We here at Den of Geek were big fans of the Hap and Leonard TV series, sadly canceled by Sundance in 2018 after three glorious seasons. But the world and its characters live on in the book series that started it all. Joe R. Lansdale’s story of two martial arts-wielding detectives who strike up an unlikely best friendship as they work as private investigators n 1980s East Texas is filled with some good crime plotting and some interesting things to say about America, with two fascinating characters at its center. Consisting of twelve novels, four novellas, and three collections of stories and excerpts, if you’re looking for a new literary universe to dive into, this could be it.
Tachyon Publishing recently published a book of short stories from the world of Hap and Leonard and Den of Geek is giving away one copy. Of Mice and Minestrone — Hap and Leonard: The Early Years includes a brand-new collection of stories, a selection of the boys’ favorite recipes from Kasey Lansdale, and an introduction from Kathleen Kent. Check out the official synopsis:
“Hap Collins looks like a good ol’ boy. But even in his misspent youth, his best pal is Leonard Pine, who is black, gay, and the ultimate outsider. Inseparable friends, Hap and Leonard climb into the boxing ring, visit their families, get in bar fights, and just go fishing—all the while confronting racists, righting wrongs, and eating a whole lot of delicious food.
So pull up a seat and sit a spell. Master storyteller Joe R. Lansdale—along with Kasey Lansdale’s down-home recipes and Kathleen Kent’s introduction—has cooked up a new passel of tales for you about the unlikeliest duo East Texas has to offer, created by his own self.”
Entry in the giveaway is simple:
– Join the Den of Geek Book Club over on Goodreads.
– Comment in the Introduce Yourself discussion thread, or one of the other open discussion threads (and be sure to let us know it was this giveaway that sent you there!)
Unfortunately, only readers who reside in the United States qualify for this contest. Final entries will be accepted Friday, May 29th! One (1) winner will be drawn at random and contacted via Goodreads message. Good luck!
Joe R. Lansdale is the author of over thirty novels and numerous short stories. His work has appeared in national anthologies, magazines, and collections, as well as numerous foreign publications. He has written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and Internet sites. His work has been collected in eighteen short-story collections, and he has edited or co-edited over a dozen anthologies.