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Soyez blanc, sympa, hétéro, sans vrai boulot ni caisse de retraite et vivez au Texas, royaume du port d’armes! Hap Collins attire les ennuis. Sa nonchalance agace. À peine remis d’une aventure et le voilà mordu en plein champ par un écureuil enragé. Une mort ignoble le guette. L’hôpital va le saigner à blanc et, pour ne rien arranger, Leonard a disparu. Impossible de reste Soyez blanc, sympa, hétéro, sans vrai boulot ni caisse de retraite et vivez au Texas, royaume du port d’armes! Hap Collins attire les ennuis. Sa nonchalance agace. À peine remis d’une aventure et le voilà mordu en plein champ par un écureuil enragé. Une mort ignoble le guette. L’hôpital va le saigner à blanc et, pour ne rien arranger, Leonard a disparu. Impossible de rester sous perfusion avec son meilleur ami dans la mouise! Homosexuel black cognant comme un bûcheron, ce dernier est accusé de meurtre. La police adore. Hap non. Debout pour que justice se fasse, il ne se contentera pas de contourner la loi, il va la piétiner...

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Soyez blanc, sympa, hétéro, sans vrai boulot ni caisse de retraite et vivez au Texas, royaume du port d’armes! Hap Collins attire les ennuis. Sa nonchalance agace. À peine remis d’une aventure et le voilà mordu en plein champ par un écureuil enragé. Une mort ignoble le guette. L’hôpital va le saigner à blanc et, pour ne rien arranger, Leonard a disparu. Impossible de reste Soyez blanc, sympa, hétéro, sans vrai boulot ni caisse de retraite et vivez au Texas, royaume du port d’armes! Hap Collins attire les ennuis. Sa nonchalance agace. À peine remis d’une aventure et le voilà mordu en plein champ par un écureuil enragé. Une mort ignoble le guette. L’hôpital va le saigner à blanc et, pour ne rien arranger, Leonard a disparu. Impossible de rester sous perfusion avec son meilleur ami dans la mouise! Homosexuel black cognant comme un bûcheron, ce dernier est accusé de meurtre. La police adore. Hap non. Debout pour que justice se fasse, il ne se contentera pas de contourner la loi, il va la piétiner...

30 review for Bad Chili

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dan Schwent

    A local biker is murdered and Leonard is the prime suspect. After being bit by a possibly rabid squirrel, Hap gets out of the hospital and starts investigating. Can Hap and Leonard escape a web of blackmail, murder, bikers, and less savory things? My reread of the Hap and Leonard books I haven't written reviews for continues. In this, the fourth volume, Lansdale introduces a couple new characters to the Hap and Leonard mythos that will be important for years to come: Hap's hot nurse girlfriend Br A local biker is murdered and Leonard is the prime suspect. After being bit by a possibly rabid squirrel, Hap gets out of the hospital and starts investigating. Can Hap and Leonard escape a web of blackmail, murder, bikers, and less savory things? My reread of the Hap and Leonard books I haven't written reviews for continues. In this, the fourth volume, Lansdale introduces a couple new characters to the Hap and Leonard mythos that will be important for years to come: Hap's hot nurse girlfriend Brett and Jim Bob Luke, the cockiest detective in the world. At least one long-running character makes his exit. The case starts simple enough. A biker who'd been seen with Leonard's boyfriend is found shotgunned to death and all fingers point to Leonard, who goes on the lam. Hap tries to hide Leonard while figuring things out and steps in a hornet's nest of grease nappers and brutal videos of gay men getting raped. This is the fourth Hap and Leonard book I've re-read and I'm continually shocked at how brutal the early tales were compared to the more recent ones. Even though the Lansdale humor is in full effect, I never get the feeling the guys are working with a safety net, a feeling common in series detective books. As usual, the bad guys were pretty vile, although I wasn't sure who the true villains were for much of the book. Since I was a beardless young man the first time I read this, it was like reading a new book for the most part. The ending was pretty brutal, as a lot of Lansdale endings were in the early days. Uncle Joe sure doesn't mind putting his characters through the meat grinder. The Hap and Leonard series continues to roll on, mojo style. Four out of five stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kemper

    Hap returns home from working a gig on an oil rig and is promptly attacked by a rabid squirrel. Thanks to crappy insurance and a grumpy doctor he has to stay in the hospital in order to get his rabies shots paid for. While Hap is left to the mercy of the American health care system his best friend Leonard has been having problems with his boyfriend, Raul. Raul has been two-timing him with a biker, and it’s made Leonard so angry that he’s doing crazy things like beating the biker with a broom han Hap returns home from working a gig on an oil rig and is promptly attacked by a rabid squirrel. Thanks to crappy insurance and a grumpy doctor he has to stay in the hospital in order to get his rabies shots paid for. While Hap is left to the mercy of the American health care system his best friend Leonard has been having problems with his boyfriend, Raul. Raul has been two-timing him with a biker, and it’s made Leonard so angry that he’s doing crazy things like beating the biker with a broom handle and shooting up bars and motorcycles. When the biker turns up dead and Raul is missing, Leonard is naturally the prime suspect. But it isn‘t all bad news. Hap has met a hot foul-mouthed red-headed nurse named Brett, and they’ve taken a shine to each other. Once upon a time, Brett dealt with an abusive ex-husband by hitting him in the head with a shovel and setting his hair on fire. Hap may have found true love. This was the first book by Lansdale I ever read and with the opening chapter that details the squirrel attack on Hap, I laughed so hard that I thought I did myself permanent injury. I knew then that I was going to a Joe Lansdale fan for life, and he hasn’t let me down since. This is probably still my favorite Hap & Leonard novel. Like the others books, it’s obscene, violent, politically incorrect and one of the funniest things you’ll ever read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    I started reading this series earlier this year, but Hap and Leonard already feel like a couple of old friends! In this wild installment, while Hap is stuck in the hospital awaiting rabies shots after a run-in with a crazed squirrel and shitty health insurance, he discovers that not only has Leonard gone missing, but Leonard is also the lead suspect in the murder of Horse Dick McNee, a biker that stole his boyfriend Raul. In his quest to clear Leonard of Horse Dick's murder, he will discover a p I started reading this series earlier this year, but Hap and Leonard already feel like a couple of old friends! In this wild installment, while Hap is stuck in the hospital awaiting rabies shots after a run-in with a crazed squirrel and shitty health insurance, he discovers that not only has Leonard gone missing, but Leonard is also the lead suspect in the murder of Horse Dick McNee, a biker that stole his boyfriend Raul. In his quest to clear Leonard of Horse Dick's murder, he will discover a plot to steal grease from restaurants, meet a new love in his life, and risk forfeiting what measly insurance he has! "The Sound of Music, I'd rather have my dick nailed to a burning building than have to sit through that shit again, and I don't care if the popcorn is free and you're giving me each bite with your vagina." This just might be the funniest book of the series so far. The opening chapter of the squirrel attack, the section with the job interview at the chicken-processing plant, or anything involving Charlie Blank, are just some of the sections in this one that caused some serious out-loud laughter. But, this one isn't just all chuckles and political-incorrectness. It's also just as violent and menacing as the others, with some really stomach-churning bodily-harm this time. I also love the network of friends that Hap and Leonard are managing to collect; the supporting characters are just as entertaining as the two stars themselves. I'm happy that Hap has met the dirty-mouthed, kind-hearted nympho Brett, who seems to be a perfect match for love-lorn Hap ( "She had legs that would have made the Pope abuse himself in the Vatican toilet." ). Hopefully we see more of her, as well as more of the private dick Jim Bob Luke. And as usual, the book is filled with Lansdale's pitch perfect prose and genuinely insightful looks at life that really help to balance these stories, making for some entertaining reading! Life's like a bowl of chili in a strange café. Sometimes it's pretty tasty and spicy. Other times, it tastes like shit.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Toby

    Hap getting hospitalised by a squirrel and a dodgy combination of insurance companies might be one of the all time most original setups for a crime novel. At least that I've read. It sets the tone for both hilarity and violence and Lansdale follows it up with so many great moments like it in the first half that it pushes the weaker second half through its slow and repetitive patches before a shotgun death or two electroshocks it back in to top gear, proving once more that these two guys in the h Hap getting hospitalised by a squirrel and a dodgy combination of insurance companies might be one of the all time most original setups for a crime novel. At least that I've read. It sets the tone for both hilarity and violence and Lansdale follows it up with so many great moments like it in the first half that it pushes the weaker second half through its slow and repetitive patches before a shotgun death or two electroshocks it back in to top gear, proving once more that these two guys in the hands of their talented creator are crime fiction entertainment of the highest order.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bark

    This is another politically uncorrect wacky mystery featuring best friends Hap and Leonard. Hap is an everyman sort of slacker guy and Leonard is a big, tough black guy who happens to like men. Hap and Leonard love each other like brothers and are the unlikeliest of friends and their friendship has survived longer than any of their previous relationships. They are hilarious together, especially in this book which, thankfully, isn’t quite as dark as “Two Bear Mambo, though it has its dark moments This is another politically uncorrect wacky mystery featuring best friends Hap and Leonard. Hap is an everyman sort of slacker guy and Leonard is a big, tough black guy who happens to like men. Hap and Leonard love each other like brothers and are the unlikeliest of friends and their friendship has survived longer than any of their previous relationships. They are hilarious together, especially in this book which, thankfully, isn’t quite as dark as “Two Bear Mambo, though it has its dark moments (dog lovers beware). Things start off when Hap is bit by a rabid squirrel. He has such shitty health insurance (I hear ya, Hap) that he has to get admitted in order to get his shots paid for so he doesn’t turn all bitey and dangerous. But he’s met a sexy nurse who hopes to give him his next round of shots in the bum so it’s not all so bad. Meanwhile Leonard’s boyfriend Raul has left him for a biker dude and Leonard is on a rampage. When a biker turns up “all headless horseman like” all eyes are on Leonard who has mysteriously disappeared. So once again Hap (and Leonard) end up knee deep in a mystery filled with a colorful cast of foul-mouthed characters. This one involves grease stealing and an underground group who are making a bundle selling videos of atrocious attacks on gay men. Lansdale is such a naughty writer and doesn’t seem to care who he offends. But his humor is funny and doesn’t come across as mean-spirited so you can’t help but laugh as he pokes fun at his characters, their sexual habits, appearance and/or lack of brains. There’s a lot of sex talk, bad words and unforgettable characters here and as crazy as it all gets there are a few downright sweet moments too. This is one of my favorites in the Hap and Leonard series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Danger

    The 4th book in the Hap & Leonard series, and I’m thinking to myself, what makes these novels so readable? Sure, they’re heavy on the action and violence, and they dip their toes in humor quite a bit, but that can’t just be it, can it? Because, in contrast, there are plenty of quiet, calm, human moments too, conversations, slices of crusty, small-town East Texas so vividly painted, they’re basically real. Yes, these books are EVEN. That’s the word I’m looking for! The story unfolds easily an The 4th book in the Hap & Leonard series, and I’m thinking to myself, what makes these novels so readable? Sure, they’re heavy on the action and violence, and they dip their toes in humor quite a bit, but that can’t just be it, can it? Because, in contrast, there are plenty of quiet, calm, human moments too, conversations, slices of crusty, small-town East Texas so vividly painted, they’re basically real. Yes, these books are EVEN. That’s the word I’m looking for! The story unfolds easily and naturally, as natural as if I (or you) were the one experiencing it, and all the twists and turns that befall the titular heroes are dealt with in relatable ways by relatable people, even when the things happening start to veer into the over-the-top or fantastic. It’s a true testament to storytelling, with no cheap tricks or gimmicks to hook you, just simple prose and great characters and a compelling plot. Another winning book in a winning series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    If you want an irreverent, crazy, fast read, Hap and Leonard provide it. Squirrels, tornadoes, nurses, rabies, shotguns...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    I love the Hap & Leonard series and this one is quite a cracker. This is one of my favorites in the series. The shame of it is this one would have adapted well for the now cancelled Hap & Leonard TV series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Eddie Generous

    Pulpiest, wackiest, most outrageous one yet.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marvin

    I am somewhat relieved that this fourth book of the Hap and Leonard series returns to the hilarious wit of the first two books. That isn't to say Lansdale lets go of the blood and grit that is liberally splattered through the other novels. And the author keeps his realistic if cynical outlook on life intact as relayed by the idealistic Hap and the pessimistic Leonard. But after all that, Bad Chili is mainly side-splitting funny. Just read the first 15 pages regarding a berserk squirrel and its a I am somewhat relieved that this fourth book of the Hap and Leonard series returns to the hilarious wit of the first two books. That isn't to say Lansdale lets go of the blood and grit that is liberally splattered through the other novels. And the author keeps his realistic if cynical outlook on life intact as relayed by the idealistic Hap and the pessimistic Leonard. But after all that, Bad Chili is mainly side-splitting funny. Just read the first 15 pages regarding a berserk squirrel and its aftermath and you will know what I mean. Leonard's lover Raul has split again and taken up with a biker who is found dead and headless and the main suspect is Leonard himself. Hap, as usual, comes to the rescue even though he's in the hospital doing a rabies vaccine series and meeting a new girl friend who just might not leave him or end up dead. What? You don't think that's funny. In Lansdale's hands it is frigging hilarious. But every Hap and Leonard novel should come with a warning sticker reading "NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH OR POLITICALLY CORRECT!!!.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    The appearance at the two-thirds mark of Jim Bob Luke from Cold in July rescued this novel for me as I was getting a bit bored with all the repetitive dialog. Jim Bob as a character is an equal to Hap and Leonard and he just sent the plot and the character interactions places they couldn't have gone otherwise. The mystery these good old boys be solving takes some teasing to get it out and in the meantime Lansdale delivers some brilliant scenes of violence and a lot of dialog, most of it funny, b The appearance at the two-thirds mark of Jim Bob Luke from Cold in July rescued this novel for me as I was getting a bit bored with all the repetitive dialog. Jim Bob as a character is an equal to Hap and Leonard and he just sent the plot and the character interactions places they couldn't have gone otherwise. The mystery these good old boys be solving takes some teasing to get it out and in the meantime Lansdale delivers some brilliant scenes of violence and a lot of dialog, most of it funny, but it does go on and on and after a while I found it tedious and wished this book had been about a third shorter, which it could have been if the extraneous dialog had been trimmed.

  12. 5 out of 5

    David Church

    If there were ever a modern day Samuel Clemens, it would be Joe Lansdale. Man Joe knows how to spin a story that combines adventure, comedy, mystery, horror, and just all-around interesting characters. I really should review more of his work, but I fear I wouldn't do it justice. This is the 4th in the Hap & Leonard series, and probably my favorite so far. Love these characters, it feels like you know them personally because of how well written the stories are. Word of advice, if you are part If there were ever a modern day Samuel Clemens, it would be Joe Lansdale. Man Joe knows how to spin a story that combines adventure, comedy, mystery, horror, and just all-around interesting characters. I really should review more of his work, but I fear I wouldn't do it justice. This is the 4th in the Hap & Leonard series, and probably my favorite so far. Love these characters, it feels like you know them personally because of how well written the stories are. Word of advice, if you are part of the easily offended or the politically correct police you probably want to stay away from these stories. Cannot wait to read book 5!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nate

    Nothing here but more Hap & Leonard goodness. The opening has to be the funniest and most ridiculous beginnings to one of these books yet, and the plot was riveting. I fucked up and waited too long to review this one so I've already forgotten lots of details, but this was great.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    "Bad Chili" is the fourth "Hap and Leonard" novel by Joe R. Lansdale. Not much is mentioned about the dire culmination of the previous novel "The Two-Bear Mambo." Between that book and this one, Hap and Leonard part ways for a while when Hap goes to work on an oil rig. Then Hap ends up in the hospital before he's home a full day. When he gets out of the hospital, Hap finds Leonard in a real mess. Turns out that Leonard's boyfriend, Raul, has been doing him wrong with some biker guy. And when the "Bad Chili" is the fourth "Hap and Leonard" novel by Joe R. Lansdale. Not much is mentioned about the dire culmination of the previous novel "The Two-Bear Mambo." Between that book and this one, Hap and Leonard part ways for a while when Hap goes to work on an oil rig. Then Hap ends up in the hospital before he's home a full day. When he gets out of the hospital, Hap finds Leonard in a real mess. Turns out that Leonard's boyfriend, Raul, has been doing him wrong with some biker guy. And when the biker turns up dead, just after Leonard gave him a good beating, trouble soon follows. Proving Leonard's innocence is an uphill battle, especially when more bodies start falling. There are a wide variety of suspects, including a corrupt chili king (hence the title), a suspicious hairdressing academy, and a ruthless biker gang. Besides murder, there is also grease theft (which is a crime, apparently) and some truly horrible "gay bashing" pornography in the mix. I liked this book more than I did the previous one (which was overtly grim and depressing) because Hap has a new love interest--Brett, his nurse at the hospital--and the author's writing definitely seems to perk up when Hap has a ladyfriend. Though, of course, that new ladyfriend soon finds herself mired in the swamp of Hap and Leonard's current crisis and fearing for her life. Another new recurring character introduced here is the cowboy private detective Jim Bob Luke. He brings a lot of swagger and fun to the story. I've always pictured him as Timothy Olyphant, similar to his portrayal of Raylan Givens on the (awesome) TV show "Justified." There is plenty of violence in Bad Chili--including a protracted torture sequence. But the balance of that violence with romance and humor are what make for the best of the Hap and Leonard novels.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tim Schneider

    Hap returns from a stint working on an oil rig to find that Leonard and Raul have broken up again and Raul has taken up with a new biker boyfriend. Unfortunately that can't be all he bad new for our fearless duo. Because Raul's new boyfriend is found dead and suspicion falls on Leonard. Local cop Charlie Blank tries to help the boys out, but his hands are largely tied by the structure of local law enforcement. So the boys are thrust into a web of murder and blackmail that they are ill-equipped t Hap returns from a stint working on an oil rig to find that Leonard and Raul have broken up again and Raul has taken up with a new biker boyfriend. Unfortunately that can't be all he bad new for our fearless duo. Because Raul's new boyfriend is found dead and suspicion falls on Leonard. Local cop Charlie Blank tries to help the boys out, but his hands are largely tied by the structure of local law enforcement. So the boys are thrust into a web of murder and blackmail that they are ill-equipped to handle. Just another day in the life of Hap and Leonard. There's a lot to like in this one, though I found it a shade weaker than the previous installments. Again Hap and Leonard are thrust into detective mode...a job they aren't terribly suited for And it's nice to see the mistakes they make along the way. Hap, in particular goes off half-cocked at one point and it's nice to see Leonard be the voice of reason. Hap also takes up with a foul-mouthed nurse by the name of Brett with a past that puts her in good company with the boys. It's also nice to see some character development for Charlie, who keeps becoming a more endearing character. I don't want to fault the book when I say it is a bit weaker than the preceding tomes. This is still a great fun read that puts the boys through the ringer yet again. It just had tough acts to follow. Anything by Lansdale is worth reading. And this is a damn fine book that looks like it could be a turning point for the boys. I think this was the last Hap and Leonard book I read when they were coming out. So from here on out it's new territory for me.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rick

    I have been looking for one of these books for two and a half years. Not politically correct, but it certainly grabs your attention. Brutal in spots, but strongly recommended.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Marty Fried

    This was the usual Hap and Leonard fare - lots of humor, interesting story, fast reading. It started out with a pretty hilarious story where Hap got attacked by a rabid squirrel (well, he didn't think it was very hilarious). If you don't find that part funny, then you probably won't like the series, so you might as well stop. As usual, the story itself it not that important, it's just something to keep us reading as the wisecracks keep coming. Enjoy the ride. I just discovered Netflix has a serie This was the usual Hap and Leonard fare - lots of humor, interesting story, fast reading. It started out with a pretty hilarious story where Hap got attacked by a rabid squirrel (well, he didn't think it was very hilarious). If you don't find that part funny, then you probably won't like the series, so you might as well stop. As usual, the story itself it not that important, it's just something to keep us reading as the wisecracks keep coming. Enjoy the ride. I just discovered Netflix has a series based on this book. I plan to watch it soon. Hope it's half as good as the books.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    I started this smack in the middle of a series but I quickly gathered that Hap and Leonard are some good ole boys, best friends in East Texas who have a way of finding trouble. Hap, east Texas white boy, is off a job on an Oil Rig and comes back to find Leonard, who is black and gay, is upset that his on and off again boyfriend Raul has finally left him. All this catching up is then interrupted by one crazy squirrel. Things go further off the rails when a dead body turns up and fingers start poi I started this smack in the middle of a series but I quickly gathered that Hap and Leonard are some good ole boys, best friends in East Texas who have a way of finding trouble. Hap, east Texas white boy, is off a job on an Oil Rig and comes back to find Leonard, who is black and gay, is upset that his on and off again boyfriend Raul has finally left him. All this catching up is then interrupted by one crazy squirrel. Things go further off the rails when a dead body turns up and fingers start pointing at Leonard causing Hap to spring into action. This is chock full of politically incorrect dark humor with liberal use of the n and f word and dead bodies around so this isn't for the sensitive. The setting matters here as it's not exactly liberal east Texas in around the 80's or 90's but Hap, who served time as a Vietnam conscientious objector and Leonard, ex Vietnam vet, aren't shrinking violets . Read for the humor, the mayhem and the friendship. (Hap and Leonard soon to be a limited TV series on Sundance)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Parkington

    What to say about this book ..... it's crass and coarse and full of dirty word's and dirtier people ... in short, it's bloody wonderful !! Hap Collin's is a great character ... flat broke & without a pot to piss in, hurtling toward's middle age with only the clothes on his back and even those have seen better day's .... the scrap's Hap & Leonard get into are as brilliantly funny as they are violently bloody and the addition of foul-mouthed, husband burning, gun-toting Brett just add's to What to say about this book ..... it's crass and coarse and full of dirty word's and dirtier people ... in short, it's bloody wonderful !! Hap Collin's is a great character ... flat broke & without a pot to piss in, hurtling toward's middle age with only the clothes on his back and even those have seen better day's .... the scrap's Hap & Leonard get into are as brilliantly funny as they are violently bloody and the addition of foul-mouthed, husband burning, gun-toting Brett just add's to the brilliance of the story. This is a non-stop gag & gore fast ... not for the faint hearted or easily offended ... i absolutely loved it !!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Scott Firestone

    Hap gets bitten by a rabid squirrel. Leonard gets accused of murder. And they both get tied up in a mystery involving a gay biker, a chili king, and a violent ex-wrestler. What can I say? This series is steady: It's not terrible and it not great. I expect nearly every book in the series will get three stars. But three stars is good! This Bad Chili is comfort food.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    Another fun outing with Hap and Leonard. An occasionally brutal Texas crime caper with brilliant characters and some laugh out loud moments.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    Title: Hap and Leonard get a heapin helping of trouble in their latest adventure. Summary: Leonard and Hap have been through a lot together, but every now and again they just have to get away from each other too. Hap has returned from a stint working on oil rig and is looking forward to catching up with his old friend. Turns out that is going to be a bit of a problem as Leonard, not known for his patience when it comes to some matters, is missing and is wanted by the local police for murder. It se Title: Hap and Leonard get a heapin helping of trouble in their latest adventure. Summary: Leonard and Hap have been through a lot together, but every now and again they just have to get away from each other too. Hap has returned from a stint working on oil rig and is looking forward to catching up with his old friend. Turns out that is going to be a bit of a problem as Leonard, not known for his patience when it comes to some matters, is missing and is wanted by the local police for murder. It seems that Leonard’s lover, Raul, had decided that Leonard was old news and that he fancied the leader of a local bike gang. Leonard went to find his wayward love and after the expected insults, the conversation got personal. Wanting the final word Leonard had also brought his favorite argument, his shotgun. After a bit of ruckus and the cruel putting down of the bar’s neon sign Leonard departed at high speed with the biker gang close behind. What happened after that is anybody’s guess as Leonard hadn’t been seen since that night and the gang leader was found dead out on a back country road. Which brings us to the present. Hap has 24 hours to find Leonard and convince him to turn his self in or the cops are really going to start looking. Like a bowl of bad chili though the more Hap digs in the more layers he finds until he’s not sure there is any end in sight. My Thoughts: I haven’t read the other books in this series but this entry has made me want to seek them out. The story moves at a good pace and there are quite a few laugh out loud moments in the story. I can’t say the story changes in tone too much throughout as both Hap and Leonard’s lives are pretty much a hard road no matter what situation they are in, which in this case helps the story keep an even pace. I don’t want to give to much of the story away as the banter Hap has with the other characters is what makes the story what it is. So if your looking for an adventure / thriller with a sense of humor give this one a try. m.a.c

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    Bad Chilli is the 4th in Joe R Lansdales 'Redneck Noir' series Hap and Leonard. These are just really, really excellent. As with the rest of the series I'd put the main selling point as the humour and particularly the laugh out loud dialogue, but that's wrapped up in a very decent thriller with a mystery thrown in. Hap and Leonard are best friends, one, Leonard is a gay republican black man, whilst the other, Hap is a washed out white hippy who did time for refusing to fight in Vietnam, with no p Bad Chilli is the 4th in Joe R Lansdales 'Redneck Noir' series Hap and Leonard. These are just really, really excellent. As with the rest of the series I'd put the main selling point as the humour and particularly the laugh out loud dialogue, but that's wrapped up in a very decent thriller with a mystery thrown in. Hap and Leonard are best friends, one, Leonard is a gay republican black man, whilst the other, Hap is a washed out white hippy who did time for refusing to fight in Vietnam, with no prospects and fewer hopes and dreams he'd admit to. The fact that this odd couple rings true is a real testament to Lansdales' writing. This time Leonard has had another falling out with his lover Raoul, who has taken up with a local biker, who... never mind, spoilers start way too quickly. Just get these books and read them.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Frank

    Another good one in the Hap and Leonard series by Lansdale full of the usual gross humor and violence. In this one, Hap starts out by being bit by a rabid squirrel which necessitates a stay in the hospital. There he meets his new girlfriend, Brett, who works there as a nurse. While in the hospital, Leonard, Hap's black homosexual friend, seems to be the culprit in the death of a murdered motorcycle thug who also was involved with Leonard's former boyfriend, Raul. Well Hap and Leonard get drawn i Another good one in the Hap and Leonard series by Lansdale full of the usual gross humor and violence. In this one, Hap starts out by being bit by a rabid squirrel which necessitates a stay in the hospital. There he meets his new girlfriend, Brett, who works there as a nurse. While in the hospital, Leonard, Hap's black homosexual friend, seems to be the culprit in the death of a murdered motorcycle thug who also was involved with Leonard's former boyfriend, Raul. Well Hap and Leonard get drawn into trying to figure out how and why the motorcycle thug was killed. This leads to a very vile operation involving bootleg violent homosexual sex tapes and a former wrestler named Big Man Mountain who has very creative ways to torture people including the use of ice and car batteries. A few dead bodies turn up along the way and even a tornado makes an appearance before this one is over! I have enjoyed the first few books in this series as well as some of Lansdale's other novels which are always a fun ride. I also liked the Hap and Leonard TV series which unfortunately got cancelled. I will be looking forward to reading more Lansdale.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Freda Witt

    another episode in the life of Hap and Leonard. Leonard's lover Rauel left with a biker, who was actually an undercover cop. The bikers are stealing cooking oil (?) and beating and assaulting gays in the park and selling the video's. Hap meets a nurse that has a very dubious past, her kids are a mess. Charlie's wife finally leaves with an insurance salesman.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    Every book in the series I hAve said "this is the best one yet" well, number 4 in the series is no exception. With two new characters that I love and hope to see continue Into the rest of the series I'm sure they will just continue to get better and better.

  27. 4 out of 5

    D.

    I think I need to take a break from Hap & Leonard for awhile. It's not that the book isn't engaging and well-done, it's just that most of the jokes feel similar to the ones in the previous few books. It's well-written and well-done, but it just feels like more of the same. Honestly, that's probably more a result of me reading four of the series in a row than a lack of quality in the series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joel Neff

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Like all the preceding Hap and Leonard novels, Bad Chili's best parts are the quick dialogue and honest affection between the two main characters. Add in a couple of new characters in the form of a good old boy private investigator and a nurse and new girlfriend for Hap and all the dialogue, both internal and external, gets that much better. Additionally, for readers of the series, there are enough small plot points among the recurring characters that rather than reading the novel feeling like s Like all the preceding Hap and Leonard novels, Bad Chili's best parts are the quick dialogue and honest affection between the two main characters. Add in a couple of new characters in the form of a good old boy private investigator and a nurse and new girlfriend for Hap and all the dialogue, both internal and external, gets that much better. Additionally, for readers of the series, there are enough small plot points among the recurring characters that rather than reading the novel feeling like seeing a couple of old friends again, the reader might feel more like they've come back for a reunion where they get to see everyone at once. This makes it easy to empathize with our heroes when we lose a few of the side characters, but, likewise, it makes it easier to see where Lansdale may have chosen to sacrifice a character or two in favor of the plot by having them act in ways that we had not known they were capable of. Relatedly, Bad Chili suffers from too much plot and too much seemingly random plot at that. The story begins with Hap being bitten by a rabid squirrel and somehow ends up with Hap fighting a former professional wrestler in his house while a storm rages around them. The amount of coincidence needed for each section to segue into the next is more than a little contrived and the novel suffers some for it. So, when all is said and done, this is not my favorite of the Hap and Leonard novels, but I really did enjoy the chance to catch up the boys and meet the new people in their lives and I look forward to seeing how these new relationships develop in the next book. Which I'll be reading very soon.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rick

    I'm starting to think Lansdale's "Hap and Leonard" will attack (and prevail over) any subject matter. In "Bad Chili" there were times I wasn't even sure what the 'mystery' was~but I knew Hap & Leonard would make it worth the ride. There are enough reviews that give you a synopsis of the plot, and everyone tries their best to describe Hap and Leonard, so I'll spare you. "Bad Chili" begins with a rabid squirrel attack and ends with a tornado, and --as always with these guys-- I find myself quest I'm starting to think Lansdale's "Hap and Leonard" will attack (and prevail over) any subject matter. In "Bad Chili" there were times I wasn't even sure what the 'mystery' was~but I knew Hap & Leonard would make it worth the ride. There are enough reviews that give you a synopsis of the plot, and everyone tries their best to describe Hap and Leonard, so I'll spare you. "Bad Chili" begins with a rabid squirrel attack and ends with a tornado, and --as always with these guys-- I find myself questioning my sanity, because I'm laughing! Lansdale is a master of dark humor and I'm reading these books as fast as I can lay my hands on them. Like other books in this series, the subject matter is deadly serious and often disturbing & violent. In this case: considerable&graphic violence against gays. (NOTE:These crimes are NOT taken lightly!) But Hap and Leonard --between my bouts of conscience and soul searching-- STILL make me laugh. Their rapport with each other and their loyalty to what's RIGHT are not only entertaining, but thought provoking. As usual when reviewing a Hap and Leonard novel, I remind you: H & L are ALWAYS(ultimately) THE GOOD GUYS...but their methods, language, relationships and very dark humor are not for everyone. I loved this book. See? Back to questioning my sanity again!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Charles Dee Mitchell

    A attack by a rabid squirrel sets the tone for this fourth escapade of Hap Collins and Leonard Pine in the humid, make that fetid, world of East Texas. You don't read these books for their tightly plotted mystery, although this one has a better mystery to be solved than the other two I have read. The attraction is just how outrageous Lansdale will make the action. This time out we have murder, torture, grease stealing (you'll have to read the book), rape videos, gay bikers, sadistic ex-wrestlers A attack by a rabid squirrel sets the tone for this fourth escapade of Hap Collins and Leonard Pine in the humid, make that fetid, world of East Texas. You don't read these books for their tightly plotted mystery, although this one has a better mystery to be solved than the other two I have read. The attraction is just how outrageous Lansdale will make the action. This time out we have murder, torture, grease stealing (you'll have to read the book), rape videos, gay bikers, sadistic ex-wrestlers, a private eye that would be played by Matthew McConnaughy in the movie, and repeated evidence that when faced with serious danger a shotgun is the weapon of choice. It is also a story about protecting those you love and getting pushed to and beyond your limits as a person who might still fit the "decent human being" category. I think the books are over-bantered. Often I wish the characters would leave off a quip or two and get on to the next scene. But in Bad Chili there is a priceless moment between Hap and Leonard when Hap confesses he has thought that Leonard probably murdered Horse Dick, the biker who stole his lover Raul. Leonard is genuinely hurt and says after a moment, "Do you honestly think I would kill some one and not tell you?" There is also a tornado.

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