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Mucho Mojo by Joe R. Lansdale
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Jul 12, 2010

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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'd move in with him so they could fix up the house. When they are doing this, they find the body of a young child in the basement, along with some coupons and photos of children in sexual positions.

At first, they suspect Leonard's uncle may have been a child molestor and killer but on looking at the evidence, Leonard remembers that his uncle was a cop wanna be and they realize that he must have been searching for the killer and perhaps leaving a message before the dementia that was effecting him, took his mind.

The author goes through a number of significant areas in the novel. Leonard is a black man who is gay, Collins is a white man who is straight. The manner in which the men relate to each other is well described. We also see the effect of a crack house in the inner city and what that does to the children of the area and we deal with child abduction and pedophilia.

The story is entertaining and the characters likable. The author has a talent for using dialogue that makes the reader feel as though the characters were discussing the novel as the pages were turning.
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