A Hap Collins and Leonard Pine Mystery by Joe R. Lansdale
Review: After an absence of several years, best friends Hap Collins and Leonard Pine return in Captains Outrageous, the fifth entry in this mystery series by Joe R. Lansdale.
Lansdale is a wonderful story-teller, and the reader often feels as if they are a part of the story and along for the ride. But the amateur sleuthing team of Hap and Leonard is definitely an acquired taste. The mystery, such as it is in Captains Outrageous, is definitely secondary to the relationship these two men have and the adventures they share together. The pacing of the story is lightening fast (helped, no doubt, by the unusually large font chosen by the publisher) and there is rarely a dull moment. The ancillary characters possess a wonderful individuality and add a measure of complexity and interest to the story.
Captains Outrageous is not the best of this series, but certainly entertaining and worth reading.
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Location(s) referenced in Captains Outrageous: Mexico
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Captains Outrageous by Joe R. Lansdale — A Hap Collins and Leonard Pine Mystery
Publisher: Mysterious Press
Publication Date: September 2001
List Price: $24.95