cover image Honky Tonk Samurai

Honky Tonk Samurai

Joe R. Lansdale. LB/Mulholland, $26 (352p) ISBN 978-0-316-32940-8

At the start of Edgar-winner Lansdale’s terrific 11th entry in his Hap and Leonard series (after 2013’s Dead Aim), Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, who are doing some freelance detective work, are on a stakeout in their car watching a house in an East Texas town when they notice a man abusing a dog. Leonard jumps out of the car, knocks the man to the ground, and takes the dog. An octogenarian neighbor, Lilly Buckner, who captures the incident on camera, tells them that she’ll go to the cops unless they help her find her missing granddaughter. What begins as a simple missing persons case soon turns into a full-scale assault against a group of elite hired assassins. But Hap and Leonard assemble their own team, including series regular Jim Bob Luke, a mercenary known only as Booger, and the beautiful but deadly Vanilla Ride. This shambolic, action-packed novel will ensnare new readers and satisfy devoted fans alike. With the Sundance Channel’s highly anticipated Hap and Leonard cable series coming in early 2016, this really could be Lansdale’s year. Agent: Danny Baror, Baror International. (Feb.)