“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.”
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.”
Father and son writers Elmore and Peter Leonard have new novels publishing this spring. Road DogsElmore Leonard. Morrow, (272p) 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.
Leonard's characters have a certain cadence to them, regardless if it a good guy or bad guy. And once you get about 1/3 along the story, you almost always know how the plot is going to unfold. That said, couldn't put it down. One of his best efforts in a career of many.
This book isn’t one of his best but it has super cool slickster Foley in it so the banter you can easily steal and incorporate into your own vocab and be a cool cat too.
Foley's in it, so don’t hurt your neck keeping up with Leonard’s twist and turns…