Bandits: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Fiction - 368 pages
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“Almost unbearable suspense. Leonard has produced another winner.”
—People

A wild ride with “the coolest, hottest writer in America” (Chicago Tribune), Bandits has everything Elmore Leonard fans love: non-stop thrills, unexpected twists and turns, unforgettable characters, and the most razor-sharp dialogue being rapidly exchanged anywhere in the crime fiction genre. Leonard stands tall among the all-time greats (John D. MacDonald, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain) and towers far above most of the writers currently plying the noir fiction trade. The master who created U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, currently of the hit TV series Justified, is at the top of his game, ensnaring readers in an ingenious plot hatched by a former jewel thief and a radical ex-nun to scam millions from a sadistic Nicaraguan colonel. In fact, the Philadelphia Inquirer says Bandits “may well be his best.” Read it and decide for yourself.

 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
15
Section 3
37
Section 4
53
Section 5
73
Section 6
87
Section 7
105
Section 8
127
Section 16
247
Section 17
267
Section 18
285
Section 19
299
Section 20
309
Section 21
321
Section 22
337
Section 23
351

Section 9
143
Section 10
155
Section 11
171
Section 12
185
Section 13
197
Section 14
217
Section 15
233
Section 24
363
Section 25
383
Section 26
395
Section 27
411
Section 28
419
Section 29
425
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About the author (2009)

Elmore Leonard wrote more than forty books during his long career, including the bestsellers Raylan, Tishomingo Blues, Be Cool, Get Shorty, and Rum Punch, as well as the acclaimed collection When the Women Come Out to Dance, which was a New York Times Notable Book. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty and Out of Sight. The short story "Fire in the Hole," and three books, including Raylan, were the basis for the FX hit show Justified. Leonard received the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He died in 2013.

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