The brand new Hap and Leonard mystery - now an Amazon TV series.
Unlikely detective duo Hap and Leonard's latest case could expose the corrupt cops of East Texas - if it doesn't get them killed first.
Jamar Elton supposedly died in a fight with local hoods, but it doesn't add up. His sister Charm had recently been stalked by a bullying cop. Jamar had set out to gather evidence on him...and found more than he bargained for.
Soon, Hap and Leonard are treading on the toes of just about everyone in the local underworld - cops and criminals alike. But if anyone can navigate these pitfalls and bring the bad guys to justice, it's them.
The murder of Jamar Elton, a young black man, propels Edgar-winner Lansdale's dark, moving 12th novel featuring crime fighters Hap Collins and Leonard Pine (after 2016's Honky Tonk Samurai). A witness, recidivist criminal Timpson Weed, claims to have seen three white police officers beat Elton to death near a project house in the East Texas community of Camp Rapture. Unfortunately, Weed soon ends up dead. Aided by a motley crew, including Hap's daughter, Chance, and Reba, who regards herself as a 400-year-old midget vampire (but is actually a tough-talking adolescent girl from the projects), Hap and Leonard follow a trail that keeps leading them to an old abandoned mill outside town, where illegal dogfights and perhaps even more sinister activities are taking place. As always, Lansdale spins a wild, rollicking yarn, but behind all the mayhem is a heartfelt tale about friendship, brotherhood, loyalty, and family. Hap and Leonard are complicated, violent men, but they display a basic humanity and decency that carries this remarkable series along. Seven-city author tour.