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Pronto: A Novel
Pronto A Novel
Author: Elmore Leonard
The feds want Miami bookmaker Harry Arno to squeal on his wiseguy boss. So they?re putting word out on the street that Arno?s skimming profits from ?Jimmy Cap? Capotorto?which he is, but everybody does it. Harry was planning to retire to Italy someday anyway, so he figures now?s a good time to get lost. U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens knows Harry?s t...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780062120335
ISBN-10: 0062120336
Publication Date: 1/3/2012
Pages: 400
Edition: Reprint
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Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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From Publishers Weekly
From sly title through breath-stopping climax to funny wrap-up, readers will relish Leonard's ( Maximum Bob ) latest roller coaster ride. South Miami Beach bookie Harry Arno has been skimming from his mafia bosses for years. After a ruthless FBI man spreads a rumor to that effect, in an attempt to get Harry to testify against his boss, "Jimmy Cap," the 66-year-old bookie splits early on his long-planned retirement in Rapallo, Italy. Rapallo is soon mobbed, so to speak, as Harry is joined by his girlfriend, his new bodyguard, Jimmy Cap's Italian-born enforcer "the Zip," a handful of Italian thugs and a deputy U.S. Marshal, Raylan Givens. All engage in a deadly dance before Raylan manages to get most of the good guys back to Miami, where the dance begins again. Leonard's spare language and propulsive plotting still leave room for expositions of Sicilian slang, gamblers' lingo and Ezra Pound's private life. His colorful characters work together splendidly, especially the top trio: Harry, whose drinking, posturing and willfulness endanger everybody; the lethal Zip, who models himself, literally, on Frank Costello; and Raylan, whose Stetson and apparent goofiness mask a hard past in bloody Harlan County, Ky. The only problem with the book is that it ends. BOMC and QPB selection; major ad/promo; author tour.
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