Rumble Tumble

A twister just blew Hap Collins’ house away, and he’s having second thoughts about shacking up with his girlfriend, Brett, an ex-Sweet Potato Queen. But he’s perked up by another trip with buddy Leonard Pine, this time to Hootie Hoot, Okla., to rescue Brett’s daughter from a passel of thugs. Joe R. Lansdale teeters on the edge of credibility, but his zest for storytelling and gimlet eye for detail make it almost possible to swallow characters like Red, a midget with big-time attitude, and his brother Herman, whose ”profession” is sucking prairie dogs out of the dirt. Rumble Tumble‘s Hap, a sorrowful guy who compares himself to a fly at the bottom of a bottle, gets more heroic with each adventure. B+