Captains Outrageous (Hap Collins and Leonard Pine Series #6)

Captains Outrageous (Hap Collins and Leonard Pine Series #6)

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by Joe R. Lansdale
     
 

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Hap Collins and Leonard Pine find mucho trouble, this time in Mexico, when they come face to face with a nudist mobster, his seven-foot strong-arm, a octogenarian knife-touting fisherman, and, somehow, an armadillo.

When Hap Collins saves the life of his employer's daughter, he is rewarded with a Caribbean Cruise, and he convinces his best friend Leonard Pine to

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Hap Collins and Leonard Pine find mucho trouble, this time in Mexico, when they come face to face with a nudist mobster, his seven-foot strong-arm, a octogenarian knife-touting fisherman, and, somehow, an armadillo.

When Hap Collins saves the life of his employer's daughter, he is rewarded with a Caribbean Cruise, and he convinces his best friend Leonard Pine to come along. However, when the cruise sails on without them, stranding them in Playa del Carmen with nothing but their misfortune and Leonard's new ridiculous hat, the two quickly find themselves drawn into a vicious web of sordid violence. When they return to East Texas, they find that trouble has beaten them back, and when trouble's around it doesn't take long for Hap and Leonard to find it.

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"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 gets better with each book."—Rocky Mountain News

"A storyteller in the great American tradition of Ambrose Bierce and Mark Twain."—The Boston Globe "Lansdale reaches the reader on a gut level. . . . A terrific writer."—Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine "Lansdale is a storyteller in the Texas tradition of outrageousness . . . but amped up to about 100,000 watts."—Houston Chronicle  "One of publishing's best kept secrets."—Dallas Morning News "Hap and Leonard function as a sort of Holmes and Watson — if Holmes and Watson had had more lusty appetites and less refined educations and spent their lives in east Texas. . . . Not only funny, but also slyly offer acute commentary on matters of race, friendship and love in small-town America."—The New York Times   "Lansdale has a zest for storytelling and a gimlet eye for detail."—Entertainment Weekly "As funny as all get out."—Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel 

Best buddies Hap Collins and Leonard Pine get into trouble more often during the course of this book than most characters could manage in an entire series. These East Texas rowdies are working as security guards for a chicken-processing plant—which makes for several almost-funny chicken jokes—when Hap saves the life of a young woman who turns out to be the plant owner's daughter. Hap is rewarded for his heroics with a large check and a Caribbean cruise, which he takes with his friend Leonard. The two are quickly abandoned by the cruise ship in a small port, mugged by off-duty cops and saved by an old fisherman who is a whiz with a machete—all this before becoming ensnared in an elaborate, sometimes improbable, plot involving murder and revenge. What makes this duo unusual is that Hap is a white heterosexual and Leonard is a black homosexual. So along with the chicken humor you also get a handful of black-white, gay-straight jokes. Lansdale's last book, The Bottoms, won the prestigious Edgar Award, but if you've never picked up his other books, you'll probably scratch your head while reading this one and wonder what the fuss is about.
—Randy Michael Signor

Publishers Weekly
Hap Collins is working as a security guard for a poultry plant when he saves a young woman from a brutal assault only to find that she is the daughter of the plant’s owner. As a reward the owner gives Hap $100,000, enough for Hap and his best friend Leonard Pine to take a vacation cruise down old Mexico way. However, when they become involved with an elderly fisherman and his beautiful daughter, they bring a world of trouble down on their heads. Lansdale’s writing is blunt, sometimes crude, and no holds barred violent, but it’s also witty, outrageously funny, and often touching. Phil Gigante’s delivery brings a sitting-at-the-bar intimacy to the book’s first-person narrative, and his delivery of the laugh-out-loud dialogue is worth the price of admission. A Vintage paperback. (Nov.)
Kirkus Reviews
Walking an East Texas poultry plant as a security guard isn't the stuff of joie de vivre, and for some time Hap Collins has been experiencing a pervasive and debilitating lassitude. Life is tasteless until fate takes a turn in Hap's life when he's in the right place to save a young girl from being beaten to death, earning the gratitude of her rich father. He also earns for himself and his faithful sidekick Leonard Pine (Freezer Burn, 1999, etc.) what's billed as a Caribbean pleasure cruise. Alas, before the ship ever reaches the Caribbean, Leonard makes an enemy of an officious steward who thereupon arranges to have them both stranded in Mexico, where Leonard is beaten up and stabbed, and Hap becomes involved with a Mexican beauty of questionable character, a relationship leading to others ranging from dubious to deplorable. Somehow they manage to get out of Mexico alive, but just barely, and not permanently. When a close friend of Hap's is mistaken for him and brutally murdered, he and Leonard return south of the border once more, heading a small vigilante party intent on hunting down the venomous gangster-murderer headquartered there, with one object in mind: violent and bloody payback. Lansdale, winner of last year's best-novel Edgar for The Bottoms, which gave Collins and Pine some time off, has certainly written more engrossing tales for his picaresque pair. Still, the trademark raunchiness is present in full measure, and even those fans who aren't caught up in this adventure will probably find themselves grinning a lot.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307455529
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/10/2009
Series:
Hap Collins and Leonard Pine Series, #6
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
588,170
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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