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on 9 September 2010
Judge Bob Gibbs gives out the maximum penalty in all of his cases earning him the nickname "Maximum Bob". Unfortunately, his zeal for hard time in all instances earns him a number of enemies. When a plan to rid his wife by having a trapper plant an alligator in his backyard goes wrong, Bob finds there's an ex-con out to shoot him, a drugged out former doctor now under house arrest putting out contracts on him, and the alligator trapper is blackmailing him. And all he wanted was a date with the Corrections Officer Kathy Baker.
The plot of the book starts off well before becoming very slow moving throughout. Despite putting the book away for a week, I found myself coming back to it as Leonard's characters are fleshed out so memorably with superb dialogue. It's the characters that keep you reading even when they're not doing much more than driving around talking about drinks.
This novel isn't representative of Elmore Leonard's talents and I'd suggest readers go for the much faster paced books "Swag", "Tishomingo Blues" and "Mr Paradise". "Maximum Bob" is ok but doesn't have enough going on in it to make me think of it as a classic Leonard novel.