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Bad Chili (Hap and Leonard #4)

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,915 Ratings  ·  125 Reviews
With his trademark knack for gut-busting laughter and head-splitting action, Joe R. Lansdale serves up a bubbling cauldron of murder and mayhem that only he could create.

Hap Collins has just returned home from a gig working on an off shore oil rig. With a new perspective on life, Hap wants to change the way he's living, and shoot the straight and narrow. That is until the
ebook, 304 pages
Published October 27th 2010 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard (first published 1997)
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Dan Schwent
A local biker is murdered and Leonard is the prime suspect. After being bit by a possibly rabid squirrel, Hap gets out of the hospital and starts investigating. Can Hap and Leonard escape a web of blackmail, murder, bikers, and less savory things?

My reread of the Hap and Leonard books I haven't written reviews for continues. In this, the fourth volume, Lansdale introduces a couple new characters to the Hap and Leonard mythos that will be important for years to come: Hap's hot nurse girlfriend Br
Hap returns home from working a gig on an oil rig and is promptly attacked by a rabid squirrel. Thanks to crappy insurance and a grumpy doctor he has to stay in the hospital in order to get his rabies shots paid for. While Hap is left to the mercy of the American health care system his best friend Leonard has been having problems with his boyfriend, Raul. Raul has been two-timing him with a biker, and it’s made Leonard so angry that he’s doing crazy things like beating the biker with a broom han ...more
Richard Vialet
I started reading this series earlier this year, but Hap and Leonard already feel like a couple of old friends! In this wild installment, while Hap is stuck in the hospital awaiting rabies shots after a run-in with a crazed squirrel and shitty health insurance, he discovers that not only has Leonard gone missing, but Leonard is also the lead suspect in the murder of Horse Dick McNee, a biker that stole his boyfriend Raul. In his quest to clear Leonard of Horse Dick's murder, he will discover a p ...more
Bark's Book Nonsense
This is another politically uncorrect wacky mystery featuring best friends Hap and Leonard. Hap is an everyman sort of slacker guy and Leonard is a big, tough black guy who happens to like men. Hap and Leonard love each other like brothers and are the unlikeliest of friends and their friendship has survived longer than any of their previous relationships. They are hilarious together, especially in this book which, thankfully, isn’t quite as dark as “Two Bear Mambo, though it has its dark moments ...more
I started this smack in the middle of a series but I quickly gathered that Hap and Leonard are some good ole boys, best friends in East Texas who have a way of finding trouble. Hap, east Texas white boy, is off a job on an Oil Rig and comes back to find Leonard, who is black and gay, is upset that his on and off again boyfriend Raul has finally left him. All this catching up is then interrupted by one crazy squirrel. Things go further off the rails when a dead body turns up and fingers start poi ...more
Jul 18, 2009 Marvin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I am somewhat relieved that this fourth book of the Hap and Leonard series returns to the hilarious wit of the first two books. That isn't to say Lansdale lets go of the blood and grit that is liberally splattered through the other novels. And the author keeps his realistic if cynical outlook on life intact as relayed by the idealistic Hap and the pessimistic Leonard. But after all that, Bad Chili is mainly side-splitting funny. Just read the first 15 pages regarding a berserk squirrel and its a ...more
Feb 16, 2016 Meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun outing with Hap and Leonard. An occasionally brutal Texas crime caper with brilliant characters and some laugh out loud moments.
Charles Dee Mitchell
A attack by a rabid squirrel sets the tone for this fourth escapade of Hap Collins and Leonard Pine in the humid, make that fetid, world of East Texas. You don't read these books for their tightly plotted mystery, although this one has a better mystery to be solved than the other two I have read. The attraction is just how outrageous Lansdale will make the action. This time out we have murder, torture, grease stealing (you'll have to read the book), rape videos, gay bikers, sadistic ex-wrestlers ...more
Jan 26, 2013 Rick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm starting to think Lansdale's "Hap and Leonard" will attack (and prevail over) any subject matter. In "Bad Chili" there were times I wasn't even sure what the 'mystery' was~but I knew Hap & Leonard would make it worth the ride.
There are enough reviews that give you a synopsis of the plot, and everyone tries their best to describe Hap and Leonard, so I'll spare you.

"Bad Chili" begins with a rabid squirrel attack and ends with a tornado, and --as always with these guys-- I find myself quest
Joel Neff
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The appearance at the two-thirds mark of Jim Bob Luke from Cold in July rescued this novel for me as I was getting a bit bored with all the repetitive dialog. Jim Bob as a character is an equal to Hap and Leonard and he just sent the plot and the character interactions places they couldn't have gone otherwise. The mystery these good old boys be solving takes some teasing to get it out and in the meantime Lansdale delivers some brilliant scenes of violence and a lot of dialog, most of it funny, b ...more
Daniel Drago
Apr 08, 2016 Daniel Drago rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another amazing Hap and Leonard Novel. The opening scene alone was enough to make me laugh out loud non-stop. Great plot, a lot of action and best of all amazing characters. I had no idea and was so incredibly excited that Jim Bob Luke is a major character in the book. Cold In July is one of my favorites and Jim Bob is an amazing character as well. I just found out he also is in Captain Outrageous so I am really excited to read that one soon.

Any Lansdale is mandatory reading and I can't believe
Joanne Parkington
What to say about this book ..... it's crass and coarse and full of dirty word's and dirtier people ... in short, it's bloody wonderful !! Hap Collin's is a great character ... flat broke & without a pot to piss in, hurtling toward's middle age with only the clothes on his back and even those have seen better day's .... the scrap's Hap & Leonard get into are as brilliantly funny as they are violently bloody and the addition of foul-mouthed, husband burning, gun-toting Brett just add's to ...more
Jun 05, 2015 Hans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1977 Dario Argento directed the now classic horror film SUSPIRIA, the trailer for the film bosted " The only thing scarier than the first three minutes of SUSPIRA are the last 90 " Which is a fairly accurate summation , the opening to that movie is amazing. The opening scene to BAD CHILI by Joe R Lansdale something happens to Hap so crazy , the only thing better then the first 10 pages are the last 296, and the ending is aciton packed and satisfying. before BAD CHILI , 2 BEAR MAMBO was my favori ...more
Mar 08, 2015 Leew49 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
When the new inamorata of his former lover Raul is found murdered, Leonard Pine is the prime suspect. Naturally his friend and drinking/fighting buddy Hap Collins feels an obligation to investigate further than the local police seem willing to do. The discovery of Raul's body a few days later further complicates matters. As Hap and Leonard pursue the case they uncover several conspiracies and some particularly ugly crimes involving gay bashing and an underground video market. Other key players i ...more
Kristi Lamont
So I wish I could give this two-and-a-half stars, because of lines like this: "It was a bright, hot day, and everything I looked at seemed to be viewed through a piece of lemon-colored rock candy." Of which? There were many. However, the violence has become ridiculous -- and this time around there was some really hard-core porn referenced, in excruciating detail. Absolutely not something I prefer to read, even in the context of it being part of a crime being investigated. (As I have said in prev ...more
Hmm, hmm, hmm.
The idea of a white, poor, blue collar Texan (Hap) being best friends with a gay black man(Leonard) is nice, but what captured my interest is that Leonard is also super tough with a bad temper. It suggested the possibility of unique characters.
Hap and Leonard's friendship is the strongest part of the book. Their conversations are so funny, and yet they have a true acceptance and loyalty to each-other, made all the more special by the barren, difficult circumstances of their lives.
Jun 23, 2012 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pulp-fiction
Trailer trash crime masterpiece about a chili king's extortion by bikers for stealing grease from restaurants. Lansdale throws in a sado-masochistic has-been wrestler, another pair of Afro-black twins (see "Freezer Burn")and wraps it up with a Texas twister as the big finish just to raise the Warner Bros cartoon dementia.
"Bad Chili" should be read simply for the hilarious security job interview sequence alone. "Dancing Baptists". Lansdale does it again.
Heath Lowrance
This one starts with one of the funnier sequences in the Hap and Leonard series, as the boys are attacked out of nowhere by a rabid squirrel; it's a seemingly random beginning that actually becomes relevant at the end. But even if it wasn't, it works as a purely comic scene.

The whole book is pretty funny, really. There's more emphasis on comedy than in the previous books, and that's probably why I like it maybe just a little less. But a LOT happens in this one-- Leonard's boyfriend Raul disappea
Jun 20, 2015 Bibliophile rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Hap & Leonard, and Bad Chili is as enjoyable as their previous adventures. Hap's new lady love, Brett, is a fun addition but sounds more like Hap & Leonard with boobs than a real woman. And I must admit to rolling my eyes a bit at times. Some people label these books politically incorrect, which is mystifying to me because the opposite is true. There's violence and sex and bad language, sure, but also endless conversations about everybody's liberal viewpoints on race, gender and s ...more
Domenico Cinalli
Sep 17, 2014 Domenico Cinalli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scrivo qualcosa su Lansdale colpevolmente solo al quarto romanzo del ciclo di Hap & Leonard. Il mio rapporto con l'autore non è iniziato benissimo: sarà stato il periodo in cui l'ho letto, sarà stato il libro stesso, ma Una Stagione Selvaggia non mi colpì particolarmente. Ma mai come in questo caso perseverare ha ripagato, perché dal successivo, Mucho Mojo, è stato amore irrefrenabile. Hap & Leonard sono semplicemente una delle coppie meglio assortite e più esplosive della letteratura (n ...more
Aug 30, 2014 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lansdale is my newest favorite aurthor. I hope he writes another 100 Hap & Leonard books. Cool, funny, and smart.
Noah Soudrette
Another great adventure of Hap and Leonard. In this one, we meet Hap's awesome new girlfriend, and we get a cameo from a character last seen in "Cold in July".
Sebastian Kempke
"Bad Chili" ist, wie auch die vorherigen Hap & Leonard Romane, extrem unterhaltsam und kurzweilig, allerdings ein wenig holprig, was den Plot betrifft. Verschiedene Handlungsfäden laufen zusammen, verknoten sich fröhlich, haben aber letzten Endes keinen allzu bleibenden Eindruck hinterlassen. Davon abgesehen treffen Hap & Leonard auf ein tollwütiges Eichhörnchen, einen sadistischen Wrestler und eine fiese Torture-Tape-Mafia. Eine Menge Blut fliesst, Zeit für neue Liebe und Zeit zum Traue ...more
John Grazide
May 25, 2015 John Grazide rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Again the dialogue is witty, crisp and funny. Lansdale doesn't waste words in his books but the words that make it really count. Hap and Leonard find themselves in yet another bind, this time murder. As the story progresses the players are slowly revealed and just when you think things are going well (for Hap and Leonard anyway) things turn. A Mountain Man, tornado and a hidden .38 make this one of the best endings of a story where you become fully involved with the characters. And when the ...more
Wesley Craig Green
This was my introduction to Joe R. Lansdale work and it was even better than I had hoped for. I can see his influence on Garth Ennis' Preacher comic series- which is a good thing.

Bad Chili is part of the Hap and Leonard series of books but you don't need to have read the preceding books of the series to know who is who and so on. This book is its own self-contained story which I can say is a good introduction to the series.

If you're looking for something smart, gritty, and funny, then this book
Paul Eckert
I've been wanting to read Lansdale's work for years, and finding this audiobook at the library was the perfect excuse to finally dive in.

The thing to love about Lansdale is that he takes familiar premises and turns them on their head. There's a mystery in this book, but it's not tackled by big city super sleuths. Instead there's Hap and Leonard, a couple of guys living in East Texas. And instead of stereotype Texan cowboys with six shooters and a mouthful of snuff, we have Hap Collins, a blue c
Sep 30, 2012 Paola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gialli
Io posseggo l'edizione del 2003, sempre Einaudi, nessuna voglia né tempo di fare un inserimento manuale della scheda del libro, quindi o così o pomì. Se penso che ho ancora almeno altri 2000 libri da inserire, mi vien male, chissà prima della pensione magari ci riesco...
Comunque il commento é quello originale:)
Il racconto dell'incontro/scontro con uno scoiattolo rabbioso delle prime pagine da solo vale la ri-lettura, si sghignazza alla grande, anche se dispiace per l'atroce fine della bestiola.
Andrew Neal
*This review has spoilers for the first three books in the series, plus one spoiler for this book, which is hidden. Beware.*

Yet another book about rednecks whooping asses and getting their asses whooped.

It's a really good book, and I enjoyed it as much as the others in the series which I gave four stars, with one exception: Life comes cheap in this series, but this one took that to a new level in a couple of ways.

First, Hap gets involved with a new girlfriend, but doesn't ever see fit to mentio
Al Young
Oct 06, 2013 Al Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

There used to be a phenomenon about a decade ago -the outlet book store. I suspect you all know about outlet malls. In a 500 mile radius, there used to be a half a dozen of these outlet book stores, where you could find relatively recent hardback novels for four and five dollars.

Though, the internet shows that these are still in existent, all of those around my usual routes have been closed for some time. I don't know what the reason would be. Perhaps the rise of Amazon or the expansion of mega-
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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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