Hap and Leonard

Tachyon. Mar. 2016. 240p. ISBN 9781616961916. pap. $15.95. F
This is Lansdale's (Paradise Sky) latest collection of short stories from the popular "Hap and Leonard" series. Hap, a self-described "freelance troubleshooter," and Leonard, his crime-fighting sidekick, get in and out of trouble in these tales. In "Hyenas," Leonard wins a bar brawl—only to find that the guy he beat is his next client. A crooked lawyer from Hap's past springs Leonard from jail in "Veil's Visit." Other stories offer insight into the past of both Hap and Leonard, including the early sparks of their friendship. The lighthearted "Death by Chili" includes Lansdale's own chili recipe. In the essay "The Care and Feeding and Raising Up of Hap and Leonard," Lansdale reflects on writing this widely acclaimed series.
VERDICT Macho, action-packed, and brimming with witty one-liners, this collection is published to coincide with the March 2 debut of the Sundance TV series Hap and Leonard and will appeal to casual readers of the series, as well as newcomers. Die-hard fans will be delighted to find one previously unpublished story in this volume.
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