Joe R. Lansdale is known as the Champion Mojo Storyteller with over forty novels and countless short stories. His East Texas Hap and Leonard crime fiction series has been adapted for television for the Sundance Channel. Several of his books have been adapted for film, including Cold in July and Bubba Ho-Tep. His latest Hap and Leonard title, Honky Tonk Sumurai, features Hap Collins, former 60s activist, and Leonard Pine, a tough black ex-Marine, as they take on a missing persons case. The investigation brings them to a luxury car dealership that may be a front for a prostitution ring, leading them down a treacherous path of blackmail and murder.
Jack Parker thought he'd already seen his fair share of tragedy. His grandmother was killed in a farm accident when he was barely five years old. His parents have just succumbed to the smallpox epidemic sweeping turn-of-the-century East Texas--orphaning him and his younger sister, Lula.
Then catastrophe strikes on the way to their uncle's farm, when a traveling group of bank-robbing bandits murder Jack's grandfather and kidnap his sister. With no elders left for miles, Jack must grow up fast and enlist a band of heroes the likes of which has never been seen if his sister stands any chance at survival. But the best he can come up with is a charismatic, bounty-hunting dwarf named Shorty, a grave-digging son of an ex-slave named Eustace, and a street-smart woman-for-hire named Jimmie Sue who's come into some very intimate knowledge about the bandits (and a few members of Jack's extended family to boot).
In the throes of being civilized, East Texas is still a wild, feral place. Oil wells spurt liquid money from the ground. But as Jack's about to find out, blood and redemption rule supreme.