Labrava Mass Market Paperback – Jan 16 2003
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"Riveting and exhilarating...terse and tough...Leonard is a master." -- -- New York Newsday
"Terrific...Leonard's best novel so far." -- -- Philadelphia Inquirer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Joe La Brava is an ex-Secret Service agent who gets mixed up in a South Miami Beach scam involving a redneck former cop, a Cuban hit man who moonlights as a go-go dancer, and a one-time movie queen whose world is part make-believe, part deadly dangerous. This is vintage Leonard: fast-moving, pitch-perfect, and utterly, authentically irresistible. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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I first read La Brava when I was in a catch-up and read all of Dutch's books about five or six years ago. I went on this Leonard reading frenzy after a friend of mine told me something I was writing reminded him of second rate Elmore. I wound agreeing with my friend and tossing that project aside. Leonard isn't known for writing overly complex or gimmicky novels. His narratives are short and to the point. He avoids fancy prose and concentrates on his shady characters and shows us who they are by what they do and how they talk.
The characters are why anyone who likes Leonard, reads Leonard. Leonard generally chooses characters that few would make 'heroes' of in their novels. Sleazy characters, low-lifes, good for nothings, three time losers, cheaters, petty criminals, blackmailers, alcoholics, hustlers, drifters and killers are front and center of most of Leonard's novels. He doesn't show them going through a make-over or redemption (usually). He gets inside these people's heads and concocts scenarios for them to act within. Sometimes the scenarios are pretty outrageous, sometimes they are pretty straightforward.
You usually dislike most if not all of the central characters in a Leonard novel. You grow to understand them, perhaps pity them, but you usually don't wind up liking them very much. What's amazing, is how Leonard usually makes you care about them.
In most of his novels, he really presents believable and authentic characters. These characters walk the walk and talk like they really talk. They say and do dumb things. They usually aren't too bright and when they think they are-they usually do something really stupid.Read more ›
Leonard has written the dialogue in some incomprehensible colloquial babble that occasionally loses its meaning. The characters are all uninteresting with the exception of the villain's sidekick and he doesn't feature enough in the story.
To be fair the book does deliver a nice surprise in the middle but then the book meanders along and finishes with a ridiculous tie up that leaves one shaking one's head wondering if Leonard was as bored of the book as I was.
Of all Mr. Leonard's books (and I've read almost all of them), La Brava has always been my favorite. Mr. Leonard crawls inside his characters heads and lets us share what goes on in there. It's great fun and a wonderful read.
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What a great read. Beautifully written, evocative and a page turner.Published 6 months ago by Keinnon
la brava is vintage leonard.its one of his best books by far.joseph la brava is an ex- secret service agent who becomes a photographer. Read morePublished on April 7 2000 by avdr