Dead Aim marks the
always welcome return of Joe R. Lansdale’s most enduring fictional creations:
Hap Collins and Leonard Pine. The result is a spare, beautifully crafted
novella in which Lansdale’s unique voice and inimitable narrative gifts are on
full and generous display.
The story begins simply enough when the two agree to provide protection
for a woman harassed by her violent, soon-to-be-ex husband. But, as readers of
this series will already know, events in the lives of Hap and Leonard rarely
stay simple for long. When a protracted stakeout ends in a lethal shooting and
a pair of moldering corpses turn up in an otherwise deserted trailer, the
nature of this ‘routine’ assignment changes dramatically. The ensuing
investigation unearths a complex web of lies, duplicity, and hidden agendas
that leads from an upscale Texas law firm to the world of organized crime,
culminating in the kind of explosive, anything-can-happen confrontation that
only Joe Lansdale could create. Violent, profane, and often raucously funny, Dead Aim is a tautly written, hugely
entertaining thriller and a triumph of the storyteller’s art.
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