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Savage Season: A Hap and Leonard Novel (1) (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) [Paperback]

Joe R. Lansdale
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6 Jan 2009 Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
A rip-roaring, high-octane, Texas-sized thriller, featuring two friends, one vixen, a crew of washed-up radicals, loads of money, and bloody mayhem.Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are best friends, yet they couldn't be more different. Hap is an east Texas white-boy with a weakness for Texas women. Leonard is a gay, black Vietnam vet. Together, they steer up more commotion than a fire storm. But that's just the way they like it. So when an ex-flame of Hap's returns promising a huge score. Hap lets Leonard in on the scam, and that's when things get interesting. Chockfull of action and laughs, Savage Season is the masterpiece of dark suspense that introduced Hap and Leonard to the thriller scene. It hasn't been the same since.

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  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books; Reprint edition (6 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307455386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307455383
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 13.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joe R. Lansdale is the winner of the British Fantasy Award, the American Horror Award, the Edgar Award, and six Bram Stoker Awards. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warmly recommended 14 Jan 2003
Format:Paperback
The first in an amazing series involving Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, two most unlikely heroes (though heroes they are). The author performs a powerful magic that transforms a tale with a violent twist about characters that are theoretically undesireable into something unique and hard to put down or forget. Furthermore, should you never laugh out loud when reading this and don't feel moved to buy one of the other Hap & Leonard books I'll be surprised. The story, set in East Texas, is about a treasure hunt, Hap's old girl and much more. Caveat: this is perhaps the weakest of the series, even so it gets 5 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE FIRST NOVEL IN A FABULOUS SERIES! 17 Sep 2001
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SAVAGE SEASON by Joe R. Lansdale is the first novel in the "Hap Collins/Leonard Pine" series and clearly demonstrates the path to be taken by these utterly outrageous, yet definably noble characters. As the novel starts out, Hap and Leonard are doing okay. They have steady jobs in the rose fields and are taking a day off to shoot some skeet in the field behind Hap's house. Yep, everything is going pretty good until trouble walks around the corner of the house in the form of Trudy (Hap's ex-wife). Now, I don't know if Mr. Lansdale ever met my ex-girlfriend, but his description of Trudy fits her like a tight pair of spandex pants. Every time Trudy steps back into Hap's life and then leaves him again, it takes several months for him to recover. Needless to say, Leonard hates this lady for the way she treats his best friend. Anyway, Trudy has what appears to be a sweet deal for her loving ex-husband. It seems that one of her other ex-husbands, Howard, was in jail with a man who'd helped to rob a bank of one million dollars. All of the bank robber's cohorts were killed during or after the crime, and he almost bought the farm himself when he crashed his getaway boat into a submerged tree stump somewhere along the Sabine River. The money was never recovered, and the bank robber got life in prison. He gave Howard a general location of where he thought the sunken boat might be, hoping that if Howard were able to find the money, he'd share some of it with him to make his stay in prison a little easier. Since Hap knows the Sabine River like the back of his hand (well, maybe not quite that good), Trudy enlists Hap's help in locating the boat, offering him $200,000.00 for his services. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Back in print - hooray 24 Jan 2009
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The first Hap & Leonard book introduces Joe Lansdales two brilliant characters. Hap is white & could almost be a redneck. Leonard, his best friend, is black & gay. This sets them up as opposites & allows Joe to bounce great dialogue & even better jokes & banter between the two.

The plot involves Hap being unable to say no to ex Trudy when she asks for help to find some hidden money. Against Trudys' wishes he asks Leonard to help & there is a slow-burn build up ending in bloodshed & violence.

There is a back story regarding Haps idealistic, hippy past & his rocky relationship with Trudy which adds to his character.

This has just been re-released with the rest to follow. It's not the best in the series but is a good, solid start. Lots of humour in here & much to admire in Joes easy first person narrative. Great writing.

Start here & read the rest in time for new addition Vanilla Ride in June. You will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Up **** creek in The Bottoms. 18 July 2013
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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
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