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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 35 minutes
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- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 1 April 2014
- Language: English
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The story begins with a corpse, in a place where death is everyday business. We are in a mortuary in New Orleans and two men are working on a road traffic victim. The scene is set with some rapid fire dialogue between the two men as they work on the body. Or rather while one man works on it, while the other watches evasively.
The evasive one is Jack Delaney, just turned forty, a one-time fashion model who ended up doing time in Angola penitentiary for burglary, and now working for his brother-in-law Leo Mullen who got him an early release through the rehabilitation programme by offering him a job as assistant in his funeral director's business.
It is clear from the start that Jack has not put his criminal past completely behind him. First there is the body that has appeared that day on the mortuary slab, and which Jack recognises as an acquaintance from his wild years. Then there is the revelation that he has been socialising with red-headed Helene, another character from his criminal past.
Soon Jack is on his way to the leper colony in Carville in the company of a nun, Sister Lucy, only the body they are going to collect in the hearse is not a dead one. And Sister Lucy, in her Calvin Klein jeans and heels, appears very well-attired for a woman of the cloth.
This is a slow-burner by Leonard's standards and the story takes a while to ignite.Read more ›
The gist of the plot is that ex-model, ex-con Jack is sick of working at his brother-in-law's funeral home. When the pretty nun Sister Lucy enters his life, enlisting his aid in helping a woman escape from a Nicaraguan Contra colonel, he's willing to listen when she proposes a scam. It seems the leper hospital Lucy worked at in Nicaragua was wiped out by Contra forces under the colonel's command, and she's looking for some payback. And since the colonel is on a fundraising trip through the southern U.S., he's going to be loaded... Alas, despite lots of coming and going, things proceed rather slowly. Some of the supporting characters are much flatter than one expects from Leonard, for example the enigmatic Indian Franklin de Dios, and the CIA agent.Read more ›
War is costly, even the Contra kind, what with fighters at $23 a month, moving in bags of rice and beans, ammo and other supplies, paying bribes everywhere? Ex-Col. Dagoberto Rogoy is a well-placed fundraiser. Armed with a personal letter from RR himself, he collects funds for the fight against communism from oil barons and other rich Republicans in Louisiana. Piece of cake, until he loses his cool about a former lover, implicating, then threatening a reluctant assistant-mortician called Jack Delaney, a convicted hotel thief. A confrontation is inevitable. Jack enlists two buddies from Angola penitentiary, an ex-cop and a rusty bank robber (65). Why? To do what?
The less said the better for fresh readers about this superb and totally satisfying crime story. It has a smooth-flowing, but quirky plot and original characters, some of whose thinking EL inserts effortlessly into the narrative. Plus great dialogue, great scenes and cinematographic writing and a completely unexpected, but very laudable ending that make him a superlative author, once again. "Bandits" is in my Top Five of Elmore Leonard's best books.
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Like all Elmore Leonard fast paced and enjoyable. Strange situations and interesting charachters.Published 3 months ago by Donal
This really was a great read. I read several of his books on summer holiday this year. When I heard about his death on the same holiday I was greatly saddened.Published on 30 Sept. 2013 by Jeremy Stewart
A great read, charachters that come alive, you're four chapters in before you realise that you only meant to read the first page. Read morePublished on 28 Aug. 2001 by Jay Stringer
This story may be fiction, but when reading it one enters a special world in which the words become a special kind of reality. Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2001