautiful and poignant novel, THE BOTTOMS (everybody should read this!), I decided to back track and try some of the books in his "Hap Collins/Leonard Pine" series, starting with BAD CHILI. I hate to say it, but after just one novel, I'm now addicted to these two fascinating and utterly delightful characters. I found myself laughing so hard in the first four pages of this novel that I started crying and then got stomach cramps. I can't believe it's taken me so long to finally pick up a book by this fantastic author. I must've had my head buried in a hole of sand for the last seven years. What's BAD CHILI about? Well, it's about Hap Collins and Leonard Pine (a couple of schmucks as Leonard would say of himself and his friend) who find themselves getting caught up in the most outrageous and dangerous situations, usually because they're trying to help someone. Hap is white, in his mid-forties, hates violence, dislikes guns, tries to stay within the law, has a bald spot on the back of his head, and is generally the calmer of the two. Leonard is black and gay, trained in the martial arts, tougher than any five guys put together, and the first to lose his temper. When Hap returns home after working on an off shore oil rig for several months, he and Leonard go out into the woods to shoot cans and play catch up on each other's life. It isn't long before a big, mean squirrel with rabies comes bouncing out of the woods and chases Hap around the field before finally latching onto his arm. While Hap goes to the hospital, Leonard attempts to find his boyfriend, Raul, who's left him for another man. Both Raul and his new lover end up dead, and Leonard is blamed for their murders. Read more ›
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