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52 Pickup [Mass Market Paperback]

Elmore Leonard
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Aug 2002
Mitchell, in his forties, is a self-made man who owns a factory in Detroit and has been happily married for twenty years. And then he slips. He sets up a young "model" in an apartment, and blackmail ensues in the shape of three masked men. But the thugs reckon without his desire for revenge.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch; Reprint edition (Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060083999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060083991
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 9.9 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,235,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elmore Leonard was born in New Orleans on 11 October 1925. He wrote forty-five books during his phenomenal career, including the bestsellers Mr Paradise, Tishomingo Blues, Be Cool and The Hot Kid. Many 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. He is the recipient of the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award and the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award. He died on 20 August 2013 in Detroit.
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From the bestselling author of GET SHORTY and JACKIE BROWN a thriller spiced with blackmail and revenge. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Elmore Leonard was born in New Orleans on 11 October 1925. He wrote forty-five books during his phenomenal career, including the bestsellers Mr Paradise, Tishomingo Blues, Be Cool and The Hot Kid. Many 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. He is the recipient of the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award and the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award. He died on 20 August 2013 in Detroit. www.elmoreleonard.com --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful prose 12 Sep 2013
Format:Paperback
The novel had me hooked right up until the denouement. Towards the end, the characters reactions to the events they found themselves in seemed unrealistic. I felt that the protagonist was too calm, and his reactions never went above lukewarm. But that aside, the dialogue is gritty and real, and even though it was written in the early 70s, it still holds up today. The writing itself is powerful and descriptive, without any unnecessary prose to bog the story down, and it was that which kept me turning the pages. I'll certainly be checking out more of Mr Leonard's work. The man had talent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blackmail and murder in Detroit 5 Feb 2012
By Brian R. Martin TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is a crime thriller set in Detroit in the 1970s. The central character is Harry Mitchell, a pillar of the community, who owns a successful engineering business. He has been happily married for twenty-two years to Barbara. Then, out of character and for the first time, he has an affair with a young model he met at a bar. Later he learns that he has been set up when two masked men take him at gunpoint to a disused cinema where he is shown films of himself with the girl. He is threatened with exposure unless he pays a substantial sum of money. Harry does not rush to pay them and, increasingly desperate and frustrated, the sadistic pair kill the model using Harry's gun stolen from his house. They film the murder and use it to put further pressure on him to pay. But Harry is not the type to give in without a fight and the book is mainly about how he finds the identities of the gangsters (a third one later emerges) and coolly outwits them, largely by playing each off against the others. This results in two of the gang members being shot following disputes amongst themselves. Harry himself kills the remaining one, who has kidnapped Barbara and is holding her hostage, in an ingenious `sting' during the delivery of the money. At the end, Harry and Barbara are reunited and there is no useful evidence remaining, either of Harry's initial `misdemeanor', or his solution to the blackmail problem. A very `clean' ending.

52 Pickup differs from so many crime thrillers in that the plot is very simple, with few characters and no subplots, although there are certainly twists and turns along the way. Neither does it rely on unbelievable coincidences and the like. It is written in a clear straightforward style, spare and without extraneous details. It is a great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Plot and prose perfect 5 May 2010
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Nothing pretentious just a great little crimer thriller, pitched plot and prose perfect. Kept me turning the pages until the explosive finale. Vintage Dutch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 52 Pickup 4 Oct 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Book noir in spades. - There isn't anyone in 52 Pickup you would be wise to turn your back one. Take it home with a six pack, don't answer the phone while your reading it, and check all the locks before you go to bed. The characters in 52 pickup make the Sopranos look like choirboys, and that includes the 'hero'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You cannot put this book down 18 Nov 1998
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Format:Paperback
Brilliant book, plot opens like an onion skin, revealing more as you go along with twists that make you hold your breath. The final sting in the tale is classic Elmore Leonard. The man is a genius.
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