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on March 27, 2001
"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 it's a shame that it runs out of steam so quickly. While Foley is a charming old-world criminal, and Cisco one of Leonard's strongest female characters--a complex mix of Rambo and Daddy's girl--that it's a shame how Leonard manufactures a series of threadbare plot devices to bring them together: stakeouts and near-misses; minor characters who fill up pages but amount to nothing; lots of south Florida "atmosphere." It's almost a textbook example of the Master running on autopilot--or on auto-Hollywood. Yes, it's worth reading, as almost all decent Leonard books are, but certainly not worth owning.
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on December 23, 1999
I came to this book completely open minded having never seen the film, knowing nothing of the plot and having never read an Elmore Leonard book before. I was really disappointed. It was a nice enough story but i thought neither character was particularly likeable and it was SO FULL of cliches. Maybe i am missing the point. I guess if you like other Elmore Leonard stuff you might like this (i read Touch and didn't think much of that either) or maybe if you like the film...
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on March 27, 2003
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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on June 5, 1999
I was dissapointed by the lack of realism and and the confusing plot line. Jack Foley was a little to much of a nice guy for a guy who was probably someone's Bit?h. The movie was better. Read the book only if your a hard-core Leonard fan.
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on August 6, 1999
This isn't a novel it's a screenplay: dialogue, some location shots, minimal character development. I couldn't finish this book, it was too painful. My first Leonard book and my last.
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