Bad Chili (Hap Collins and Leonard Pine Series #4)

Bad Chili (Hap Collins and Leonard Pine Series #4)

by Joe R. Lansdale
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Bad Chili (Hap Collins and Leonard Pine Series #4) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After having read Joe R. Lansdale¿s beautiful and poignant novel, THE BOTTOMS (everybody should read this!), I decided to back track and try some of the books in his ¿Hap Collins/Leonard Pine¿ series, starting with BAD CHILI. I hate to say it, but after just one novel, I¿m now addicted to these two fascinating and utterly delightful characters. I found myself laughing so hard in the first four pages of this novel that I started crying and then got stomach cramps. I can¿t believe it¿s taken me so long to finally pick up a book by this fantastic author. I must¿ve had my head buried in a hole of sand for the last seven years. What¿s BAD CHILI about? Well, it¿s about Hap Collins and Leonard Pine (a couple of schmucks as Leonard would say of himself and his friend) who find themselves getting caught up in the most outrageous and dangerous situations, usually because they¿re trying to help someone. Hap is white, in his mid-forties, hates violence, dislikes guns, tries to stay within the law, has a bald spot on the back of his head, and is generally the calmer of the two. Leonard is black and gay, trained in the martial arts, tougher than any five guys put together, and the first to lose his temper. When Hap returns home after working on an off shore oil rig for several months, he and Leonard go out into the woods to shoot cans and play catch up on each other¿s life. It isn¿t long before a big, mean squirrel with rabies comes bouncing out of the woods and chases Hap around the field before finally latching onto his arm. While Hap goes to the hospital, Leonard attempts to find his boyfriend, Raul, who¿s left him for another man. Both Raul and his new lover end up dead, and Leonard is blamed for their murders. This leads Hap and Leonard on a quest to find out whom the real killer is, not to mention the person behind a sex/video ring who films gays being beat up by several guys and then sexually abuse by them. Hap will encounter one of the most dangerous and biggest men he has ever met¿a slightly deranged ex-wrestler who likes to apply electricity to a person¿s genitals before beating them to death with a baseball bat. If Hap thought the squirrel was deadly, waits till he meets Big Man Mountain! BAD CHILI is the most fun I¿ve had with a novel in an extremely long time. I immediately loved the characters of Hap and Leonard, feeling as if these were two guys I¿d like to know in real life. I couldn¿t get enough of the bantering between the two of them. Both men proved to be tough hombres who knew when to cross the line for payback. These are guys you¿d want covering your back, or tracking down the killers after you¿re dead. They¿re like dogs with a bone that won¿t let go, no matter what the cost. Hurt them or one of their friends, and they¿ll track you down to the ends of the earth to get a little helping of revenge. Brett Sawyer, a cussing, sex-starved nurse who long ago bonked her husband on the head and then set him on fire, is Hap¿s new love interest, and she¿s just as tough as he is. Then, there¿s Jim Bob Luke, a professional P.I. who reminded me just a little bit of Steven Seagal in his ability to go in and take out the bad guys in less than thirty seconds with no mercy shown. Mr. Lansdale¿s writing in BAD CHILI is like a cold Corona going down on a hot Texas day¿it makes you sigh with pure happiness when the last drop is finally swallowed. The story has more twists and turns than the Sabine River; and, as my late grandpappy would say, the trials and tribulations that Hap and Leonard go through would be enough to make a preacher cuss. BAD CHILI is definitely the real thing. It¿s the kind of book that adds a strong sense of joy to one¿s life and makes a reader glad that he¿s alive to have these kind of experiences. Needless to say, I¿ve already purchased the rest of the books in the series and intend on reading all of them within the next week or so. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the writer's style and the characters. I enjoy not really being able to figure out the ending and having a twist to surprise me. What I do not like is the extensive use of bad language. I have been known to use some crude and rude words, but there are SO MANY that it detracts from the story. For that I give it a four.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the BEST lol books ever !
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Exgman More than 1 year ago
Not worth the paper it was printed on.