It's been eight years between the last Hap and Leonard book and this new installment. It was a needed hiatus since Vanilla Ride is the best novel of the series since Bad Chili. Lansdale brings back the East Texas odd couple rejuvenated and full of piss and vinegar. The villains are worthy of the two heroes too. I just wish the author brought in Vanilla Ride, a deadly but hot assassin, a bit earlier. I'm also happy that this will not be the last Hap and Leonard novel. Devil Red is coming out in 2011.