March 9, 2011

Wish List Wednesday #89: Joe R. Lansdale's "Devil Red"

Wish List Wednesday is a weekly meme I started in July '09, in which I put the spotlight on a book that is on my wish list--whether new release, blast from the past, or hidden gem.

I recently had the chance to cross Savage Season off my wish list, the first "Hap & Leonard" novel by Joe R. Lansdale. You can expect a review of it sometime down the road. But, now that I have read it, I have an appetite for more. And wouldn't you know he has a new adventure with the two men out now.

In Devil Red, the two east Texas ruffians turned investigators take on a cold case of an unsolved murder. Turns out it deals with some kind of vampire cult and they soon end up fighting for their lives.

Now, this sounds like a much different book from Savage Season, but if it has the same great kinds of characters and pace that the first book had, then I think I'm going to really enjoy this one. It's the eighth book in the series though, and I wonder just how much I'm going to be missing out on if I skip the other six and go right to this one.



  1. I read one of his books, but didn't love it, so I'd love to hear your opinion about any of his others.

  2. Can't wait for this one. Any Lansdale is a good Lansdale, in my opinion.

  3. I read the first handful of Hap & Leonard books, my faves being SAVAGE SEASON and MUCHO MOJO. Read another that was just okay and then lost touch with his output. The one-off crime novel COLD IN JULY is very good.

  4. Hey Fox,
    I've been trying to get into Landsdale lately and vampire cult murder mystery sounds like a good place to start :-) Do you have a favourite Landsdale book?


  5. Midnyte - I have a review of Freezer Burn on the blog somewhere, and I have a review of Savage Season coming up in a few weeks.

    Peter - I'm inclined to agree.

    Will - Cold in July. I'll have to look that up later on.

    Darkeva - I've only read two of his novels so far, but of those two I'd say Freezer Burn just because it was so damned different.

  6. I had a lot of fun reading this book. It made me laugh out loud, and also made me tear up (in the most manly way possible).

    Outstanding work Mr. Lansdale. I look forward to the next.

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