Here I go again in love with another Joe Lansdale book. I still remember when his work was new to me and I read Vanilla Ride and it knocked my socks off. Honky Tonk Samurai is part of his same Hap and Leonard series and like previous books in the series is violent, hilarious, and decidedly NOT politically correct. In this installment Hap and Leonard are doing surveillance for their periodic employer (The Marvin Hanson Agency) when they witness a guy kicking his dog. Hap and Leonard jump out of the car and confront him and insist he apologize to the dog and give it to them. He refuses so Leonard beats him until he sees the error of his ways. Meanwhile, their boss Marvin pulls up in a police car and informs them he has just come out of retirement and is now the police chief so he needs to sell the detective agency. Hap’s girlfriend is tired of being a nurse so she buys it. They get a case right off the bat and craziness ensues. Between the three of them they are also able to take great care of the doggy-in fact, she probably thinks she has died and gone to heaven as she gets to go on frequent trips to Dairy Queen for a vanilla cone and no-one is kicking her anymore. I do not know why I enjoy these books so much because I generally like them violent and gritty with absolutely no humor involved but his brand of humor hits the right spots for me. A must read.