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In this holy mess of a case for the “perpetual bad boy” (New York Times) sleuths in the beloved Hap and Leonard series, PI Duo Hap and Leonard investigate the untimely death of a woman whose family stood much to gain from her passing.                                           

Minnie Polson is dead. Burned to a crisp in a fire so big and bad it had to be deliberate. The only thing worse is that Hap and Leonard could have prevented it. Maybe. Minnie had a feeling she was being targeted, shaken down by some shadowy force. However, when she’d solicited Hap & Leonard, all it took was one off color joke to turn her sour and she’d called them off the investigation. Wracked with a guilty conscience, the two PIs—along with Hap’s fleet-footed wife, Brett—tuck in to the case. As they look closer, they dredge up troublesome facts: for one, Minnie’s daughter, Alice, has recently vanished. She’d been hard up after her pet grooming business went under and was in line to collect a whopping insurance sum should anything happen to her mother. The same was due to Minnie’s estranged husband, Al, whose kryptonite (beautiful, money-grubbing women) had left him with only a run-down mobile home. But did Minnie’s foolish, cash-strapped family really have it in them to commit a crime this grisly? Or is there a larger, far more sinister scheme at work?


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Joe R. Lansdale, the master of his craft, returns with a captivating tale featuring the iconic duo Hap and Leonard. The narrative is a labyrinth of surprises, leading to unforeseen outcomes that will keep you on the edge of your seat. This story’s fresh perspective on these beloved characters makes it undeniably special, showcasing the longstanding bond between the men.

Hap and Leonard turn down a case because they don’t care for the client. But when the client’s daughter is murdered, they change their tune and dig in with all the tenacity they possess. That is the turning point where mystery escalates, ramping up the thrills as the crime-fighting pair embark on a dangerous adventure filled with nonstop action. The charm of these two relatable characters captivates readers’ imaginations as the story unfolds.

For those new to Mr. Lansdale’s work, ‘Sugar on the Bones’ offers a delightful escape from the ordinary to the extraordinary. The characters’ relatable traits and familiar dialogue make them feel like old friends. While the author’s repertoire is diverse, this novel is a solid introduction to an author who makes readers laugh at the situations, gasp at the unexpected violence, and relate to long-standing friends.

‘Sugar on the Bones’ is a story you can enjoy this summer while on vacation. Once you read this book, don’t hesitate to check out the other Hap and Leonard adventures by Joe R. Lansdale, beginning with book one to enjoy the evolution of these friends.


Joe R. Lansdale is the author of nearly four dozen novels, including Rusty Puppy, the Edgar-award winning The Bottoms, Sunset and Sawdust, and Leather Maiden. He has received nine Bram Stoker Awards, the American Mystery Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the Grinzane Cavour Prize for Literature. He lives with his family in Nacogdoches, Texas.




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    2 replies to "SUGAR ON THE BONES"

    • Kristine Anne Hall

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts about this latest installment in the Hap & Leonard books. I have recently become a fan of this author and want to jump in on this series. Sounds like a great place to start.

      • RoxBurkey

        Nice to see you always, Kristine. Hope you enjoy the story. Take care.

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