Joe R. Lansdale - The Elephant of Surprise

Hap and Leonard are an unlikely pair--Hap, a white trash rebel, and Leonard--a tough-as-nails Black, gay, Vietnam vet--but they're the closest friends in the world. Amidst the worst flood East Texas has seen in years, the two run across a woman who's had her tongue nearly cut out, pursued by a heavily armed pair of goons. Turns out the girl survived a mob hit, and the boss has come to clean up the mess.