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Savage Season: The First Hap and Leonard Novel

(Hap and Leonard #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  6,415 ratings  ·  652 reviews
Here comes Trudy back into Hap's life, thirty-six but looking ten years younger, with long blonde hair and legs that begin under her chin, and the kind of walk that'll make a man run his car off the road. Here comes trouble, says Leonard, and he's right. She was always trouble, but she had this laugh when she was happy in bed that could win Hap over every time. Trudy has a ...more
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Published January 13th 2009 by Brilliance Audio (first published August 1990)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I finally got to meet the famous Hap and Leonard that I've heard so much about here on Goodreads.

Sorry, Terry Crews is in my head as Leonard Pike. Leonard and Hap are best buddies. Why? I have no clue. They really are not much alike.
Leonard is a gay, Vietnam vet who seems pretty mellow at first. Just don't mess with his vanilla cookies.
Hap is a guy with a prison record because he wanted to make a statement during the sixties about the war. Hap was kind of stupid then.

Now Hap's ex-wife has
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kelly (and the Book Boar) by: Everyone and their dog
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Joe Lansdale was barely a blip on my radar until a few months ago when it seemed errrrryone started reading his stuff. Since I am an idiot, I had no idea WTF Hap and Leonard even was or that it was a soon-to-be television program. I just knew that Real Dan and Kemper were reading the crap out of these stories and everybody else seemed to be reading Lansdale too. Then during one of our bitch sessions highly intellectual conversation
Dan Schwent
Feb 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, hick-lit, lansdale
When laborer Hap Collins' ex-wife Trudy pops back into his life with a story about retrieving unrecovered money from a bank robbery, Hap's up for it. In tow is Hap's best friend, Leonard, a gay black man who happens to be the toughest son of a bitch on the planet. Will Hap and Leonard finally make the big score that saves them from a life of backbreaking labor or is Trudy leading them to their deaths?

2014 reread: Since nothing on my unread pile looks appealing at the moment and a Hap and Leonard
Hap Collins and his friend Leonard Pine seem like pure east Texas rednecks in a lot of ways. They have crappy jobs working in rose fields, shoot clay pigeons with their shotguns, drive worn out piece-of-shit vehicles, raise hunting dogs and listen to country music. But Leonard is black and gay, and Hap is a former damn dirty hippie who got sent to prison for refusing his induction notice during Vietnam as a protest against the war. So they aren’t exactly the Dukes of Hazard.

Years after his priso
A recipe for Delicious Fiction:

Take a pair of VERY UNCONVENTIONAL good old buddies + one BITCHOSAURUS of an ex-wife.

Add in half a million in lost, stolen money, a group of wannabe radicals and an awesomely PSYCHOlarious duo of drug dealers.

Spice all the above with sharp writng, brilliantly witty dialogue, heaping helpings of southern humor and stir in several pounds of violence, bloodshed and betrayals..... and VOILA....

Criminally YUMMY Buddy NOIR Cake.

Definitely one I am going to recommend as
James Thane
First appearing in 1990, this is the book that introduced Joe R. Lansdale's most popular characters, Hap Collins and Leonard Pine. Brothers under the skin, Hap is a good-old-boy white guy from East Texas while Leonard is a black, gay Vietnam War vet. The two practice martial arts together and when we first meet them, they're living close to poverty and eking out a living working in a rose field.

Still, life is fairly copacetic until, out of nowhere, Hap's very sexy ex-wife, Trudy, suddenly shows
3.5 stars!

For my Year of Lansdale project I had this audio book all lined up and then the TV show came out. I have to say that the show spoiled me as far as the voices go. The actors will forever be the voices of Hap and Leonard in my head. (If you haven't seen the show, I highly recommend it!)

The drama mirrored this book pretty closely except for a few changes near to the end. The humor that I found so appealing in the other two Hap and Leonard's that I've read was here, but not as much, and I
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016

What have we here? The old and reliable 'heist' story. One would think it's been done enough times already to get a bit stale and predictable. Fear not! Joe Lansdale has some surprises in store for you. And even if sometimes you feel you've heard it all before, a good storyteller will still get you hooked with a couple a sympathetic scoundrels and their sharp, hilarious banter, he would still keep you intrigued about motives and possible outcomes and he would still knock you down flat with inten
I really loved The Thicket last year when I chose it to quench my thirst for a good Western read. I was impressed by how engaging the writing was. I decided this year to jump into more books by author Joe Lansdale, and I thought a good start would be his popular Texas crime series featuring his characters Hap Collins and Leonard Pine. This first novel in the series lived up to my lofty expectations!

Hap & Leonard are best buddies, are minding their own business and shooting some skeet in Hap's ba
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, humour

I've heard so much about this duo and finally started this series. Unlike so many other books, Savage Season has a perfect summary.
The two main protagonists can't be any different even if they tried, but they work well together.

Hap's ex-wife Trudy asks him for help to find some money that's been hidden for the last twenty years, he lets his best friend in on the scheme and that's the basic plot. The thing that makes Savage Season different and more interesting than other maybe similar books
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was brilliant! Hap and Leonard are such great characters. I can’t wait to read more of the series. One reviewer called this ‘Redneck noir’ and I couldn’t agree more.
Bill Kerwin

This, the first “Hap and Leonard” adventure, is so early in the development of the detective series that Hap and Leonard aren’t even detectives yet. They are East Texas men in their thirties, working off-and-on at low-paying jobs (flower pickers in the rose fields, for example), just trying to get along, while amusing themselves by shooting skeet and beating each other up in martial arts duels. Hap is a straight white male, a sixties radical who did time for resisting the draft, and Leonard is a
Binge watched the first series of the TV adaptation of the Hap & Leonard books, loved it and so I had to read the source novels, since everyone at the AV Club comment pages said they were SO much better. Not sure I agree, then it's always like that when much loved books make the transfer to the screen- see Game of Thrones, LOTR, and many more ( hence my mixed feelings about the rumoured adaptation of Dorothy Dunnett' s Lymond series, my all-time favorites). Having seen the show I had the back st ...more
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This dude is such a good writer that I sat down immediately after finishing this book and began writing myself and my output was 25% better than it normally is. Lansdale is just one of those people who understand language, and harness it like a samurai sword. Savage Season, the first of many Hap and Leonard books, was a page-turning crime novel - at times funny, at times touching, at times violent - much like the best Coen Brothers movies are. You're doing yourself a disservice by not reading th ...more
Hap a tough country boy with iron foundry muscles just spent eighteen months in prison, during this time his wife Trudi was filing for divorce.
Leonard a Vietnam vet and a certified hardhead. His expertise is Martial arts, boxing, kenpo and hapkido.
Trudi ruled men with brains, passion and her downy triangle.
Hap a bird lover.
Leonard a dog lover.
An inseparable duo of characters.
On his release from prison Trudi temps Hap into a money making deal or shall we say money finding.
A bank job money stash
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm officially a fan now. Hap and Leonard are buddy duo gold, and I can't wait to read more of their exploits.

Earlier this year my reading group The Night Worms read Terror is Our Business, a Dana Roberts book that Lansdale wrote with his daughter Kasey. I loved that one. So I finally had read some Lansdale, but I needed more. I had heard about him here and there on Instagram, but then all of a sudden I was hearing a lot from Hap and Leonard fans about how great the books are, and how much it su
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read five previous Hap and Leonard adventures, but somehow managed to miss this first outing. Once again, Hap lets "lil' Hap" get him into trouble, and drags mouthy Leonard into the fray. Count on everything to go wrong. And if you have a lick o' sense, better stay far away from Leonard's vanilla cookies.
Rebecca McNutt
Savage Season was a very different and exciting book, and each of the characters has their own personality so it's easy to relate to at least one of them.
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SAVAGE SEASON is a fast-paced, hard-boiled suspense novel about two hardworking friends, Hap and Leonard, who can't resist the opportunity to make a quick $200,000 a piece. All they have to do is find the money that is supposedly buried somewhere in an icy river where Hap grew up. But nothing comes easy for these two and it isn't long before they're not only dealing with vicious weather but also greedy and psychotic humans.

This is a short little book that packs a punch. It is unflinchingly and s
The first half of this novel was really threatening to put me to sleep. Its saving grace was its interesting characters, but there wasn't really much happening.

Then, halfway through, it gets insane and it was like someone threw a bucket of ice water on me and woke my ass up quick. I'll probably check out further installments of this series, but I hope Lansdale injects more of the frenetic pacing that he used at the end of this one.
Jun 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joe R. Lansdale's novels and short stories are very visceral reads. When Lansdale writes action, you can smell the sweat and taste the dirt. He knows how to keep the reader on the edge of their seats. Add onto that, a very sharp wit and you rarely come away from one of the author's stales disappointed.

Savage Season is the first of a series of suspense novels featuring Happ Collins and Leonard Pine; the first one I have read, but I am eager to devour the rest of the series. Happ and Leonard seems
Apr 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: black-as-night
A pretty decent crime caper noir, my first Lansdale, feeling like a cross between the wise cracking Elmore Leonard and the more brutal Don Winslow with a pair of "heroes" in Hap and Leonard that are a joy to read.

It was Hap and Leonard that saved this one for me, the two of them together are funny, conflicted and real, a great channel for Lansdale's obvious talent with dialogue; providing the kind of banter and realism that Leonard would be proud of.

That aside, for a slim novel it felt like it w
Cody | CodysBookshelf
I’ve finally read a Hap and Leonard novel! Being a huge Lansdale fan, I knew I would dive into his long crime series starring two “unlikely” leads: a black and gay Vietnam vet, and an “everyman” Vietnam protestor. These two were a hoot to read about, and their dialogue is sure to make any amateur author jealous.

Because this is the first novel in the series, there is a lot of foundation-laying. Most of it works, though there is the occasional info dump — especially in the book’s opening chapters.
Jen (LOHF/Book Den)
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
OK, this was just plum fun. I'm not up to speed on my Lansdale so I'm just now venturing into Hap and Leonard. I, of course, have heard plenty about them and with the TV show coming up, I decided this might be a great diversion from the horrible reading slump I've been in.

Sometimes I make excellent choices.
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talk about instantly falling in love with a writer’s the time the first exchange of genuinely funny and completely natural-feeling banter between Hap Collins and his good buddy Leonard Pine was over I knew I was into some really, really good shit. Lansdale manages to pack lethal doses of dark humor, brutal violence, social commentary, and the intoxicating East Texas setting into this relatively short book. The story itself kept me glued to the book long enough to finish it in a single ...more
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Aaron by: Kemper
Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are two rural guys just scraping by, best friends who together make up a badass and hilarious odd couple. Hap is a white heterosexual former idealist who went to prison for making a point out of dodging the draft, and Leonard is a black gay Vietnam veteran. When Hap's ex-wife, Trudy, comes to them with a sketchy proposition for making a lot of money fast, Hap's desire for Trudy combines with his and Leonard's need for living expenses, making the opportunity too good ...more
Mar 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noir
This book i would not rate 4 stars for the actual story,plot.

I rate it 4 stars because the characters was the rare kind of that take hold of you from page one. The back and forth quips between Hap and Leonard were great. Two guys i felt for from the first scene. Didn't have to imagine them at all. They feel so real.

It doesnt hurt either that Lansdale is talented writer prose wise,language of the book,his country wit as the blurb say was great read. I chuckled many times reading some of the lines
Diane Barnes
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun with a capital F, now I'm a Fan with a capital F, both of Joe Lansdale, and the Hap and Leonard series, of which this is the first. I read "The Bottoms" last month, thought it was a well-written coming of age/mystery novel, so decided to give this one a quick read before watching the series just starting on the Sundance Channel.
I'm giving it 5 stars for the pure enjoyment factor, and for not disappointing. Great characters, snappy dialogue, fast-paced action, and a great ending.
Scott Sigler
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Joe Landsdale's work. I haven't read him extensively, but every time I do I'm taken away by the story, swirled around in it, dumped out at the end like I've been rode hard and put away wet. Hap and Leonard are my favorite Landsdale characters yet.
Andrew Vachss
Nov 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Master of an absolutely unique combo-genre. Impossible to describe and harder to imitate.
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Champion Mojo Storyteller Joe R. Lansdale is the author of over forty novels and numerous short stories. His work has appeared in national anthologies, magazines, and collections, as well as numerous foreign publications. He has written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and Internet sites. His work has been collected in more than two dozen short-story collections, and he has edited or co-e ...more

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