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Savage Season by Joe R. Lansdale

Savage Season

by Joe R. Lansdale

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Series: Hap and Leonard (1)

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The first Hap and Leonard! I love these characters and the way they interact! Great dialogue, full of truth and humor! The author really brings their friendship into perfect clarity. Now, I've read other Hap and Leonard books, and liked them a bit more, so that's why I'm only giving this 3 stars. To me, the series has improved! But, I did enjoy reading how it all got started! ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Jan 15, 2015 |
Ci sono Hap, Leonard e l'ex moglie di Hap che più stronza non si può, e un po' di altri svitati, alcuni concentrati a salvare il mondo con l'ideologia e altri svitati e basta.
E c'è la speranza di un sacco di soldi facili, niente rapire, basta solo recuperarli.
Così inizia "Una stagione selvaggia" che non è detto finisca nel modo migliore possibile, però Hap e Leonard sono simpatici con i loro scambi di battute mentre le paludi fanno tanto America del Sud. ( )
  Saretta.L | Mar 31, 2013 |
Savage Season, the first novel in Joe Lansdale’s Hap and Leonard series, was first published in 1990. Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are two “good ole boys” from East Texas who have a way of getting themselves into trouble by just trying to mind their own business and occasionally help out friends. Hap is a white heterosexual who has done some prison time and his best friend (Leonard) is a black homosexual who is also a Vietnam Veteran. I’ve previously read two other Hap and Leonard books and I had no trouble enjoying them even though I hadn’t read the previous volumes. However, I decided I wanted to see how it all began, and I am glad I did. Lansdale spends some time filling in the bios of both characters in this story. The background and character development certainly help the reader determine what kind of men these guys are, but the reader learns even more about who they are through their (often humorous) dialogue. The reader also learns what kind of men Hap and Leonard are through their no-nonsense actions. They have both fought their way around the block many times, and there is plenty of action in the second half of this book. Hap is visited by his ex-wife (Trudy), whom he has never been able to resist even though he knows she uses physical pleasures to entice him and abuse him. Leonard doesn’t hesitate to voice his very critical opinions of Trudy to Hap, but it rarely deters Hap’s involvement with her. This time Trudy entices Hap to help her and her motley crew of criminals and idealistic radicals find and recover over $200,000 of stolen money that they believe has been stashed in a car, which has been submerged in the Sabine River for many years. Hap brings Leonard into the caper against Trudy’s wishes, and Leonard finally agrees to join the caper with strong reservations. Hap is mostly convinced because he cannot resist Trudy. Leonard is convinced that it is a really bad idea for both of them, but he can’t abandon Hap. Hey, their share of the money would be nice also! Well, they find the money. However, then greed and betrayal takes control of the situation and the resulting savage violence smacks Hap and Leonard in their faces and pummels their bodies. It seems impossible that either Hap or Leonard will survive. Even though you know they both survive because I’ve already told you this is only the first volume in the series, it will still seem impossible as you read this book. I like Lansdale’s Hap and Leonard series because he creates very interesting characters, writes colorful and humorous dialogue, and weaves engaging stories that convey a unique local East-Texas ambiance and provide plenty of violence and suspense. What more could you want? I recommend that you read more of Lansdale’s Hap and Leonard after this one. ( )
  clark.hallman | Apr 11, 2012 |
Not so much my genre, but for what it is, it ain't bad. ( )
  Shmuel510 | Jul 22, 2011 |
[a:Joe R. Lansdale|58971|Joe R. Lansdale|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1200406474p2/58971.jpg] writes some of the best dialog going. His stories are infused with ironic humor, violence and tough language, but with heart at their core.In [b:Savage Season|102114|Savage Season|Joe R. Lansdale|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1171484467s/102114.jpg|98454], the first Hap and Leonard crime novel, Trudy, an old flame of Hap's, drops in to ask for his help in recovering a huge sum of money from a gang heist years ago. Hap enlists Leonard's help and it's a good thing. As double-crosses abound among Trudy and a host of unsavory people, all of their lives hang in the balance. ( )
  MugsyNoir | Nov 19, 2010 |
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Start with two best friends who practice martial arts in their free time: one a straight white guy, the other a black gay guy. Add a conniving ex-wife in a blue-jean miniskirt. Throw in half a million in a muddy creekbed somewhere near the Sabine River in East Texas. Add an ex-radical from the '60s and two naive idealists who want to save the world. Mix them all together in a half-assed plan, season with double-crosses, and then top it off with a hilarious and chilling drug dealer named Soldier. Bloody mayhem a la Lansdale.

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When his old flame returns to LaBorde, Texas, with a scam to dredge the local river for half a million in lost hold-up money, Hap Collins finds himself confronted with a killer named Soldier.

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