Hap and Leonard are two best friends who live in Texas. Hap is white, Leonard is black. Hap is straight, Leonard is gay. Hap was a conscientious objector during Vietnam, Leonard went to war and killed people. Oddly, Leonard is a conservative Republican, Hap is not. Both have zero ambition in the real world but sometimes make decent money as a pair of freelance badasses and private investigators, who generally take up the causes of those not strong enough to fight for themselves and beat to a pulp those who prey on them. Both are a pair of insufferable wise-asses and full time trouble-causers...
After Leonard badly beats up three men in a bar who foolishly start a fight with him, both he and Hap are then approached by one of the men for a job.
Apparently the man in question was about to hire the other two as hired muscle, until that was Leonard battered the living daylights out of them. Turns out that Kelly (the man needing the hired muscle), is concerned for his younger brother, Donny, who has fallen in with a crowd of armed robbers and potential murderers, led by a vicious man mountain of a gorilla known as 'Smoke Stack', and all he wants Hap and Leonard to do is warn them off, friendly like.
Hmm, maybe not so simple.. But with the job in question offering a tasty price - $20,000.00 - it's maybe not so simple to it turn down either...
Decent novella in the Hap and Leonard series. Some very funny dialogue and one or two juicy moments of violence. I particularly liked the hand-to-hand combat in this one.
Some moralistic moments kind of get up your nose a bit, but they're brief, so don't get in the way of the action too much.
Not as good as a full novel with these two, obviously, but still highly entertaining for what it is.