LaBrava Author:Elmore Leonard LaBrava is vintage Leonard: a blend of the true-to-life and the totally make-believe, the cinematic and the suspenseful, the world we know and a whole lot of worlds we're glad we don't. Only Leonard can concoct such a potent cocktail: one part raw humanity, one part pure insanity, a dash of lethal action, and his irresistible, eccentric spice. — ... more »Joe La Brava is an ex-Secret Service agent who gets mixed up in a South Miami Beach scam involving a redneck former cop, a Cuban hit man who moonlights as a go-go dancer, and a one-time movie queen whose world is part make-believe, part deadly dangerous.
Ex-secret service agent Joseph LaBrava had found paradise in south Miami Beach. The living was easy and actress Jean Shaw was soft, sexy, and seductive. She was also trouble. Because following right behind her white Cadillac was a redneck former cop who specialized in hurting people, a hot-blooded Cuban with a passion for killing, and a .357 Magnum with LaBrava's name on it...« less
Perhaps his best., June 20, 1998
Reviewer: A reader
There's something about Elmore Leonard's dialogue that has always struck me as true to life. I don't know why I know this, I've never met any of the people who populate his books. It's just that they talk to each other in the way that I imagine these people do.
Of all Mr. Leonard's books (and I've read almost all of them), La Brava has always been my favorite. Mr. Leonard crawls inside his characters heads and lets us share what goes on in there. It's great fun and a wonderful read.