Savage Season: A Hap and Leonard Novel (1) (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) 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""
The first book starring Joe Lansdale's beloved crime-fighting duo Hap and Leonard. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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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!
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.Read more ›
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