Rum Punch (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Fiction - 368 pages
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Ordell "Whitebread" Robbie makes a fine living selling illegal high-powered weaponry to the wrong people. Jackie Burke couriers Ordell's profits from Freeport to Miami. But the feds are on to Jackie—and now the aging, but still hot, flight attendant will have to do prison time or play ball, which makes her a prime "loose end" that Ordell needs to tie up permanently. Jackie, however, has other options. And with the help of Max Cherry—an honest but disgruntled bail bondsman looking to get out—she could even end up with a serious nest egg in the process.


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An easy to read but highly enjoyable book. - Goodreads
The most overrated writer of all time. - Goodreads
Funny dialog and a very well thought out plot. - Goodreads
Elmore Leonard's strong point is his characterization. - Goodreads
He is the most "readable" writer. - Goodreads
Interesting characters in a rather convoluted plot. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Samantha - Goodreads

It's not often you can read a crime book with a smart and likable female protagonist, but this fits that bill. It's a page turner. Read full review

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User Review  - Daniel Sloyan - Goodreads

I really like Jackie Brown, so I was curious to read the source material, the main differences are that it takes place in Miami and not LA, and Jackie Brown here is white, there's also more of a role ... Read full review


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Page 64 - This hits the spot," raised his glass, and was looking at bullfight swords in leather scabbards crossed beneath the Sacred Heart of Jesus. There were other mail-order swords on the walls, sabers, a cutlass, a scimitar, several pictures of the Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, different saints; Max recognized one as St. Sebastian, pierced with arrows.
Page 142 - Like going to get change for the paper boy. No apology or acting sheepish about it, wanting to explain. No—you want your gun? And goes to get it. He had come here prepared to treat it lightly. "You get a chance to use that gun you stole on anybody?
Page 53 - You gonna shut up?' She'd start yapping at him and he'd push the pillow down over her face, hold it, lift it off. 'You gonna shut up?
Page 251 - They went in the living room and he said for Louis to call Simone, tell her to get her tail over here, they were waiting on her.
Page 143 - I asked to borrow it you'd say no, and you'd have every right to. Would you like some coffee?
Page 26 - He liked jackboys because they were crazy. They made their living ripping off street dealers for their blow and change and busting into crack houses with assault weapons.
Page 115 - I believe that's a gun pressing against my bone." Jackie said, "You're right. You want to lose it or let go of me?
Page 152 - His driver's license says he's Hulon Miller, Jr., but I doubt if there's anyone outside of his mother calls him Hulon.

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Elmore Leonard wrote forty-five novels and nearly as many western and crime short stories across his highly successful career that spanned more than six decades. Some of his bestsellers include Road Dogs, Up in Honey’s Room, The Hot Kid, Mr. Paradise, Tishomingo Blues, and the critically acclaimed collection of short stories Fire in the Hole. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Rum Punch, which became Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown. Justified, the hit series from FX, is based on Leonard’s character Raylan Givens, who appears in Riding the Rap, Pronto, Raylan and the short story “Fire in the Hole”. He was a recipient of the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA, and the Grand Master Award of the Mystery Writers of America. He was known to many as the ‘Dickens of Detroit’ and was a long-time resident of the Detroit area.

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