Mucho Mojo Mass Market Paperback – Sep 1 1995
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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.
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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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on Jan. 23 2004 by Santos
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 morePublished on Oct. 29 2003 by Ryan Thomas
Those who are politically correct and who don't want to laugh at stigmas, stereotypes and others misfortunes will miss a real treat. Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2003 by Mark Thomas Paul
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 morePublished on Aug. 3 2003 by Steven Brezzo
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 morePublished on June 9 2003 by Katie
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 morePublished on March 22 2003 by David A. Farnell
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 morePublished on Jan. 8 2003 by Elliott G.
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 morePublished on Aug. 25 2002 by justareader