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Maximum Bob
Maximum Bob
Author: Elmore Leonard
Skirt-chasing, orchid-raising Florida judge "Maximum" Bob Gibbs has made a career of oversentencing convicted felons. He's thrown the book at so many that it's beginning to look like one of them may be planning to throw it back at him. But assassination isn't the worst of the judge's problems. He's got to get his whacked-out wife Leanne out of P...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780440212188
ISBN-10: 0440212189
Publication Date: 6/1/1992
Pages: 352
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.

3.2 stars, based on 44 ratings
Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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This was the first Leonard novel I read and it delighted me. Leonard is famous for his dialogue, which feels real, and often he can be very funny. I was particularly impressed with his grace in depicting sex and violence, which occur in moderate doses in his books. His characters tend to be criminals, some of them very scummy types, but he does not rub your face in gore and cruelty. Has a great ability to depict sort of red-neck hillbilly types with affection but without illusion. Good portrayal of cops as well.
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This is another good read from Elmore Leonard. His great skill is giving us convincing "slice-of-life" stories from a sordid world, filled with intriguing and often unsavory characters. Don't expect happy, tidy endings. Go along for the ride and enjoy Leonard's vision and voice.
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Maximum Bob, the skirt-chasing, Florida judge has made a career of oversentencing vonvicted felons. Assasination isn't his only worry. His wife, who suffers multiple personality disorder, is embarrassing the family in Palm Beach. As bullets start flying, they all become tangled with a gang of smart crooks, foolish love and sweet revenge.
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From Publishers Weekly: "Darker than his usual fare (something very bad occurs to a good guy), Leonard's latest is no less excellent. Elvin Crowe, of a habitually criminal Florida family, is out of jail and looking to run a scam on rich probationer Dr. Tommy Vasco, ex-friend (lover?) of Elvin's prison boyfriend. Turns out that all three were sentenced by illiberal Palm Beach County judge Bob Isom Gibbs, aka Maximum Bob. For $10,000 Elvin contracts to kill Gibbs, wondering if he can get more out of Dr. Tommy. Meanwhile Gibbs is trying to scare off his weird young wife, Leanne, a possible psychic sharing a body with Wanda Grace, a dead slave girl. Racist and sexist as any redneck, Gibbs has eyes for young Kathy Diaz Baker, probation officer for Elvin, Elvin's nephew and eventually Dr. Tommy. Still angry about a failed marriage to an Anglo cad, Kathy meets youngish detective Gary Hammond. They start working together (Who brought a gator to Gibbs's house? Who shot at the house? What's Elvin up to with Dr. Tommy?) and fall in love. Leonard's suspense, pace, humor and ear (probation officers talking shop, e.g.) are as wonderful, dry and true as ever."
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