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Out Of Sight [Mass Market Paperback]

Elmore Leonard
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July 11 2002

Jack Foley was busting out of Florida's Glades Prison when he ran head-on into Karen Sisco with a shotgun. Suddenly the world-class gentleman felon was sharing a cramped car trunk with a disarmed federal marshal -- whose Chanel suit cost more than the take from Foley's last bank job -- and the chemistry was working overtime. Here's a lady Jack could fall for in a big way, if she weren't a dedicated representative of the law that he breaks for a living. And as soon as she escapes, he's already missing her. But there are some seriously bad men and a major score waiting for Jack in Motown. And there's a good chance that when his path crosses Karen's again, she's going to be there for business, not pleasure.


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When Jack Foley, a career bank robber, surfaces after tunneling out of a medium-security penitentiary in Florida, he comes face to face with Karen Sisco, a beautiful federal marshal. Though the barrel of her shotgun is pointed right at his face, she doesn't shoot, and Foley's accomplice, Buddy, overpowers her and puts her in the trunk of a car. Foley gets in with her and the car takes off, the escapee seemingly home free. In the cramped darkness of the trunk, the criminal and marshal find they have much in common and by the time the car reaches its destination, the two have become infatuated with each other. After Karen manages to escape, she and Foley try to reconnect outside the confining roles of kidnapper and victim. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Meanwhile, three other Leonard books, Last Stand at Saber River, Touch and Pronto, are in film or TV production.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars From Florida To Detroit, Does Love Win? May 25 2004
Format:Hardcover
Starting in a Florida prison, the opening few chapters of OUT OF SIGHT are set as a frenetic pace as bank robber extraordinaire, Jack Foley plans and executes a daring escape. Helping him in his bid for freedom is his former partner in crime, Buddy who is waiting with a car in the prison car park. Also waiting in the car park happens to be US Marshall Karen Sisco who is sitting in her car, preparing to enter the facility when Foley makes his unexpected appearance. Quickly overpowering her, they stuff her in the trunk of her car with Foley climbing in behind her and Buddy slipping behind the wheel to affect the getaway.
Unbelievably cool in the crisis involved in the jail break, Foley attempts to engage Karen in conversation, even wondering aloud whether it might be possible, if circumstances were different, for the two of them to become attracted to one another. Karen of course is incredulous and wants nothing to do with the escaped prisoner, apart from capturing him and delivering him back to prison. Thinking on the events later, after escaping from Buddy and Foley, she does find herself impressed with Foley's cool head under pressure.
There is a brief lull in the action as we recover from the excitement of the opening scenes and the thought of the next score is placed in Foley's head. This takes the form of a robbery target in Detroit, supposedly a low-risk venture made easier by some local help. After narrowly escaping capture from the US Marshalls that includes another run-in with Karen Sisco, he decides that it's time for a change of scenery and he and Buddy heads north.
By this time, it becomes obvious that there's some sort of weird fascination between Jack Foley and Karen Sisco taking place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Buy! Sept. 1 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
OUT OF SIGHT sounded like a great read, dramatic, fast-paced, and sensual. The synopsis, in fact, greatly understated the quality of this book. Popular author Elmore Leonard provides a sharp, intelligent, quick read in this novel. Bank robber Jack Foley and federal marshal Karen Sisco have an undeniable chemistry that Leonard explores fully in every witty, clever page of this exciting book. The humor is constantly sharp, the dialogue always plausible, and the plot intriguing and sexy. Fans of this novel should definitely see the film version, which is surprisingly true to the plot of the novel. I purchased this book through Amazon.com right after another great purchase, THE LOSERS' CLUB by Richard Perez, about an unlucky writer addicted to the personals. Both are fun, recommended books. Enjoy!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Out of Sight, Out of Mind... March 27 2003
By Paula
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was poorly written. Its plot was somewhat implausible and the characters were anything but dynamic. It seemed more like a screenplay thinly disguised as a novel, as it possessed very little literary merit. I would not recommend this book to anyone who values his or her leisure time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The movie is very close March 10 2002
Format:Hardcover
I picked this up after seeing the great movie with George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, and Ving Rhames. I wanted to see how close to the original the movie came. Yes, it is very close.
The book is very heavy on dialogue. I found this well done. The book moved rapidly, but I felt I understood the characters involved. It is hard to read the book without seeing the actors in the movie, because the words in the script are identical, in places, to the words in the novel.
Some of the characters described by Leonard are not as you would find in the movie. In the book, Buddy (Foley's partner) is described as a white redneck. For Mr. Ripley, the stock swindler, he has little to no part in the novel, just a brief mention.
If you think you shouldn't read the book because you know how it ends, you are mistaken. Without giving details, the ending of the book is not the same as the ending of the movie. It is a quick, but good, ending.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I Suppose He's Done Better Feb. 24 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm new to Elmore Leonard and finally decided to check out his work. I also haven't seen the movie for this book. Since the guy gets so many rave reviews, and his books have been made into movies, and since he's written around thirty books, he must be doing something right. Some of his other books are probably awesome, but I wasn't too impressed by this one. The plot is rather creative, but the twists and turns seem forced as if Leonard was trying desperately to make the action look less predictable. The dialogue is stunted and poorly constructed, with conversations between characters taking abrupt and nonsensical turns, once again in a forced attempt to avoid predictability. The female and non-white characters here are hardly plausible in their actions or speech. The supposed centerpiece of the story, the relationship between Karen the US Marshall and Foley the bad guy, is poorly developed. Their relationship moves along illogically in fits and starts, and their interactions are far from believable. I guess I'll try a different Leonard book and then I'll see what the fuss is about.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not as good as the movie Feb. 3 2002
Format:Paperback
Out of sight is a pretty good book but is not as great as the movie which is strange because typically the other way around. The book still is a great crime novel that would please any fan of elmore leonard.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An offbeat, intriguing crime novel.
What an intriguing, original and awesomely offbeat crime comedy Out of Sight is! I really enjoyed reading this book and it was quite hard to put it down. Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2001 by Hannibal
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time
After reading so many positibve things about Leonard, I was expecting a great crime novel. I was very disappointed. I found the plot cheesy and unbelievable. Read more
Published on July 11 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars A Cops and Robbers Romance Born in a Prison Break
Stories about criminals trying to escape from prison have always fascinated me. They have much of the same appeal as a locked room mystery. Read more
Published on June 5 2001 by Donald Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Made Into a Good Movie!
I own the movie 'Out of Sight' and I wanted to read the book to see how well it was adapted for the screen. To my relief, the movie did not deviate far from the original plot. Read more
Published on May 30 2001 by Leah Jesse
5.0 out of 5 stars A SHOT TO THE GUT.
An absolute winner. Leonard is the master.
Published on May 23 2001 by Waleed Eissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked it a lot...read it in a day!
This is the 2nd Elmore Leonard book I've read & also the 2nd I've finished the same day I started it. Read more
Published on April 22 2001
2.0 out of 5 stars From the Leonard Reviews: Can't escape the cliches
"Out of Sight" starts so strongly--with the escape of legendary con Jack Foley from prison and his whimsical "kidnapping" of federal marshal Karen Cisco--that... Read more
Published on March 27 2001 by Samuel Louis
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