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The Switch [Mass Market Paperback]

Elmore Leonard
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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May 16 2002

Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara hit it off in prison, where they were both doing time for grand theft auto. Now that they're out, they're joining forces for one big score. The plan is to kidnap the wife of a wealthy Detroit developer and hold her for ransom. But they didn't figure the lowlife husband wouldn't want his lady back. So it's time for Plan B and the opportunity to make a real killing -- with the unlikely help of a beautiful, ticked-off housewife who's hungry for a large helping of sweet revenge.


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An absolute master. -- The Detroit News

The greatest crime writer of our time, perhaps ever! -- The New York Times Book Review

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Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara hit it off in prison, where they were both doing time for grand theft auto. Now that they're out, they're joining forces for one big score. The plan is to kidnap the wife of a wealthy Detroit developer and hold her for ransom. Looks good until they learn the lowlife husband doesn't want his wife back. So it's time for Plan B and the opportunity to make a real killing—with the unlikely help of a beautiful, ticked-off housewife who's hungry for a large helping of sweet revenge.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Switch Dec 24 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Light reading but entertaining novel, Good character development and poetic justice in the end. A worthwhile read if you're a Leonard fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Taranteno recomends,.... May 9 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I live in Michigan. Leonard in a celeb here, but I never read any of his books, until I heard Quentin Taranteno had his cast of "Jackie Brown" read "The Switch" before they started filming.
Yes, I know "Jackie Brown" is the Leonard novel "Rum Punch".
So being a huge Q.T. fan I read "The Switch".
POW!!!
I have a new hero,....his name is Elmore Leonard!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slick, Smart, & Savvy Feb. 28 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Elmore Leonard does it again, with this hip tale of a kidnapping gone horribly right. Crisp dialogue, smartly paced action, great characters. It's unpredictable but always believable. It's Elmore at his finest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing, cool and extremely funny May 18 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Switch" is another great Elmore Leonard read. It's absorbing, cool and extremely funny; you won't want to switch from "The Switch"! SHAFT-like Ordell Robbie and white Louis Gara have just devised a brilliant plan: they're going to kidnap the wife of a multi-million-dollar golfing ...and demand a $1,000,000 ransom. The problem: it turns out the cranky golfer recently filed for devorce! Quite fun and also quite hilarious, it features a variety of characters, not the craziest of which are a cultist Nazi-worshipper and a stoned, sex-loving young 'un looking for...something. A recommended read!
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