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Legendary New York Times bestselling author Elmore Leonard returns with three of his favorite characters: Jack Foley from Out of Sight, Cundo Rey from LaBrava, and Dawn Navarro from Riding the Rap.

Jack Foley, the charming bank robber from Out of Sight, is serving a thirty-year sentence in a Miami penitentiary, but he's made an unlikely friend on the inside who just might be able to do something about that. Fellow inmate Cundo Rey, an extremely wealthy Cuban criminal, arranges for Foley's sentence to be reduced from thirty years to three months, and when Jack is released just two weeks ahead of Cundo, he agrees to wait for him in Venice Beach, California.

Also waiting for Cundo is his common-law wife, Dawn Navarro, a professional psychic with a slightly ulterior motive for staying with Cundo: namely, she wants his money. And with the arrival of Jack, she sees the perfect partner in a plan to relieve Cundo of his fortune. Cundo may be Jack's friend, but does that mean he can trust him? And can either of them trust Dawn?

Road Dogs is Elmore Leonard at his best — with his trademark tight plotting and pitch-perfect dialogue — and readers will love seeing Cundo, Jack, and Dawn back in action and working together...or are they?

Review:

"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

At any given moment there are hundreds of men and women who, in the twilight of their careers, should be regarded as American national treasures. For example, the politician John Lewis, the musicians Willie Nelson and Ellis Marsalis and the novelist Larry McMurtry, to mention a few. To that list let us add 83-year-old Elmore Leonard, whose new book, "Road Dogs," is yet another gem in a career that... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"[F]ull of wonderful banter and the kind of back-and-forthing between characters out to double- and triple-cross each other that Ross Thomas used to do so well....Reading isn't supposed to be this much fun." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"[O]ne of Mr. Leonard's most enjoyably sneaky stories....Mr. Leonard, now 83, still writes with high style, great energy, unflappable cool and a jubilant love of the game. As ever, his scorn for fussy prose is best expressed through his own superbly lean locutions." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Review:

"Road Dogs is vintage Leonard — a sly, violent, funny and superbly written story of friendship, greed and betrayal....Leonard [is] still at the top of his game at the age of 83." The Associated Press

Review:

"[T]he double-crosses are the stuff of the master's best work....What works best are the matchless incidental pleasures Leonard's world always provides, from lightning-fast descriptions to bull's-eye dialogue..." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

Legendary New York Times-bestselling author Leonard returns with two of his favorite characters, Cundo Rey, last seen in LaBrava, and Jack Foley from Out of Sight, in his first contemporary novel since Mr. Paradise.

Synopsis:

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 youre in the hands of the original Daddy Cool....This onell kill you.”
—Stephen King

 Elmore Leonard is eternal. In Road Dogs, the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award winner and “Americas 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.”

Synopsis:

An aging but formidable strip club owner, Claudiu "Manco" Kapak, is robbed as he places his cash receipts in a banks night-deposit box. Enraged, he sends his henchmen out to find a suspect who is spending lots of cash and is too new to Los Angeles to realize hes stolen from a gangster. Their search leads to Joe Carver, an innocent who evades capture and sets out to make Kapak wish hed chosen someone else. Meanwhile, the real culprit, Jefferson Davis Falkins, and his girlfriend Carrie seem to believe theyve found a whole new profession: robbing Manco Kapak.

Lieutenant Nick Slosser, the detective in charge of the puzzling and increasingly violent case, has his own troubles, including worries about how hes going to afford to send the oldest child of each of his two bigamous marriages to college without making their mothers suspicious. As this odd series of difficulties explodes into a triple killing, Carver finds himself in the middle of a gang war over Kapaks empire, while Falkins and Carrie journey into territory more strange and violent than either had imagined.

About the Author

Elmore Leonard has written more than forty novels, including bestsellers Up in Honey's Room, The Hot Kid, Mr. Paradise, Tishomingo Blues, Pagan Babies, and Glitz. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty and Out of Sight. He lives with his wife, Christine, in Bloomfield Village, Michigan.

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Larry Robinson, June 17, 2009 (view all comments by Larry Robinson)
I read close to 20 of Leonard's books and this is one of his best. The return of Jack Foley was worth the wait. Nobody writes dialogue like Leonard. He is one of the greats who consistently comes through.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061733147
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
William Morrow
Author:
Leonard, Elmore
Author:
Perry, Thomas
Subject:
Psychics
Subject:
Swindlers and swindling
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Los angeles (calif.)
Subject:
Ex-convicts
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
May 2009
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[F]ull of wonderful banter and the kind of back-and-forthing between characters out to double- and triple-cross each other that Ross Thomas used to do so well....Reading isn't supposed to be this much fun."
"Review" by , "[O]ne of Mr. Leonard's most enjoyably sneaky stories....Mr. Leonard, now 83, still writes with high style, great energy, unflappable cool and a jubilant love of the game. As ever, his scorn for fussy prose is best expressed through his own superbly lean locutions."
"Review" by , "Road Dogs is vintage Leonard — a sly, violent, funny and superbly written story of friendship, greed and betrayal....Leonard [is] still at the top of his game at the age of 83."
"Review" by , "[T]he double-crosses are the stuff of the master's best work....What works best are the matchless incidental pleasures Leonard's world always provides, from lightning-fast descriptions to bull's-eye dialogue..."
"Synopsis" by , Legendary New York Times-bestselling author Leonard returns with two of his favorite characters, Cundo Rey, last seen in LaBrava, and Jack Foley from Out of Sight, in his first contemporary novel since Mr. Paradise.
"Synopsis" by ,

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 youre in the hands of the original Daddy Cool....This onell kill you.”
—Stephen King

 Elmore Leonard is eternal. In Road Dogs, the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award winner and “Americas 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.”

"Synopsis" by ,
An aging but formidable strip club owner, Claudiu "Manco" Kapak, is robbed as he places his cash receipts in a banks night-deposit box. Enraged, he sends his henchmen out to find a suspect who is spending lots of cash and is too new to Los Angeles to realize hes stolen from a gangster. Their search leads to Joe Carver, an innocent who evades capture and sets out to make Kapak wish hed chosen someone else. Meanwhile, the real culprit, Jefferson Davis Falkins, and his girlfriend Carrie seem to believe theyve found a whole new profession: robbing Manco Kapak.

Lieutenant Nick Slosser, the detective in charge of the puzzling and increasingly violent case, has his own troubles, including worries about how hes going to afford to send the oldest child of each of his two bigamous marriages to college without making their mothers suspicious. As this odd series of difficulties explodes into a triple killing, Carver finds himself in the middle of a gang war over Kapaks empire, while Falkins and Carrie journey into territory more strange and violent than either had imagined.

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