Even though a midlife crisis just crashed into Hap Collins like a runaway pickup, he's still got his job, he knows his best friend, Leonard Pine, will always be there for him, and, of course, he's got his main squeeze, Brett Sawyer. Things hit a new low, however, when Brett's daughter, Tillie, who's been walking on the wrong side of the law, suddenly stands in need of a rescue. It won't be easy - it never is - but nothing is going to stop Hap and Leonard as they hit the road destined for Hootie Hoot, Oklahoma, to shake things up. And with Hap and Leonard at the wheel, this promises to be a wild ride.
"Hilarious...Addictively scarfable...Two thumbs-up, and pardon the barbecue smears." ( Texas Monthly)
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A Dwarf, a Preacher and a Mission in Mexico
Yes, I admit it, I am a Lansdale fan and I cannot get enough of Hap and Leonard. I do not know of any other pair of guys in literature, who are so bizarre and yet so likeable. This blend of rock solid friendship, aged hippy mentality, mid life crisis, a little bit of Texas redneck mentality paired with leaned back tolerance and down to earth good-naturedness is incredible hilarious and entertaining.
Phil Gigante tells the story with just the right amount of gravel and Southern touch in his voice to complete the picture.
As usually Hap's life is a mess. He has a shitty job, his car is a wreck and he lost his house in a tornado and had to move in with Leonard, who is getting fed up with this slob on his living room couch. Of course Hap could move in with Brett, the ex-sweet potato queen and the woman he is really in love with, but somehow he is too scared to do that.
The situation takes an exciting turn, when Brett's daughter Tillie, whose career as a hooker got her into serious trouble, needs to be rescued from the Bandido Supremes, a violent gang in Mexico, she has to provide with sexual favors as a kind of punishment for misdemeanor. The rescue operation involves a midget with an inflated ego and serious character flaws, an Oklahoma crime lord, a former killer turned preacher, an unlicensed pilot with a drinking problem and more than a handful of less respectable guys with a tendency towards violence.
Don't be too critical as far as the story goes, it is bizarre, clownish and highly unrealistic. But this is not about the action of the characters, it is all about their interaction, the unique friendship of a redneck hippy and a queer black, the crazy stuff, love makes as do and the struggle to do the right thing.
It is probably not the best book in the series and I wonder where Lansdale is heading with the series, but it made me laugh and I had fun reading it.