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Joe R. Lansdale - Author

About the Author

Joe R. Lansdale is the author of more than a dozen novels, including Sunset and Sawdust, Rumble Tumble and The Bottoms. He has received the British Fantasy Award, the American Mystery Award, the Edgar Award, the Grinzane Cavour Prize for Literature, and seven Bram Stoker Awards. Several of his novels have been adapted for the screen, including Bubba Ho-Tep and most recently Cold in July, starring Michael C. Hall. His Hap and Leonard series is currently in development for television. He lives with his family in Nacogdoches, Texas.

 

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Featured books by Joe R. Lansdale

The Thicket

The Thicket

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/10/2014

Jack Parker knows all too well how treacherous life can be. His parents did not survive a smallpox epidemic. His grandfather was murdered. Now his sister Lula has been kidnapped by a bank robber. Alongside bounty hunter Shorty, an eloquent dwarf with a chip on his shoulder, and Eustace, the grave-digging son of an ex-slave, Jack sets off to rescue Lula. In turn-of-the-century Texas, that quest is likely to turn dangerous. Murderous outlaws find their homes in the remote wilderness. Oil wells spurt liquid money from the ground. And blood and redemption still rule supreme.

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Other books by Joe R. Lansdale

Miracles Ain't What They Used To Be

Miracles Ain't What They Used To Be

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2019

The Elephant of Surprise

The Elephant of Surprise

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/2019

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 world. After years of crime-solving companionship, something's changed: Hap, recently married to their P.I. boss, Brett, is now a family man. Amidst the worst flood East Texas has seen in years, the two run across a woman who's had her tongue nearly cut out, pursued by a heavily armed pair of goons. Though she can't talk much, on account of the tongue, it turns out the girl survived a mob hit, and the boss has come to clean up the mess. On a chase that blows even the East Texas swampgrass back, Hap and Leonard must save the girl, and vanquish her foes, before the foes get them first. With a new case to solve, and a brand-new challenge to their relationship, will Hap and Leonard's friendship survive? Will Hap and Leonard survive? With Lansdale's trademark humor, whip-smart dialogue, and plenty of ass-kicking adventures to be had, you won't want to miss Hap and Leonard's latest.

Jackrabbit Smile Hap and Leonard Book 11

Jackrabbit Smile Hap and Leonard Book 11

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

Meet Hap and Leonard, the unlikely detective duo now on screen in the highly praised series starring James Purefoy, Michael K. Williams and Christina Hendricks. 'Reading Joe R. Lansdale is like listening to a favorite uncle who just happens to be a fabulous storyteller' Dean Koontz 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 world. Hap is celebrating his wedding to his longtime girlfriend, when their backyard barbecue is interrupted by a couple of white supremacists. They're not too happy to see Leonard, and no one is happy to see them, but they have a problem and they want Hap and Leonard to solve it. Judith Mulhaney's daughter, Jackrabbit, has been missing for five years. That is, she's been missing from her family for five years, but she's been missing from everybody, including the local no-goods they knew ran with her, for a few months. Despite their misgivings, Hap and Leonard take the case. It isn't long until they find themselves mixed up in a revivalist cult believing that Jesus will return flanked by an army of lizard-men, and solving a murder to boot. With Lansdale's trademark humour, sharp dialogue, and plenty of righteous beatdowns, you won't want to miss Hap and Leonard's latest.

Mucho Mojo Hap and Leonard Book 2

Mucho Mojo Hap and Leonard Book 2

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/12/2018

Meet Hap and Leonard, the unlikely detective duo now on screen in the highly praised series starring James Purefoy, Michael K. Williams and Christina Hendricks. Hap and Leonard return in this incredible, mad-dash thriller, loaded with crack addicts, a serial killer, and a serious body count. Leonard is still nursing the injuries he sustained in the duo's latest escapade when he learns that his uncle Chester has passed. Hap is of course going to be there for his best friend, but when the two of them clean up Uncle Chester's dilapidated house, they uncover a dark little secret beneath the house's rotting floorboards: a small skeleton buried in a trunk. Hap wants to call the police. Leonard, being a black man in East Texas, persuades him this is not a good idea, and together they set out to clear Chester's name on their own. The only things standing in their way are a houseful of felons, a vicious killer, and possibly themselves.

Magic Wagon

Magic Wagon

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 21/05/2018

THE MAGIC WAGONJOE R. LANSDALEAlready renowned for his work in horror and ';splatterpunk,' Joe R. Lansdale (the Hap and Leonard series, Cold in July, Bubba Ho-Tep) helped cement the Weird Western genre as we know it with THE MAGIC WAGON and several other titles beginning in the 1980s and continuing more than 30 years later to this day.First published in 1986, THE MAGIC WAGON tells the tall tales of narrator Buster Fogg and the group of traveling merchant marauders he takes up with after his family is killed by a tornado. Their adventures take them through dank caves, across the countryside, and into Mud Creek - an East Texas town that would have made Deadwood look like the Land of Oz.INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHORBookVoice: How would you describe THE MAGIC WAGON to someone who might not have heard of the story?Joe: Thats a toughie, but I will say this, if you think its a standard Western, youre wrong. If you think its something else, oddly, youre also wrong. It takes place at the turn of the century, 1909, and the West as we think of it was gone, but there is a residual somewhat ghostly residue of its existence, though much of what we think about the West is wrong and is built on movie images. Thats part of what the story is about. We dont even know if this is Wild Bills body, not actually. But in Billy Bobs mind it is for certain. And for him the Dime Novel idea of what the West was is pervasive with him. He prefers the myth to the truth. The myth gives him comfort. Whats going on here is a story told by a kid who has had a rough life in a short time, and hes telling a story that manages to be about age and race and broken dreams. It deals with some real historical figures, but the truth is, Buster is an unreliable narrator. He tells what he thinks he knows, and senses what he thinks is going on, a kind of supernatural aspect, but that may or may not be more in his head than in reality. And hey, you get a wrestling chimpanzee.-- A Twainesque tall tale. This novel endures as a modern western classic. - Publishers Weekly-- Classic Lansdale. - Ricky L. Brown, Amazing Stories-- An assortment of colorful, often humorous characters gives this insightful and gritty tale authenticity and a sense of wonder. - Booklist-- Joe R. Lansdale proves he can show his readers a good timeand leave them a little something to think about afterward. - The New York Times Book ReviewABOUT THE AUTHORJoe R. Lansdale is the author of fifty novels and more than three hundred 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 at least thirty short-story collections, and he has edited or co-edited over a dozen anthologies.Lansdale has received the Edgar Award, eleven Bram Stoker Awards, the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Grinzani Cavour Prize for Literature, the Herodotus Historical Fiction Award, the Inkpot Award for Contributions to Science Fiction and Fantasy, and many others.THE MAGIC WAGON is also available from BookVoice Publishing in a signed/numbered limited edition hardcover. Includes an all-new introduction by the author, new artwork and inside sketches, a rare Western short story by Joe, and more. Limited to only 500 copies. www.bvpstore.com

Jackrabbit Smile

Jackrabbit Smile

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 27/03/2018

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 world. Hap is celebrating his wedding to his longtime girlfriend, Brett (who is also Hap and Leonard's boss), when their backyard barbecue is interrupted by a couple of Pentecostal white supremacists. They're not too happy to see Leonard, and no one is happy to see them, but they have a problem and only Hap and Leonard will take the case.Judith Mulhaney's daughter, Jackrabbit, has been missing for five years. Well, she's been missing from them for five years, but she's been missing from everybody, including the local no-goods who ran with her, for a few months. Despite their misgivings about Judith and her son, Hap and Leonard take the case. It isn't long until they find themselves mixed up in a revivalist cult that believes Jesus will return flanked by an army of lizard-men-- solving a murder to boot. With Lansdale's trademark humor, whip-smart dialogue, and plenty of ass-kicking adventures to be had, you won't want to miss Hap and Leonard's latest.

Rusty Puppy Hap and Leonard Book 10

Rusty Puppy Hap and Leonard Book 10

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/02/2018

Hap and Leonard investigate a racially motivated murder that threatens to tear apart their East Texas town.Hap, a former 60s activist and self-proclaimed white trash rebel, is recovering from a life-threatening stab wound. He's hoping to take it easy, but then Louise Elton arrives with a job...Months earlier, a bully cop pulled over and sexually harassed Louise's daughter, Charm. When he started stalking her, her brother Jamar tried to get evidence on him. The next thing Louise knew, Jamar got in a fight and was killed by local hoods. It doesn't add up: he was a straight-A student, destined for better things, until he began to ask too many questions about the racist police force. Leonard, a tough black gay Vietnam vet and Republican, joins Hap in the investigation, and they stumble upon the racial divides that have shaped their Eastern Texas town. But if anyone can navigate these pitfalls and bring the killers to justice, it's them.Filled with Lansdale's trademark snappy dialogue, colourful characters, and relentless pacing, Rusty Puppy is Joe Lansdale at his page-turning best.

Hap And Leonard Savage Season

Hap And Leonard Savage Season

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/10/2017

Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are best friends, yet they couldn't be more different. Hap is an East Texas white boy with a weakness for all women. Leonard is a gay, black Vietnam vet. Together, they stir up more commotion than a firestorm. But that's just the way they like it.When Trudy, an ex-flame of Hap's returns promising a huge score, Hap lets Leonard in on the scam. That's when things get interesting. Joe R. Lansdale's classic dark thriller has been adapted and vividly bought to life by Finnish illustrator Jussi Piironen. He stays faithful to the original novel and creates a visual treat for Hap and Leonard fans.

Krasse Killer

Krasse Killer

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 27/09/2017

Hap und Leonard sind wirklich nicht auf Arger aus, doch der Arger lauft ihnen hinterher wie ein halb verhungerter Straenkoter. Meist fangt alles ganz harmlos an, doch dann nimmt die Sache Fahrt auf und am Ende gibt es gebrochene Knochen, weggeschossene Kniescheiben und Chaos vom Feinsten. Was mit der einfachen Suche nach der vermissten Enkelin einer alten Lady beginnt, entpuppt sich in diesem neuen Roman von Country-Noir-Knig Joe R. Lansdale bald als Riesending, in dem die Mafia, das FBI, brutale Auftragsmorde und Vanillekekse eine nicht unerhebliche Rolle spielen. Diesmal mssen sich die beiden Jungs und ihre neue Chefin feuerkrftige Untersttzung suchen, auch wenn zwischendurch niemand mehr so recht wei von welcher Seite ihnen zuerst die Kugeln um die Ohren fliegen werden. Das verrckteste Ermittler-Duo der Krimi-Geschichte jetzt auch als erfolgreiche TV-Serie auf Amazon Prime.

Fender Lizards

Fender Lizards

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 05/09/2017

Dot waitresses on roller skates at the Dairy Bob, doesn't care for smoking, at least partly on account of her dad having never returned from a cigarette run, and carries on the family tradition of philosophizing. Life hasn't done her any favors in her seventeen years so far. But if there was ever a heroine built for turning things upside down and seeing what shakes out, it's Dot. Determined to find out who she is and why she's the way she is, an opportunity presents itself when her heretofore-unknown uncle suddenly moves his camper into the front yard.As in his classic novels The Bottoms and The Magic Wagon, Lansdale instills place with character and character with place. Here is an overlooked world and a cast of real folks that prove unforgettable, all rendered in one of American fiction's most authentic voices.

Red Range A Wild Western Adventure

Red Range A Wild Western Adventure

Author: Joe R. Lansdale, Sam J. Glanzman Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/07/2017

A tale of hope set amongst the hyper violence of the 19th century, RED RANGE tells the tale of Red Mask, a tough vigilante that rides against the tragic racism of a klan-dominated Texas. Written by Joe Lansdale and illustrated by the legendary Sam Glanzman, RED RANGE offers an unerring ear for exotic period and regional dialect, racial unrest and strange happenings that find their mark 18 years after its original publication.

Devil Red Hap and Leonard Book 8

Devil Red Hap and Leonard Book 8

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/01/2017

Meet Hap and Leonard, the unlikely detective duo now on screen in the highly praised series starring James Purefoy, Michael K. Williams and Christina Hendricks. If there's one thing Hap Collins and Leonard Pine like, it's trouble - and they especially like getting paid to find it. So when their friend and sometime boss Marvin Harmon asks the boys to look into a cold-case double homicide, they're happy to oblige. It turns out that both victims were set to inherit some serious money, and one of them ran with an honest-to-goodness vampire cult. The more closely Hap and Leonard look over the crime scene photos, the more trouble they see. The image of a red devil's head is painted on a tree. A little research turns up a slew of murders with that same fiendish signature. And if things aren't weird enough, Leonard has taken to wearing a deerstalker cap... Will this be the case that finally sends Hap over the edge?

Vanilla Ride Hap and Leonard Book 7

Vanilla Ride Hap and Leonard Book 7

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2017

Meet Hap and Leonard, the unlikely detective duo now on screen in the highly praised series starring James Purefoy, Michael K. Williams and Christina Hendricks. Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, the kings of East Texas mischief and mayhem, return in this full-throttle thriller to face off with the Dixie Mafia. When Leonard is asked to rescue a teenage girl from a lowly drug dealer, he gladly agrees and invites Hap along for the ride. Everything goes according to plan, until they find out the dealer is a member of the Dixie mafia. A wild gun fight ensues, after which Hap and Leonard are arrested. Turns out, however, that the law needs a favour and if Hap and Leonard can do the deed they'll be free to roam. There's one problem, the Dixie Mafia's new hired gun - the legendary assassin Vanilla Ride. Filled with breakneck action, gut-busting laughs, and one gigantic alligator, this hilarious novel is as hot as a habanero pepper.

Barenblues

Barenblues

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: eBook Release Date: 15/12/2016

Florida ist verschwunden. Haps frhere Flamme, Florida Grange, hat im Provinzkaff Grovetown nach den unverffentlichten Tonbndern einer schwarzen Blues-Legende gesucht. Dabei kam sie womglich einem Lynchmord auf die Spur und dem rtlichen Kapuzenklan in die Quere. Also machen sich Hap und Leonard nun auf die Suche nach ihr. Rammelnde Bren, schlechte Schattenspiele, Weihnachtsameisen, fortwhrender Liebeskummer und selbst der endlose osttexanische Winterregen knnen das unzertrennliche Detektivduo nicht stoppen. Aber nach einer krftigen Tracht Prgel vom versammelten rassistischen Mob im Grovetown Caf mssen sie sich doch fragen: Wo zur Hlle sind wir hier gelandet? Und wie kommen wir da lebend wieder raus?Brenblues ist nach Wilder Winter und Mucho Mojo das dritte detektivische Abenteuer von Hap Collins und Leonard Pine. Und diesmal steht ihnen das Wasser wirklich bis zum Hals. (Die erste deutschsprachige Ausgabe ist unter dem Titel Mambo mit zwei Bren im Rowohlt Verlag erschienen.)

Rumble Tumble Hap and Leonard Book 5

Rumble Tumble Hap and Leonard Book 5

Author: Joe R. Lansdale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/12/2016

Meet Hap and Leonard, the unlikely detective duo now on screen in the highly praised series starring James Purefoy, Michael K. Williams and Christina Hendricks. 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 hit Hap Collins like a runaway pickup truck, he's still got his job, he knows his best friend, Leonard Pine, will always be there for him, and of course he's got his main squeeze, Brett Sawyer. Things hit a new low, however, when Brett's daughter, Tillie, who has been walking on the wrong side of the law, suddenly stands in need of a rescue. It won't be easy - it never is - but nothing is going to stop Hap and Leonard as they hit the road destined for Hootie Hoot, Oklahoma to shake things up. And with Hap and Leonard at the wheel this promises to be a wild ride.