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Rumble Tumble

(Hap and Leonard #5)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  2,692 ratings  ·  165 reviews
Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are in for an action-packed adventure when they cross paths with a towering Pentecostal preacher, a midget with a giant attitude, and a gang of bikers turned soldiers of fortune.

Even though a midlife crisis just crashed into Hap Collins like a runaway pickup, he’s still got his job, he knows his best friend, Leonard Pine, will always be there f
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Published November 3rd 2009 by Brilliance Audio (first published September 1st 1998)
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Dan Schwent
When someone brings Brett news of her daughter wanting out of the prostitution business, Hap & Leonard, with Brett in tow, go to Hootie Hoot Oklahoma to find her. But does Tillie want to be found?

My Hap and Leonard re-read continues with the fifth volume, Rumble Tumble. The Hap and Leonard tradition of kicking ass and cracking wise continues, this time featuring pistol-whipping, steroided up bodyguards, hookers, bikers, drug dealers, and one red haired little person.

Rumble Tumble isn't my favor
This book features the pistol whipping of a little person, the rescue of an armadillo from a gun dealer, a fight in a whore house, the amputation of a foot via shotgun, redneck pimps, arguments caused by dirty underwear, prairie dogs being sucked out of their holes by a glorified vacuum cleaner and a really good steak ranchero.

Yep. It’s another Joe Lansdale novel.

Hap’s girlfriend Brett is contacted by a couple of murderous pimps from Oklahoma who claim that her daughter, a prostitute, is in trou
*3.5 Stars*
After a twister blew away his house, Hap is living on Leonard's couch, working as a bouncer, thinking about moving in with his girlfriend Brett, and balls-deep in his mid-life crisis. But when Brett asks for help rescuing her estranged daughter who's turned to whoring and seems to be in danger with the wrong crowd, Hap puts on his white knight helmet, and the three head to the town of Hootie Hoot, Oklahoma, and equally dangerous Mexican border towns to track her down.
“Size and
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Hap and Leonard, the two unlikeliest pair of best buds I’ve ever met in fiction, are back for another violent adventure filled with unexpected twists, lots of blood and gushy gore and enough offensive jokes to offend just about everyone. But that’s why we love ‘em.

Hap’s contemplating getting serious with his girl Brett but is living with Leonard and getting on his last nerve. But before the two can hurt each other, a midget named Red shows up and informs them he was the former pimp of Brett’s gr
Marty Fried
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I think this series might be better as an audiobook; they are well done, and the southern accent of the narrator really makes it funnier (although I haven't actually compared to print).

As usual, the story is not the best part to me, although it's usually interesting. But the characters and the dialog is what keeps me reading these books.

In this story, Hap's current romantic interest has a daughter who is a prostitute, but in over her head so her mother decides to bring her home. Unfortunately,
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: subterranean-own
The fifth adventure of the dysfunctional duo Hap Collins and Leonard Pine is a raucous roadtrip with a bombed out prostitute, a worried mother, and a dwarf named Red. The Subterranean Press edition of Rumble Tumble was bound in full cloth, with a bound-in satin ribbon page marker, and autograph page art by Mark A. Nelson. It preceded the Mysterious Press edition by two months, with a text that varied slightly from that of the trade.

Dustjacket art and design by Gail Cross.

This is copy 118 of 400
I didn't like this one as much, and I think I know why: the dynamic of the "standard Hap & Leonard" plot found in the previous books was changed in this one. Here, instead of trouble finding them, they go looking for it. While this was still an entertaining read, and typically humorous and very well-written, there was an underlying ferocity here, especially with Hap, to the point that he was nearly out of character in many parts of the book.

Okay, on to the next one!
Tim Schneider
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hap and Leonard are back in their fifth adventure. The boys aren't getting any younger. And the last few years have put a lot of extra miles on them. But when word comes, via a red-headed midget and a rather dull hulk, that Brett's daughter wants out of the prostitution business Hap isn't going to let his lady-love go it alone. And Leonard certainly isn't going to let Hap go into trouble without having his back. The story leads from east Texas, to a brothel in Oklahoma, to a "pleasure ranch" acr ...more
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining as ever, but while it's deep in character, it's thin on story, and I do have to say the ending is a little mean and unforgiving.
Byron Washington
Joe R. Lansdale is a superb writer with a truly wicked sense of humor. He has a style reminiscent of Robert B. Parker, arguably the greatest detective novelist of all time. Good stuff.
Eddie Generous
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The always reliable Hap and Leonard. This one's probably the funniest of the bunch, or close to it, so far. Rootin' tootin' shootin' pulpy mayhem with that ever-present human side. Quality stuff.
Aug 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-books
Leonard needed a pet armadillo named Bob. Hap needed one more thing to brood about, just don't make it Steak Ranchero. And with that, our intrepid heroes complete one more mission, making and breaking a few vows along the way, killing some and saving others.

Bret goes from main squeeze into near family territory as Hap first, then Leonard, agree to help her get her daughter out of prostitution in the Tulsa area. Fomenting this adventure are Wilbur, a big dumb heavy, and Red, a midget (his prefer
Pearce Hansen
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're already a fan of Joe Lansdale's work, or of his series about Hap & Leonard, buy this book. It has most of the elements I first fell in love with about Mr. Lansdale's writing: garish larger-than-life characters and scenes that could take place on the floor of hell, a countrified turn of phrase dripping raw acid, and a viciously sarcastic wit like Ambrose Bierce and Mark Twain's bastard love child overdosed on serious bad drugs. "Rumble Tumble" has those in spades.

If you're looking to ge
Jul 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This fifth installment of the Hap and Leonard novels is as rude, crude, and funny as the others. As Lansdale explores the seamier side of America, notably East Texas with a detour to Oklahoma, his new topics include white slavery, Mexican motorcycle gangs, and midget abuse....LOTS of midget abuse. A problem tends to creep into this series. You start wondering how many more deadly situations, dark forbidding topics and unfunny subjects can the author continue to make funny. Yet, all the darkness ...more
Margaret Sankey
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of course, any woman with a life history that matches Hap's has baggage of a troubling and volatile kinds--Brett's daughter is (maybe voluntarily, maybe not) with a motorcycle gang in Mexico, necessitating a trip to get her, involving Leonard and his guns (and the accidental acquisition of a pet armadillo), a vile conman Little Person, that guy's brother the ex-motorcycle gang member turned preacher, a machine that vacuums prairie dogs out of the ground, a fired postal service pilot and an incur ...more
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
another awesome Hap and Leonard book! this one reminded me of Sam Peckinpah's THE WILD BUNCH, when William Holden says the line "Lets go" for the last time and he heads out with Ernest Borgnine, Warrren Oates and Ben Johnson to wipe out an entire mexican army with certain death as the only outcome. yeah, it was like that. Lansdale pulls it off.....again
David Putnam
Read this as an ARC way back when it came out. Liked it well enough but not the author's best effort.
My favorite book by Lansdale is The Bottoms, it won the Edgar and rightfully so, I highly recommend. I put The Bottoms up there with Parker's California Girl and Ordinary Grace by Kruger. All three excellent reads.

David Putnam author of the Bruno Johnson series.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good entry in the Hap & Leonard series by Lansdale. These novels are really over-the-top, full of off-color humor and violence. This one follows BAD CHILI which I read a few weeks ago. In Chili, Hap hooks up with his latest girlfriend, Brett. Brett has a daughter, Tilly, who is entangled in prostitution and wants to get out. She has been sent to a very bad location amidst a group of biker gang members in Mexico. Hap agrees to try to rescue her and of course Leonard is up for the action. ...more
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A nice addition to the series, somewhat more straightforward, with enough action and gun play to keep readers happy. Not for the squeamish or prudish, to be sure (so keep that in mind if the darker side of things bothers you). I enjoy both of the main characters, their friendship and willingness to do the right thing (even when dangerous or potential lethal). I do wonder, sometimes, how some characters in a long series can be seriously injured in just about every book and still be able to functi ...more
While still enjoyable, I didn't like this Hap and Leonard story as much as the others I've read. The violence started to feel like too much, and the fact of our boys seeking it out and being on the offensive the entire novel wasn't to my liking. Not to mention the finale felt a little too convenient. I already started Captain Outrageous without really meaning too, and I'm glad to see the return to previous Hap and Leonard style.
Scott Firestone
Another good adventure involving our favorite odd couple. This time they're trying to help Hap's girlfriend's daughter escape from a rough brothel south of the border. Lots of blood. Lots of kooky characters. Solid writing.
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even a middling Hap and Leonard novel is fun to read, and this is a very middling one! Despite a humdrum plot and little to no character development, Hap and Leonard continue to be very good company.
Wilde Sky
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two anti-heroes plan to rescue a friend’s daughter from criminals.

The writing was first rate – with cracking dialogue between the characters. There was plenty of action and plot twists and turns, plus I thought the un-sentimental way the characters acted was refreshing.

If you like escapist action books this is worth a look.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is probably my second least favorite Hap and Leonard book after Bad Chili. it's probably because I am not a fan of Brett. At all. I'm sure I'm in the minority. I actually find her pretty boring despite her background but from Hap's POV all she is, is something nice to bang and nice to look at. I swear I got bored reading about how many times they were having sex. And really Hap, 4 times in one night? Now I think Joe Landsdale was just being funny since it got so ridiculous.

I also rolled my
Hap and Leonard, the heroes of Lansdale’s eponymous series are definitely among the oddest crusading couples to ever grace the pages of crime fiction. They are quite unlike each other in most things (a white former peace activist vs. a black homosexual Vietnam veteran), but share a long friendship and a deep-seated urge to do the right thing, not to mention lots of funny and colourful banter which makes for a large part of the fun in reading those novels (nobody since the days of screwball comed ...more
Alex Sarll
"I felt sick and sorry and sad. My father and mother hadn't raised me to beat up midgets with pistols, nor to stand by and allow it to happen." The writing here doesn't do quite the fascinating things with language that Lansdale managed throughout the story in Dangerous Women that first made me take notice of him, but it's still full of sentences you can't ignore. For all the hookers and shotgun blasts and dirty underwear, I find myself oddly reminded of Wodehouse; this crazy slice of Texas and ...more
Feb 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hap and Leonard help Brett go after her daughter, Tillie, a prostitute, when they are visited by a midget named Red and a giant named Wilbur. They'd stopped coming from Tulsa to deliver a message from Tillie that she needed help. They also wanted five hundred to finance their fllight into Mexico. They were on the run from the Tulsa mob as well.

Hap, Leonard, and Brett go to Tulsa armed to the teeth, find the brothel, and when Hap slips inside to find Tillie ahead of the others, Red and Wilbur are
Noah Soudrette
Rumble tumble, the fifth book in Lansdale's Hap and Leonard series is a bit of a tough pill to swallow at times. This is easily the darkest of the novels yet and Hap and Leonard are disturbingly at ease when it comes to killing at this point in their lives. While on one hand, it makes sense considering what they've been through, on the other hand, it's disconcerting, but I suppose that's the point. The plot here is the most straightforward of the series as well, and while it doesn't live up to t ...more
Jan 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is there a more perfect book than a Hap & Leonard to start off a lazy Christmas break? RUMBLE TUMBLE finds the boys neck-deep in all kinds of crazy trouble, from Hootie Hoot Oklahoma to West Texas to a nasty part of Mexico, as they go off in search of the abducted daughter of Hap's girlfriend. This installment, the fifth. seemed to me a little less funny and a little more nasty than earlier ones in the series, but it was still a fun and easy read. I will continue in the series, but for now MUCHO ...more
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Joe R. Lansdale
"Man, this was something. An East Texas bouncer, a black queer, a ex-sweet potato queen, a six-foot-four overweight retired hit man & former reverend & a redheaded midget with an attitude. The only thing we needed to top it off were a couple of used-car salesmen, a monkey & an organ grinder."

Another amusing episode in the "Hap & Leonard" series. Nothing new here, but enjoyable nevertheless.
3 1/2 stars.
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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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