Start with an equal measure of Prohibition, rum-running, shoot-outs, outlaws and bank robberies. Throw in some heaping spoonfuls of witty, period appropriate language and love stories. Top with the traditional good guy versus bad guy angle and you get the totally engrossing story, The Hot Kid.
The two central characters of this book are Jack Belmont, a wannabe bank robber, and Carl Webster, US Deputy Marshal. These men encounter each other over and over and every time there is a shoot out, but the men come out unscathed. Eventually one of them will have to come out on top.
The narrator of this book was phenomenal! He had different voices for every character, he could even pull off a half convincing woman. He also had a Western accent that made his portrayal very believable. I picked this audio book off the shelf on a whim, knowing nothing about it but the title, and could not have picked a better book to whisk me away to another time.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a good old American Western!
I've read a great deal of Elmore Leonard over the years and I'm a fan of his writing. I enjoyed THE HOT KID as it is set during an era when characters like Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd, Baby Face Nelson, Bonnie and Clyde, et al dominated the headlines. Mr. Leonard weaves them and their times into this unique story about a surprisingly young US Marshall, Carl Webster, looking to make a name for himself by bringing the hooligans to justice. If you like your fiction laced with realism I think you will enjoy THE HOT KID very much.
I chose this for this month's "Hot" theme in my online book club, The Reading Cove. It didn't take long for me to realize that I'm definitely not the target audience for this book. I couldn't get into it. The writing style felt disjointed and awkward, so the characters and scenes never engaged me. I couldn't get beyond the first 50 pages. Yawn. It just wasn't my cuppa.
Typical Elmore Leonard with a strong main character and lots of well developed supporting characters. Set in the early years of the 20th century with the on-set of the Depression and the Dust Bowl years and the gangsters of that era. Set in Oklahoma with its sense of the Old West and right and wrong. If you like Leonard, you'll like this book.
I have enjoyed many of Elmore Leonard's others books, but not this one. I'm still trying to understand why I wasted my time reading 387 pages. All the characters in this story are two-dimensional and almost all the female characters are basically sluts.