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Sharp page turner
on 17 November 2010
Ordell Robbie is a slick operator, or so he thinks, procuring guns to order and at healthy prices. One recorded brush with the law a long time ago sets him apart from the recidivist throng; now a wealthy man he can afford to employ others to run the risks and take the falls, and if they foul up he simply gets rid of them. Enter Jackie Burke, air stewardess and one of those Ordell employs, in this case to ferry Ordell's money stash piecemeal from its hiding place in Florida to where Ordell can get at it. America's federal laws make it difficult to move unaccountable amounts of money around and Jackie is his tame smuggler.
Max Cherry is a bail bondsman, he underwrites the bail money put up for any type of remanded individual, taking a slice off the top as his fee and the risk of said individual making a run for it as his loss. Max has been in this game for many years and is as cute a cookie as Ordell will ever be.
Their paths cross, with Jackie Burke as the common factor when she is hauled over by the cops for ferrying money and drugs and Ordell wants her bailed. Throw in the police interest in sticking Ordell for gun running and wanting to get to him via Jackie, plus a smattering of fun, none-too-bright characters that Ordell uses for nefarious purposes, and we have the makings of a roller-coaster ride that Elmore Leonard exploits to the full.
Sharp, no-nonsense dialogue coupled with a tight story line and great characterisation produces a ripping yarn true to the genre. If you are stuck in an airport, riding a long train journey or just lounging in front of the fire, you will skip through this tale of bluff and double-cross in short order. EL at his best and for you to enjoy.