Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Books: Devil Red by Joe R. Lansdale

Devil RedDevil Red by Joe R. Lansdale

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The banter may be crude and the language a little lewd, but when it comes to telling a great story, few can top Joe R. Lansdale, especially when he is writing a book in the Hap and Leonard series. Hap Collins is a straight, white, former hippie and Leonard Pine is a gay, black, former soldier and the scrapes they get into in Landsdale's stomping grounds of East Texas make for one of the finest modern crime series going today. In this story, Hap and Leonard are helping a former cop friend of theirs who has recently started a detective agency. When a series of murders is committed that appears to be attributed to a vampire cult, Hap and Leonard investigate and stumble into much more than they bargain for. They pages really fly by in this book aided by Lansdale's trademark bawdy humor, but make no mistake, there is quite a bit of violence in the book as well, so those with a weak constitution may want to look for something a lit cozier. But if you're a fan of Elmore Leonard, Ken Bruen or Charlie Huston you'll feel right at home and enjoy this story tremendously. Very highly recommended, the whole series is great and this is one of the best of the bunch. Devil Red (Hap and Leonard) -

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