By Joe R. Lansdale
Useless target marks the continually welcome go back of Joe R. Lansdale s so much enduring fictional creations: Hap Collins and Leonard Pine. the result's a spare, superbly crafted novella within which Lansdale s precise voice and inimitable narrative presents are on full--and generous--display.
The tale starts just enough whilst the 2 comply with offer safety for a lady confused by means of her violent, soon-to-be-ex husband. yet, as readers of this sequence will already recognize, occasions within the lives of Hap and Leonard hardly remain basic for lengthy. whilst a prolonged stakeout leads to a deadly taking pictures and a couple of moldering corpses occur in an another way abandoned trailer, the character of this 'routine' project alterations dramatically. the consequent research reveals a posh net of lies, duplicity, and hidden agendas that leads from an upscale Texas legislations company to the realm of geared up crime, culminating within the type of explosive, anything-can-happen war of words that merely Joe Lansdale may perhaps create. Violent, profane, and infrequently raucously humorous, lifeless target is a tautly written, highly unique mystery and a triumph of the storyteller s paintings.