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Honky Tonk Samurai

Narrated by: Christopher Ryan Grant
Series: Hap Collins/Leonard Pine, Book 9
Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (213 ratings)

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Now the basis of the new series on SundanceTV.

Only Hap and Leonard would catch a cold case with hot cars, hot women, and ugly skinheads.

The story starts simply enough when Hap, a former '60s activist and self-proclaimed white trash rebel, and Leonard, a tough black, gay Vietnam vet and Republican with an addiction to Dr. Pepper, are working a freelance surveillance job in East Texas. The uneventful stakeout is coming to an end when the pair witness a man abusing his dog. Leonard takes matters into his own fists, and now the bruised dog abuser wants to press charges.

One week later, a woman named Lilly Buckner drops by their new PI office with a proposition: Find her missing granddaughter, or she'll turn in a video of Leonard beating the dog abuser. The pair agrees to take on the cold case and soon discover that the used car dealership where her granddaughter worked is actually a front for a prostitution ring. The mystery of her disappearance only deepens from there.

Filled with Lansdale's trademark whip-smart dialogue, relentless pacing, and unorthodox characters, Honky Tonk Samurai is a rambunctious thrill ride by one hell of a writer.

©2016 Joe R. Lansdale (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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"Employing an East Texas drawl, narrator Christopher Grant ably gives voice to the mismatched investigators and their longtime friends and allies, along with ne'er-do-wells.... Grant's laconic delivery helps provide a Dust Bowl feel to this suspenseful production, right through its twist of an ending." ( AudioFile)

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More Classic Hap and Leonard

First things first might as well get it out of the way, Phil Gigante is not the narrator of this book after a long a successful history of narrating Joe R. Lansdale books a change had to be made (see last part of review for more info as to why) Christoper Ryan Grant does a decent job of filling in those giant boots though. He didn't have the range of Gigante but does a passable good ol boys accent which seems to fit the setting, maybe a bit more deep south vs South/South western. But it doesn't distract from the story which is the most important thing.

Story wise Lansdale remains at the top of his game. The language of these books have always been their strong parts and Honky Tonk Samurai carries that forward. There are absurdist moments, that literally had me laughing out loud in the check out line while listening on my ipod. In many ways you know what you are going to get when listen to a Hap and Leonard novel, the two long time friends who are the laid back get along to get by type of guys are pulled into some form of trouble/mystery and have to fight curse and con their way out of it. I won't spoil things but will say there are some significant changes to the formula in Honky Tonk that break the status quo and may point to end game for the dynamic duo. The story features many series favorites putting in appearances including the fun and cocky Jim Bob Luke, the grizzled veteran Martin and of course the tough as nails but still manages to be sexy Brett.

I would say, you would enjoy the story if this is your first Hap and Leonard novel, but you will get a much deeper appreciation if you have been following the series up to this point, as it does touch on themes and relationships that have developed over the history of the two main characters. Either way give it a go you will not be disappointed, and if you have even 1 funny bone in your body it will be tickled.


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Many are upset about the departure of Phil Gigante who readings of these books have helped to shape the identities of the characters within. But before you judge the book or audible too harshly take a second and enter his name into google and you will understand why he isn't doing the book and I actually applaud audible for getting rid of his services even knowing that it will probably lead to some negative reviews. So while its a loss talent wise, there is a gain in integrity and I look forward to hearing more Lansdale books by Christopher Ryan Grant in the future.

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Another Lansdale Classic !

This was one entertaining story ! I have followed the (mis)adventures of Hap and Leonard since the beginning of the series,and each one gets better. Action, humor, unique characters, it doesn't get much better. And, IMHO, the narration was fantastic ! Please have Christopher Ryan Grant narrate the next book in this series.

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Best title so far in the series

Honky Tonk Samurai is another great Hap & Leonard adventure. I'm still enjoying this series & reading how both their lives are evolving. Both are getting older & its showing, but doesn't mean that either one is old even after Leonard punches & knocks out some college age kid for calling him old. Hap also discovers he has a daughter after she shows up on his doorstep. Hap & Leonard are now private eyes after Marvin Hanson gets hired to be the chief of police & sells the agency to Brett (Hap's girlfriend). What starts as a simple missing person turns out to be a bigger mess (in traditional Hap & Leonard style) & they have to call in some favors. In this story you get to see Jim Bob Luke & Vanilla Ride again, plus meet Booger as they help figure out the case. The ending had me going back out to Audible to by the next book "Rusty Puppy" as to the ending had me desperately wanting to know what was going to happen next. Not the biggest fan of the narrator Christopher Ryan Grant & desperately want Phil Gigante.

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salute to ole Lansdale

maybe best hap and Leonard adventure yet I'm amazed that anyone can imagine stories so intense

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Great story! Narrator was changed!

Joe R. Lansdale is an outstanding author. the stories are riveting and engaging. BUT! They changed the narrator from Phil Gilgante to Christopher Ryan Grant. It didn't even remotely feel like the same characters or story.

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great

This guy needs to narrate the other Hap & Lenord books that he has not yet read. especially for the sake of bringing Jim Bob Luke to life. other narrators do nothing for jim bob ! it's so obvious. I feel like I'm missing out not being able to hear Christopher Ryan Grant narrate bad chilli, two bear mambo, rumble tumble & the rest. please Mr Lansdale, take this into consideration.

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Phil giganti was a much better

Christopher Ryan Grant is a horrible narrator every single one of the male characters in this book sounds exactly the same and every female character sounds exactly the same. after listening to seven of these books read by Phil giganti I don't know why you guys would change narrators Christopher Ryan Grant is awful

Edit:I didn't know what Giganti did befor writing this review now knowing I'm glad that they switched the reader. But I still think Grant is a bad performer

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great books

great story, with even better writing. I recommend this book and hoping that you will give it a listen.

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  • Sheffield, AL, United States
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tissue?

I missed Phil Gigante, but adjusted. I wanted to wait until the next book was out (I hate waiting).
Again, Hap and Leonard sets out to rescue a friend's family member, and they just may be in over their head this time.

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Enjoyed the storyline

Loved all the characters. Had to keep listening - all 10+ hours! Love Hap and Leonard. Marvin was such a character. I found myself laughing out loud!

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