Vanilla Ride

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2009 - Fiction - 243 pages
6 Reviews
"There's no bullshit in a Joe Lansdale book. There's everything a good story needs, and nothing it doesn't.
Joe pulls up the truck, says, 'Get in the back, we're going for a ride.'You know it might get a little
scary and it might get a little crazy, but you get in, because you know in the end, it's going to
be a fun ride."--Christopher Moore,New York TimesBestselling Author ofA Dirty JobandFool

In this Texas-sized thriller, Hap Collins and Leonard Pine—best friends, freelance troublemakers, and tough guys with good intentions—find themselves in the crosshairs of the Dixie Mafia.

Hap is an East Texas smart mouth with a weakness for southern women. Leonard is a gay, black veteran pining for a lost love. They’re not the makings of your typical dynamic duo, but never underestimate the power of a shared affinity for stirring up trouble and causing mayhem. When an old friend asks Leonard to rescue his daughter from an abusive, no-good drug dealer, he gladly agrees and, of course, invites Hap along for the fun. Even though the dealer may be lowly, heison the bottom rung of the Dixie Mafia, and when Hap and Leonard come calling, the Mafia feels a little payback is in order. Cars crash, shotguns blast, and people die, but Hap and Leonard come out on top. Unfortunately for them, now they’re facing not only jail time but also the legendary—and lethal—Vanilla Ride, who is still out to claim the price on their heads. Full of twists and turns, gunfire and gaffes, this hilarious, rip-roaring novel will have readers turning the pages faster than a Texas tornado.

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User Review  - Stahl-Ricco - LibraryThing

Great book! Great action, awesome dialogue, and kick ass characters! Hap and Leonard rule! Brett too! And Vanilla Ride is not too shabby either! Only thing keeping this from being a 5 star for me is Hap's whining about who he is and what he does! Embrace it man! You rule! Read full review

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User Review  - DrLed - LibraryThing

Synopsis: Martin's granddaughter has gotten involved with druggies, so Hap and Leonard bring her back to her family. In the process there is lots of action, gun battles and the normal mayhem. In ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Joe R. Lansdaleis the author of more than a dozen novels, includingSunset and Sawdust,Lost Echoes, andLeather Maiden.He has received the British Fantasy Award, the American Mystery Award, the Edgar Award, the Grinzane Cavour Prize for Literature, and seven Bram Stoker Awards. He lives with his family in Nacogdoches, Texas.

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