Road Dogs Author:Elmore Leonard Legendary New York Times bestselling author Elmore Leonard returns with three of his favorite characters: Jack Foley from Out of Sight, Cundo Rey from LaBrava, and Dawn Navarro from Riding the Rap. — Jack Foley, the charming bank robber from Out of Sight, is serving a thirty-year sentence in a Miami penitentiary... more », but he's made an unlikely friend on the inside who just might be able to do something about that. Fellow inmate Cundo Rey, an extremely wealthy Cuban criminal, arranges for Foley's sentence to be reduced from thirty years to three months, and when Jack is released just two weeks ahead of Cundo, he agrees to wait for him in Venice Beach, California.
Also waiting for Cundo is his common-law wife, Dawn Navarro, a professional psychic with a slightly ulterior motive for staying with Cundo: namely, she wants his money. And with the arrival of Jack, she sees the perfect partner in a plan to relieve Cundo of his fortune. Cundo may be Jack's friend, but does that mean he can trust him? And can either of them trust Dawn?
Road Dogs is Elmore Leonard at his best -- with his trademark tight plotting and pitch-perfect dialogue -- and readers will love seeing Cundo, Jack, and Dawn back in action and working together...or are they?« less
While I've always enjoyed a lot of Elmore Leonard's books before and I think he's still a great writer, I found this book disappointing. Maybe I'm just getting tired of charming con men/women/scam artist stories. I guess I feel like the American people have been scammed enough by Wall Street, corporate CEOs, mortgage lenders, big banks, and Congress; having to read about another scam artist (even if he/she is charming!) is getting old.
As with most if not all Elmore Leonard stories, you can picture the characters as the story unfolds and hear the dialogue - a movie script in text format. This is fresh and inventive as compared to some of his others, but the Elmore Leonard style is still intact. Deceit follows upon deception in this story. Hardened ex-cons try their best to out-con one another and yet the cast has human characteristics as appropriate to an author aging gracefully. A good read and another superior entry for the long list of Leonard tales.