Author(s): Elmore Leonard
Cundo Rey says Jack Foley is the only white guy in prison he can trust. Foley is the celebrity bank robber from Out of Sight; Cundo, last seen in LaBrava, is a millionaire hustler doing time for first degree. Foley was laid low on a job he should have carried off, and his thirty years aren't going quick. When he escapes he's marched back inside by one Karen Sisco - though not, of course, before they catch up. But then Cundo pays a hot attorney to get Foley's time reduced. Thirty years turn to thirty months and the golden boy drags himself from Karen to see to Cundo's affairs - as any good Road Dog should. Waiting for Cundo in Venice, California, is his 'wife', Dawn Navarro, the seductive psychic from Riding the Rap. Waiting for Foley is Lou Adams, a rogue FBI man and no stranger to a grudge. But with two weeks' grace till Cundo walks free, Foley has other things on his mind - like getting a bit too friendly with his prison buddy's wife. Their pillow talk: screwing the real estate man for all that he's worth. Soon Cundo's back, with some favours of his own to ask the man whose freedom cost him thirty grand. But who can double - or triple - cross the other players first? With a lovable but lethal cast on a collision course for the swag, Elmore Leonard's high-octane thrills show no sign of letting up.
'The next time the members of the Swedish Academy think about giving the Nobel Prize for Literature to an American, they should take a look at Elmore Leonard' - Philadelphia Inquirer 'Elmore Leonard is the crime-writer's crime-writer, king of all he surveys. For sharp plots and spot-on-dialogue, he's in a different league' - Ian Rankin 'The crime laureate' - Independent
Derek writes: Ian Rankin and Dennis Lehane both love Elmore Leonard and so do I. I wrote recently that his quirky, oddball sense of humour had rubbed off on his son Peter in his first book, but plenty has remained with the old fella for Road Dogs. Here Elmore has pulled together a cast of characters who have generally had a run in one of his previous books. We've met Jack Foley, Cundo Rey and Dawn Navarra before and this time around its Foley's story. Foley, fans will recall, was America's foremost bank robber with over 100 hits to his name, but after a minor slip-up, he's doing 30 years for his crimes. In prison he meets Cundo Rey, millionaire hustler and former go-go dancer whose smart lawyer has got him a much reduced sentence. Cundo hooks Jack Foley up with his lawyer and soon Jack's out of there in just 30 months. During their time in Glades Correctional Jack and Cundo are "road dogs" - watching each other's back and looking after each other. But Jack owes Cundo for the reduced sentence and Jack knows that at some stage Cundo's going to collect on the debt. Dawn Navarra's been waiting seven years for Cundo, living in his house on the Venice canal, (that's Venice California not Venice Italy,)and she's been trying hard to stay faithful. Jack gets released a few weeks before Cundo and arrives in Venice only to be seduced by Dawn, and so begins a compelling dance, with Dawn looking to score big and be rewarded for her long wait for Cundo - but knowing Cundo will kill her if he knows what she's been up to with Jack. The subplot includes Lou Adams, a FBI special agent who's made Jack his pet project. Lou's convinced that Jack can't live without robbing banks, and Lou will be there the next time he tries it. Love, lust and revenge on the Venice canals. By the book's end there'll be body bags as well. But who will get spend Cundo's money and who will get to see the inside of a cell. It's another great book from Elmore Leonard.
Elmore Leonard has written more than forty books during his phenomenal career. Many of his books have been made into successful movies, including Get Shorty with John Travolta, Out of Sight with George Clooney, and Rum Punch (which became Tarantino's Jackie Brown). In 2006 he was the recipient of the Crime Writers Association Diamond Dagger.