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Random House, Dec 1, 1994 - Fiction - 384 pages
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Well-known South Miami Beach bookie Harry Arno was grossing seven thousand a week running sports bets. He split fifty-fifty with local wiseguy Jimmy Capotorto, aka Jimmy Cap, but by skimming off the top for twenty years, Harry had stashed away enough to retire. Everything was set for his name-change and vanishing act to the Italian Riviera with his girlfirend, Joyce (Joy, when she was a topless dancer), right after the Super Bowl. Harry Arno felt like a lucky man.
He felt wrong. An FBI assault on organized crime had targeted Jimmy Cap, and Harry was set up as the fall guy to help them do it. Now "Zip," a Sicilian in a classic black suit, had a reason to want Harry dead. Raylan Givens, a Stetson-wearing U.S. marshal, had the job of keeping him alive. And from Miami to Rapallo, Italy, Harry Arno had plans of his own to clean up the past, guarantee his future...and let drawling Raylan Givens go one-on-one across two continents with the mob.

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Decent, sparse writing and an ok plot. - Goodreads
So the writing is terrible, it is choppy. - Goodreads
Good introduction to Raylan Givvens. - Goodreads
Spare, clean, and really strong ending. - Goodreads
The prose is crisp, self-aware, and easily ironic. - Goodreads
The grammar is terrible, making it difficult to read. - Goodreads

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I'm surprised this book isn't rated higher, because it does pretty much exactly what it sets out to do. It's a quick, light read, and the depictions of both Raylan and Harry are fun character studies ... Read full review

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About the author (1994)

Elmore John Leonard, Jr. 10/11/25 -- 8/20/13 Elmore John Leonard, Jr., popularly known as mystery and western writer Elmore Leonard, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 11, 1925. He served in the United States Naval Reserve from 1943 to 1946. He received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Detroit in 1950. After graduating, he wrote short stories and western novels as well as advertising and education film scripts. In 1967, he began to write full-time and received several awards including the 1977 Western Writers of America award and the 1984 Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe award. His other works include Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk, 3:10 to Yuma, and Rum Punch. Many of his works were adapted into movies. Library of America recently announced plans to publish the first of a three-volume collection of his books beginning in the Fall of 2014. Leonard died on August 20, 2013 from complications of a stroke he had earlier. He was 87 years old.

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