Leonard created with Hap and Leonard an incredibly funny and unusual pair of heroes, Hap, a middle aged hippy, unconventional, but with his own ethics and values and his friend Leonard, a big black guy, strong and honest and gay.
OK, if by chance a woman is stumbling on one of Lansdale's 'Hap and Leonard' novels, I have to give them a fair warning.
1. This book is an honest book, men really are like that
2. Don't get offended by the language, men like to talk like that
3. If a man has a real friend, he will be that close to him, probably closer than he will ever get to his wife.
The story itself touches on some serious issues, intolerance and racism in small town Texas, domestic violence, corruption and incompetence in the legal system. Even if the storyline is not that unusual, the way it is told. makes it a real page turner.
Leonard's former lover gets killed and together with Hap and Jim Bob, a private eye and quite a character, they try to find the murderer and by doing so, unravel a complex network of crime.
This book is funny and entertaining, but most of all, it rings true and if you are not a prude and stuck up, you will love it.