One time hippy idealist, turned full~time wise assed trouble~maker, Hap Collins, is paid a visit from his ex~wife. The reason being so that he might aid her in finding a very cool million dollars of long forgotten bank job money, sunk in the depths of the freezing cold waters of The Bottoms years before. Having grown up in the area and been promised a sizeable share, (not to mention the hope Hap still holds for rekindling a more permanent reunion with his ex) naturally he agrees, but only if his tough, sarcastic, Vietnam vet buddy, Leonard, can come along to help, 50/50 on his share.
Reluctantly she accepts, but with the dangerous winter chill already in full force, a misguided gang of sixties revolutionaries, about to make the worst move of their lives playing Robin Hood and Leonard already missing his dogs and vanilla cookies, they are gonna need more than a little luck to get out of this one alive...
First in a brilliant series of novels featuring the wise cracking, good guy, kung fu bad asses Hap and Leonard, from author Joe R Lansdale.
I first read this back in the late nineties and I've read everything featuring these two ever since. Packed full of great dialogue, weird Texan characters, morality and good ol brutal violence, these books are an absolute blast and come very highly recommended from this reviewer. This is by no means the best in the series, mostly setting the tone for what is to come in later novels, but with that said, this is still a very entertaining read. 4.5/5