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Riding The Rap [Mass Market Paperback]

Elmore Leonard
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April 7 2010
It seemed like a brilliant idea. Three mismatched bad guys--a Palm Beach potted, a Bahamian ex-con, and a Puerto Rican gardener turned mob enforcer--get together to carry out the perfect crime: kidnap retired Miami bookie Harry Arno and let him pay the ransom with his ill-gotten wealth. He can't go to the cops later. No one will miss him. It's perfect. Or so they figure.

They figure wrong. Harry's former girlfriend, ex-topless dancer Joyce Patton, misses him a lot. Now she's sending her current boyfriend, Stetson-hatted federal marshal Raylan Givens, looking for Harry. And Raylan always gets his man. And in this case, he also gets his woman--the last person to see Harry, a sexy psychic named Dawn. Dawn may be clairvoyant, or she may be in on the kidnapping. Either way, she gives Raylan a lead, and he's hunting on Florida's 24-karat Gold Coast for three loco hombres...and trying to bring Harry back alive...

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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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Simple scams usually turn complex in Leonard land, where the author can doubtless choreograph his scammers' moves in his sleep by now; indeed, much of Rap appears to be riding on automatic pilot. Nevertheless, even middling Leonard is as good as anyone else gets on a good day. This darkly witty page-turner returns to the vexed, triangular relationship of Florida marshal Raylan Givens, his girlfriend, Joyce, and her ex-lover, the aging bookie Harry Arno (all seen previously in Pronto). When Harry disappears while chasing down a tardy debtor named Chip Ganz, Joyce admonishes Raylan to investigate. It turns out Chip is a middle-aged pothead living in his mother's seedy beach mansion, whose stoned analysis of televised hostage situations has fueled a baroque kidnapping scheme, into which Harry has stumbled. Like many a Leonard bad guy, Ganz only talks a good game. It falls upon an ex-con and his preening psychotic cohort to execute the caper, with help from an alluring psychic. Raylan's probe takes him into a shadowy New Age subculture of Tarot readings and Hugger conventions, which Leonard limns with characteristic grit and black humor. Ultimately, however, the story lacks the high voltage of Leonard's best work.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Raylan Givens returns to help out Harry Arno who's been kidnapped by three hapless criminals led by Chip, a skinny, sixty-something hippy living in the house of his hospitalized mother. As in other Leonard novels, there is no honour among thieves which eventually leads to their undoing. In the mean-time, Raylan Givens must unravel the mystery of Harry’s disappearance and location before he can be taken to environs unknown. Raylan uses his own methods of legal jurisprudence and enforcement not entirely in keeping with the marshal service that employs him. Nevertheless, his cowboy ethics make him a favourite with the ladies and many a reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An extremely good read Sept. 30 2013
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A very engaging story that builds on its strange relationships between the characters towards an unexpected conclusion. Leonard's genius is fully brought out in this tale of love and intrigue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as expected!! Sept. 22 2013
Diologue and character are his trademarks and they are presented in top form here, along with a tight fast tale. Well recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riding the Rap June 26 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 dialogue and not showy exposition . . . how could you go wrong? And if you really want to be entertained, buy the audio version read by the brilliant Frank Muller.
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4.0 out of 5 stars God bless Elmore Leonard Nov. 3 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
There's hardly ever a truly good guy in Leonard's books. Even the best of his protagonists who ride in on white horses to slay evil dragons have a dark side, a dark secret, or a dark sin. And the worst of the baddies all have some marvelous redeeming or hilarious quality that makes you root for them now and then.
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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3.0 out of 5 stars elmore leonard July 29 2003
By avdr
Format:Mass Market Paperback
elmore leonard is considered one of the best crime writers today.he paints everyday criminals with a certain realisjm and distinction.in riding the rap, an ex mobster gets kidnapped by a guy who owes him money and two other guys.they plan on emptying his bank account and running off to the bahamas.that's when federal marshal raylan givens goes out to bring the ex mobster back safe and sound as a favor to his girlfriend.a gardner, an ex stripper and a fortune teller are only a few of the players in this crime caper.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An introduction to E.L. May 27 2003
By J Brown
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have not read many crime novels in my days, but i did really enjoy Riding the Rap. It was a fairly easy read which made it good to fly through it in a couple sittings. I really liked the story and like how the plot developed throughout the book. The characters all seemed to very well developed and interesting. I have not read any other Leonard books, but i will definetly seek to read more. I would recommend this book if you are looking for a simple read that will not take a whole lot of energy or time, but are looking for something exciting that will keep you interested until the end. It was not a real crime thriller or focus too much on the legality of the whole situation. As i read it, i was simply riding along with the characters as they proceeded on their journey of trying to become very wealthy. They simplicity of the story made it easy to stay interested and did not have a lot of low points. I hope that as i read more of Elmore Leonard, i can be as motivated as to get to the end as i was with this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Awwwwww.... not his best Nov. 4 2002
By D. Wolf
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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.
The story is about a policeman who's trying to help an old friend that was kidnapped. Unfortunately, after a great beginning, the plot gets kidnapped and dies in an uninteresting shoot-out at the book's conclusion.
I'll still keep reading Elmore Leonard's stuff because he so rarely misses. Buy this one at a discount and read it on a plane; if you don't finish and accidentally leave it on your seat when you land, you won't have missed too much.
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