68. Mucho Mojo – Joe R. Lansdale
Remember when Meatwad pulled the Danger Cart and Shake kept saying “Aqua Teen Hunger Force assemble!” so they could solve mysteries? I do because I watched the first episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force last night. That level of pretty much amateur mystery solving is essentially what Hap and Leonard are up to in this second novel in their oeuvre. Leonard’s Uncle Chester dies, leaving Leonard his house, along with its shitty neighbors and a skeleton in a box that leads them to some unpleasant places and more of Lansdale’s corral of weirdos and creeps.
The events of Mucho Mojo are foreshadowed in pieces during the Hap and Leonard series that recently ended on the Sundance channel and I SUPER hope there’s a second season so I can watch James Purefoy and Michael K. Williams deal with that skeleton. I haven’t read Savage Season yet, and so it was fun watching a story about my favorite imaginary East Texans that I didn’t already know and both actors did an excellent job bringing the most important aspect of the Hap and Leonard books – their ride or die friendship – to life.