This is typical Leonard. Laughing all the way.
If it's Elmore Leonard, there's bound to be an edge: comedy threatening to turn tragic as characters try to scratch itches they can't quite reach. This time there's so much scratching, you'd think the story was set in a swamp. Actually, it begins in one, as legendary bank robber Jack Foley escapes from prison in Florida's Everglades only to find himself in the trunk of a car alongside federal marshall Karen Sisco, an involuntary participant. Jack has been in prison a long time so the idea of being squashed up against an attractive female, even in less than ideal circumstances, has its merits, while Karen, who's always had a fondness for courting danger, feels a little frisson herself. Both escape the trunk without damage, leaving Karen to track Jack on the road to Detroit, ostensibly to apprehend him but maybe to get to know him better. Jack is even more smitten, so much so that while he's supposed to be helping a couple of con cronies plan a quick score in the Detroit suburbs, he's actually daydreaming about what it would have been like if he'd met Karen in a more conventional way. There's the edge that drives this exhilarating if melancholy tragicomedy: the yearning to be somebody else, to be able to do it a different way. Jack reminds Karen of Harry Dean Stanton in Repo Man: "both real guys who seemed tired of who they were, but couldn't do anything about it." You don't have to be a bank robber to feel that way, of course, which is why an Elmore Leonard edge cuts in several directions. A modern master still cruising at the top of his form. Bill Ott
I liked the book and don't fully understand the 3 star review but perhaps some don't like the twist of comedy. I give it a 4 star and enjoyed the book. Fairly fast, enjoyable read.
I love Elmore Leonard and this is one of his best.
This book was also made into a movie. It's a little different in that the good guy (U.S.Deputy Marshal Karen Sisco)falls for a bad guy (Jack Foley) who is not innocent.
Great book, even better than the George Clooney movie.
Deputy marshal Karen Sisco interacts well with a bank robber prison escapee. This book fathered a good, but short-lived tv series, and the George Clooney/J Lo movie.
Whether or not you will enjoy this book largely depends on how you feel about minimalist writing. That is, writing with a bare minimum level of detail or explanation. Elmore Leonard is an expert in the form. Unfortunately, it just doesn't appeal to me much. There were many parts where I longed for a fair bit more than I was given, and leaps in events that make little or no logical sense in light of the story provided. Even when things seem to go the way that they logically feel as though they should, the explanations and reasoning provided felt off. It was certainly not a bad book, by any means, but is definitely one that involves a very particular writing style that will only truly appeal to a particular audience. I just wasn't able to suspend my disbelief quite enough for it to really work for me. Oddly enough, I did like some of the characters and events quite a lot, given the minimalist style. So, it clearly wasn't something I could say I disliked.
Decked out in her black Chanel suit and heels, deputy U.S. marshal Karen Sisco has driven up to Glades, one of Florida's medium security joints, to serve some papers. It's a boring job, but somebody's got to do it. She doesn't expect to arrive in the middle of a prison break. Or end up swapping spit with legendary bank robber Jack Foley.
A three-time loser doing thirty years, Jack is ready to run for what is left of his life. But karen Sisco stands between him and his getaway car. When he orders her into the trunk and climbs in behind her, the last thing he expects is to fall for her. But there's no accounting for chemistry.
Before Karen escapes Jack' clutches, these two opposites have attracted. Now Jack's ducking several law enforcement agencies as he heads for Detroit and the biggest heist of his career. The chase is on to bring him in. And nobody wants to catch Jack more than Karen ... even if she has to shoot him first. Ain't love grand.
Another great Leonard crime novel. Great dialogue. Love the interplay between main character Jack Foley and U.S. Marshall Karen Sisco. Makes me want to rent the movie with Clooney as Foley.