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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; New Ed edition (18 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753822407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753822401
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.8 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,220 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)

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A tale of taut suspense from 'the best writer in crime fiction today' [USA Today]

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nick! on 18 July 2011
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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 Sep 2013
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Some of the names are familiar as are some of the story lines - but don't expect the series 'Justified' to mirror the books.- throroughly enjoyable read, even after watching all 4 series
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By boots on 31 May 2014
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Typical Leonard, apart from james Elroy the best American author of the 20/21 century. Raylan is the man. great story
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Few others in this category - Chandler of course, Philip Kerr, Max Allan Collins, Jo Nesbo, Lee Child, Ian Rankin, James Ellroy (class of his own). Mr Leonard has a direct line to the rhythm and cadence of ordinary conversation, ordinary people's thought patterns. Not on the face of it perhaps an entirely attractive proposition, but his authenticity is second to none. And he's funny. Must read absolutely totally definitively everything he's ever written.
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By M. T. on 12 Dec 2013
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only been reading it for 2 nights but i love it.first elmore leonard book i have read but love the dialogue and characters in justified tv show and this is unsurprisingly more of the same. brilliant. will be reading many more
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By Chris Butter on 9 Nov 2013
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In all Elmore Leonard books I've lost count of the number of times my second-guesing of the plot is proven wrong- he always manages to to keep you on your toes as to the outcome - and his deft characterisation and wit is very entertaining.
This book is one of his best - an entertaining read
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