The Super Bowl, The Walking Dead, and now Hap And Leonard in both the literary and TV world. These are the things we have to embrace and rejoice over come February 2017 with a new novel and the season 2 premiere on Sundance.
Based on the novels by Joe R. Lansdale, starring James Purefoy (The Following) and Michael Kenneth Williams (Boardwalk Empire) Set in the late 1980s, HAP AND LEONARD is a darkly comic swamp noir story of two best friends, one femme fatale, a crew of washed-up revolutionaries, a pair of murderous psycho-killers, some lost loot and the fuzz. Based on the novels by Joe R. Lansdale, the six-hour series event follows Hap Collins (James Purefoy), an East Texas white boy with a weakness for Southern women, and Leonard Pine (Michael Kenneth Williams), a gay, black Vietnam vet with a hot temper. When Hap’s seductive ex-wife Trudy (Christina Hendricks) resurfaces with a deal they can’t refuse, a simple get-rich-quick scheme snowballs into bloody mayhem. Chock full of eccentric characters, “Hap and Leonard” provides a country twist on the classic mystery thriller.
The new Hap And Leonard novel, Rusty Puppy which releases on February 21st 2017. This latest novel in the saga covers Hap, a former 60’s activist and self-proclaimed white trash rebel,as he is recovering from a life-threatening stab wound, Louise Elton comes into Hap and Leonard’s PI office to tell him that the police have killed her son, Jamar. Months earlier, a bully cop pulled over and sexually harassed Jamar’s sister, Charm. The officer followed Charm over the course of the next couple of months, leading Jamar to videotape and take notes on the cop and his partner. The next thing Louise hears, Jamar got in a fight and is killed in the projects by local hoods. It doesn’t add up: he was a straight A student, destined for better things, until he began to ask too many questions about the racist police force. Leonard, a tough black gay Vietnam vet and Republican, joins Hap in the investigation, and they stumble upon the racial divides that have shaped their Eastern Texas town. But if anyone can navigate these pitfalls and bring the killers to justice, it’s Hap and Leonard. Filled with Lansdale’s trademark whip-smart dialogue, colorful characters, and relentless pacing, Rusty Puppy is Joe Lansdale at his page-turning best.
You’ve got until February 2017 to catch up on the exploits of Hap And Leonard so get to it and be ready for the mind blowing insanity that Joe R. Lansdale is going to bring us. Check out the Season 2 teaser trailer below.