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Pronto Hardcover – Oct 1993

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Delacorte Pr (Oct. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385308469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385308465
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 17.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,225,313 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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No one does it better than Elmore Leonard and this grabs from the first line and doesn't let go. Pure brilliance (HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A tale of taut suspense from 'the best writer in crime fiction today' [USA Today] --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nick! on 18 July 2011
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up because, though I've read Elmore Leonard occasionally before, I really took to the character of Raylan Givens in the TV series Justified, which is based on his appearances in two or three of Leonard's stories.

Here, Givens plays support to the bigger story of a bookie called Harry Arno, ready to retire but pulled into conflict with his Mafia employers by the FBI in the hope that he'll turn snitch.

Leonard can write this sort of story in his sleep. My biggest problem with a lot of novels is that they're often over-written, but here Leonard gets into each character, and into their stories, with the barest minimum of exposition, spare description, and pitch-perfect dialogue and prose. It's exactly how a thriller should be, and I'm loving it.

(Course, I haven't finished it yet - not far off, but not quite - so it could all go to hell in the last few pages.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin J. Monks on 26 Aug. 2011
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Elmore Leonard is without peer for brilliant characterisation and inspired dialogue and Pronto is one of his best stories. An excellent novel. It also introduced perhaps his finest creation in US Marshal Raylan Givens (now made famous by the TV series Justified). The Raylan of Pronto will be instantly recognisable to fans of Timothy Olyphant's TV lawman and the book will seem like paying a visit to an old friend. Two of Pronto's best set pieces have already been lifted by the TV show. Fans of Justified might like to check this out while waiting between seasons. Anyone who has ever enjoyed an Elmore Leonard novel and anyone who enjoys Justified will get no greater pleasure than spending a few hours allowing Leonard to take them on a journey through Raylan's world in Pronto.
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By Michael Finn on 12 Feb. 2015
Format: Paperback
With the first five seasons of 'Justified' currently available on demand to Sky subscribers I was tempted into watching this show from the start. I soon got hooked and became curious about the original books featuring sharp shooting US Marshall Raylan Givens by Elmore Leonard. Being a beast with a very methodical nature I grabbed me a copy of book 1 and got started, 'Pronto' isn't really a book about Raylan though. He starts out as a supporting character in what turns out to be a character piece. The main player of the piece is a Miami Beach bookie called Harry Arno who becomes a pawn in an attempt by the police to bring charges to bear on a local mob boss. Arno soon has a price on his head and decides to escape to Italy and a little place he'd long planned to retire to. The story is a simple one no mistake. There's a lot rumination over nostalgia and the difference between folks perceived self and reality and man does Harry have a thing for Ezra Pound. The author writes some great dialogue. Raylan makes the book though.
He's a slightly different character than his screen version with a slightly different back story but essentially they occupy the same space both being sharp shooters, masters of the psychological edge that all gunmen need to stay in the game and of course there's the hat. His role as a US Marshall also makes a refreshing change from all the detectives mooching about detecting things. His job normally involves guarding folk. dealing with fugitives and escorting prisoners. Timothy Olyphant really makes the character his own in the tv series, exuding quirky old school charm that hides just how lethal he is.
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This book certainly opens in a very entertaining fashion. Harry Amos (the book's central character) is confessing to the shooting death of a fellow Armed Service man many years ago when his girlfriend stops him in mid-sentence by confiding that she has heard it all before. In the next few pages, we learn what kind of man Harry is, what he does for a living, and how dangerously thin the ice of his life has become shortly afterwards when he reveals who he bas been skimming money from, and how much. The thing is, Harry has got himself into a spot of bother. Back in chapter two, he (rightfully) began to fear for his life after some interesting dialogue with a financial contact (read, "gambling associate come thug") and he ended up killing a fellow resident at the back of his apartment complex, who was, in truth, sent there to kill him by the said thug. So the act was in self defence, but the cops don’t know that. Or they do, but are choosing to think - and look - elsewhere.

The book really comes alive when we are introduced to Harry’s official government protection. The name is Raylan - Mr Raylan Givens, of the US Marshall Service, at your service. This character jumps right out of the somewhat yellowed and dog-eared copy of my 1993 edition trade paperback of this release and it soon becomes obvious he is much, much, much more than he seems. Indeed, that is the pattern for a lot of characters in this outstanding purchase. Harry himself turns out to be more than we think and it is not long before we see what type of person he really, really is. A very smart one. But has he met his match in Raylan? And what about the thugs he has been ripping off for years and years? Will they manage to find Harry or will they cut their losses and settle for Marshall Raylan?
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