Savage Season: A Hap and Leonard Novel (1) Paperback – 6 Jan 2009
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"Hilarious. . . . Lansdale is a terrifically gifted storyteller with a sharp country boy wit."--The Washington Post Book World"For sheer pace, humor, and style, the winner is Savage Season."--Time Out New York"The most consistently original and originally visceral writer the great state of Texas (or any other state for that matter) has seen in a score of flashpoint summers."--Austin Chronicle "Lansdale has an unsettling sensibility. Be thankful he crafts such wild tall tales."--Chicago Sun-Times
A flat-out, pedal-to-the-metal tale of blood, revenge and greed --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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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.
This is the first outing for the pair and follows the usual pattern of Hap getting them both in trouble. This time it happens when Trudy tells him there is an easy $200 000 to be made, if only he can find an abandoned boat in The Bottoms (a swamp area in Texas). This being East Texas and a Lansdale novel, things are not going to be easy and some blood is likely to be split. ‘Savage Season’ is not an out and out thriller, but a languid black comedy that takes its time to amuse and bemuse the reader. Lansdale is also a specialist in horror and that influences his crime fiction as ‘Savage Season’ almost feels scary at times.
The special sauce that stops the book being outright horror is the rich vein of humour provided by Hap and Leonard’s bad attitude. If you met them, you would not like them, but seeing as we are on their side, watching them stir things amongst a group of robbers is great fun. It is Lansdale’s descriptive style that raises the book above its generic and slightly flat story. He paints such vivid imagery using his words. This is reflected further in the characters’ dialogue. At times the language is crude, but poetically so – East Texas is described in ways that would make a whore blush.
It is the genius of Lansdale that makes ‘Savage Season’ such a joy to read, the interaction between Hap and Leonard is enough to make you want to read the book and at times I would have preferred a book all about those two busting each other’s chops, rather than a crime novel. It is this element that is the weakest and prevents the book from being a must. It does remain however, a very enjoyable read.
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