Book Reviews of The Two-Bear Mambo (Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, Bk 3)

The Two-Bear Mambo (Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, Bk 3)
The Two-Bear Mambo - Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, Bk 3
Author: Joe R. Lansdale
ISBN-13: 9780446401883
ISBN-10: 0446401889
Publication Date: 9/1/1996
Pages: 275
Rating:
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4 stars, based on 19 ratings
Publisher: Mysterious Press
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed The Two-Bear Mambo (Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, Bk 3) on + 504 more book reviews
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Joe Lansdale is definitely not for the easily offended. He manages to offend women, cops, gay men, bears, dogs and more all within the first few pages. If you can laugh with him you'll probably enjoy his colorful writing. If not, you probably won't want to read on.

Hap is an everyman sort of guy while Leonard is a big, tough gay man. The two are unlikely buds. After Hap sets aflame the neighboring crack house the duo land in the slammer but the Police Lt. agrees to forgive them if they'll find his missing girlfriend who is also Hap's ex. These books are so madcap and fast paced that they are nearly impossible to summarize. They are also very violent and this one here is no exception.

The Two-Bear Mambo wasn't my favorite Lansdale novel and began to lose me towards its middle when there seemed to be one violent run-in with rednecks after another. Even the murder mystery and the offensive (but often funny) bits of dialogue couldn't keep my attention from waning.
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You cannot keep a redneck down, or his gay, black, martial arts trained best friend. However, you can run them through the wringer, and challenge their relationship, and their moral resolve. This is another Hap Collins and Leonard Pine novel, but one that takes you a little deeper into these two should-be iconic Texas characters.
reviewed The Two-Bear Mambo (Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, Bk 3) on + 504 more book reviews
Joe Lansdale is definitely not for the easily offended. He manages to offend women, cops, gay men, bears, dogs and more all within the first few pages. If you can laugh with him you'll probably enjoy his colorful writing. If not, you probably won't want to read on.

Hap (an everyman sort of guy) & Leonard (a big, tough gay man) are unlikely buds. After Hap sets aflame the neighboring crack house the duo land in the slammer but the Police Lt. agrees to forgive them if they'll find his (or someone's) missing girlfriend who is also Hap's ex. These books are so madcap and fast paced that they are nearly impossible to summarize. They are also very violent and this one here is no exception.

The Two-Bear Mambo wasn't my favorite Lansdale novel and began to lose me towards its middle when there seemed to be one violent run-in with rednecks after another. Even the murder mystery and the offensive (but often funny) bits of dialogue couldn't keep my attention from waning.
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Mucho mojo writer, Joe R. Lansdale, at his funniest, violent, politically-uncorrect best. This is the second book I've read featuring an unlikely coalition between white and straight Hap Collins and his gay, black buddy, Leonard Pine, and I'm hooked. I will read every book he's written involving this pair, and you can take that to the bank.
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I have been reading Joe Lansdale books on and off for a couple of years now. This is the second in the Hap and Leonard series that I've read and I thoroughly it. I have also enjoyed the Sundance TV series based on the books. The 3rd season will be based on Two-Bear Mambo and is set to air in March.

Anyway, Mambo was Lansdale at his offensive best. He does not hesitate to offend most everyone including blacks, rednecks, homosexuals, women, and everyone else along the way. Hap and Leonard have been friends for years but are radically different people. Hap is a straight white male while Leonard is a black gay man who spent time in the military and knows how to protect himself. They are asked by the local police chief to travel to a small town to try to find a missing black woman who has history with Hap. The town turns out to be a hate-filled rednecked hole full of KKK and racial bigots. Not a place where a black and white man will be welcomed with open arms! But can Hap and Leonard find the missing woman in this hostile environment? Not very easily!

This one was filled with Lansdale's usual violence and racial epithets and is not for the easily offended. But I will be looking forward to reading more in the series as well as seeing season 3 of the TV series.