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Vanilla Ride by Joe R. Lansdale
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Feb 06, 11

bookshelves: noir, own, mulholland_minded, read_2011
Read from February 03 to 06, 2011

Hap and Leonard are asked by a friend to retrieve his wayward daughter from the grips of a local drug dealer operating out of a trailer. What follows sees the two protagonists battling it out against the Dixie Mafia, corrupt cops and Vanilla Ride - the best hit man (or woman) in the business. The exchanges between Hap and Leonard are humorous providing a nice break from the otherwise brutal and bloody world these two find themselves in. 'Vanilla Ride' read like one epic shootout to the next with one in particular set in suburbia being the most memorable. While this is the first Hap and Leonard book I've read (7th in the series), I didn't feel like I had to have read the previous ones in the series to gain an appreciation of the character back stories - a sign of good writing. 4 stars.
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02/03/2011 "my first exposure to Hap and Leonard - hope i dont miss too much by jumping into the series so late..."
02/03/2011 "page 35."
02/05/2011 page 132
52.0% "Lansdale knows how to write scenes of brutality- the suburban shootout was as vivid as any I've read."
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