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Swag [Paperback]

Elmore Leonard
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Book Description

2 Dec 2004

There aren't any textbooks on armed robbery. The only way to learn is through experience, and small-time crooks Frank and Stick are determined to do as much learning on the job as possible.

In 1970s' Detroit they embark on a crime spree, holding up liquor stores and supermarkets. They invent their 'Ten Golden Rules for Successful Armed Robbery' and for a short time the cash is rolling in. But then they bend their own rules, and it looks like trouble is heading their way¿

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (2 Dec 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753819643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753819647
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,459 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

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Elmore Leonard is 'the man other crime writers call the Boss' DAILY TELEGRAPH.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elmore Leonard's 'Piece de resistance' 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool! 12 July 2012
By RiB
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of fun 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and enagaging 6 Sep 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Killer Dialogue 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Elmore 8 Nov 2012
By JMac
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Great characters and dialogue. Authentic lowlifes from the 70's.

These books never get old. You can meet these characters walking around anytime.

Elmore never disappoints.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much fun 18 Dec 2013
By BGirl
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars One of the better Elmore Leonard books
I was recommended Elmore Leonard about a year before his death. I'd been blown away by the work of James Ellroy and had been told by various people that 'you'll also enjoy Elmore... Read more
Published 2 months ago by SimonJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Can't wait to read another by this writer!
I’m blown away by my first Elmore Leonard and must soon read another. On the face of it ‘Swag’ is a smallish story, sparely told, about two small-time crooks in 1970s Detroit, but... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bobbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Recently discovered.
Only bought this after reading about the author after he had died recently. What a great book so unlike anything I normally read but it fair gallops along, is amusing and sad and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Deejay
4.0 out of 5 stars Page turning crim-side action
Leonard at his best. Nice set up. Convincing, well formed characters. Plenty going on with the plot. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kwev
5.0 out of 5 stars Good. Very good.
A classic, and classy, Elmore. Which means, a well thought out and well written crime novel by a master of the genre
Published 6 months ago by The Bagster
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant....
A riveting read, keeping you glued to the pages, Leonard is one of the very best crime fiction writers of our time .
Published 7 months ago by vestax32
5.0 out of 5 stars Another cracker from Elmore Leonard
The story rips along with his usual spare prose. His well drawn characters are alive and jump out of the page.
Published 7 months ago by Patricia Paterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Elmore Leonard
One of my favourite Elmore Leonard books, I recently re-read Swag having first read it over a decade ago. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Book Lover <3
4.0 out of 5 stars You know what to expect
Noble criminals, one last job, leisurewear, cocktails, weakness for leggy women... it's the same old stuff. And it's bloody terrific
Published 7 months ago by Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Good of its genre
This was my first Elmore Leonard and I enjoyed it. An unusual story of two would-be small time criminals who get out of their depth. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Hugo
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