Riding The Rap Mass Market Paperback – Apr 7 2010
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In this sequel to Pronto, Harry Arno has retired from bookmaking but is still closing out some of his outstanding debts. But then his collection agent, an ex-con by the name of Bobby Deo, goes to pick up $1,800 from Chip Ganz and ends up getting hired for a hostage-taking operation (like kidnapping "in a way," Chip tells him, "only different. A lot different.") When Harry's taken by his own man, it's up to United States Marshal Raylan Givens to track him down, in the same methodically relentless fashion he tracked Harry that time he ran off to Italy. Throw in a henchman named Louis Lewis with plans of his own and an attractive young psychic named Reverend Dawn, and you've got yet another crime story that'll keep you on the edge of your seat--occasionally chuckling to yourself--straight through to the finish. (And bonus points to loyal Leonard fans who can spot the crossover elements from Rum Punch and Maximum Bob.) --Ron Hogan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Leonard's latest, about a kidnapped bookie, spent two weeks on PW's bestseller list.
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So there's no escape. I like his books. I buy his books. Not just that, I sit back and smoke them, inhaling every last deadbeat, no-gooder he scratches into the story. So what can I say about "Riding the Rap". I liked it, of course.
But I didn't like it as much as the book it follows on from, "Pronto". I don't know whether it would be different if I had read "Riding the Rap" before "Pronto" but do I know it made a big difference to how I read the "Rap".
In "Pronto" I had grown attached to his well drawn character, crack-shot US Marshall/Cowboy, Raylan Givens, so much so that I didn't want to see him come off the rails in any further adventure that Leonard might employ him in. So I had
some misgivings about "Riding the Rap". Fortunately they weren't all well founded.
In this, his latest novel, Leonard is successful in taking his hero to new levels, retaining his character but also revealing new aspects, even letting Givens's law abiding nature rule the plot a little. Givens is again in search
of old acquaintance and almost friend Harry Arno. This time Harry has been kidnapped and is in serious danger of being killed. Leonard turns up the temperature nicely as Givens hunts for Arno while the trio of kidnappers begin to
distrust each other and eventually lose control.
It's a good book. As a crime novel it's still up there and won't disappoint if you're looking for a crackling good yarn. But be warned, Mr Leonard. Your cowboy only has a six-gun. Use your remaining shots wisely.
There should be, instead of Murphy's Law, a Leonard's Law, in which some seemingly simple scheme will inevitably turn complex and twisted when this master of his genre gets hold of it.
In Riding the Rap, we get to revisit Florida Marshall Raylan Givins as he investigates the disappearance of his girlfriend's ex-lover. Don't ask. It's too complicated to go into details in a short book review. Just trust me: it's filled with the usual Leonard people-stew of weirdos, strange scams, superb dialogue full of lingo and slang, and and and and...
Not his very best, but very good stuff.
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A very engaging story that builds on its strange relationships between the characters towards an unexpected conclusion. Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2013 by Omer L. Hageniers
Diologue and character are his trademarks and they are presented in top form here, along with a tight fast tale. Well recommended.Published on Sept. 22 2013 by History Fan
This is Elmore Leonard at his best. A Stetson-wearing hero, a soothsaying love interest, three greedy but likable villains, and--like in all Leonard novels--a story told through... Read morePublished on June 26 2004
elmore leonard is considered one of the best crime writers today.he paints everyday criminals with a certain realisjm and distinction. Read morePublished on July 29 2003 by avdr
I guess even Leonard is entitled to an off day. Somehow this book gets stuck in the mud along the way which is so unlike the usual fare from this terrific writer. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2002 by D. Wolf
I'm not quite sure what I missed when I read Riding the Rap but I obviously missed something. I'm afraid that I can't honestly continue the string of rave reviews. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2002 by Chris MB
Compared to the truly wonderful Elmore Leonard classics, like City Primeval or Fifty-two Pickup, Riding the Rap doesn't come anywhere near the mark. Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2002 by Charlotte Vale-Allen