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Dell Publishing Company, 1976 - Fiction - 240 pages
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Three guys with illegal expertise, a plan to snag a tax-free hundred grand, and a taste for summertime Detroit's sweet life. But it means committing armed robbery. And being smart enough to get away with it.

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The plot is as straightforward as Leonard's writing. - Goodreads
The plot is so-so with the ending not so believable. - Goodreads
The prose is sparse and simple. - Goodreads
Excellent writing and plotting. - Goodreads
Super character development and story. - Goodreads
Pace, action, and fun packed in a short book. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Barry Fulton - Goodreads

Elmore Leonard is the master of understatement. Two lowlife characters set out to knock off small stores, then get greedy, and end up in a predictible fix with the law. Nothing special about the story ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jack Cheng - Goodreads

Enjoyable, but not super distinctive. Stick robs Frank Ryan, a used car salesman and aspiring criminal who sees an opportunity and potential partner in Stick. Ryan has been thinking about a criminal ... Read full review


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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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