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Vanilla Ride (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) [Paperback]

Joe R. Lansdale
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27 July 2010 Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, the kings of East Texas mischief and mayhem, return in this full-throttle thriller to face off with the Dixie Mafia.
When Leonard is asked to rescue a teenage girl from a lowly drug dealer, he gladly agrees and invites Hap along for the ride.  Everything goes according to plan, until they find out the dealer is a member of the Dixie mafia. A wild gun fight ensues, after which Hap and Leonard are arrested. Turns out, however, that the law needs a favor and if Hap and Leonard can do the deed they’ll be free roam. There’s one problem the Dixie Mafia’s new hired gun—the legendary assassin Vanilla Ride. Filled with breakneck action, gut-busting laughs, and one gigantic crocodile, this hilarious novel is as hot as a habanero pepper.

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  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books USA; 1 Reprint edition (27 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307455459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307455451
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back with a flurry of cussing and incompetence 19 Oct 2009
By Gremill
A return for the series that I never thought would, given the seeming closure at the end of 'Captains Outrageous', Joe Lansdales awesome Hap n Leonard are back - fans of the duo rejoice!
This isn't the best in the series by any means (I'll leave that honour to Rumble Tumble) but it's a hilarious romp through the East Texas badlands and is as much fun as you would expect it to be, being back in the company of the eminently lovable badboys who just want to do some good. All of the vital ingredients are present and correct: crackling dialogue, brilliant insults, bad-attitude, action, death and vanilla cookies. Lansdale retains his ability to describe wince-inducing fight-scenes and action better than 95% of writers out there and the title character is an interesting addition to the world that now looks like, saints-be-praised, continuing after the conclusion of this.
Fans of the series will lap this up, newbies should go back to the start of the series and work your way through them. You won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Hap and Leonard 18 Mar 2011
At long, long last, East Texas' finest - Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are back. Hap is a white trash, good ol' boy, with an eye for the ladies, but a penchant for bunny slippers; Leonard is a black, gay, martial arts expert and Vietnam veteran. Together they've been through many years of dead end jobs, romantic troubles, fights, fun and friendship. In this outing, they agree to help an old friend, whose granddaughter is living with a local, small-time drug-dealer. A little skirmish later and our heroes have rescued the girl. Job done. Unfortunately, the drug dealer is tied to the Dixie Mafia - a rather scary bunch of guys with a seemingly never-ending array of assassins, all of whom now seem to be after Hap and Leonard. A great mix of viloence, thrills, humour, and added philosophy from Hap. This is one of my very favourite series, and Joe Lansdale is a truly brilliant writer, and a wonderful storyteller. As I wrote those first lines out for this summary, I wanted to get the book off the shelf and read it all over again. Love it, love it, love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hap and Leonard hit folk - again. 23 Aug 2009
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I love Hap and Leonard books. The banter between the characters has me laughing out loud and annoying my wife. I discovered them a couple of years ago and I am sad to say that I have now read all of them - there are no more to enjoy for now.

I bought this one on sight. Is it any good? Well this depends on if you have read any of the others. If not then start with Savage Season, then Mucho Mojo and then pick them at random. This is not the best in the series but better than Bad Chilli or Captains Outrageous. The plot is paper thin but who cares? This is fun not literature. The jokes are good and the violence just on the cartoon side of gratuitous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rough Ride! 21 April 2013
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Two friends and 'professional' trouble causers agree to help an old friend and end up getting involved with The Dixie Mafia after they bust up a trailer full of low~lifes and pour their cocaine down a toilet. The Dixie Mafia don't take too kindly to this display of disrespect and send an assortment of hitmen and tough guys to do in our heroes. Unfortunately for the bad guys though, our heroes are tougher than they look..
Having been starved of any Hap and Leonard stories for ages, I decided it was finally time to get round to reading this one. I'd read all the others in the series up to this book a long time ago and have had this near the top of my 'to do' list since it came out!
Anyway, is it any good? Yes, is the answer.
If you're a fan of Lansdale's style (who for my money is one of the best modern authors writing today ~ I've yet to read anything by him I didn't like!) you cant go wrong. There's plenty of asses bein whupped and some great dialogue to back it up. Okay, its not 'Bad Chilli' or 'Rumble Tumble' good, but for my money, is a solid addition to the series. I particularly enjoyed the trailer fight and the tussle they have with 'The Big Guy' out to man~mangle them! In the end its a solid read which fans should enjoy.
By the way if you're new to the series, you could read this independently but I would definitely recommend starting with Savage Season at the beginning, and from there, the books pretty much improve as the series progresses..
I keep checking for any news of the film version of Savage Season, which Lansdale was writing the script for but it seems to have been put on the back burner! Which is annoying!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Missed you guys 9 Aug 2011
There's eight years between this & Captains Outrageous the previous book in the series. Glad to say nothing much has changed as Hap & Leonard get in too deep when helping friend, Marvin, save his Granddaughter from a life of drugs. Things start bad & then get worse as they are forced to help the FBI find two missing kids & a bag of Dixie Mafia money. Violent, slapstick & hilarious all at the same time this series just keeps on entertaining. Brilliant.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best Hap and Leonard yet!! 21 July 2009
It usually takes me a while to read a book but I finished Vanilla Ride in a day, could not put it down.

Can be read without reading the other Hap and Leonard novels but I recommend reading them all as they are all excellent and you really grow to love the characters. I really cannot praise this book enough.

It is a shame Joe Lansdale does not have a British publisher as he is one of the best story tellers out there and you cannot really go to anyone else for Mojo tales and a slice of Texas as good as he does it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars for all crime fiction fans with a rough and ready sense of humour
If Lansdale could churn out a daily dose of Hap and Leonard stories, I could quite happily read nothing but them and be satisfied. Read more
Published on 13 May 2012 by Rob Kitchin
2.0 out of 5 stars A Poor Ride
This is a very poor addition to a great series that had come to a natural end with Rumble Tumble. (Let's not mention the disappointing Captains Outrageous. Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2011 by D. G. Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny sharp and tense
Another wonderful ride along with Hap and Leonard. Great plot, the best one liners, great atmosphere and a taste of Texas. Read more
Published on 24 July 2011 by Dh Rees
4.0 out of 5 stars back in the badlands again
Back to familiar territory again with Hap and Leonard and the usual madness and gunplay, one liners and sarcasm as good as ever. An entertaining read. Read more
Published on 18 April 2011 by Joann Timuoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Hap and Leonard
Discovered Hap and Leonard a few years ago. Laughed out loud from start of first book and still laughing many books later. What a joy. Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2010 by Catherine A
4.0 out of 5 stars They're back!
For Hap and Leonard fans, just the fact that they're back is cause for joy. "Vanilla Ride" is not the best in the series - I'd award that to Mucho Mojo or Bad Chilli - although I... Read more
Published on 23 May 2010 by Constant Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars A good ride
I enjoyed the charachters and the witty dialogues but the story wasn't as good as some of the previous novels.
Published on 21 Sep 2009 by Fulvia Calorio
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