Subterranean Press reports that Joe R. Lansdale has turned in Dead Aim, his newest 20,000 word novella to feature everyone’s favorite dysfunctional duo, Hap and Leonard. The book is fully-designed and proofread. Glen Orbik should turn in the final cover in the next couple of weeks.

Dead Aim marks the always welcome return of Joe R. Lansdale’s most enduring fictional creations: Hap Collins and Leonard Pine. The result is a spare, beautifully crafted novella in which Lansdale’s unique voice and inimitable narrative gifts are on full-and generous-display.

The story begins simply enough when the two agree to provide protection for a woman harassed by her violent, soon-to-be-ex husband. But, as readers of this series will already know, events in the lives of Hap and Leonard rarely stay simple for long. When a protracted stakeout ends in a lethal shooting and a pair of moldering corpses turn up in an otherwise deserted trailer, the nature of this “routine” assignment changes dramatically. The ensuing investigation unearths a complex web of lies, duplicity, and hidden agendas that leads from an upscale Texas law firm to the world of organized crime, culminating in the kind of explosive, anything-can-happen confrontation that only Joe Lansdale could create. Violent, profane, and often raucously funny, Dead Aim is a tautly written, hugely entertaining thriller and a triumph of the storyteller’s art.

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition: $25

Limited: 400 signed numbered copies, bound in leather, with a different cover design than the trade hardcover: $45

Preorder directly from Subterranean Press here: Dead Aim

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