More Better Deals (Hardcover)

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Joe has done it again this year with a Lansdale stand-alone novel.  Instead of writing about our favorite private investigators Hap and Leonard, More Better Deals offers a wickedly funny thrill ride through Texas in 1960s through the eyes of a rough and tumble used car salesman who is always ends up scratching on the eightball.  Ed trys to stay on the straight and narrow, but usually something drags him back down.  It looks like this time it might be Nancy.  Tasked with collecting on a red Cadillac whose owners decided they were done paying, Ed doesn't turn up the man on the bill of sale, but a lovely and dangerous gal instead.  Unfortunately for Ed, it looks like Nancy might have some down right dirty tricks up her sleeve.  As always, Landsdale's smooth-talking characters carry an air of danger, and with Nancy's husband back in town, she's talked Ed right into a dangerous situation. Every once in a while, I get a book that makes me feel like I'm in some black and white gangster flick.  This would be the first one since Christopher Moore's Noir; also a really fun read.  At any rate, anyone who wants to visit a time when you could rough someone up without the police getting involved, or smoke in a grocery store should pick up More Better Deals. You might even forget what's going on in the rest of the world for a moment.  Wouldn't that be lovely?

— From Alex

Description


From the Edgar Award-winning author of the Hap and Leonard series, a hard-boiled novel set in 1960s Texas in which a no-nonsense car salesman faces a tempting decision, a dangerous deal, and an alluring affair.

Ed Edwards is in the used car business, a business built on adjusted odometers, extra-fine print, and the belief that "buyers better beware." Burdened by an aging, alcoholic mother constantly on his case to do something worthier of his lighter skin tone and dreaming of a brighter future for himself and his plucky little sister, Ed is ready to get out of the game.

When Dave, his lazy, grease-stained boss at the eponymous dealership Smiling Dave's sends him to repossess a Cadillac, Ed finally gets the chance to escape his miserable life.

The Cadillac in question was purchased by Frank Craig and his beautiful wife Nancy, owners of a local drive-in and pet cemetery. Fed up with her deadbeat husband and with unfulfilled desires of her own, Nancy suggests to Ed -- in the throes of their salacious affair -- that they kill Frank and claim his insurance policy. It is a tantalizing offer: the girl, the car, and not one, but two businesses. Ed could finally say goodbye to Smiling Dave's, and maybe even send his sister to college. But does he have what it takes to see the plan through?

Told with Joe Lansdale's trademark grit, wit, and dark humor, More Better Deals is a gripping tale of the strange characters and odd dealings that define 1960s East Texas.

About the Author


Joe R. Lansdale is the author of nearly four dozen novels, including Rusty Puppy, the Edgar-award winning The Bottoms, Sunset and Sawdust, and Leather Maiden. He has received nine Bram Stoker Awards, the American Mystery Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the Grinzane Cavour Prize for Literature. He lives with his family in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Praise For…


"When funky books need to be written, Joe R. Lansdale writes them. . . . The plot is pure James M. Cain's The Postman Always Rings Twice, but steeped in hillbilly noir."
Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

"Highly enjoyable . . . Populated with an admirable array of laughable miscreants, this droll, savage novel is vintage Lansdale. The author's storytelling powers remain as strong as ever."
Publishers Weekly

"He's genre dextrous, moving fleetly between westerns, mysteries, thrillers, horror, sci-fi, literary fiction, and nonfiction, and doing it all extremely well."
Publishers Weekly

"Lansdale really makes this used car purr."
Booklist (starred review)

"Southern crime legend Joe Lansdale channels his best James M. Cain world vision...Readers can expect to be transported in the usual Lansdale fashion, as nobody does those East Texas period details quite like Lansdale, who always delivers with a finely-crafted, engaging, compulsive crime story in his home terrain."
Dwyer Murphy, CrimeReads

Praise for The Elephant of Surprise
 
"The Elephant of Surprise is the read of the year thus far for adrenaline junkies, action-hero aficionados and, as is always the case with Lansdale's novels, fans of clever and unexpected similes and metaphors."-- BookPage
 
"Hap and Leonard remain two of the most likable characters in crime fiction."--- Kirkus Reviews
 
"Lansdale's narrative voice is as wonderful as ever, as is the banter between the mismatched best friends as they punctuate the violence with drolly mundane observations. ..It's always a pleasure to spend time with Hap and Leonard."--- Booklist
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Product Details
ISBN: 9780316479912
ISBN-10: 0316479918
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Publication Date: July 21st, 2020
Pages: 272
 
 
 
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