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. 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?The Elephant of Surprise is rich with Lansdale's trademark humor, whip-smart dialogue, and plenty of ass-kicking adventures.
Joe R. Lansdale is the author of nearly four dozen novels, including Rusty Puppy, the Edgar-award winning The Bottoms, Sunset and Sawdust, and Leather Maiden. He has received nine Bram Stoker Awards, the American Mystery Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the Grinzane Cavour Prize for Literature. He lives with his family in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Christopher Ryan Grant is an actor and audiobook narrator. His readings include It's A Long Story: My Life by Willie Nelson and Honky Tonk Samurai by Joe R. Lansdale, among others.
The twelfth novel in the series is essentially an extended action sequence...Lansdale's narrative voice is as wonderful as ever, as is the banter between the mismatched best friends as they punctuate the violence with drolly mundane observations...It's always a pleasure to spend time with Hap and Leonard, even in the worst of circumstances.
This latest entry in the amiable series...is more relentless than previous outings in the series, with the action moving at a near-constant clip...Hap and Leonard remain two of the most likable characters in crime fiction.
-- "Kirkus Reviews"
[In] Lansdale's relentlessly paced twelfth novel featuring Hap Collins and Leonard Pine...striking metaphors help drive the violent plot, in which Hap and Leonard must use all their wiles, including the 'elephant' of surprise, to defeat a gang of murderous criminals...Some readers may wish for more breaks in between action scenes, but Lansdale's fans will be satisfied.