Synopses & Reviews
“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.”
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.”
"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.)
"[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)
"[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
"[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
"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
Road Dogs is Leonard at his best — with his trademark tight plotting and pitch-perfect dialogue — and readers are sure to love seeing Cundo Rey, Jack Foley, and Dawn Navarro back in action and working together...or are they?
Jack Foley and Cundo Rey are road dogs: trusted jailhouse comrades watching each other's back. They're so tight, Cundo's using his own money and his shark lady lawyer to get Foley's sentence reduced from thirty years to three months. And when Jack gets out, the wealthy Cuban criminal wants him to stay in Cundo's multimillion dollar Venice Beach house — right across from the one where Cundo's common-law wife, professional psychic Dawn Navarro, resides.
There will certainly be some payback expected, though Jack can't figure out what. Sexy Dawn's intentions are a lot clearer. But Cundo's coming home earlier than anticipated, and Jack smells a double-cross cooking — the kind that could turn a road dog into road kill.
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.