“Powerful…clever…astonishing…a delicious read.”
—Detroit Free Press
Rum Punch is classic Elmore Leonard—the electrifying thriller that served as the basis for the acclaimed film Jackie Brown by director Quentin Tarantino, starring Pam Grier, Robert DeNiro, and Samuel L. Jackson. Leonard’s story of a not-altogether-blameless flight attendant on the run from her vicious gun-running sometime employer who sees her as a troublesome loose end, Rum Punch is “the King Daddy of crime writers” (Seattle Times) at his sharpest and most ingeniously entertaining. In fact, People magazine calls it, “Leonard’s best work. He brilliantly reaffirms his right to the title of America’s finest crime fiction writer.” Enjoy this sensational noir winner from the creator of the character of U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, lately of TV’s hit series Justified, and see why the great Elmore Leonard stands tall in the company of America’s most legendary crime fiction masters: John D. MacDonald, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, et al.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Elmore Leonard’s 1992 thriller is a darkly funny crime caper, but it’s also a book about midlife crises. From impulsive gunrunner Ordell Robbie to seen-it-all bail bondsman Max Cherry, every one of Leonard’s characters yearns to make a big change before it’s too late. This is especially true of disillusioned flight attendant Jackie Burke, one of Leonard’s most likable antiheroes—her moral dilemma over cooperating with a cocky ATF agent to take down Ordell’s entire operation is at the book’s emotionally complex heart. Set in a stylish, sexy Miami just after the 1991 Gulf War, Rum Punch is filled with enough sudden violence, sarcastic banter, and cigarette smoking to make it feel like a flashy, neon-lit take on classic hardboiled crime novels. We love it just as much as Quentin Tarantino’s film version, Jackie Brown.
Chances offered, taken and passed up are the leitmotif in Leonard's latest bittersweet evocation of petty criminals on the periphery, a five-week PW bestseller and a BOMC featured alternate selection in cloth.
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Finally got through this crap
So bad, so boring.