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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Leonard, 6 Jan 2006
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J. E. Parry "Jeff Parry" (Pontypool, Wales) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: La Brava (Paperback)
What can you say about Elmore? He writes some of the best and sharpest crime and "caper" books avaialble.
His narrative is always cool and well thought out. La Brava is just another ini the long line.
The story revolves around Joe La Brava, a former Secret Service agent, and Jean Shaw, a former 50's film noir actress. We follow their friendship and relationship after she is threatened by a local security guard.
However it soon emerges that all is not as it seems. Other characers emerge and the situation escalates as threats turn into attempts to death threats and extortion.
The plot twists and turns as the characters interact with the usual levels of coolness and thrills.
What makes Leonard stand out is the fact that he takes ordinary people and situations and weaves them into a story with humour and thrills.
He would be a favourite for Hollywood if it wasn't for the fact that there are to few scriptwriters with the talent to convert his story from page to screen. For every 'Out of Sight' or 'Get Shorty' you get a few '57 Pick-up' or 'Be Cool's' that never work.
Read this if you've never tried Leonard. I guarantee you'll want to read more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Miami Beach noir - 4+, 21 July 2012
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Blue in Washington "Barry Ballow" (Washington, DC United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: La Brava (Paperback)
A great read, full of crusty Leonard characters and a jaunty plot. The protagonist, Joseph La Brava, is an evolving, 30-something guy who seems headed for a great career as a photographer. He's been around the block a few times and doesn't back off from a fight. When he meets two women--a former B-movie actress whose personal life reads like one of her old scripts AND a young, free-spirited cosmetic retailer who doesn't seem to have any kind of agenda, his life takes some interesting turns.

This has gotten some good, insightful reviews over the years and I can't add much. Thirty years after first being published, it still reads fresh and still merits its Edgar Award (in my opinion). Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars La Brava, 3 May 2014
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More excellent and inimitable crime writing from Leonard, he really did maintain an incredibly high standard and his recent death is a great loss to the genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ever reliable Elmore Leonard, 3 Feb 2014
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This review is from: La Brava (Kindle Edition)
fans of Elmore Leonard will love this pacey unputdownable story. His wonderful flow of language is as ever an American language literary treat
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4.0 out of 5 stars La Brava, 15 Nov 2011
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Xepha (Bristol, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: La Brava (Paperback)
La Brava is not quite up to the standard of the last two Leonard novels I read, Out of Sight and Freaky Deaky, but it's still an enjoyable read.

The plotting is not quite so taut in this one and occasionally I did wonder where one of the many long conversations was leading me. The characters don't come to life as vividly or as convincingly as usual, but with a movie star and a photographer among the protagonists Leonard puts an emphasis on image and appearance among his themes, which works pretty well. Maybe there are too many characters jostling for space in this story and some of them don't get fleshed out as fully as they should be.

So a second rank Leonard novel, really, but still he delivers his usual snappy dialogue, and when the pace picks up towards the end Leonard comes into his own.
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4.0 out of 5 stars review, 30 Nov 2010
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D. F. Woodruffe (Felixstowe UK) - See all my reviews
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The author has a distinctive style of writing which sometimes disturbs me. This book, however, is one that I did like and for Leonard fans it is a must read. I'm quite happy to recommend this book.
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