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Trouble for Hap & Leonard in the redneck town of Grovetown.
Reviewed in the United States on June 27, 2020
Hap and Leonard are a two-man search & rescue team, as well as a two-man demolition team. The plot starts out as it does in most of their adventures: find someone who has gone missing or dead. In this case, they are searching for a black woman named Florida, with whom Hap and Marvin have had affairs. She has gone missing in the seriously redneck town of Grovetown. There is very little action in this entry. As Hap describes it, he is in a Zen time of his life. But when the action comes, it is bad news for the boys. Both get seriously injured after being ganged up on in a café and then run off the road into a marsh. The main character in this episode is the rain and lots of it. Not the hurricane we will see later in The Elephant of Surprise, but enough for a dam to break, sweep Hap and Leonard away, and wipe out the town. Lansdale’s most interesting character is Police Chief Cantuck, who will have you guessing about his intentions throughout the novel. Low key but well done.