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Jackrabbit Smile

(Hap and Leonard #12)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  661 ratings  ·  118 reviews
Edgar Award-winner and fan favorite Joe R. Lansdale is back with Hap and Leonard's latest caper: investigating the disappearance of a revivalist cult leader's daughter.

Hap and Leonard are an unlikely pair-Hap, a self-proclaimed white trash rebel, and Leonard, a tough-as-nails black gay Vietnam vet and Republican-but they're the closest friend either of them has in the worl
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by Mulholland Books
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Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
‘Hokey Smoke Bullwinkle’ Joe R. Lansdale’s new book “Jack Rabbit Smile” certainly shows that the man is still capable of writing a compelling Hap and Leonard novel. The last few books have certainly not been up to par. They contained some good stuff, however not, in my humble opinion, what they could have been.

For those who don’t know, Hap and Leonard are a couple of lifelong friends who now work for Hap’s new wife Brett in a detective agency. In this installment they are hired by a couple of wh
Dan Schwent
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, 2018-books
When a white supremicist and his mother show up at Brett's detective agency, Hap and Leonard are conflicted but agrees to track down Jackrabbit, the missing sister/daughter. Marvel Creek is on its way to being segregated and Hap and Leonard run afoul of The Professor, the mastermind behind it all. Will Hap and Leonard be able to bring Jackrabbit home alive?

Hap and Leonard are up to their old tricks, cracking wise and generally pissing off the bad guys until everything errupts in a hornet's nest
Hap and Leonard return to Hap's hometown of Marvel Creek in Joe Lansdale's latest release JACKRABBIT SMILE.

This time around our heroes are hired by a man and his mother to find their missing sister/daughter. The relationship between Hap, Leonard and Brett and their new clients isn't a good one, since both the man and his mom are openly prejudiced against any and all who aren't white. Which, of course, doesn't sit well with Leonard. Will the dynamic duo find the missing girl? Will the people who
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jackrabbit Smile is the 12th book in the Hap and Leonard series, but the first I have read. Now with your first time, you want it all to be special and gentle, with a lot of candles, patchouli incense, maybe some Barry White playing over the speakers and a fair amount of canoodling and spooning after. Unfortunately, that is not what author Joe R. Lansdale had in store for me with Jackrabbit Smile. He was fast. He was rough. He did not seem to care about my feelings at all. With this book, Lansda ...more
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Hal & Leonard series is full up with crazy male bravado and vulnerability, pressing hard on our moral, sexual, and racial understanding until we squeeze out a guffaw and decide to fall for these guys sitting on our faces. These two take on challenges others would let fall into a fast-flowing river, and now that the series has become a regular gig on Sundance Channel as an Original Series, starring America’s own brilliant, tough-seeming, and comedic Michael Kenneth Williams and British st ...more
Ronald Koltnow
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be published by Mulholland Books on 27 March 2018
One of the best Hap and Leonard yarns in years. Our intrepid duo are hired by white supremacists to find a young woman who has gone missing. Technically, she had left home years before, but there has been no trace of her for months. Their investigation takes them to Marvel Creek, Hap's home town and one where is remembered, sometimes fondly. What they find is a town held in thrall by a town boss, one with a social engineering philosophy that do
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autographed, mystery
After reading 13 novels and a handful of short stories and novellas about Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, I do not just feel like I know them . I'm feeling like I am a part of their East Texas town. Hap and Leonard would be the two guys my parents would tell me to steer clear of and the first person they would call, reluctantly, if they got into a jam. As police chief Marvin Hansen would say, they are assholes and hardheads but he would trust them with his life.

Jackrabbit Smile has all the fixings
Robert James
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt like this one got back to the Hap and Leonard from a few years ago. Lots of one-liners and violence and who cares what the mystery is. The ending is a little anti climatic however.
Alessandro Pontorno
Ho finalmente capito perchè mi ostino, nonostante tutto, a continuare a leggere le avventure di Hap & Leonard: perchè mi regalano le stesse sensazioni della partita di calcetto alla soglia dei 40 anni con gli amici di infanzia.
Non c'è più nessuna aspettativa sul piano fisico e tecnico, è solo un modo per ritrovarsi, assaporare l'effetto nostalgico che fanno le gag di un tempo e scoprire che il tempo può essere stato inclemente con i capelli, la pancia e il fiato, ma che -tutto sommato- ci si
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
You really can't go wrong with Lansdale and his Hap and Leonard series. An always reliable good time.
Jette Harris
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
RIP My Feels.

Jackrabbit Smile is a roller-coaster of a book, full of colorful, well-crafted characters. It has the same laugh-out-loud humor and the most natural-sounding dialogue a book can have.

Although I had a suspicion in the back of my mind what the resolution would be, Lansdale kept me second- and third-guessing over and over again. He made me feel like he had pulled the rug out from under my feet not once, but twice.

Other than the nasty characters, there was nothing I did not like about J
Craig Sisterson
Although I've had some Lansdale books on my TBR shelves for a little while, I first experienced his riveting, quirky world via the screen drama Hap and Leonard. Adapted from his first three books in his long-running series, that stars James Purefoy and Michael K. Williams as the seemingly mismatched pair of lifelong best friends. It's a great show - full of action, humour, intrigue, memorable characters, social issues and more - and it's well worth visiting the original material.

Lansdale has bee
JACK RABBITT SMILE. (2018). Joe R. Lansdale. **1/2.
I used to be a steady reader of Lansdale’s works, but suddenly tired of his style and moved on to other authors. I saw that he had this new Hap and Leonard novel out, and decided to give him another try. Disappointing. He has written the same book that he has written numerous times before. The story involves the team being hired to find the where-abouts of a young girl, but she hardly enters into the tale at all. It is really a collection of sma
Gary Branson
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
My first novel by Lansdale, won’t be my last. Fast plot and good story, short and to the point. Well done.
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few hours well-spent studying the adventures of Hap and Leonard makes for a happy reader. Another good one....and that Leonard.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love the Hap & Leonard stories. Joe R Lansdale, speaking as Hap, has a wonderful lyrical style, telling stories of horror, racism, poverty, revenge and true evil with a lyrical, poetic voice and laugh out loud dialogue as a bonus. I've now binge read them all and hope we get more, even as the pair get older.

Do yourself a favour, read them all in order.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
"Jackrabbit Smile" is number 12 in the Hap and Leonard series of books, but it's the first "new" Hap and Leonard novel I've read in a while. I wasn't overly thrilled by "Rusty Puppy" or "Jackrabbit Smile," I'm sorry to say. I've been catching up on all the earlier Hap and Leonard novels recently--binge-reading, if you will.

As I was reading "Jackrabbit Smile," I noticed a lot of similarities to "The Two-Bear Mambo"--both the novel and the TV show. The subject of a town overrun by pernicious raci
Crude, crass, and unsophisticated: that's what I think about this book. It was my first Hap and Leonard book. The good things: At times it was mildly entertaining. It's quick and easy to read. And I like mysteries. Even so, I don't think I'll read anymore Hap and Leonard mystery novels. I only picked this up because it's one of my library's books of the month. The other is another book by Lansdale, maybe another Hap and Leonard book. I think I'll pass.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018, crime
I've been reading Joe Lansdale and Hap & Leonard for over twenty years now, and I expect I'll keep reading him and this series until he stops writing. He's a natural storyteller with a knack for plotting, and even when I read a mediocre Lansdale story, I still enjoy it.

Unfortunately, Jackrabbit Smile is a mediocre book. It's solid enough, but it's hardly the best in the series, nor is it the best Lansdale has to offer. It lacks the zing of his other books, partly because it's missing the wac
Soukyan Blackwood
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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About: Hap and Leonard weren’t all too pleased to accept a job from a white supremacists couple. They came to them as last resort, bringing in a handful of family along, expressed their displeasure of Leonard being black (little did they know, he’s gay too), and their grief over their missing daughter. She disappeared soon after giving birth to a black baby, and they no longer expect to see her alive. They merely want to know
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love the Hap and Leonard series. Though not always consistent, in length or in content, they are always a really great read. This is no exception. It's short and it takes a little while to get going, but there's a lot of fun to be had here. Plenty of twists and turns and a nice dose of mega violence. Lansdale may pull a few punches, and I would have loved to see a much more brutal fight with the twins, but this is some classic Hap and Leonard mayhem.

This book also has a pretty dark final chap
Alfonso D'agostino
Il sorriso di Jackrabbit - Joe R. Lansdale
Non ho mai amato troppo i supereroi alla Marvel e neppure quelli di nascita precedente: il topos superomistico del personaggio privo di macchia e di paura che sconfigge i cattivi senza sporcarsi l'anima mi affascina il giusto. Però, diamine se abbiamo bisogno di perderci nella serenità data da una storia in cui trionfi il Bene e BruttiSporchi siano sconfitti malamente! Joe R. Lansdale ha creato con Hap e Leonard una coppia di improbabilissimi supereroi d
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hap Collins and Brett Sawyer are celebrating their marriage after years together. Everyone they know has showed up to party down. But the party is interrupted by two potential clients who are searching for their missing daughter and sister. Hap and Leonard Pine do not want to work for the two racists, but Brett convinces them to go to Marvel Creek and investigate the girl's disappearance because it is the right thing to do. As they investigate it becomes clear that all is not well in Hap's home ...more
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The TV show might be canceled but the books go on, raucous and vulgar and violent but also tenderhearted and foerce in their anger at injustice and blind hatred.

Hired, despite the unmissable presence of a homicidally disgusted Leonard, by a pair of white supremacists to find a missing young woman, PI boss, and now Hap's wife, Brett dispatch the pair to their old hometown to track her down, inevitable disturbing the usual ant's nests of unpleasant types. Drama unfolds, as you might expect.

Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another rollicking good ride with Hap and Leonard as the boys are hired to find a 20-something woman nicknamed "Jackrabbit". Along the way they encounter a bizarre preacher.....who talks about an even more bizarre preacher that he replaced, loads of racists, someone who calls himself Professor, another one called Ace and 2 thugs simply known as the Twins. Filled with the usual humor and hijinks of any Hap and Leonard, this was a fun read.
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Is this about Jackie or is it about black and white relations, and exactly why have we become the target for an ass whipping when we’re merely asking about a missing lady who turns out to be good at math and is a little kooky?”

Well, that about sums up the plot to this here tale! Another good read and another fine Hap and Leonard novel! The duo get hired by a couple of racists to find Jackie, the gal with the bucktoothed smile. Leads to a whole lotta other characters, and the usual Hap and Leona
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, mystery
A good solid story, lots of twists and turns. Hap and Leonard have lots of run ins with bad folks while trying to find a young woman who's gone missing. The ending was definitely a surprise.

I'm always a bit loath to give 3 stars, but that means I liked it - better than average. Certainly a fun read!
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: narrative, action
Volevo far durare la lettura un po' di più, ma quando prendi in mano un romanzo di Hap & Leonard le pagine scorrono fra le dita come granelli di sabbia. Lansdale scrive con la solita ironia una storia di ordinario razzismo e miseria, scossa da calci in faccia intervallati a piombo bollente e impreziosita da un meraviglioso duello finale in un macello. Come al solito una certezza.
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read every book and short story in the Hap and Leonard series but I think it is time to retire it.
This should have been a short story and considering it is 230ish pages it basically is. But worse is the fact that there isn’t much of a story. All of the characters are overblown stereotypes and the author has become overly politically correct to justify the behavior of the worst of them.
At this rate I expect the next book to be Hap and Leonard go grocery shopping.
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, there were times when it was laugh out funny and times when it was considerably darker. Lansdale if a fine writer with a great ear and a facility for dialogue. Hap and Leonard are great characters and a pair of real characters. They would be hard not to like if you met them.

Lansdale is a great story teller and he knows how to pull readers in and keep them guessing until they end. In this instance even if you've figured out the ending, well, you haven't. It's a really fun read
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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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