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Savage Season: A Hap and Leonard Novel (1) (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) Paperback – 6 Jan 2009

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard; Reprint edition (6 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307455386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307455383
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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""

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The first book starring Joe Lansdale's beloved crime-fighting duo Hap and Leonard. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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SAVAGE SEASON by Joe R. Lansdale is the first novel in the "Hap Collins/Leonard Pine" series and clearly demonstrates the path to be taken by these utterly outrageous, yet definably noble characters. As the novel starts out, Hap and Leonard are doing okay. They have steady jobs in the rose fields and are taking a day off to shoot some skeet in the field behind Hap's house. Yep, everything is going pretty good until trouble walks around the corner of the house in the form of Trudy (Hap's ex-wife). Now, I don't know if Mr. Lansdale ever met my ex-girlfriend, but his description of Trudy fits her like a tight pair of spandex pants. Every time Trudy steps back into Hap's life and then leaves him again, it takes several months for him to recover. Needless to say, Leonard hates this lady for the way she treats his best friend. Anyway, Trudy has what appears to be a sweet deal for her loving ex-husband. It seems that one of her other ex-husbands, Howard, was in jail with a man who'd helped to rob a bank of one million dollars. All of the bank robber's cohorts were killed during or after the crime, and he almost bought the farm himself when he crashed his getaway boat into a submerged tree stump somewhere along the Sabine River. The money was never recovered, and the bank robber got life in prison. He gave Howard a general location of where he thought the sunken boat might be, hoping that if Howard were able to find the money, he'd share some of it with him to make his stay in prison a little easier. Since Hap knows the Sabine River like the back of his hand (well, maybe not quite that good), Trudy enlists Hap's help in locating the boat, offering him $200,000.00 for his services.Read more ›
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The first in an amazing series involving Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, two most unlikely heroes (though heroes they are). The author performs a powerful magic that transforms a tale with a violent twist about characters that are theoretically undesireable into something unique and hard to put down or forget. Furthermore, should you never laugh out loud when reading this and don't feel moved to buy one of the other Hap & Leonard books I'll be surprised. The story, set in East Texas, is about a treasure hunt, Hap's old girl and much more. Caveat: this is perhaps the weakest of the series, even so it gets 5 stars.
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If I am not mistaken, this first Hap & Leonard novel is by far the shortest in the series (I'm discounting novellas and short stories) but you get your moneys worth anyway. The story is fairly simple so I won't go into it, but it's streamlined, engaging, full of distinctive personalities and great banter/dialogue between our two heroes. As usual, there's a philosophical engagement lightly examined somewhere in the book, but as usual we're not fed much anything we didn't ask for.

Lansdale's background as, among other things, a writer of horror fiction manifests in some greatly menacing scenes, including a chase, later in the book, but he also seems to have taken a leaf out of the Gregory McDonald school of Humourous Crime Fiction, with lengthy dialogue driven passages, very economical storytelling, and riveting characterisation (not to mention the humour). Plus, the books manage to capture that perfect, romanticised Texas, and the less-than-perfect poverty, racism and ignorance that also appear in that fine state.

It's not the best book in the series but you can read it in a few hours (don't start near the evening!) and it leads fairly well into Mucho Mojo, the better known second book in the series!
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When the woman who left you after you ended up in jail trying to impress her suddenly turns up again it is probably best to be polite, but ask her to leave. But, this is Hap Collins we are talking about and no matter how much his best friend Leonard tells him she is bad, Hap cannot get enough. For fans of Joe R Lansdale’s ‘Hap and Leonard’ series, ‘Savage Season’ is a quintessential outing for the deadly duo. It is the chemistry between the two main characters that make the books a joy to read and that is certainly the case here once more.

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.
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