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Rumble Tumble (Hap and Leonard #5)

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,402 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are in for an action-packed adventure when they cross paths with a towering Pentecostal preacher, a midget with a giant attitude, and a gang of bikers turned soldiers of fortune.

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 f
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Published November 3rd 2009 by Brilliance Audio (first published 1998)
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This book features the pistol whipping of a little person, the rescue of an armadillo from a gun dealer, a fight in a whore house, the amputation of a foot via shotgun, redneck pimps, arguments caused by dirty underwear, prairie dogs being sucked out of their holes by a glorified vacuum cleaner and a really good steak ranchero.

Yep. It’s another Joe Lansdale novel.

Hap’s girlfriend Brett is contacted by a couple of murderous pimps from Oklahoma who claim that her daughter, a prostitute, is in trou
Richard Vialet
*3.5 Stars*
After a twister blew away his house, Hap is living on Leonard's couch, working as a bouncer, thinking about moving in with his girlfriend Brett, and balls-deep in his mid-life crisis. But when Brett asks for help rescuing her estranged daughter who's turned to whoring and seems to be in danger with the wrong crowd, Hap puts on his white knight helmet, and the three head to the town of Hootie Hoot, Oklahoma, and equally dangerous Mexican border towns to track her down.
“Size and stren
Bark's Book Nonsense
Hap and Leonard, the two unlikeliest pair of best buds I’ve ever met in fiction, are back for another violent adventure filled with unexpected twists, lots of blood and gushy gore and enough offensive jokes to offend just about everyone. But that’s why we love ‘em.

Hap’s contemplating getting serious with his girl Brett but is living with Leonard and getting on his last nerve. But before the two can hurt each other, a midget named Red shows up and informs them he was the former pimp of Brett’s gr
Alex Sarll
"I felt sick and sorry and sad. My father and mother hadn't raised me to beat up midgets with pistols, nor to stand by and allow it to happen." The writing here doesn't do quite the fascinating things with language that Lansdale managed throughout the story in Dangerous Women that first made me take notice of him, but it's still full of sentences you can't ignore. For all the hookers and shotgun blasts and dirty underwear, I find myself oddly reminded of Wodehouse; this crazy slice of Texas and ...more
Hap and Leonard, the heroes of Lansdale’s eponymous series are definitely among the oddest crusading couples to ever grace the pages of crime fiction. They are quite unlike each other in most things (a white former peace activist vs. a black homosexual Vietnam veteran), but share a long friendship and a deep-seated urge to do the right thing, not to mention lots of funny and colourful banter which makes for a large part of the fun in reading those novels (nobody since the days of screwball comed ...more
Pearce Hansen
Feb 26, 2012 Pearce Hansen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're already a fan of Joe Lansdale's work, or of his series about Hap & Leonard, buy this book. It has most of the elements I first fell in love with about Mr. Lansdale's writing: garish larger-than-life characters and scenes that could take place on the floor of hell, a countrified turn of phrase dripping raw acid, and a viciously sarcastic wit like Ambrose Bierce and Mark Twain's bastard love child overdosed on serious bad drugs. "Rumble Tumble" has those in spades.

If you're looking t
Sep 16, 2009 Marvin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This fifth installment of the Hap and Leonard novels is as rude, crude, and funny as the others. As Lansdale explores the seamier side of America, notably East Texas with a detour to Oklahoma, his new topics include white slavery, Mexican motorcycle gangs, and midget abuse....LOTS of midget abuse. A problem tends to creep into this series. You start wondering how many more deadly situations, dark forbidding topics and unfunny subjects can the author continue to make funny. Yet, all the darkness ...more
Feb 24, 2010 Randy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hap and Leonard help Brett go after her daughter, Tillie, a prostitute, when they are visited by a midget named Red and a giant named Wilbur. They'd stopped coming from Tulsa to deliver a message from Tillie that she needed help. They also wanted five hundred to finance their fllight into Mexico. They were on the run from the Tulsa mob as well.

Hap, Leonard, and Brett go to Tulsa armed to the teeth, find the brothel, and when Hap slips inside to find Tillie ahead of the others, Red and Wilbur are
Noah Soudrette
Rumble tumble, the fifth book in Lansdale's Hap and Leonard series is a bit of a tough pill to swallow at times. This is easily the darkest of the novels yet and Hap and Leonard are disturbingly at ease when it comes to killing at this point in their lives. While on one hand, it makes sense considering what they've been through, on the other hand, it's disconcerting, but I suppose that's the point. The plot here is the most straightforward of the series as well, and while it doesn't live up to t ...more
Jan 01, 2013 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is there a more perfect book than a Hap & Leonard to start off a lazy Christmas break? RUMBLE TUMBLE finds the boys neck-deep in all kinds of crazy trouble, from Hootie Hoot Oklahoma to West Texas to a nasty part of Mexico, as they go off in search of the abducted daughter of Hap's girlfriend. This installment, the fifth. seemed to me a little less funny and a little more nasty than earlier ones in the series, but it was still a fun and easy read. I will continue in the series, but for now M ...more
Now, if you've read Hap and Leonard novels before, you are familiar with the fact that Hap is white and straight, while Leonard is black and gay. You understand that they love each other like brothers and would do just about anything the other asked, complaining most of the time, but seldomly blundering a task, no matter how violent and how unjust a retribution they might face.
The dialogues are as seasoned as ever.
But once again, we're reminded by his best buddy, Leonard Pine, the black fag, th
Feb 02, 2015 Thomas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've said before that Lansdale's writing style is what makes him unique, and why I enjoy reading him. That East Texas Redneck Gothic fiction that he writes is in a class all its own, where the weirdness will hit you long before the mystery, and his dialogue will snap like a turtle dredged up from the bottom of a creek. Take, for example, the cast of characters in this title, nicely summed up with this one-sentence excerpt:

An East Texas bouncer, a black queer, an ex-sweet potato queen, a six-foot
Nov 28, 2014 Hans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
another awesome Hap and Leonard book! this one reminded me of Sam Peckinpah's THE WILD BUNCH, when William Holden says the line "Lets go" for the last time and he heads out with Ernest Borgnine, Warrren Oates and Ben Johnson to wipe out an entire mexican army with certain death as the only outcome. yeah, it was like that. Lansdale pulls it off.....again
Joanne Parkington
Muff's, midget's, murder, mayhem & machine gun's .... what's not to like !! Joe R Lansdale just get's better & better ... an excellent read.
Victoria Roe
Not mad about this one, but it was entertaining enough. It's actually second in a series where two Texan bouncers seemingly get themselves into a series of violent fixes. It's a bit like reading Pulp Fiction mixed with The Last Boy Scout - a lot of tough talk, guns and insults flying around.

There was obvious effort that had gone into writing it and some of the one-liners were very funny ("He kicked me so hard the coins in my pocket changed denomination"), hence the 3 star rating. If you like vio
Sep 04, 2014 Carlo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, noir, fiction, usa
Non sarà il ‘romanzo perfetto’ con cui viene incensato da StefanoD’Arrigo in copertina, ma quello che è certo è che questa nuova avventura di una delle più improbabili coppie di detective della letteratura viaggia a ritmo travolgente e si fa leggere in maniera compulsiva. La storia è quasi solo un esile pretesto per accumulare situazioni sempre più ingarbugliate, affrontate da personaggi strani ed indimenticabili, disegnati magari utilizzando poche righe ma sempre con precisione: fra tutti l‘ins ...more
Charles Dee Mitchell
Jul 27, 2013 Charles Dee Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Hap and Leonard, the not-so-young-as-they-used-to-be, downwardly mobile protagonists of Lansdale's ongoing series, this time out have to leave their East Texas stomping grounds to rescue the daughter of Hap's serious girl friend, Brett. Brett was Hap's nurse after he was bitten by a rabid squirrel in a previous novel. Her daughter, Tillie, is a prostitute, but word comes that she is desperate to get out of the clutches of the Oklahoma mafia she works for. After buying a small arsenal of unlicens ...more
Feb 09, 2013 Rick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I've developed an addiction to Joe Lansdale. Since discovering his young adult novel "All the Earth, Thrown to the Sky", I've sought out as many of his books as I can find.
Then I started the Hap and Leonard series and became hopelessly hooked. As I've said in my reviews for the first four H&L novels, they're not for everyone, but if you like ONE, you'll like them all. Hap and Leonard have become two of my favorite characters in modern literature for a variety of reasons. They're alwa
Ubik 2.0
Oct 23, 2012 Ubik 2.0 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-e-book
“Un casino del genere io lo chiamo rumble tumble: una brutta lotta”

Un episodio scarso nella serie Hap & Leo, forse il più scarso, almeno fra i primi 5 che ho letto finora. A differenza del precedente Il Mambo degli Orsi, secondo me il più riuscito, non aggiunge assolutamente nulla alla saga dei due amiconi e vive, anzi vivacchia, sugli allori dei successi precedenti.

Ovviamente ci sono le battute taglienti, i dialoghi demenziali quasi tarantiniani, le scazzottate o peggio, l'umanità di derel
Nov 04, 2008 Chadwick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: erik
Shelves: noir, texas
Totally candy. An East Texas caper novel with sex, violence, jokes and heart, I suppose.

Hap and Leonard are a good ole boy odd couple. Hap, the narrator is a sometimes bouncer. He's the white guy. Leonard, a genial gay psychopath is the black guy. Over the course of ten or so novels, these two carve a swath of good-natured mayhem and destruction across the Southwest, usually more or less in the name of good.

Rumble Tumble is much of the same. Hap and Leonard head north from Leonard's spread out
Joel Neff
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Not really my taste. Kinda a mix of mystery and the absurd with an very heavy dose of testosterone. Now I generally find the absurd appealing when it flows . . . . odd characters, carnies, geeks, but in this instance the cast didn't really flow for me. It pushed too hard in that arena. In general I would bet that this writer/book is more appealing to dudes. Woulda given it two stars, but other readers seem to regard it rather highly. I took that into consideration and added a star. No thanks.
Sep 18, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Offensive, violent, gory, and laugh-out-loud funny! Yes, it's just another Joe Lansdale Hap & Leonard adventure. Sometimes, I feel like gathering up all Lansdale's books and just gorging on them but I try to pace myself...a Lansdale every 10-12 books or so. There's nothing I can say that hasn't already been said, I'm sure. This is a great writer and a great story teller. What more can you ask?
Otávio Augusto
Interesting subject. Maybe a bit on autopilot, this pulo, but still entertaining.

Oh, and just thought of something: this series, so far, is very unlike other pretentious writings. It is what it is. No more, no less.
Jul 20, 2014 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lansdale is a fantastic writer. Hap and Leonard are the most interesting characters I have read in a long time. First time in a long time that I laughed out loud reading, I mean he is really funny.
Kevin Beck
Jun 28, 2014 Kevin Beck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hap and Leonard once again wind up in trouble helping someone else. In this case they are trying to rescue Brett's daughter from a bad situation. Full off funny dialog between Hap and Leonard.
Jun 26, 2014 Chuck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got my edition's mixed-up and read this one out of order but it holds it own and yes, I think Mr. Lansdale has a thing for "midgets".
Apr 07, 2013 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are somethings that once you do them, change your life forever. This is equally try with people. Sometimes you can go to a place with a person, even for the best of reasons, that will change the way you and that person look at each other. For me this was a continuing them in this book. Hap and Leonard go off on a rescue mission for Hap's lady love. Its a very rough trip, and bad things happen along the way as well as bad people. We also get an interesting look into Hap and Leonard's friend ...more
A nice quick read. Hap and Leonard are entertaining and violent as usual but maybe this book is half a star less than the others.
Tim Niland
Apr 24, 2009 Tim Niland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are back in another violent and vulgar adventure from Lansdale. When the daughter of Hap's girlfriend is forced into a house of ill repute south of the border the boys swing into action to attempt to rescue her, taking on the Oklahoma mob, a deranged biker gang and a loquacious midget criminal in the process. This was another very good entry in the Hap and Leonard series, perhaps one of the darkest ones yet. True to form, there's plenty of coarse humor, but there's a ...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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