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Devil Red (Hap and Leonard #8)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  650 ratings  ·  95 reviews
Hap Collins and Leonard Pine return in a red-hot, mayhem-fueled thriller to face a vampire cult, the Dixie Mafia, and the deadliest assassin they’ve ever encountered—Devil Red.

When their friend Marvin asks Hap and Leonard to look into a cold-case double homicide, they’re more than happy to play private investigators: they like trouble, and they especially like getting paid
Kindle Edition, 225 pages
Published (first published 2010)
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Dan Schwent
While working with their detective friend Marvin Hanson, Hap and Leonard are tasked with solving a cold-case, a double homicide involving a rich woman's son and his vampire-ish girlfriend. The trail leads them up against a deadly hit man they dub Devil Red. Can Hap and Leonard, in all his deerstalker-wearing finery, find Devil Red before they become his next victims?

Hap and Leonard are so bad ass their bad ass has to wear a suit and tie. Sorry, inside joke. In Devil Red, Lansdale dusts off Hap a
Take a middle-aged redneck in East Texas with a mouthy gay black best friend, give them both an unerring instinct for irritating the living hell out of dangerous people and putting themselves in shitty situations, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. And a highly entertaining crime series.

Hap and Leonard have started working part time for their friend Hanson’s detective agency, but Hap is brooding even more than usual about the violence that they always seem to attract. Hanson gets a new case
James Thane
Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are fresh off of kicking the crap out of a couple of thugs who stole $87.00 from a defenseless old woman when their some-time employer, Marvin Hanson, asks them to assist in an investigation. A young man and woman have been brutally murdered. The police have written off the case as an unsolved robbery gone bad, but the young man's mother refuses to accept that explanation. Not surprisingly, she wants justice.

Hap and Leonard are never ones to back away from a challeng
Another great book in Joe R. Lansdale's series about Hap and Leonard, the mystery world's most unlikely couple. Hap, a white straight liberal who wonders why people just can't get along and Leonard, a black gay Vietnam veteran who votes Republican and equates right and wrong with beating the crap out of bad guys. If you want to know what Devil Red is about, read the official description above. Anything else would be a spoiler. So instead of a critique, here are my four favorite Hap and Leonard q ...more
I got an advance copy of this in the mail, started reading it on the subway ride home, and apart from getting off the train and walking home, I pretty much had to read it straight through. It's so awesome its awesome wears a hat and tie. Like most Hap and Leonard novels, it's pretty much a crime novel without any detectives, and though it starts to get a bit implausible towards the final chapters, it always feels right and true to its characters.
DEVIL RED. (2011). Joe R. Lansdale. ****.
This is the latest in the author’s “Hap & Leonard” series of thrillers. Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are two operatives working out of East Texas. An operative is a person that assists a detective or a lawyer in the pursuit of a case or investigation. They are unique as a team in detective/thriller fiction. Hap is a regular guy, deeply in love with Brett, a nurse at a local hospital. Brett has a druggie daughter and Hap has tried to help her out here
Tim Niland
The banter may be crude and the language a little lewd, but when it comes to telling a great story, few can top Joe R. Lansdale, especially when he is writing a book in the Hap and Leonard series. Hap Collins is a straight, white, former hippie and Leonard Pine is a gay, black, former soldier and the scrapes they get into in Landsdale's stomping grounds of East Texas make for one of the finest modern crime series going today. In this story, Hap and Leonard are helping a former cop friend of thei ...more
It is my intention to be buried with the Hap and Leonard novels. I don't know why I love this series like I do. For one thing, I don't have a strong feeling for the genre, and for another, I rarely dig series (serieses?). But I don't think I'm ever happier than I am when in the middle of a Hap and Leonard adventure. Lansdale is such a fine regional writer, and like all of his novels, Devil Red has a fantastic sense of place (namely, East Texas). And the characters! Oh, the characters! Hap, my he ...more
Lansdale just keeps Hap & Leonard kicking ass and taking names. I hope he writes another hundred books in this series. Wild ride!
Always a pleasure, though the body count felt even more improbably high than usual. That's not really a complaint though.
Sandy thyer
No one writes like Joe r lansdale! One example of why I read him is this passage.

The house was big enough and tall enough to hold all of Noah's animals and a spare woodchuck. You could have driven four horses running abreast through any of the windows, and the doorway was tall enough and wide enough to accommodate at least one war elephant if it bent its head slightly and went through politely.

You can't say that he doesn't paint a picture and make you smile at the same time. I look forward to
Maria Grazia
Hap e Leonard devono andare in pensione, è già un po' di tempo che cercano di farlo capire al loro creatore, e stavolta Leonard ha addirittura rischiato di lasciarci la pelle. E la storia procede un po' stancamente come i due protagonisti, con la poco verosimile comparsa di un killer e addestratore di killer bicefalo, di cui si libera, apparendo dal nulla proprio quaando la trama non sa più dove andare, Vanilla Ride.
Ogni tanto qualche zampata ridona il vecchio piacere di lettura, ma sarebbe ora
Richard Brear
I like Lansdale's diction for the most part, but it falls way short of the writing in what I presently regard as by far his best work, THE BOTTOMS. DEVIL RED does contains more humor than the Hap and Leonard novel I finished just before reading DEVIL RED--namely RUMBLE TUMBLE, but DEVIL RED is even more violent and bloody than RUMBLE TUMBLE.

I'm contemplating abandoning the Hap and Leonard series now. Why? Basically, I don't read action novels in order to vicariously experience wholesale carnage
Ok so now THIS is my favorite of the series. Each one gets better and better. Joe knows writing, and it shows. This one had me on the edge of my seat and has a climactic ending that is pretty amazing. I can't go in to too many details with out giving some very amazing twists away, but trust me its amazing. If you're reading my review of this one, chances are you've already heard me rant seven other times about this series. It really does just keep getting better and better and Joe R. Lansdale is ...more
What the heck happened? I'm having a hard time believing Joe wrote this book. It reads like a high school kid read a Hap and Leonard and said "I can do this!" I'm usually rolling at Hap and Leonard's conversations. Here, I'm saying "Shut up!" Characters are antagonistic just so Hap or Leonard can knock them down with their rapier wit. Joe must have had a bill to pay -- I don't think his heart was in this one. NOT recommended.
Matteo Pellegrini
Non ancora paghi delle ultime avventure e dell'incontro con la leggendaria killer Vanilla Ride, Hap e Leonard decidono di voler continuare la loro attività di investigatori privati, anche se vorrebbero poterla svolgere nella legalità, una volta tanto. Il primo caso che affrontano, però, è uno dei più incredibili che gli sia mai capitato: c'è di mezzo una specie di setta vampirica, una strampalata organizzazione di killer mercenari e un crollo nervoso di Hap. Ma non c'è tempo per riposare: lui e ...more
Come dice mio marito che lo ha letto prima di me: non mi é piaciuto, non ha il ritmo degli altri e la storia sta in piedi per i quattro venti. Di Hap&Leonard letto di molto meglio.
Non é che stiamo grattando il fondo del barile eh?
Another great Hap and Leonard book. I love how Lansdale writes. He can have true human emotion, horrific violence and laugh out loud funny all in the same page.
Allen Richards
Eight books in and you should know the Hap and Leonard formula by now, which is perfectly fine if you're a Lansdale fan - it's not the journey so much as the ride itself that makes Hap and Leonard series enjoyable. DEVIL RED is probably the first book in the series that I've completely enjoyed since the 4th entry, BAD CHILI, as the series seemed to be getting goofy just for the sake of being goofy. This time around Lansdale probes our heroes to see how they're dealing with both 20 years of amate ...more
I absolutely love Joe R. Lansdale and I love his Leonard and Hap series and was overly excited to get my hands on his new book, Devil Red. I got started with it and, initially thought, this is going to be a good ride, just like most of all his others in the series. The dialogue was funny and Leonard and Hap are a perfect duo and one of the most entertaining characters you'll come across in crime-fiction. And this book doesn't miss a beat, regardless of my overall feelings of the book. So as I go ...more
It's a tricky thing reading a book that's the eighth in a series, when you've only read the first book in that series so far. With Joe Lansdale's Devil Red, however, that's exactly what I did. I was expecting to be a fair bit lost, with a metric ton of backstory peppered through the book to the point where I wouldn't know if I was coming or going. I've only read and reviewed the first book in the Hap & Leonard series, Savage Season. Fortunately, Lansdale keeps the focus on the story at hand, ...more
Carl I.
Not the best Hap and Leonard, and still worth a read. I agree with other posts that state the book felt abbreviated, and almost felt a little like a non-adventure. There was no really mystery, or at least nothing that would make us the reader sit up and be surprised. The revelation of what was happening was just a bit of a "oh, OK" moment.

I also agree with a comment I read about Hap and Leonard almost being too confrontational. In past books the two guys were smartasses, and they definitely lik
My first thought was that the series jumped the shark in the 8 years between Captains Outrageous and Vanilla Ride (the book previous to this one). Then I was struck by how neatly Vanilla Ride and Devil Red fit together. Almost like the beginning of a new series staring the old heroes.

Vanilla Ride saw many small but significant changes from the earlier series (conveniently sumarized by this fine review/er that were annoying at first -- especially since
John Hood
Bound: Betting Devil Red

SunPost Weekly April 28, 2011 | John Hood

Another High Adventure Joe R. Lansdale

Salt ‘n’ pepper teams are rare enough, but to have a salt ‘n’ pepper team that consists of a brooding good ‘ol boy and a muscle-bound gay black man is about as rare as a politician’s truth. To have both dwell deep in the heart of East Texas, well hell, you may as well throw in a pontiff’s lack of hypocrisy too. Yes, that’s how novel you’ll find the Hap and Leonard series t
Chadwick Saxelid
This review first appeared in the January 2012 edition of the Digital Concordian.

Joe R. Lansdale’s Devil Red, the new novel in his popular and long running Hap Collins and Leonard Pine series, will be available in trade paperback this March.

If you enjoy books about tough as leather, hard-hitting heroes who have mouths that are much smarter than their brains, then you are certain to enjoy the new Hap and Leonard novel. I not only recommend it, I also recommend all of the books in the series, as w
Clark Hallman
Devil Red read is the ninth installment of Joe R. Lansdale’s Hap & Leonard series and it’s another good one. Hap and Leonard are two good old boys from East Texas. Hap is a white heterosexual who shares a house, and a loving and committed relationship, with Brett. Leonard is a black homosexual whose partner recently decided that God wants him to become a heterosexual and he left Leonard. Hap and Leonard are best friends and love each other as brothers. In addition to hanging out together and ...more
Avec Diable Rouge, Joe R. Lansdale nous livre ici la neuvième aventure de Hap Collins et Leonard Pine, deux texans complètement déjantés, travaillant main dans la main tels deux tontons flingueurs. N'étant pas formés au métier de détective, attirés par le gain, nos deux compères se fient à leur instinct, leur peu d'expérience et leur maniement des armes (autant dire pas grand-chose) pour résoudre l'enquête qui leur est présentée par leur ami Marvin. Se retrouvant face à un double meurtre, non ré ...more
In their latest adventure, Hap Collins and Leonard Pine find themselves working for a private investigator friend, trying to solve a series of murders committed by someone who leaves a mysterious devil symbol at the scene of their crimes. Along the way, bad things happen, and more bad things are done in retaliation.

I've been a fan of Joe Lansdale for years, even before he started writing the Hap and Leonard novels. However, while they're always entertaining, it may be time to put the characters
Hap and Leonard unite the great cultural and political American divide, with Hap the white straight bleeding heart liberal and Leonard the black, gay hang-'em-high conservative, bonded together forever by a sense of friendship that encompasses love, duty, honour, justice, brotherhood and all that good shit. I think a fairly heavy case can be made that they deserve to be a lot more iconic. One day they'll make a TV series out of the books as good as Justified if not better and the dream will come ...more
John Onoda
Lansdale's series of adventurs about Hap Collins and Leonard Pine include some of the funniest dialgue I've ever red, but fair warning that it's about as politically incorrect as you can imagine. Lansdale usually cranks out his Hap and Leonard novels every few years, so it was surprising to see this one published so soon on the heels of Vanilla Ride.

In this one, the duo take on a superassassin named Devil Red, who stays one step ahead of them and then does a good job of nearly killing Leonard. F
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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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Other Books in the Series

Hap and Leonard (10 books)
  • Savage Season (Hap and Leonard, #1)
  • Mucho Mojo (Hap and Leonard, #2)
  • The Two-Bear Mambo (Hap and Leonard, #3)
  • Bad Chili (Hap and Leonard, #4)
  • Rumble Tumble (Hap and Leonard, #5)
  • Captains Outrageous (Hap and Leonard, #6)
  • Vanilla Ride (Hap and Leonard, #7)
  • Hyenas (Hap and Leonard, #9)
  • Dead Aim (Hap and Leonard, #10)
The Bottoms Mucho Mojo (Hap and Leonard, #2) Savage Season (Hap and Leonard, #1) The Two-Bear Mambo (Hap and Leonard, #3) Edge of Dark Water

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