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Bad Chili (1997)

by Joe R. Lansdale

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Per chi non li conoscesse, i protagonisti fanno parte di una serie: sono Hap e Leonard, due strampalati detective texani cui capitano vicende ai limiti del paradosso. C'è di mezzo il solito omicidio nel quale stavolta le apparenze sono tutte contro Leonard che pare ne sia coinvolto. Da quel momento ne capitano di tutti i colori: scoiattoli rabbiosi, cadaveri sparsi qua e là, una bella infermiera dal passato burrascoso, un poliziotto amico ed un self-made man dagli affari più o meno leciti. I nostri ne verranno fuori, ma con qualche cicatrice in più sulla pelle e un'amicizia che resiste sopra ogni cosa.
  Magrathea | Dec 30, 2017 |
Another fun outing with the boys. This one felt a little flat to me and lacked some of the stand out moments of the earlier novels, but makes up for it with some genuine laugh out loud scenes, one of which, involving Hap and a rabid squirrel, might possibly be the funniest thing Lansdale ever wrote. It also introduces two characters who'd become pivotal in their next few adventures and a suitably creepy band of villains. ( )
  StuartNorth | Nov 19, 2016 |
Another fun outing with the boys. This one felt a little flat to me and lacked some of the stand out moments of the earlier novels, but makes up for it with some genuine laugh out loud scenes, one of which, involving Hap and a rabid squirrel, might possibly be the funniest thing Lansdale ever wrote. It also introduces two characters who'd become pivotal in their next few adventures and a suitably creepy band of villains. ( )
  StuartNorth | Nov 19, 2016 |
Bad Chili by Joe R. Lansdale – Hap and Leonard, the two “Good Ole Boys” from East Texas, are back in action in the 4th book of the series. Hap (a heterosexual) and Leonard (a homosexual) are best of friends, and they are both dangerous characters, who follow their own code of conduct in pursuit of justice when someone abuses them or their friends. When Hap returns from working on off-shore oil rigs he finds Leonard to be very depressed due to a breakup with his boyfriend, Raul. Then things go really off the rails when Raul is murdered. The two “Good Samaritan” vigilantes put their lives in danger trying to solve Raul’s murder. Their efforts embroil them and their friends in a much more complicated and extremely deadly struggle to survive. It’s another exciting, compelling, action-packed, visit with these two amazing and entertaining characters. ( )
  clark.hallman | Sep 13, 2015 |
A good tale ... quixotic protagonist with a highly unlikely best friend. Rather bloody and violent in spots, but also pretty funny overall. I liked having a good ole Texas Bubba in the lead. ( )
  AliceAnna | Sep 9, 2014 |
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Hap Collins is in a LaBorde, Texas, hospital recuperating from an attack by a rabid squirrel and wondering why his best friend, Leonard Pine, hasn't been by to visit. Turns out that Leonard was upset enough about his boyfriend Raul leaving him for another guy that he went down to the biker bar this guy hangs out at and beats him with a broom handle. When the biker turns up dead later that night, it doesn't take long to guess who the primary suspect is--especially with Leonard nowhere to be found.

After Hap checks himself out of the hospital and finds Leonard hiding in his bed, the fourth novel in this series kicks into high gear--or what passes for high gear in Lansdale's deceptively laid-back storytelling style. Pretty soon, they've stumbled onto a conspiracy involving gaybasher pornography, and Leonard's ready to exact some vigilante justice over Hap's protestations: "There's few people think a roach exterminator is a murderer. I'm not talkin' about beatin' up and rapin' innocent people who are lookin' for love in all the wrong places. I'm talkin' about stampin' out a plague, man.... I've heard you rave about the horrors of the child sex trade in Thailand, the poor, the plight of blacks and women and gays, and all the stuff you gripe about, but me, I'm gonna do somethin'."

Add in a budding romance between Hap and Brett Sawyer, the nurse who tells him on their first date about how she set her abusive husband on fire--which impresses him much more than it scares him--and you've got the makings of another classic Lansdale thriller. --Ron Hogan

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Sleuth Hap Collins and his black sidekick go after a gang of gay-bashers. The gang makes videotapes as they rape, torture and murder homosexuals. The setting is Texas.

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