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Mr. Majestyk [Mass Market Paperback]

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

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Oct 2002

Killer man Vincent Majestyk had his belly-full of killing in Asia. It was his job and he was one of the best, but when he stripped off his uniform he never wanted to go back to it.

Now he works under the open skies of the American Southwest, growing melons on his farm, where nobody knows about his past. And that was why a cheap crook named Kopas, a hard-named cop named McAllen, and a big-time, high-priced hit man named Renda all figured Majestyk was another local yokel to be pushed around.

Majestyk was about to go to war again¿

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch; Reprint edition (Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006008409X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060084097
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.9 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,043,625 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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The New York Times bestselling author of Be Cool and Get Shorty --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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THIS MORNING they were here for the melons: about sixty of them waiting patiently by the two stake trucks and the old blue-painted school bus. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars Real energy 18 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Mr Majestyk is one of the best Elmore books that I have read. It takes you along powerfully until the wonderful conclusion.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Passable Novelization 16 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This brief little story started off as a screenplay commissioned by Clint Eastwood. However, when Eastwood decided to make the uberdark High Plains Drifter instead, Leonard's script got sold to someone else and was turned into a movie starring Charles Bronson in 1974. Leonard subsequently novelized the screenplay, which accounts for its relative brevity. The story is pretty basic and, upon reflection, typically ridiculous. The title character is an Vietnam special forces vet who just wants to lead a quiet life farming melons. An altercation with a small-time hood lands him in jail with a notorious hitman, and things get sillier from there, as the he struggles to get back to his melons and get them in on time. There's a subplot involving a relationship with a Latina union organizer who seems really smart and together, that is, until she goes along with his harebrained plans. As always, Leonard's prose passes the time, but only barely.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My First Elmore Leonard 11 Sep 2008
By Sterile
Format:Paperback
I picked this title at random and because it was a slim volume. I decided to give this author a try and thought that a small novella could give me an introduction into Leonard's work.

I must admit to not realising untill reading the other reviews here that it was originally a screen play - I thought it would make a good film!

The plot was good and the twists excellent. Leonard shows talent by being able to make a melon farmer in rural USA a hard thinking, slow talking, under estimated killing machine, albeit a reluctant participant!

The tale was penned in 1974 but it stands well today, with no obvious references to tell it's age. I will be trying more of this author just to see if he can do it again. By the number of books he has written, some of which have been made into successful films, and the awards he has amassed this should be a pleasure!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good follow up to a decent thriller 4 Feb 2002
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Very little of what Leonard writes fails to grip the reader, and although this novel would possibly not have happened but for its Charles Bronson thriller predecessor, it still has the hallmark economy of style and hard-nosed set-pieces that make the author's books so enjoyable. Much more than a B-movie rehash, like the rest of Leonard's titles it is worthy of successive readings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Simple 14 Jun 2006
By Big A
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Yeah, so you've seen countless movies like this - or you think you have, including this one. But that does not explain how the plot twists and turns on a dime toward the inevitable end.

Brilliant! Most enjoyable.
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