Born for Trouble: The Further Adventures of Hap and Leonard


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$16.95  $15.76
Tachyon Publications
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5.7 X 8.57 X 0.83 inches | 0.71 pounds

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About the Author

Joe R. Lansdale is the internationally-bestselling author of over fifty novels, including the popular, long-running Hap and Leonard series. Many of his cult classics have been adapted for television and film, most famously the films Bubba Ho-Tep and Cold in July, and the Hap and Leonard series on Sundance TV and Netflix. Lansdale has written numerous screenplays and teleplays, including the iconic Batman the Animated Series. He has won an Edgar Award for The Bottoms, ten Stoker Awards, and has been designated a World Horror Grandmaster. Lansdale, like many of his characters, lives in East Texas.


Advance Praise for Born for Trouble

"It doesn't get much better than one of the best crime writers in the business serving up brand new stories featuring his most iconic characters. Lansdale isn't just a brilliant storyteller with heart, he's also funny as hell, with tales of mummified dachshunds, homicidal bookmobiles, and a psychopathic hunt club. This collection is an absolute blast and a gift to all of us devoted fans."
--Ace Atkins, New York Times bestselling author of The Revelators and The Heathens

"If you already know Joe Lansdale, you don't need me to tell you to read Born for Trouble. If you don't, you're in for a hell of a ride. Pulpy, blackly humorous, compulsively readable, and somehow both wildly surreal and down-to-earth. Lansdale is a national fucking treasure."
--Christa Faust, author of Money Shot

"If you've met Hap and Leonard before, you won't be surprised to hear that these latest stories are a treat; if you're a Hap-and-Leonard virgin, well, I'll overlook the fact that you've spent your recent years living in a cave and congratulate you on the adventure upon which you're embarking."
--Lawrence Block, author of the Matthew Scudder mystery series

"You could call Born for Trouble a collection of stories. But that's like calling Paradise Lost by Milton a poem. Born for Trouble is a road map through 20th-century crime fiction, and your guides are two of the greatest, most intriguing characters ever created, Hap and Leonard. Rambunctious, complex, and endlessly fascinating, these two best friends offer a clear yet sometimes painful view of America in general, and East Texas in particular."
--S.A. Cosby, author of Razorblade Tears

"Joe Lansdale's Hap and Leonard stories are right up there with Richard Stark's Parker books to me. With a prose style that makes it all look easy, he continues to write about these characters until I feel like they're old friends coming for a visit, or taking me on a road trip that I know is going to go wrong, but I want to go on anyway. An inspiration to all of us who make our living in the crime fiction section, Born for Trouble is yet another masterclass in how it's done."
--Ed Brubaker, author of The Fade Out

"Each story in this outstanding collection is like a full-ass novel boiled down to pure muscle, bone and mayhem, served up the just the way you like it."
--Duane Swierczynski, author of Revolver and Breakneck

"Born for Trouble"--well, you can say that again. Hap and Leonard are a raucous, daredevil duo with more lives each than the proverbial cat, and really, thank goodness for that. Their adventures are a pleasure to follow, the hijinks and shenanigans anchored by the warmth of camaraderie and a steady flow of excellent jokes."
--Stephanie Cha, author of Your House Will Pay

"There are writers who are prolific and writers who are brilliant: Joe R. Lansdale is one of the few who is both, and we are lucky to have him. It's good to see Hap and Leonard again, especially now."
--Christopher Farnsworth, author of Blood Oath

"Joe Lansdale's compassion and humanity have touched thousands of readers, me included, right where we live. Of all his vivid and lived-in characters, none are as beloved as Hap and Leonard, and this new collection will delight Hap and Leonard fans all over the world."
--Lewis Shiner, author of Glimpses and Frontera

Praise for Joe R. Lansdale

"A folklorist's eye for telling detail and a front-porch raconteur's sense of pace."
--New York Times Book Review

"An American original."
--Joe Hill, author of Heart-Shaped Box

"A terrifically gifted storyteller."
--Washington Post Book Review

No one currently working the field demonstrates more convincingly and joyously the deep affinity between pulp fiction and the American tall tale."

"Like gold standard writers Elmore Leonard and the late Donald Westlake, Joe R. Lansdale is one of the more versatile writers in America.
--Los Angeles Times

"While Lansdale's work is as varied as the regions of Texas, there is one common link through all of it: his brilliant storytelling."
--Grimdark Magazine

Praise for the Hap and Leonard collections

[STARRED REVIEW] "Last seen in the novel Honky Tonk Samurai, Lansdale's incomparable East Texas crime fighting duo show their chops in this remarkable story collection.
--Publishers Weekly

"Full of humor, gritty drama, and insightful observations, the five stories in this rewarding collection from Edgar winner Lansdale (The Elephant of Surprise) concentrate on the early years of his two mismatched East Texas private eyes: Hap Collins, a straight, white liberal; and Leonard Pine, a gay, black conservative."
--Publishers Weekly

"You leave this book hungry, both for food and to start the whole series all over again, live through it one more time, maybe just live there a while."
--Stephen Graham Jones, author of Mongrels and The Only Good Indians

"The dialogue throughout is worth the price of admission, not as stylized as Elmore Leonard's but laden with the same irresistible combination of relaxed badinage and playful threats."

"Of Mice and Minestrone is enthralling storytelling that engages readers with dashes of simple wisdom and hard truth."
--Fort Worth Weekly

"Amply filled with humor, wisdom, and heart."
--Manhattan Book Review

"These stories evoke the likes of Elmore Leonard, and manage to feel so reflective that one can almost taste the food."
--Green Man Review

"An absolute treasure trove for Hap and Leonard fans. Going back to the beginning only deepens our love and appreciation for these guys."
--Ace Atkins, New York Times Bestselling author of The Shameless

"Compelling. Hilarious. Poignant."
--NY Journal of Books

"East Texas charm, profane wit, and strong characterization, with enough snappy dialogue to keep a smile on your face . . . excellent entertainment, edge-of-your-seat action one minute, gut-busting humor."
--Adventures in Genre Fiction