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  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (Jan. 16 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060512237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060512231
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.7 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #756,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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A novelist should include a clever and unique take on a familiar idea if s/he is going to stick to a formula when writing. Leonard fails to do that here. The story is predictable, disappointing and frankly boring.
Leonard has written the dialogue in some incomprehensible colloquial babble that occasionally loses its meaning. The characters are all uninteresting with the exception of the villain's sidekick and he doesn't feature enough in the story.
To be fair the book does deliver a nice surprise in the middle but then the book meanders along and finishes with a ridiculous tie up that leaves one shaking one's head wondering if Leonard was as bored of the book as I was.
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I haven't liked all of Elmore Leonard's novels, but I've enjoyed a lot of them. La Brava is Dutch's (his nickname) best.
I first read La Brava when I was in a catch-up and read all of Dutch's books about five or six years ago. I went on this Leonard reading frenzy after a friend of mine told me something I was writing reminded him of second rate Elmore. I wound agreeing with my friend and tossing that project aside. Leonard isn't known for writing overly complex or gimmicky novels. His narratives are short and to the point. He avoids fancy prose and concentrates on his shady characters and shows us who they are by what they do and how they talk.
The characters are why anyone who likes Leonard, reads Leonard. Leonard generally chooses characters that few would make 'heroes' of in their novels. Sleazy characters, low-lifes, good for nothings, three time losers, cheaters, petty criminals, blackmailers, alcoholics, hustlers, drifters and killers are front and center of most of Leonard's novels. He doesn't show them going through a make-over or redemption (usually). He gets inside these people's heads and concocts scenarios for them to act within. Sometimes the scenarios are pretty outrageous, sometimes they are pretty straightforward.
You usually dislike most if not all of the central characters in a Leonard novel. You grow to understand them, perhaps pity them, but you usually don't wind up liking them very much. What's amazing, is how Leonard usually makes you care about them.
In most of his novels, he really presents believable and authentic characters. These characters walk the walk and talk like they really talk. They say and do dumb things. They usually aren't too bright and when they think they are-they usually do something really stupid.
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By avdr on April 8 2000
Format: Paperback
la brava is vintage leonard.its one of his best books by far.joseph la brava is an ex- secret service agent who becomes a photographer.he meets a once famous actress who is being harassed by two chumps that are looking for an easy score,but thats where la brava steps in.highly recommended.
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By A Customer on Feb. 5 1999
Format: Paperback
Most of leonard's books have complex characters and zero plot, or hey have a complex plot and characters without an ounce of depth (and I LIKE the guy, mind you). "LaBrava" has both. It's Leonard's best book ever. read it. Now.
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By A Customer on June 20 1998
Format: Paperback
There's something about Elmore Leonard's dialogue that has always struck me as true to life. I don't know why I know this, I've never met any of the people who populate his books. It's just that they talk to each other in the way that I imagine these people do.
Of all Mr. Leonard's books (and I've read almost all of them), La Brava has always been my favorite. Mr. Leonard crawls inside his characters heads and lets us share what goes on in there. It's great fun and a wonderful read.
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