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Savage Season: A Hap and Leonard Novel (1) (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) Paperback – January 6, 2009
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For those of you that don't know, SAVAGE SEASON is the novel that introduces Hap Collins, a straight white liberal ex-con, and Leonard Pine, a humorously cocky black homosexual Vietnam veteran. Hap and Leonard catch news that a hundred grand is deep down in an East Texas river. Joining the hunt are three Sixties radicals. One of these radicals is Hap's ex-wife Trudy. Hap and Leonard are soon doublecrossed by the radicals, who still haven't given up their dreams of revolution. The radicals, along with Hap and Leonard, are betrayed by one of their own to a far worse criminal.
This novel like a lot of Lansdale's work is violent, raunchy, funny, and not written to appease political correctness factions. Though the later Hap and Leonard novels like BAD CHILI and MUCHO MOJO are a bit more colorful, SAVAGE SEASON is the best place to start for the uninitiated.
LONG LIVE HAP AND LEONARD!!!
In Mr. Lansdale’s book as in the series, the recently-unemployed Hap and Leonard receive an unexpected visit from Hap’s ex, Trudy. She hires them to help find a million dollars from a 20-year-old bank heist believed to be in a car at the bottom of a river. Hap and Leonard take the gig and soon join forces with Trudy’s friends Howard, Chub, and Paco, all relics from the radical sixties.
The plot proceeds at an even, almost leisurely pace through the first two-thirds of the book; not much happens from an action standpoint, but as the story progresses, you just know the author is building to something, well, explosive. Which is what happens as the novel hits the home stretch, leading to a bloody, brutal climax. I read the last quarter of the book in one gulp.
Told from Hap’s first-person perspective, the story could have benefited from being written in an omnipotent third person POV. For starters, we know little about how ex-con Hap and Vietnam veteran Leonard came to know each other; shifting the POV also would have enabled Mr. Lansdale to introduce the characters Solider and Angel much earlier (as was done so well on the TV series). Aside from learning about their relationship with Paco, we don’t have much of an inkling about their backstories, although the air of mystery surrounding them is somewhat appealing.
Aside from those few nits, Savage Season is a true page-turner, a fun, noir-ish caper novel with punchy dialog and a splendid mix of characters. Whether you’ve watched the show or not, do yourself a favor and read the novel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found Mr Lansdale through an interview on KQED - public radio. Interesting interview. Pretty good read. . Good enough that I purchased book two. Really sorry I did that. Read morePublished 1 month ago by clare
Savage season is the first of the Hap and Leonard novels, it introduces us to two fun and unexpected down home heroes. Who are fun and irreverent but very caring. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Seth Vermaaten
I heard Mr. Lansdale interviewed on Terri Gross' Fresh Air and decided to read him. I was disappointed, to say the least. While Mr. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Linda H.
This book was just plain fun. It's a light read, and not for those easily offended, but I enjoyed it wholeheartedly.Published 2 months ago by John Starbuck
I love Hap and Leonard, - I can't get enough Joe R. Lansdale books. I have to read them all. Hap and Leonard just happen to be my favorite characters.Published 2 months ago by KnittyKnitterton
As a tale the story was OK but I never really was endeared to the two 'heroes' as I though I would. Both Hap and Leonard seemed to be going through the motions without being... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Matt Jackson
I liked this book, but it was pretty light-weight. A good beach readPublished 3 months ago by NZ Travfeler
I'm a fan of Hap and Leonard. My favorite, Mucho Mojo. The series is dark, and graphic noir. Not for the faint of heart.Published 3 months ago by Mary Stenvall