- Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: HarperTorch; Reprint edition (Jan. 28 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060084065
- ISBN-13: 978-0060084066
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.1 x 17.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 499 g
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #215,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Hunted Mass Market Paperback – Jan 28 2003
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From the Back Cover
Al Rosen was doing just fine, hiding out in Israel -- until he decided to play Good Samaritan and rescue some elderly tourists from a hotel fire. Now his picture's been carried in the stateside press, and the guys he's been hiding from know exactly where he is. And they're coming to get him -- crooked lawyers, men with guns and money, and assorted members of the Detroit mob who are harboring a serious grudge. Playtime in paradise is officially over; Rosen's a million miles from home with a bull's eye on his back. And his only ally is a U.S. Embassy marine who's been looking for a war . . . and who's damn well found one.
About the Author
Elmore Leonard wrote more than forty books during his long career, including the bestsellers Raylan, Tishomingo Blues, Be Cool, Get Shorty, and Rum Punch, as well as the acclaimed collection When the Women Come Out to Dance, which was a New York Times Notable Book. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty and Out of Sight. The short story "Fire in the Hole," and three books, including Raylan, were the basis for the FX hit show Justified. Leonard received the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He died in 2013.
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What's interesting is that this book was originally published in '77, and back then, Leonard actually bothered to cook up some pretty good stories (especially in The Switch). So you can read The Hunted as a harbinger of modern Leonard. He starts with three or four good characters (the no-BS middle-aged hero; the black-guy-and-white-guy likeable hoodlum team; the attractive young woman who knows how to watch out for herself). He has them sit around in bars, cars and hotels staring at each other. Eventually, there's a showdown. No twists, no real surprises.
OK, fine. But as far as I can recall, every single Leonard book since the mid-1980s has gone the same way. I suspect Leonard starts with the showdown, then works backward to figure out how it developed. This guarantees lots of filler; you get the feeling Leonard gets a kick out of showing you his cast of characters, and another out of his climax, and doesn't much care about the stuff in between. Hence cars, bars, hotel rooms.
His hero, Rosen, who has done the dirty to a mobster hides out in israel where he believes he will not be found. A freak incident leads to his photograph outside a hotel in Israel being published in an American newspaper and his whereabouts being discovered.
In the ensuing story, which no Leonard fan will want to miss, Rosen is pursued and the story makes for exciting reading, BUT it is not vintage Leaonard mainly, I think, because it is not set in the USA. It lacks some of the usual black humour one finds throughout Leonard's ouevre and somehow, it is less moral than Leonard's books usually are.
But get it to complete your Leonard collection - he is still the best crime writer writing !
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