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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (Nov. 10 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062121596
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062121592
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #247,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ironworker Wayne Colson has come to the real estate office where his wife, Carmen, works at the worst possible time: while Ojibway Indian hit man Armand Degas and loose cannon Richie Nix are there to shake down Carmen’s boss. Unable to help himself, Wayne steps into harm’s way . . . and sends the two malefactors out the door bleeding. Now the shooter-for-hire and his ex-con partner are after the Colsons and there’s little the state police and local law enforcement can do about it. The best the feds can offer is the Witness Security Program. So it’s coming down to just Wayne and Carmen—and ultimately to Carmen herself—to deal with two rough-trade misfits with murder on their minds.

About the Author

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 includeRoad Dogs, Up in Honey's Room, The Hot Kid, Mr. Paradise, Tishomingo Blues, and the critically acclaimed collection of short storiesFire in the Hole. Many of his books have been made into movies, includingGet Shorty, Out of Sight, andRum Punch, which became Quentin Tarantino'sJackie Brown.Justified, the hit series from FX, is based on Leonard's character Raylan Givens, who appears inRiding the Rap, Pronto,Raylanand 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Classic Elmore Leonard May 25 2013
By Mark Rubinstein - Published on
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What can one say when the master slams out another winner? "Killshot" is a taut, compelling tale involving a married couple who inadvertently witness a crime, and must then enter the federal Witness Protection Program. The criminals pursue them relentlessly, and the novel is written in the typical style of Mr. Leonard--great dialogue, scenic realism, and characters who live and breathe on the page. A wonderful crime novel from the king of crime novelists.

Mark Rubinstein,
Author of "Mad Dog House" and "Love Gone Mad"
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Unique Nov. 28 2012
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This is very well written. It's unique. It's violent. It's a unique view into a world that hopefully most of us will never be exposed to.
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Hard-to-root-for characters Sept. 21 2013
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I enjoyed the dialog of the characters and the writing was well-done, but except for the main female, I didn't like any of the characters. Considering that the book is written from the POV of multiple characters that I disliked, I just didn't enjoy reading it.

Elmore Leonard style reminded me somewhat of Robert Parker's style, but I enjoyed Parker's characters much better, even though they also tend to be flawed.

I picked up the book because I enjoy the TV series Justified and wanted to find the author who the show is based upon. I probably wouldn't read another one, and I'm disappointed about that.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Killshot:by Elmore Leonard Nov. 27 2012
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Fantastic. I loved it. Elmore Leonard is one of my favorite authors, and he takes you along with him for a ride in every book he writes.
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The antagonists (especially Armand) were better developed and downright scary at times Oct. 22 2014
By Wanjoo Kim - Published on
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A decent yarn, but I found the husband and wife rather flat and unconvincing. The antagonists (especially Armand) were better developed and downright scary at times. The plot seemed a stretch at times but that said the story would probably morph well into a screenplay.