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The Two-Bear Mambo Mass Market Paperback – Mar 1997

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Time Warner International; Reprint edition (Mar. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446401889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446401883
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,875,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A bitingly brilliant novel of comedy and crime from a master at the height of his powers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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When I got over to Leonard's Christmas Eve night, he had the Kentucky Headhunters turned way up over at his place, and they were singing "The Ballad of Davy Crockett," and Leonard, in a kind of Christmas celebration, was once again setting fire to the house next door. Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Sept. 2001
Format: Paperback
THE TWO-BEAR MAMBO by Joe R. Lansdale continues the saga of Hap Collins and Leonard Pine where MUCHO MOJO left off. It starts out with Hap arriving at Leonard's house on Christmas Eve night. Blasting out of his friend's home is the music to "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" and Leonard is next door, kicking righteous butt and burning down the neighborhood crack house once again. The police pull Hap and Leonard in, but Lieutenant Marvin Hanson gets them off the hook, provided they do him a small favor. It seems that Hap's old girlfriend, Florida Grange (the one who left him for Hanson) took off to Grovetown, Texas to do an article on a black musician who supposedly hung himself while in the custody of the local police. Florida has suddenly vanished, and Hanson wants Hap and Leonard to pay a visit to Grovetown to see if they can find out anything. The only problem is that this particular Texas town is right out of the fifties and sixties. It's a viper's nest filled with Klansmen, led by Jackson Brown, who enjoy murdering the black folks and seem to be getting away with it. Both Hap and Leonard know that they're going to have their hands full just trying to stay alive as they attempt to investigate Florida's disappearance. Even together, as tough as they are, both men are going to find out that they've bitten off more than they can chew when they take on the populace of Grovetown. They'll find themselves in the middle of free-for-all that would put Billy Jack to shame and come very close to getting beaten to death.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Moncrieff on 14 April 2013
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Here are two of the descriptive passages from this particular Joe Lansdale book:

"Here the trees were thick and dark and somber. Low rain clouds had formed, turning the bright cold day gray and sad as a widow's thoughts."

And the other:

"This one was not a bad-looking guy, but he had a tavern tumor that was threatening the buttons on his paisley shirt, and a kind of smirk like he'd been corn-holing your wife and she'd told him to tell you so."

Between the simple poetry and brevity of Lansdale's descriptive passages and the (excuse and/or forgive me) "redneck wit" of some of the other description and dialogue, Lansdale's easy writing style is in full swing here. Neither the slightly awkward writing of the first Hap & Leonard book (Savage Season: A Hap and Leonard Novel (1) (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) nor the more developed (and slightly more serious and multi-layered) writing of the second (Mucho Mojo), Two-Bear Mambo might well be the most readable of all the books.

It deals head on with racism in Texas which had been present in both the previous books but never quite the main theme. As you might imagine, that makes some of the story quite grim to read, but like you and your friends in the big wide world, there's laughter too. Unlike Mucho Mojo, which had a more consistent tone, Mambo is more like Savage Season in that most of the true darkness is contained in the final act which actually made me gasp reading it (like an idiot). Powerful stuff.

If there's one knock I have against the book, it is merely that I guessed the mystery a few pages before it was revealed. But this isn't Agatha Christie - the book wasn't spoiled at all. Highly recommended.
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By New mum on 4 May 2010
Format: Paperback
Joe R. Lansdale's writing pretty much defys description. But If pushed I think it can be best descibed as; A Two-Fisted Texan X-Rated modern day Mark Twain out of his head on bourbon and mescaline picking a fight with the distored but true reflections of America in The Hall of Mirrors.

Lansdale is a true Master of The Yarn, he uses no frills story telling and belives in shooting straight from the hip,maybe because of this when he uses unexpected simple yet beautiful prose it has a deeper impact. Making descriptions of sunsets and storms poetically effortless with out breaking a stride.

He doesn't try and get too clever keeps the plot moving constantly forward, his main strength with most if not all of Lansdale's work is the brilliant characterisation. Even minor characters are brought immediately to life in just a couple of sentances.

Switching as well as mixing genres together such as Horror, crime and westerns, The Two-Bear Mambo falls somewhere between Chandleresque missing person mystery and a stotic High Noon style western, yet at the same time becoming it's own entity entirely.

The plot involves best friends and occasional righters of wrongs Hap Collins and Lenoard Pine who through at the begining get arrested by their cop friend Charlie for despensing vigilante justice on the crack head next door neighbours yet again. A kind of light blackmail offer is made to them by Charlie's boss, Detective Hanson who wants them to find Florida Grange. If they go looking for her, he'll drop the charges.Hap,Lenoard,Charlie are around Hansons house watching a National Geographic special on bears mating habits when the propsition is made by Hanson.
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