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The Elephant of Surprise by Joe R. Lansdale


Hap and Leonard are an unlikely pair–Hap, a self-proclaimed white trash rebel, and Leonard–a tough-as-nails Black, gay, Vietnam vet and Republican–but they’re the closest friend either of them has in the world.

After years of crime-solving companionship, something’s changed: Hap, recently married to their P.I. boss, Brett, is now a family man. Amidst the worst flood East Texas has seen in years, the two run across a woman who’s had her tongue nearly cut out, pursued by a heavily armed pair of goons. Turns out the girl survived a mob hit, and the boss has come to clean up the mess.

On a chase that blows even the East Texas swampgrass back, Hap and Leonard must save the girl, and vanquish her foes, before the foes get them first. With a new case to solve, and a brand-new challenge to their relationship, will Hap and Leonard’s friendship survive? Will Hap and Leonard survive?

The Elephant of Surprise is rich with Lansdale’s trademark humor, whip-smart dialogue, and plenty of ass-kicking adventures.

Praise for Hap and Leonard

In our fractious age, Hap and Leonard wouldn’t even be friends on Facebook, but Joe R. Lansdale has written a series in which the two of them are best friends, closer than a pair of brothers…And while the mysteries that the duo solve in every book are intriguing, it is Hap and Leonard’s hilarious relationship that keeps me reading.
– “Signature Reads”

Hap and Leonard are complicated, violent men, but they display a basic humanity and decency that carries this remarkable series along.
– “Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Rusty Puppy”