Review: Mucho Mojo

I have an enormous love for Joe R. Lansdale, he probably has the strongest voice of any author working today.  Regularly telling larger than life East Texan yarns with the ease of a natural-born storyteller.  And Mucho Mojo fits just cements that opinion in me further.

Now this is the second book to feature the characters of Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, although it’s the first I’ve had the pleasure of reading.  There will be others.  Hap and Leonard are a pair of mismatched Texan good old boys who have a tendency to find themselves in the midst of a series of grisly murder mysteries.  Hap’s a white farm laborer and Leonard’s a gay black man, who in the course of this novel lands a fairly sizeable inheritance.

It’s this inheritance that sets up the plot of this novel.  Amongst the belongings of his Uncle, Leonard comes across a chest containing a stash of child pornography along with the remains of a young boy.  Determined to prove his Uncle’s innocence Leonard (with Hap firmly in tow) starts up an amateur investigation into a crime the local police have opted to ignore.

The mystery itself is a bit formulaic and contains very few surprises, but the ease with which Lansdale tells it is wonderful to experience.  This is a fairly standard mystery at its heart, but it never feels like it.  The story progresses so naturally that the usual tropes pass by nearly unnocticed, and Hap and Leonard make a truly great pair of amateur detectives.

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