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Bad Chili (Hap and Leonard #4)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  2,471 Ratings  ·  177 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
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 5th 2009 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
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Kemper
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
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
Tfitoby
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: black-as-night
Hap getting hospitalised by a squirrel and a dodgy combination of insurance companies might be one of the all time most original setups for a crime novel. At least that I've read. It sets the tone for both hilarity and violence and Lansdale follows it up with so many great moments like it in the first half that it pushes the weaker second half through its slow and repetitive patches before a shotgun death or two electroshocks it back in to top gear, proving once more that these two guys in the h ...more
Danger
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 4th book in the Hap & Leonard series, and I’m thinking to myself, what makes these novels so readable? Sure, they’re heavy on the action and violence, and they dip their toes in humor quite a bit, but that can’t just be it, can it? Because, in contrast, there are plenty of quiet, calm, human moments too, conversations, slices of crusty, small-town East Texas so vividly painted, they’re basically real. Yes, these books are EVEN. That’s the word I’m looking for! The story unfolds easily an ...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
Marvin
Jun 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
David Church
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If there were ever a modern day Samuel Clemens, it would be Joe Lansdale. Man Joe knows how to spin a story that combines adventure, comedy, mystery, horror, and just all-around interesting characters. I really should review more of his work, but I fear I wouldn't do it justice. This is the 4th in the Hap & Leonard series, and probably my favorite so far. Love these characters, it feels like you know them personally because of how well written the stories are. Word of advice, if you are part ...more
Nate
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing here but more Hap & Leonard goodness. The opening has to be the funniest and most ridiculous beginnings to one of these books yet, and the plot was riveting. I fucked up and waited too long to review this one so I've already forgotten lots of details, but this was great.
Rick
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I have been looking for one of these books for two and a half years. Not politically correct, but it certainly grabs your attention. Brutal in spots, but strongly recommended.
WortGestalt
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vielleicht nicht unbedingt mein Favorit der Reihe, aber immernoch sehr cool, sehr erfreulich, sehr spaßig, sehr tragisch. Und es gibt ein Wiedersehen mit Jim Bob Luke, hehe! :)
Yvonne
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
Steven
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
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
Scott Firestone
Oct 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Hap gets bitten by a rabid squirrel. Leonard gets accused of murder. And they both get tied up in a mystery involving a gay biker, a chili king, and a violent ex-wrestler. What can I say? This series is steady: It's not terrible and it not great. I expect nearly every book in the series will get three stars. But three stars is good! This Bad Chili is comfort food.
Meg
Mar 06, 2015 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.
Freda Witt
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
another episode in the life of Hap and Leonard. Leonard's lover Rauel left with a biker, who was actually an undercover cop. The bikers are stealing cooking oil (?) and beating and assaulting gays in the park and selling the video's. Hap meets a nurse that has a very dubious past, her kids are a mess. Charlie's wife finally leaves with an insurance salesman.
Derek
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I need to take a break from Hap & Leonard for awhile. It's not that the book isn't engaging and well-done, it's just that most of the jokes feel similar to the ones in the previous few books. It's well-written and well-done, but it just feels like more of the same.

Honestly, that's probably more a result of me reading four of the series in a row than a lack of quality in the series.
Joel Neff
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Rick
Jan 26, 2013 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
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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
Joe Santoro
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-caper
Boy, did Hap and Leonard really get put through the ringer in this one! It was almost too much, at the end I was starting to feel like it was almost a Bugs Bunny cartoon with the last scene.

I was glad to get back to reading the books in order.. it was pretty neat to see Brett first appear, though she's a little too perfect here (I like her better in the later books) it was fun too see the start of the relationship.
Robin Edman
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great dialogue, and that rarest of literary accomplishments, an entertaining internal monologue. Bizarre violence. Lots of tude. ...more
Bibliophile
Jun 20, 2015 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
Trin
Probably more like two stars -- I really just like listening to Hap and Leonard talk to each other that much. The even-numbered books in this series are continuing to be downswings for me, though: this mystery was pretty weak, and there wasn't even much in the way of atmospheric set pieces in this one. (I liked the rabid squirrel, but the (view spoiler) was OTT for me.)

Speaking of things that are semi-ridiculous: Hap and Leonard apparently go through lovers like Spinal Ta
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Chompa
Nov 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2nd-read, 2017
I don't know about Joe R. Lansdale. This book is not one you could describe to anyone without sounding like it's just plain silly. It starts off with an attack by a rabid squirrel that was howlingly funny and moves into a very dark and nasty murder/gay bashing/cover up. But at the same time introduces a romantic interest for the main character. Throw in a very odd private detective who is actually a hog farmer and a tornado and... well you see what I'm talking about.

Somehow Lansdale makes it al
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Daniel Drago
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Hans
Oct 29, 2014 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
Andy
Jun 17, 2012 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.
Mark
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 4th in the "Hap and Leonard" series, and as always a lot of fun, a great deal of chaos, and some wonderful insights into the human psyche, including various of its twisted forms. I am reading this series slowly, savoring it, and often wondering if it deserves its own genre.,
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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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“Let me tell you, if you have never seen an agitated squirrel you have seen very little, nor have you heard much, because the sound of an angry squirrel is not to be forgotten.” 28 likes
“You need to read some Agatha Christie, man.

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