- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (10 Oct. 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575400013
- ISBN-13: 978-0575400016
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 706,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mucho Mojo: Mucho Mojo (HB) Paperback – 10 Oct 1998
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For Hap and Leonard, even an inheritance comes with complications . . .
When Leonard Pine's Uncle Chester dies Leonard is not expecting to inherit - after all, his Uncle never came to terms with the fact that his nephew was gay. But it seems that USD100,000, a house and its contents have all been left to Leonard - along with a mysterious key which doesn't seem to fit anything in the house. But when Leonard and Hap move in to repair the house, they discover a crack house next door and, far worse, the skeleton of a child, hidden in a trunk underneath the floorboards. It seems that Uncle Chester's life was not exactly the way Leonard and Hap imagined it to be ...See all Product description
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The background follows on pretty directly from Savage Season, with Leonard injured and Hap recovering. Then Leonard's uncle dies, leaves Leonard a bunch of inheritance which startles him (Uncle Chester never approved of Leonard being gay) and eventually Hap and Leonard find a child's skeleton underneath the house. Questions need to be answered and soon they're back sneaking around, making (funny) childish banter with each other, and talking back to authority figures. Hap even gets to fail completely in a romantic relationship again.
Now, if Savage Season was Hap's story, Mucho Mojo is definitely Leonard's story, told from Hap's point of view. It's much more contemporary - where Savage Season dealt with the 1990s fall out of the 1960s peace/free-love/self-righteous idiot movement, Mucho Mojo deals with inner city black ghettos, drugs, police corruption (Marvin Hanson from Joe's first book Act of Love is a big supporting character here - sort of the Flynn to Hap and Leonard's Fletch - but you don't need to have read Act of Love to read this), religion, child abuse, being messed around by women, fixing porches, racial tensions....All kinds of big stuff, but it being Lansdale we're not fed ANY kind of moralising or preaching and there's plenty of humour to boot. Neither making light of big stuff, or existing despite it, Lansdale's humour coexists - neither uneasily nor easily - with the darkness in the book, just like it probably does in your life.
Once again a quick easy read, Mucho Mojo is highly recommended.
Still, I did prefer the first book of the series, here the pace was a bit more relaxed, however it is a breath of first air between endless whodunnits
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Phil Gigante is the best narrator I have come across.
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