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Joe R. Lansdale is the author of over thirty 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 eighteen short-story collections, and he has edited or co-edited over a dozen anthologies.

Lansdale has received the Edgar Award, eight 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.

A major motion picture based on Lansdale's crime thriller Cold in July was released in May 2014, starring Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Sam Shepard (Black Hawk Down), and Don Johnson (Miami Vice). His novella Bubba Hotep was adapted to film by Don Coscarelli, starring Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis. His story "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road" was adapted to film for Showtime's "Masters of Horror." He is currently co-producing a TV series, "Hap and Leonard" for the Sundance Channel and films including The Bottoms, based on his Edgar Award-winning novel, with Bill Paxton and Brad Wyman, and The Drive-In, with Greg Nicotero.

Lansdale is the founder of the martial arts system Shen Chuan: Martial Science and its affiliate, Shen Chuan Family System. He is a member of both the United States and International Martial Arts Halls of Fame. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas with his wife, dog, and two cats.



Last seen in 2001's Captains Outrageous, Lansdale's East Texas twosome of Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, who specialize in daring jobs for hire, are in fine fettle-slightly older and wiser, still prone to down-home philosophical rants and as eager as ever to lead violence by the nose. In their seventh raucous outing, the unlikely partners-Hap's a white, horny heterosexual good ol' boy, and Leonard's a black homosexual Vietnam vet-rescue a friend's daughter from the clutches of drug dealers. Unbeknownst to our heroes, the dealers are part of the Dixie Mafia, which proceeds to send waves of assassins in retaliation, each worse than the last. Joking as they go, Hap and Leonard dispose of each with their usual brand of brutality. Then, the mafia sends its weapon of last resort, Vanilla Ride, a beautiful hit woman. Edgar-winner Lansdale's storytelling skills are as sharp as ever-bursts of action, moments of reflection and lots of shooting the breeze before trouble comes calling again. (July) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are a couple of big-hearted, joke-cracking, east Texas jocks¿--est friends, by all accounts--with a well-defined sense of right and wrong and the bravado to think they can create a better world with fists and force. Hap is straight and white; Leonard is black and gay. When an old friend asks them to rescue his granddaughter who is living with a drug dealer, they bumble their way into the drug house, do serious damage to three dealers and an undercover federal agent, and flush $200,000 worth of drugs down the toilet. This offends both the FBI and the Texas mafia, requiring some serious negotiations with one and more serious confrontations with the other, including the ultimate hit woman, Vanilla Ride. VERDICT In this seventh installment of the series (after Captains Outrageous), Hap and Leonard deal with occupational hazards as well as certain personal relationships with a Texas panache that is sure to endear them to the toughest macho-fantasy reader.--Thomas Kilpatrick, formerly with Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"Anything but ordinary crime writing by one of the best in the business."--Los Angeles Times

"Joe Lansdale may be Texas' bloody answer to Mark Twain."--Austin Chronicle

"The best crime novel I've read in years."--John Weisman, The Washington Times

"[Joe Lansdale] is one of the greatest yarn spinners of his generation: fearless, earthy, original, manic and dreadfully funny."--Dallas Morning News

"Every page of this book brims with humor and character and most of all, kick ass story telling."--Michael Connelly

"There's no bullshit in a Joe Lansdale book. There's everything a good story needs, and nothing it doesn't."--Christopher Moore, author of A Dirty Job and Fool

"Hilariously funny, to the point that your heart almost stops while you are laughing."-Bookreporter

"The Hap and Leonard books explore questions of race, sexuality and religion in modern red-state America. Hap is a white heterosexual good old boy. Leonard is a black homosexual Vietnam vet. . . . Laughter is the common bond."-Texas Observer

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