Jack Foley, the hero of "Out of Sight" and in prison for the next 30 years, becomes friends with a powerful Cuban called Cundo Rey who assigns him a hotshot attorney, getting him out of the jailhouse inno time. Cundo asks Foley to watch over his expensive houses in Venice Beach, California, and keep an eye on his girl's fidelity, a psychic called Dawn Navarro, who makes a living playing up her "powers" to wealthy (and gullible) Hollywood wives. But with Cundo's upcoming release from prison, Dawn has other plans in mind rather than a reunion with her partner. A plan that involves her and Cundo's millions, alone together...
Elmore Leonard writes a pretty decent crime thriller with one of his best loved characters back in the saddle. The book, despite not having much in the way of action until the final 50 pages or so, still manages to maintain interest mostly because of the superb dialogue. A conversation between two people walking in a prison yard would be mundane in the hands of a lesser writer but with Leonard the pages crackle with life.
And that's what mostly saves this book and makes it worth reading: the snappy back and forths between the characters as they strive for their goals. Foley - to get out alive; Navarro - to take everything and escape; the others - well, just surviving would do but with Leonard you never know until the end what everyone's really up to.
I thought the book was a bit static though with most of the novel taking place between two expensive houses in Venice Beach. I would've preferred if Leonard had gone outside of this as it felt very much like a play with its limited settings.
"Road Dogs" is a pretty great novel where Leonard shows how much he can do with so little and bringing real characters to life with ease. The ending is especially masterful, done with two guns, whiskey, and some genius dialogue. Great fun to read for all fans of fiction and Elmore Leonard.