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am 10. Juni 1998
This is the second time I've been priveleged to enter the world of Elroy Leonard, a world peopled by a multitude of hip, wierd, complex and most importantly believable characters. The other book I read was written some 20 years ago and it's amazing that one of his latest books, Riding The Rap, is so bang up to date. References to Resevoir Dogs no less! Rayland Givens, the good guy of the piece, is a great character: a good guy but with enough ambivalence about what he does and why he does it to keep him interesting and you guessing what his next move will be. Is the phsycic reverend really phsycic or is it all just a clever charade? And what will Bobby Deo, the cool dude hoodlum with the penchant for pruning, do next? Leonard gets you asking all these questions and, with a masterfully paced and ecomomical style keeps you turning the pages to find out the answer which, believe me, will not disappoint you. Alltogether a cracking read and I'm pleased as (rum!) punch to find out that Givens appears in another Leonard novel. I can't wait to reaquaint myself with the taciturn and straight shooting Texas ranger and another bunch of Leonard lowlifes!
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am 26. November 1999
Having read other books by Leonard, I found "Riding the Gap" to be weak in comparison. The book is a tale of three unlikable hoods who kidnap a bookie with the intention of getting him to give them money he has in an offshore account. The kidnapping is investigated by a marshal, Raylan, who is a likable main character, but that's about it. He seems to stumble thorugh his investiagtion. There are few plot twists and little surprise. If this is the first Leonard novel you read, then you will probably enjoy it more than a seasoned reader and writer of hard boiled mysteries like myself. Instead of reading this book, try get "Get Shorty" by Leonard and then come back to this one. You will then recognize the tremendous skill of this writer.
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am 22. September 1998
This was my first Elmore novel, and it's made me eager to check out the rest. I'm a big fan of super-tough cops, and Raylon is right up there. Throw in a cast that's a little bit too ecclectic for the reader to take seriously, and you've got a book that you can't put down. My only problem was that we didn't really get to know anyone, they were all dynamic people, but I didn't think that most of them were three dimensional. And we didn't get enough of a look inside Raylon's mind. But the book goes so fast, any plot holes or gaffes are just brushed aside because the story is just that good. It's the most entertaining kidnapping and rescue you'll ever read.
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am 11. Juli 2000
This was my first Elmore Leonard. I came to him through Martin Amis's recommendation, thinking that any prose good enough for Martin would be good enough for me. I wasn't disappointed. 'Riding the Rap' is unashamedly light reading, what another reviewer rightly called a 'guilty pleasure', but on its own terms it is a really first-rate piece of craftsmanship. The characters are interesting -- they're all a little skewed; the dialogue outstanding; and there's a rich vein of humour, much of it quite broad, running through the book. On the strength of this one, I'll be reading more Elmore Leonard.
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am 12. Juni 2000
And just like one it's fast, furious, and can be fun. But at the end you are asking yourself "So what?" Just don't ask that question and you'll be set. This is one of the more cinematic Elmore Leonard books (and I've read about 10). Suprised it hasn't been made into one of those late at night Showtime type of action flicks. It could be done really low budget and has great dialogue. Oh yeah and its great to see Quentin Tarantino influencing Elmore Leonard for a change. Fun ride.
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am 24. Juli 1999
I'd not read an Elmore Leonard book prior to this, and by the end I could tell why his books sell so well. It's very much a "beach book," guilty pleasure type of experience. The plot is what I gather to be standard Leonard fare, cops and robbers running around in Florida getting in odd situations and spouting wise-a** remarks left and right. It's all very diverting, but don't expect anything lasting.
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am 22. September 1998
Add up a simplistic plot, an extremely small set of characters, some underdeveloped dialog and you get 'Riding the Rap'.
As a fan of Bunker, Leonard, Tarantino, et. al., I was expecting more effort on EL's part. It's almost as if this was written in a few weeks to fulfill some clause in a contract.
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am 25. März 2000
The sentences are well written. Leonard describes things well. But it was a slow read. Everything was leading up to the last few pages, where the only action occurred. He could have had those pages, plus a few before them, and had a good short story. But for a novel, it's too thin.
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am 13. April 1998
AMAZING! ONE OF MY FAVORITE NOVELS! LEONARD'S BEST! UNFORGETTABLE! A GREAT SEQUEL TO "PRONTO"!
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