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Out Of Sight [Mass Market Paperback]

Elmore Leonard
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Book Description

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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3.0 out of 5 stars I Suppose He's Done Better Feb. 23 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 An offbeat, intriguing crime novel. Aug. 10 2001
Format:Paperback
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. Sure, the movie is better but this still remains a sassy story with guns, sex, robbery, escape and action. All of these genres are timed impeccably well and we get into the story straight away. The main characters unfortunately aren't described very well in terms of appearance, but we can sort of picture them out ourselves using Leonard's great description of the characters actions, what they're like and what they feel. The humour in this book is black and devious, just the way I like it. The best parts of this book are when the two main characters, Karen and Jack, are together. The writing in these chapters is really relaxed, cool and really easy to get into. You actually want to find out what happens to them. I think the ending came a bit too fast, but I still really enjoyed reading it. The memorable characters, original story, meaty chapters and offbeat brilliance make this book really worth the while.
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Format:Paperback
Stories about criminals trying to escape from prison have always fascinated me. They have much of the same appeal as a locked room mystery. And they also have the possibility of a good tale covering the chase after the prison is left behind. In Out of Sight, Elmore Leonard has created the most unique prison escape story that I have ever read.
Here's the situation. Jack Foley, a career bank robber, has thought of a way to use a planned escape by some other convicts to help him get out. Everything goes smoothly until . . . the way out ends up being covered by a deputy U.S. marshal carrying a shotgun who's visiting the prison to serve a subpoena. What now?
Sound interesting?
Then, Mr. Leonard throws in a role reversal. The deputy is an attractive 28 year-old woman wearing designer clothes.
I think that many of the best novels are those that propose a totally unique situation, and then let the characters deal with the situation. That seems to be how this book was written, and it's fascinating.
She doesn't shoot. He ends up taking her along, and riding in the trunk with her. They start talking . . . and discover they are interested in each other. What if they had met in some other way?
She escapes. Foley's on the run, and she's after him. What will happen to them?
As usual, the dialogue reflects Mr. Leonard's almost-perfect ear for spoken language.
Mr. Leonard's famous wit concerning the foibles of criminals is in evidence in almost every paragraph. If you are ready for lots of laughs from a crime novel, this book may well appeal to you. In fact, the book will remind you a lot of the romantic comedies that the two main characters find that they both adore. Don't be surprised if you are asked to suspend your disbelief from time to time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Buy!
OUT OF SIGHT sounded like a great read, dramatic, fast-paced, and sensual. The synopsis, in fact, greatly understated the quality of this book. Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Out of Sight, Out of Mind...
This book was poorly written. Its plot was somewhat implausible and the characters were anything but dynamic. Read more
Published on March 27 2003 by Paula
4.0 out of 5 stars The movie is very close
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. Read more
Published on March 10 2002 by Jeffrey Leeper
4.0 out of 5 stars not as good as the movie
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2002 by Neel Aroon
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 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 29 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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