One of the funniest, most edgy series I've ever read. Everyone would like to have a friend as true as Hap and Leonard are, someone who loves your warts along with the rest of you. Welcome to East Texas, where things are done a little differently.
Mucho Mojo shines in a series that is brilliant.
Mucho Mojo is mucho macho. Macho white guy, Hap Collins, and his equally macho but gay(is that possible?)black buddy, Leonard Pine, make a grisly discovery in Pine's dead uncle's house. It's a discovery that leads them to unearth a chain of murders and an unlikely serial killer. This novel is neither socially nor politically correct, in fact there's something here to offend everyone, which is what makes this book and most of Lansdale's writing so much fun--he takes readers down off their observation platforms and lets them read right down in the mud and the blood with the participants.
"In the hellish July heat, Hap Collins and Leonard Pine clean out the house of Leonard's just-dead Uncle Chester. But as they clear away the filth, they uncover a dirty secret. Beneath the rotting floorboards, Hap and Leonard unearth a small skeleton, wrapped in porno magazines. Thinking white, Hap wants to call the cops. Leonard, versed in the unwritten codes of his black neighborhood, persuades Hap otherwise. Together, they're about to clear Chester's name sans outside reinforcement--as they dig up the deepest, ugliest truth of all under the blister of an East Texas sun."
In this second installment of Hap & Leonard's adventures, Leonard is still recovering from the injuries he suffered in book one, Savage Season. Using a cane doesn't deter Leonard much, thought it does give him a break from working in the rose fields.
When Leonard's Uncle Chester suddenly passes away, Leonard finds himself the beneficiary of a hundred thousand dollars, a safe deposit key, and a dilipated house. Now the money comes in handy so he can fix said house, but it doesn't help much with his new neighbors, a crack dealer. And that safe deposit key? Well, the safe deposit box is full of clipped coupons, and most of those are expired.
Hap is still working in the rose fields, but he takes a long extended (fired?) leave to move in with his pal Leonard and help fix up his new house. It's a perk that Leonard's lawyer is a young beauty who Hap sets his sights on.
But in the middle of cleaning out the disgustingly dirty house, Hap and Leonard come across an old trunk of Uncle Chester's buried under the floor boards. What concerns the bantering two is the fact that the trunk contains a skeleton of a child cushioned by magazine clippings of child porn. Leonard doesn't believe that his Uncle Chester would do such a thing, so he starts his own investigation to find the real killer. With Hap's help, the two are soon in over their heads.
Lansdale does such a remarkable job with Hap and Leonard's characters that their banter just carries the book. They get into such mishaps and in some humorous situations. An exciting crime thriller with two wonderful characters that has me itching for the next in the series, The Two-Bear Mambo.
Received as a gift - haven't read it.