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.
I like Elmore Leonard and this was as good as he usually does. I would tell people to read it.
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.