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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company; Reissue edition (26 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062227866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062227867
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,075,571 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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You will look long and hard before you find anyone with a bad word to say about Leonard. About the worst thing I can think of to say about SWAG is that it might be said to make armed robbery look like a enticing career move... if you haven't read him before, you are in for a treat. -- Nicholas Lezard The Guardian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Elmore Leonard is 'the man other crime writers call the Boss' DAILY TELEGRAPH. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By SadGerbil on 11 Jan 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
OK, so on the face of it, this appears to be nothing more than another trashy slice of '70's 'Pulp Fiction', but start reading it, and... MAN!... What you've actually got is 229 pages of the paciest, coolest, most readable crime writing ever to flow from the pen of Mr Crime Fiction himself, the one and only Elmore Leonard.
SWAG follows the highly dubious exploits of Frank and Earnest, a couple of low-lifes out to get rich quick, introducing us to a world where afternoons are spent in summertime Detroit bars, people drive '75 Thunderbirds and real men pack powerful hand guns.
As long as they abide by their self-made 'Ten Golden Rules For Successful Armed Robbery', how can anything possibly go wrong?...
Written in 1976, this novel positively drips with the feel of that coolest of cool decades. And in true Elmore Leonard style, very little actually happens in the first half of the book, but guess what? It doesn't matter! The writing is of such a high standard, cut to the bone, stripped right down to it's essential parts, that your eyes fairly tear down the page eagerly absorbing this wonderful lesson in dialogue creation. Every budding author should read this novel as an example of how to achieve maximum impact with the minimum of words!
A mini modern masterpiece - I think it's the only book I've ever read three times! Buy it, read it and lend it to everyone you know! (Well, maybe not your mum...)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RiB on 12 July 2012
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For me, the characters and events are totally convincing, like they could have actually been out there doing that stuff, back then, and the dialogue rattles along, pitch perfect. I can't ask for any more than that. It's the one and only Elmore Leonard.
PS: Swag is a word that has become way overused among today's youth but is totally applicable to Elmore Leonard - the dude has swag.
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By MR P K PROCTER on 26 May 2014
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If you ever wanted encouraging to write, then this is a place to start, fun, not very inventive or descriptive, but harmless.
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Great dialogue, great characterisation and good plot, unfortunately there's a slight flag in the middle but bear with it, it's an engaging, easy and entertaining read.
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One of the obits recommended 'Swag' as a good introduction, so on to the Kindle it went. An excellent and easy read - nice plot twists, and a prose style reminiscent of Hemingway. Certainly inspired me to download some more!
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By N. Alderton on 15 Feb 2013
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Elmore Leonard never disappoints, a mad but plausible plot and dialogue that only he can deliver. How does he create such characters, where does he get them from? Only he can do it. A great read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lifelongdagger on 7 Aug 2007
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I'd never heard of Elmore Leonard. Someone told me to give him a try. The characters are solid, the dialogue amongst the snappiest and coolest you'll ever read and, most importantly, the plot rips right through the pages crackling along like a runaway freight train.

I really can't recommend this highly enough . . .
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CBI2014 on 18 Dec 2013
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The premise of this novel is so much fun, making armed robbery seem almost amiable. The idea of having 10 rules for successful armed robbery (including be polite always say please and thank you) is wonderful, and the adventures of this Odd Couple are great fun. My first foray into reading Leonard, now working my way through his back catalogue. I recommend the follow up Stick.
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