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Mucho Mojo (Hap and Leonard #2)

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  3,368 Ratings  ·  247 Reviews
Inheriting one hundred thousand dollars and a small hiccup of a house in a dilapidated district is not so bad, and Uncle Chester made a nice gift of it to his nephew Leonard... though the clean-up is intensive, the floor is Rotten, and the neighbors are something from a nightmare.

It is one thing to renovate a house to sell it. It is another to cut down the walls and risk
Published (first published 1994)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
If you are very politically correct just don't even plan on reading this series. Joe Lansdale manages to offend pretty much every sensibility you will have. He doesn't really care either.

Hap's working in the rose fields when his pal Leonard comes to get him. Hap doesn't mind because he hates the job anyways. So he cusses his boss and goes off with Leonard. Leonard's uncle has died and he wants Hap to go to the funeral with him.

They find out that his uncle has left Leonard his house and a chunk
Dan Schwent
When Leonard's Uncle Chester dies and leaves him a house, Hap and Leonard move in in order to fix it up and find a child's skeleton wrapped in a porno mag. Was Uncle Chester a child predator or was someone else the killer? And does it have anything to do with the crackhouse next door?

2014 Reread

Here we are, the second book in Joe Lansdale's redneck noir adventures of Hap Collins and Leonard Pine. While I had vague recollections of reading this sometime around the turn of the century, it was most
My favorite rednecks, Hap & Leonard, can’t do anything without it turning into bloody mayhem. Leonard’s Uncle Chester helped raise him, but then coldly disowned him when Leonard told him he was gay. However, after Chester dies, he leaves Leonard his house and a decent sum of money.

Leonard never really got over the way Chester reacted to his coming out, and when the house turns out to be in terrible shape, he wants to live in it to relive a bit of his childhood while he fixes it up to get it
Richard Vialet
While the first great book in this series, Savage Season , focuses a lot on Hap Collins's backstory, this second installment focuses a bit more on Leonard's past and the town that he grew up in. Hap owes Leonard after getting him involved in the violent events of the first book so he agrees to accompany his buddy to the funeral of Leonard's estranged Uncle Chester. After the funeral, the boys are cleaning up Chester's old, run-down house and discover a skeleton and a stash of kiddie porn stuffe ...more
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Jan 10, 2016 ᴥ Irena ᴥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, humour
'Hap, my man, there is evil in the world. True evil. It doesn't twirl its mustache and it doesn't wear black and it doesn't slink and it doesn't come in any one color or sex.'

The quote pretty much sums up what this book is about. If you are easily offended this is definitely not a story for you. I don't think Lansdale missed anyone. Let's be nice to each other doesn't really work when it comes to racists, drug dealers, homophobes and so on, no matter what you want.

Leonard inherits a house, a c
Sep 09, 2012 Tfitoby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: black-as-night
Watching the very good adaptation of Joe Lansdale's Cold in July the other night reminded me that I always meant to get stuck in to a second Hap & Leonard story after only finding the first one so-so, I;m very happy to say that Lansdale really stepped it up a gear second time out to bat with Mucho Mojo. Man I love me a mixed sporting metaphor.

Hap and Leonard, a black guy and a white guy, a gay guy and a straight guy, two assholes who don't necessarily have a heart of gold or agree with each
Feb 25, 2017 Danger rated it really liked it
This second Hap and Leonard novel was a bit of a departure from the first as the protagonists seem to move out of the world of petty crime to become, essentially, amateur detectives. Yes, this was a detective novel centered around the grisly discovery of a child’s body in Leonard’s dead uncle’s basement. And while I happened to see the big twist at the end coming from just past the halfway point of the book, Lansdale’s writing is so infinitely readable, it almost didn’t matter. As is the case in ...more
Emma Sea
Feb 09, 2013 Emma Sea rated it liked it
I enjoyed this a lot more than book one, and it's because the actual protagonist of book one is Trudy, Hap's ex-wife. It is Trudy's actions that drive the plot, and Hap and Leonard function as narrative focalizers; responding to and framing our impressions of the events she initiates. This left me adrift and wanting, because Trudy remains to a great degree an unknown quantity, and her motivations are not always fully realized.(view spoiler) ...more
Serena.. Sery-ously?
"Qui ci sono scarafaggi tanto grossi da poter essere proprietari terrieri" disse Leonard. "Lo so. Uno di loro mi ha appena aiutato a portare fuori i rifiuti."

Quest'uomo è geniale, altroché!
Sa scrivere, sa usare in maniera maledettamente efficace l'ironia, ha costruito una coppia di protagonisti favolosa e la parte thriller è interessante. Insomma, che altro chiedere?!
Certe uscite mi hanno fatto morire.. Avevo un po' dimenticato come fossero le avventure di Hap e Leonard, che perdita!!
Fortuna che
Heath Lowrance
Feb 22, 2012 Heath Lowrance rated it really liked it
While SAVAGE SEASON, the first appearance of Hap and Leonard, was kind of a "caper" novel, this one is more a straight-up mystery. Well, as "straight-up" as you could expect from Lansdale, anyway... and if you know Lansdale, you know he doesn't really do "straight-up".

Leonard's uncle dies, leaving Leonard a house, lots of money, and a dead boy hidden under the floorboards, along with an assortment of moldering kiddie porn mags. This unsavory discovery sets Leonard and Hap on a quest to clear Le
Jun 24, 2009 Marvin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Leonard Pine is fast becoming my all-time favorite fictional character. When he's not bragging about his sexual prowess, badmouthing preachers, or burning down crack houses he is making some pretty heavy sociological observations with the sureness of a cynic and the realism of the streets. Add on Hap's wistful idealism tempered with blue-collar resignation and you might understand why the team of Hap and Leonard stand out as the rudest but most exciting characters to ever grace mystery and crime ...more
John Culuris
May 17, 2016 John Culuris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-shelf
Sometimes it happens with me. I’m reading a book, often two, even enjoying both, and I come across a book I’d read long ago and--zap!--I’m in reread mode. Hence my reintroduction to Mucho Mojo. Not that the rereading wasn’t in order. It’s next in line to be adapted for the TV series on the Sundance Channel, and it had always been my favorite Hap and Leonard anyway. Reason enough. So this reading just happened ahead of schedule. But, even though it was second entry in the series, Mucho Mojo was m ...more
Questo è il primo romanzo di Lansdale che mi sia piaciuto almeno un po’. Non che ne abbia letti molti, eh, giusto “La notte del drive-in” (1 e 2) e “Una stagione selvaggia”, che sarebbe poi il primo della serie di Hap&Leonard.

Non sono affatto “morta dalla risate”, però indubbiamente alcuni dialoghi sono brillanti, nonché belli e pronti per una eventuale sceneggiatura. Le motivazioni degli omicidi le ho trovate un po’ tirate per i capelli, comunque nell’insieme si può leggere.
Dec 04, 2012 Gef rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
It's been over a year since I read the first Hap & Leonard novel, Savage Season. That's way too long by my measure to go without reading the second.

Mucho Mojo picks up between the two pals a while after their misfortune involving Hap's ex, Trudy, who died in their foolish pursuit of money. Leonard is still sporting a limp from the knee injury he sustained during that whole mess. This time it's Leonard's past that sends the two men into a whole new quagmire, when Leonard's uncle--the man who
Apr 18, 2011 DJMikeG rated it liked it
This was a great, fast moving East Texas noir novel, just what you'd expect from Joe Lansdale. His writing is really one of a kind. He effortlessly combines humor, beauty, slice of life realism, with over the top action sequences, and deeply dark and frightening imagery and situations. His frequent protagonists, Hap and Leonard, are a team unlike any other in fiction. The book's only shortcomings are in the plot department, which starts out ingeniously and ends somewhat predictably. The joy in r ...more
Sue Shepherd
Mar 04, 2017 Sue Shepherd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I was recommended to read this book and am so happy they did. Great murder mystery with gritty action, Hap and Leonard team up to solve a gruesome series of killings. Witty banter between friends that had me laugh out loud on occasion made this book a winner. Prose and language is honest and delightful to read.
Edina Rose
Feb 09, 2013 Edina Rose rated it really liked it
This is not a MM romance. The little romance there is in the book is a FM one. But it's also a good mystery and a beautiful Straight-Gay Interracial Bromance.

This is a series but I just jumped to book 2 because I liked the plot. Hap and Leonard are long time best friends. Leonard inherits a house and $100,000 from his uncle and decides to stay in the said house for a while and fix it. While there, he discovers the body of a murdered child and Hap, who joined him in his little adventure, invest
Jane Stewart
Mar 31, 2014 Jane Stewart rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A lot of people like this, it’s just not for me. I listened to more than half and then stopped.

It’s solving a mystery. Hap and Leonard are best friends. Leonard inherits a house from his estranged Uncle Chester. He asks Hap to live there with him and help him fix things. They discover a dead body. They believe the uncle left clues for Leonard about the murder. But the uncle had Alzheimer’s disease so his mind was not clear. So the clues were not logical. For example one clue has something to do
Mucho Mojo può voler dire diverse cose, come spiega Florinda a Hap, però nel libro ha un significato preciso, il titolo così introduce a tutta la malvagità che si incontrerà leggendo il romanzo.
Tutto inizia con un'eredità: lo zio di Leonard ha lasciato al nipote casa e averi (soldi e altri oggetti incomprensibili), purtroppo nel rimettere in sesto la casa (che ha una favorevolissima vista sullo spaccio di crack accanto) Hap e Leonard faranno una scoperta sconvolgente e da qui partirà il turbinio
Feb 19, 2012 Johnny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't read the first Hap & Leonard book until after I finished my first novel. I had read plenty of Lansdale, but for some reason it took me a while to get to that series. Considering that my work has been favorably compared to the Hap & Leonard books, some have found this odd (or called me a liar), but I have a feeling I'm going to be reading all of them very soon.

They're that good.

Mucho Mojo, the second book in the series, is even better than the first one. It feels more complete, m
Apr 11, 2011 Aaron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fine book and fun. Lansdale knows how to put a sentence together. Although sometimes he doesn't know how to put a chapter together. There were chapters devoted to romance that were awkward and forced, and the same goes for a chapter dealing with the duo mulling over Leonard's homosexuality. I would have liked the ending to be a little less obvious as well (and I rarely see an ending coming). This is the third Lansdale I've read and none of them have wowed me. I think I need to try some straigh ...more
Jul 10, 2009 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction, noir
Laugh out loud funny, loved this!
Gregor Xane
Jan 31, 2010 Gregor Xane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Hap and Leonard are very engaging and funny characters. This was a good mystery, grim stuff with the appropriate sense of humor to lighten the mood.
Jan 21, 2016 Nate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Definitely going to keep going with this series and see where life takes Hap and Leonard. Full of heart, humor, irreverence, and badassery, this series is quite original.
Nan Narboe
Mar 17, 2017 Nan Narboe rated it it was amazing
What a ride! I love Hap and Leonard and can hardly believe it took me this long to catch up with them. Perfect book for a rainy day curled up on the couch.
C. Mills
Dec 31, 2016 C. Mills rated it it was amazing
This was a "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year, and well deserving of such awards it is. It stars Hap and Leonard (who is black, homosexual, and a friend of Hap's for a long time) doing investigation and solving mysteries in East Texas. They are cleaning out the house of Leonard's recently dead uncle. There they find, under the rotting floor boards a tiny skeleton wrapped in porno magazines. Hap wants to call the police, but Leonard essentially says, "No. This is a black neighborhood." So ...more
Ije the Devourer of Books
A brilliant audiobook!

Phil Gigante is the best narrator I have come across.

This is a great story, book two in the series and highly entertaining and also a really interesting mystery. The narrator is excellent and this is how a book should be narrated. He brought the book to life and the characters came alive in my imagination. I laughed out loud in some places and must have looked pretty ridiculous on the train laughing to myself.

I really enjoy Hap and Leonard and the way they face challenges
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"Mucho Mojo" would be a nice book to take on vacation. the story moves along nicely and it has an interesting plot line.

Leonard Pine is surprised to learn that his uncle Chester left him his home and $100.000. Leonard's feeling was that his uncle didn't approve of him because Leonard is gay.

His friend, Hap Collins, is with him when they arrive at Leonard's uncle's home and find drug dealers from the crack house next door, using Leonard's uncle's porch to do their business.

Leonard asks Hap if he'
Clark Hallman
Mar 14, 2013 Clark Hallman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Mucho Mojo (first published in 1994), is the second Hap Collins and Leonard Pine book by Joe Lansdale. Mucho Mojo, according to one of the characters in this book means “Much bad magic.” The book does not deal with black magic or any kind of magic. However, there is plenty of bad magic in the form of drug dealers and child murderers in this book. Our two East Texas good-ole (and very tough) redneck vigilantes/amateur detectives, Hap and Leonard, get involved when Leonard inherits a broken down h ...more
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Joe R. Lansdale is the winner of the British Fantasy Award, the American Horror Award, the Edgar Award, and six Bram Stoker Awards. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas.
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