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Mucho Mojo [Mass Market Paperback]

Joe R. Lansdale
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Sept. 1 1995
When Leonard Pine and his friend Hap Collins clean out the house of Leonard's just-dead Uncle Chester, they dig up more than dust. A small skeleton wrapped in pornographic magazines is unearthed--along with questions about Chester's involvement in a series of child murders.

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In the second installment of the Hap Collins-Leonard Pine series, Leonard is still recuperating from the injuries he suffered in the first book (Savage Season) when he learns that his Uncle Chester has died. Hap agrees to stay with Leonard and help clean out the rundown house that he's inherited; when they find a small skeleton buried under the floor, it's up to them to prove that Chester wasn't responsible for a string of child murders by finding the real killer.

Lansdale slowly develops the relationship between his two protagonists as they banter with each other throughout their pursuit of the killers. Mucho Mojo also introduces two other characters, LaBorde Police Department members Lieutenant Marvin Hanson and his sidekick, Charlie, who serve as ongoing sources of friction--and, when it's most needed, support.

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The publicist raved about this dark suspense novel, which concerns a gay couple who unearth a tiny skeleton that may be linked to a series of child murders.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking crime thriller June 14 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Novels in the mystery and suspense genres often get a bad rap, with aspirations to something other than the typical being overlooked, or at most touted as "transcending the genre." The second entry in Joe R. Lansdale's series starring Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, Mucho Mojo, is a book just like that.
When Leonard's uncle Chester dies, he inherits the old homeplace. This causes complex feelings in Leonard since Chester had disowned Leonard on learning that Leonard was gay. While he and Hap are fixing up the place, they discover a large wooden box in which is found a child's skeleton and a stash of child porn magazines. Despite the obvious circumstantial evidence, Hap urges Leonard to look into alternative explanations. Meanwhile, they meet up the drug dealers across the street, a local preacher with questionable motives, and the lovable MeMaw, Leonard's neighbor who always has time (and an open invitation) for a glass of tea.
In addition to the plot involving the secret murders of several of a small town's black children, Mucho Mojo investigates such heavy subjects as relationships -- whether black-white, man-woman, gay-straight, adult-child, young-old -- and racism. And all the while Lansdale delivers a cracker of a crime novel, with a terrific ending, that continues the story of the main characters as begun in Savage Season.
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5.0 out of 5 stars These Hap&Leonard guys are hilarious! July 23 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mucho Mojo is the second installment in the Hap&Leonard series. The first book in the series is savage season but that novel is now out of print and quite difficult to find. Besides, I've been hearing through the grapevine that it is easily the weakest entry in Lansdale's five-book Hap&Leonard series. I felt like Mucho Mojo was the best place to start and I was not dissapointed in the least.
The story is set in rural East Texas in a segregated black section of the town of Laborde. Leonard's uncle Chester has recently passed away and Leonard inherits his house. While him and Hap are working on renovating the house, they discover the remains of a young child hidden in a metal chest. Leonard refuses to believe that his uncle was a child killer and convinces Hap to help him uncover the mystery behind the child's murder.
As always, Joe Lansdale dazzles the reader with his unique writing style. You can practically feel the heat of a Texas summer day. I would have to say the highlights of this novel were the verbal exchanges between Hap&Leonard. There was something to make me laugh on every page. Now I want to read all of the Hap&Leonard books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars LANSDALE STORIES? YES! LANSDALE NOVELS? NO! April 11 2002
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Joe R. Lansdale is, in my opinion, one of the best cult writers of our time when it comes to the short story. Any of his collections of short fiction is worth the MSRP price, no question. His voice is raw, crude, rude, vulgar, crass and funny as hell. Unfortunately, Ol' Joe just doesn't have the kind of imagination that fits well into novel format. I don't consider this to be a major criticism of him, but I do think it suggests that he keep his efforts directed at shorter narrative forms. Way back when I read "The Nightrunners," I passed off the book's shortcomings as simply the natural by-product of a first novel. Let's face it, even the best writers usually have a bum time of it their first day out. However, after having read "Mucho Mojo," I think I can say without hesitation that Lansdale should simply stay away from the format all together. The book has some interesting and highly atmospheric touches, to be sure. The plot, however, is one of the weakest I've ever read. Anyone paying attention and not simply using the book as something to do during lay-overs will have no problem putting the mystery together. The rest is simply a long slog as we wait for the two protagonists to play catch-up. There is also a ridiculous love story angle thrown in for no apparent reason and which adds absolutely nothing to the story. Weak, weak, weak! As I say, the book isn't without its stylistic charms (hence the three star rating), and Lansdale still ranks high on my list of contemporary authors (hence the high probability of my purchasing any forthcoming short story collections), but do yourself a favor, dear reader, avoid this guy's novels like the plague. Read or reread "Writer of the Purple Rage" or "By Bizarre Hands" for a real taste of Mr. Lansdale's talent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Muchas Gracias, Senor Lansdale Jan. 28 2002
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I've found another author to read regularly. This novel is my introduction to Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, two friends who happen to have one of the most original and realistic relationships I've read. Hap travels to La Borde, Texas with Leonard, who has been left his recently deceased uncle's old house. As they are fixing up the house they discover a small skeleton and several kiddie porn magazines buried under the floor. Leonard cannot accept that Uncle Chester was a ...child murderer so he persuades Hap to help him clear Chester's name. That decision opens the door to an expertly plotted and neatly tied together mystery. Lansdale gives pieces of information that are not contrived but flow into the story and add interest and color. He introduced characters and relationships that I became interested in and wanted to learn more about. The sarcasm and repartee between Hap and Leonard is reason enough to read the book. Put that clever and realistic dialogue in a mystery full of colorful characters that also has some very suspenseful moments and you have a few hours of rich, first-rate entertainment. I highly recommend MUCHO MOJO.
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1.0 out of 5 stars What?
I've read all the reviews to Mucho Mojo and I wonder if the other reviewers read the same book. Hap & Leonard are neither funny nor cool, just lame. Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2004 by Santos
4.0 out of 5 stars Lansdale is the king
Since discovering Lansdale earlier this year, I've read everythign i can get my hands on. i even visit his website once a week because he posts a new short story every Thrursday. Read more
Published on Oct. 29 2003 by Ryan Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars I was offended, disgusted and throughly entertained!
Those who are politically correct and who don't want to laugh at stigmas, stereotypes and others misfortunes will miss a real treat. Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2003 by Mark Thomas Paul
3.0 out of 5 stars Mucho Marvelous
Except for an ending that drops the ball, this is a ripping read by a master story teller. Second in a wonderful series, it's a great read and rife with southern literary... Read more
Published on Aug. 3 2003 by Steven Brezzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and VERY SUSPENSEFUL!!!!
One of Joe R. Lansdales best books! I am a junior in high school, and it takes alot for me to like a book, but i LOVED this book!!! Read more
Published on June 9 2003 by Katie
5.0 out of 5 stars A new favorite
When I recently started getting into mystery novels, a friend recommended Joe Lansdale's Hap & Leonard books....I've read three novels in the series so far, and I love them. Read more
Published on March 22 2003 by David A. Farnell
4.0 out of 5 stars Mucho Mojo review
This book was interesting to say the least. The characters are well-developed and believable. The plot is intricate and keeps you wondering what will happen next. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2003 by Jaceynotjc
3.0 out of 5 stars Categorized as a thriller, the paces are way too slow
Well written except the paces are kinda too slow as a thriller. The prose is more like James Lee Burke's style, slow, slow and slow, and if the writer is not good enough, then I... Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2002 by justareader
5.0 out of 5 stars Hap & Leonad are a hoot!
After reading only one other book by Lansdale, "The Bottoms", which was excellent, I decide to read this series. Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2002 by William O'Connor
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