Vanilla Ride (Hap Collins and Leonard Pine Series #7)

Vanilla Ride (Hap Collins and Leonard Pine Series #7)

by Joe R. Lansdale
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Vanilla Ride (Hap Collins and Leonard Pine Series #7) by Joe R. Lansdale

Hap and Leonard is now a Sundance TV series starring James Purefoy and Michael Kenneth Williams.

Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, the kings of East Texas mischief and mayhem, return in this full-throttle thriller to face off with the Dixie Mafia.
When Leonard is asked to rescue a teenage girl from a lowly drug dealer, he gladly agrees and invites Hap along for the ride.  Everything goes according to plan, until they find out the dealer is a member of the Dixie mafia. A wild gun fight ensues, after which Hap and Leonard are arrested. Turns out, however, that the law needs a favor and if Hap and Leonard can do the deed they’ll be free roam. There’s one problem the Dixie Mafia’s new hired gun—the legendary assassin Vanilla Ride. Filled with breakneck action, gut-busting laughs, and one gigantic crocodile, this hilarious novel is as hot as a habanero pepper.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307270979
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/30/2009
Series: Hap Collins and Leonard Pine Series , #7
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.48(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

Joe R. Lansdale is the author of over thirty novels and numerous short stories. His work has appeared in national anthologies, magazines, and collections, as well as numerous foreign publications. He has written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and Internet sites. His work has been collected in eighteen short-story collections, and he has edited or co-edited over a dozen anthologies.

Lansdale has received the Edgar Award, eight Bram Stoker Awards, the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Grinzani Cavour Prize for Literature, the Herodotus Historical Fiction Award, the Inkpot Award for Contributions to Science Fiction and Fantasy, and many others.

A major motion picture based on Lansdale's crime thriller Cold in July was released in May 2014, starring Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Sam Shepard (Black Hawk Down), and Don Johnson (Miami Vice). His novella Bubba Hotep was adapted to film by Don Coscarelli, starring Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis. His story "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road" was adapted to film for Showtime's "Masters of Horror." He is currently co-producing a TV series, "Hap and Leonard" for the Sundance Channel and films including The Bottoms, based on his Edgar Award-winning novel, with Bill Paxton and Brad Wyman, and The Drive-In, with Greg Nicotero.

Lansdale is the founder of the martial arts system Shen Chuan: Martial Science and its affiliate, Shen Chuan Family System. He is a member of both the United States and International Martial Arts Halls of Fame. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas with his wife, dog, and two cats.

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Vanilla Ride (Hap Collins and Leonard Pine Series #7) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These stories make me happy and I make myself do something else just to make the experience last a little longer.
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Sorry, this was just not as entertaining as other Lansdale novels I have read.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Few can resist the antics of Hap and Leonard, so why try? Lansdale stories featuring this unlikely pair are always fast-paced, laugh provoking; in other words, thoroughly enjoyable. Hap and Leonard are two good ol' East Texas boys who like to keep things clean. They simply cannot tolerate wrong doing, so no matter what cost or the jeopardy they're placing themselves in they're determined to set things right. A more unlikely pair of do-gooders would be hard to find. Hap's a white fellow with an eye for the ladies, while Leonard is a black homosexual. Thus, the chatter between the two is often hilarious thanks to Lansdale's sharp pen for humor. With Vanilla Ride, their seventh adventure, the duo set out to rescue Marvin Hanson's granddaughter who's too close to a drug dealer. Hanson's had a go at it to no avail and said dealer is protected by some really tough guys. Time for Hap and Leonard. They are successful but unaware from day one that they were upsetting the Dixie Mafia. Mafioso guys don't take any kind of interference lightly so they set out for some revenge, sending all sorts of unsavory characters after Hap and Leonard. When none of them are able to take the pair down the Mafia dispatches Vanilla Ride, a gorgeous assassin. Phil Gigante does a wonderful job of bringing all these assorted types to life, and he must have had a ball doing it because it's some of the most fun listening to be found. Enjoy! - Gail Cooke
harstan More than 1 year ago
In East Texas, unlikely sidekicks Hap Collins and Leonard Pine behave like identical twins though the former is white heterosexual and the latter is black homosexual. These two kick butt buddies believe in the code of LDRSHIP (loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage); they are there for each other. Being Good Samaritans, they rescue the granddaughter of a friend Marvin Hanson from local drug dealers. However, their actions embarrass the Dixie Mafia, who cannot allow this affront to their friends go unnoticed. They send a horde of trained killers to take out the dynamic duo, who enjoy the war. As the body count explodes to the point they may need a stadium to hold the corpses, the humiliated Dixie Mafia send their top gun Vanilla Ride to kill the pair starting with her blue eyes, blond hair, and killer smile. The return of the kings of deadly chaos Hap and Leonard will delight fans as they once again get involved in an outrageous caper that leaves plenty of corpses in which the title Vanilla Ride probably should have been Cherry Ride. The story line is fast-paced, filled with action as Joe R. Lansdale satirizes the epic crime thriller with a super insane only in Texas thriller. Harriet Klausner