"Road Dogs is terrific, and Elmore Leonard is in a class of one."--Dennis Lehane, author of Shutter Island and Mystic River "You know from the first sentence that you're in the hands of the original Daddy Cool....This one'll kill you."--Stephen King Elmore Leonard is eternal. In Road Dogs, the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award winner and "America ...
"Road Dogs is terrific, and Elmore Leonard is in a class of one."--Dennis Lehane, author of Shutter Island and Mystic River "You know from the first sentence that you're in the hands of the original Daddy Cool....This one'll kill you."--Stephen King Elmore Leonard is eternal. In Road Dogs, the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award winner and "America's greatest crime master" (Newsweek) brings back three of his favorite characters--Jack Foley from Out of Sight, Cundo Rey from La Brava, and Dawn Navarro from Riding the Rap--for a twisting, explosive, always surprising masterwork of crime fiction the San Francisco Chronicle calls, "a sly, violent, funny and superbly written story of friendship, greed, and betrayal."
Elmore Leonard brings back several of his best characters in this new caper novel. It helps if you've read his older novels, but if you haven't, it won't keep you from enjoying the story. This is not as compelling a mystery as some of his others, but it's still Leonard, so it's head and shoulders above anybody else in the field.
I just hope he sticks around for a long time, and keeps giving us more good stories.
Publishers Weekly, 2009-07-27 A smooth and stylish performance by Peter James goes a long way in resurrecting three of Leonard's most famous characters for this latest novel. Jack Foley, bank robber extraordinaire partners up with Cundo Rey while serving time in a Miami prison. With some help from Cundo's lawyer, Foley is soon out of his cell and hanging out at Venice Beach with Cundo's girlfriend, Dawn Navarro. As with all of Leonard's books, each of these characters will do whatever to whomever to get whatever they're after. James slides easily between the book's eclectic roster of characters, giving each of them clear and distinctive voices. Whether it's Cundo's Cuban-accented gangsta riff, Dawn's cold sensuality or Jack's unflappable cool, he handles it with aplomb. Leonard continues to write the hippest crime fiction in town, and James's reading fits well with the author's cooler than cool prose. A Morrow hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 2). (May) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2009-02-02 Leonard launches three characters from previous novels on a collision course in this seemingly effortless performance. After prison buddy Cundo Rey (last seen in LaBrava) drops a bundle on a shark attorney, celebrity bank robber Jack Foley (from Out of Sight) gets his 30-year prison sentence reduced to 30 months. Jack's quickly back in the world, living large in one of Cundo's two multimillion-dollar houses in Venice, Calif., juggling a fast seduction with fortune-teller (from Riding the Rap) Dawn Navarro (who is now Cundo's lady) and the untoward attention of rogue FBI agent Lou Adams, who's waiting for Foley to rob another bank. While Dawn tries to enlist Foley in a scheme to steal Cundo's off-the-books fortune, Cundo surprises them with an early release. Betrayal simmers while Foley considers going semi-straight-with the help of a widowed starlet-Dawn hatches a plan that could get her rich and rid her of all her problems, and Cundo's associates and neighborhood toughs get sucked into the fray. The plot isn't as tight as it could be, but Leonard's singular way with words is reason enough to read it. (May) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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