HONKY TONK SAMURAI

HONKY TONK SAMURAI            JOE R. LANSDALE

Only Hap and Leonard would catch a cold case with hot cars, hot women, and ugly skinheads.
The story starts simply enough when Hap, a former 60s activist and self-proclaimed white trash rebel, and Leonard, a tough black, gay Vietnam vet and Republican with an addiction to Dr. Pepper, are working a freelance surveillance job in East Texas. The uneventful stakeout is coming to an end when the pair witness a man abusing his dog. Leonard takes matters into his own fists, and now the bruised dog abuser wants to press charges. 
One week later, a woman named Lilly Buckner drops by their new PI office with a proposition: find her missing granddaughter, or she'll turn in a video of Leonard beating the dog abuser. The pair agrees to take on the cold case and soon discover that the used car dealership where her granddaughter worked is actually a front for a prostitution ring. What began as a missing-person case becomes one of blackmail and murder.
Filled with Lansdale's trademark whip-smart dialogue, relentless pacing, and unorthodox characters, Honky Tonk Samurai is a rambunctious thrill ride by one hell of a writer.

HUBBY'S REVIEW:
Frist time reading any of this series and I must say it does keep you moving story wise. It opens up with Hap and Leonard on a stake out in East Texas. Not really anything happening until they see a man start abusing his dog or puppy. Leonard is upset not just about that but he has run out of Dr. Pepper and takes it out on the animal abuser. Then the police are called and of course there cover is blown for the stack out, but they saved the dog. A woman across the street recorded most everything at least the part of the abuse by the dog owner and they were free to go. When they get back to the office they find out that there boss has now become the chief of police and they need to find new jobs because they are not going to take the time to take the test for a P.I licensing. Hap’s girlfriend decides to take over the business and a week later a women by the name of Lilly comes in and wants to hire them to find the bones of her missing granddaughter of seven years. Not wanting to do it she shows them the entire video which includes Leonard beating up the dog abuser. They take the case and at the same time they have now opened up a slew of murder, prostitution, a crazy sadistic hit-man, and Leonard’s craving for vanilla wafers that at one point need to be kept under lock and key. A fast paced story with many twists and turns, but an enjoyable read. I got this book from Netgalley. I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com 

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