The Two-Bear Mambo: A Hap and Leonard Novel (3) Paperback – May 5 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
Veteran Lansdale brings back his incomparable Texas team of narrator Hap Collins and Leonard Pine for an encore that's just as funny and violent and gripping as their first appearance in Mucho Mojo. Police Lt. Marve Hanson agrees to forget the duo's role in the Christmas Eve torching of a crack house if they go to the small East-Texas town of Grovetown to find his girlfriend (also Hap's ex), lawyer Florida Grange, who was investigating the jailhouse death of a black man who possessed some valuable old blues recordings. The Klan is alive and well in Grovestown and Hap, who is white, and Leonard, who is black and gay and habitually introduces himself as "The Smartest Nigger In The World," don't endear themselves to the locals. But they do track Florida to a dilapidated trailer park, where her trail ends. The conclusion, which involves a graveyard and an epic flood, is gruesome, frightening and captivating. Throughout, Lansdale intersperses some horrific and hilarious anecdotes (one is about a chihuahua that comes to a bad end: "Yeeech," says Leonard. "I'm just glad it wasn't a real dog"). This is strong stuff, filled with sexual references and violent racism. The mystery involves what happened to Florida and what happened to the dead man's music. But the heart of the tale is the friendship of Hap and Leonard, which is rendered by Lansdale in perfectly pitched, profanity-laced repartee and guided throughout by a strong moral compass.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Bad guys beware: Lansdale's protagonists put it all up front. The narrator Hap, an opinionated, sarcastic, white heterosexual, and partner Leonard, a bull-headed, blunt, black, homosexual arsonist, travel to small, racist Grovetown, Texas, to search for news of their investigative-lawyer friend Florida. While looking for information about a black man who reputedly hanged himself in the town's notorious jail, Florida disappeared. Lansdale's prose also hangs it all out, with an eye to precise description, an ear to the proper word, and a mind to expository wit. Highly recommended.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
The Two-Bear Mambo is so far the most unflinching in its portrayal of Southern racism. Grovetown is even worse than I could have imagined and Lansdale does not look away for a moment. Leonard is the obvious target, but Hap's association with him brings him into the fray of violence as well. And as for Florida: well, no one as yet has admitted to even seeing her...
My white Southern guilt was intensified while reading The Two-Bear Mambo; the characters, their ideas, and their violence are all-too familiar from my upbringing. So much so that I could barely even bring myself to read it in public, afraid of what the people around me -- seeing the N-word on nearly every page -- would think I was reading (as if the barely euphemistic title weren't embarrassing enough).
But the trademark Lansdale humor abounds in sarcastic remarks and in the first-person narration of Hap -- whose difference from the author himself seems to be getting less and less. Lansdale has said that he is very comfortable with the voice of Hap and the easy-going prose makes that obvious. Despite my emotional reaction to the book, I look forward to continuing the adventures of Hap Collins and Leonard Pine. I'm glad they can't keep away from trouble; if they did, I'd be reading some other book that isn't nearly as fun.
Most recent customer reviews
I love this series. This book in particular is, I think, the best and the ending is excellent. Joe Landsdale is my favorites writer. I am proud to be part of this cult.Published on Sept. 8 2000
These Hap Collins/Leonard Pine books is probably the best series you've never heard of. If you're already a fan of the books , you know what to expect, a good plot, great... Read morePublished on June 23 2000 by tdeal11
The writing is light and fun. The characters are fascinating,and believe in things. Leonard, who is black and gay, "would walkthrough the fires of hell with a hand bucket... Read morePublished on May 31 2000 by Rosanna Landis Weaver
Isn't Lansdale just the greatest? I bet we reviewers of his books are a small part of a cult following, as you will either love or hate his writing style. Bring on Bad Chili!Published on Jan. 13 2000 by wendrea
After reading "Two-Bear Mambo", I felt like I had never truly read a book until then. The characters seemed so real that I thought I was in the book myself, which I... Read morePublished on April 4 1998
Hap and Lenonard are unforgettable characters. I had to read all of his books at once. I was hooked.Published on Nov. 19 1997 by archer