Monday, July 13, 2020

Review: RUSTY PUPPY by Joe R Lansdale


I've said it before and I will say it again; no one is able to rival Elmore Leonard's craft as close as Joe R. Lansdale. In fact, I'd say the two are neck and neck for the best dialogue and characterisation ever written in crime fiction. Yeah - I'm fanboying hard over this one. 

Rusty Puppy pits the colourful duo up against corrupt cops, shady ambulance chasers, project drug dealers and common street thugs, and, to top it all off, a 400 year old vampire disguised as an 11 year old girl. 

In true Hap and Leonard fashion, their prowess for detecting somehow leads them down a bumpy, bruising path and into a bush of brass knuckles and beat downs - the themes you'd expect to find are served up to perfection; comfort food akin to chicken noodle soup during flu season. 

Much like other books in the series (this is the 10th instalment), Rusty Puppy reads well as a standalone but it all the more enjoyable for having read what came before. The events of Honky Tonk Samurai lead straight into this book which is great for continuity and add a whole layer of depth to what is already a pretty meaty story. 

My rating: another 5/5 star read. Up next Jackrabbit Smile.  

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