Of course this book doesn't stack up against most other Leonard novels because it is after all a novelization, and a brief one at that. However, Mr. Majestyk makes for an enjoyable read given the right circumstances and certainly makes for a lot of fun. Tuck this one in your pocket on your way to the beach or the DMV and enjoy it for what it is.
Mr. Majestyk is an interesting read considering that it dodges many of the pitfalls of your typical macho story yet still delivers the goods. First of all, it is the antagonist who wants revenge instead of the other way around. Instead of a simple revenge story (Mr. subliminal now utters "Kill Bill") where the hero/heroine kills everyone that tried to screw them over, Mr Majestyk must stand up to the powerful Frank Renda, who is of course hellbent on revenge. Secondly, Leonard makes interesting use of Majestyk's previous run-in with the law. Instead of your typical story about a guy that tries to go straight but the street life pulls him back in for one big score (um can you say After Hours? and every other novel from the 80's?), Majestyk was actually a straight guy all along. Since Majestyk has no credibility with the authorities, he must cover his own bacon.
Overall, this book is a straight-up story that should be enjoyed for it's simplicity alone. I read it in between Desperation and the Regulators, two very long Stephen King books, and it made for a nice little break. Chances are fellow readers, what you take away from Mr. Majestyk is what you started with. Just make sure to spit out the seeds.