December 15, 2011

Devil Red ***

*** Devil Red, Joe R Lansdale, 2011

Disclaimer: JLR is not for everyone.

We've reached the end of the year and the end of the extant Hap and Leonard books. As per classic Lansdale, the stakes are upped. I don't want to give away the ending. I'll just say that Hap ends up so far out of his league and doomed for failure that I don't know how any H&L tale after this can be anything except anticlimactic.

Here are a few gems I noted while reading Devil Red on the elliptical.

She was starting to get pretty lit, though she was an experienced drunk and wasn't losing her focus on the story, and the words came out clear, if slightly spaced, as if they had to stop and rest before going on.
He was all over the road, like a sidewinder snake trying to drive a tricycle.
Kincaid was sitting behind a large desk, and he looked older than sixty by no more than a hundred years. He was white-headed and his face seemed to have collapsed at some point and been blown back into shape with a water hose.

Devil Red has the usual cast of smartass good guys and bad guys and plenty of violence and gore. In other words, it fits in well alongside the others. Check it out if you're so inclined.

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