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. The mystery of her disappearance only deepens from there. 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.
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by Joe R. Lansdale
"Whodathunk that the act of rescuing an abused dog would lead Hap and Leonard down a deep rabbit hole in the eleventh book in Lansdale's popular series? Employing an East Texas drawl, narrator Christopher Grant ably gives voice to the mismatched investigators and their longtime friends and allies, along with ne'er-do-wells from around their small town of LaBorde. A search for a disagreeable old woman's absent granddaughter leads them to vintage cars, hot women and the Dixie Mafia. Grant's laconic delivery helps provide a Dust Bowl feel to this suspenseful production, right through its twist of an ending. D.E.M. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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