Reviewed by both New Books and Bookgasm, I had high hopes for Joe R. Lansdale's Leather Maiden, a story of missing women, murder, kidnapping, and political assassination. However, I found Lansdale's writing style to be something of a distraction. He tries too hard to be folksy and funny. Not every piece of dialogue needs to have a punch line, especially in a noir mystery. However, despite this rather glaring flaw, the plot was interesting enough to keep me reading, but only just.