Honky Tonk Samurai - Joe R. Lansdale

Honky Tonk Samurai

By Joe R. Lansdale

  • Release Date: 2016-02-02
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 40 Ratings


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. What began as a missing-person case becomes one of blackmail and murder.

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.


  • Honky Tonk Samarai

    By 1jarhd
    Another great story but the last page was a disappointment, how about a little more or at least the title for the next Hap and Leonard adventure. Thx. for the ride. Mike Smyth
  • Mr

    By Canceler9
    Stayed with it to the end but probably shouldn't have. Liked the author story telling on the radio and thought the wit would stick in print but I was wrooong. To cheesy. I might try the TV show but probably no more Landsdale books.