- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: W&N; First Printing edition (11 Nov. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 075382664X
- ISBN-13: 978-0753826645
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Road Dogs Paperback – 11 Nov 2010
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'Leonard may be 85 years old, but Road Dogs shows he's still the best crime writer on the planet.' SUNDAY BUSINESS POST, Ireland 'Brilliant, as ever.' HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER
With friends like these...A thrilling tale of deception and trust which reunites three of Leonard's favourite characters.See all Product description
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The last time most people saw Jack Foley, bank robber, he looked like George Clooney and was romancing Jennifer Lopez in the film version of Our of Sight. He was on his way back to jail to serve out his thirty years sentence. Now, on his way back he is in a van with Cundo Rey, the Cuban gangster from LaBrava. The two become `road dogs' - convicts who look after each others backs. In return for his help, Cundo funds Foley's appeal against his conviction using his own clever lawyer, Megan Norris. Foley's sentence is reduced from thirty years to thirty months, and he is soon out. Much to the chagrin of Federal agent Lou Adams, who vows to tail Foley until he inevitably breaks the law again.
Cundo asks Foley, on his release, to go see his wife Dawn Navarro (a psychic from Leonard's novel Riding the Rap). Foley and Navvaro are then loving the high life in two mansions belonging to Rey in Venice Beach. The cast of characters grows to include Rey's erstwhile partner Little Jimmy, Tico, a gangbanger who Adams hires to spy on Dawn and Foley, and Danny, a starlet who Dawn and Foley attempt to part from a lot of money. Each of the characters is driven by greed or other low motives - even Cundo Rey's skinhead bodyguard suggests he will `pop' his boss for money, if Foley can afford it. Dawn, who sleeps with Foley, Cundo and Tico, only wants Foley's assistance in separating Cundo from his fortune.Read more ›
Elmore Leonard writes a pretty decent crime thriller with one of his best loved characters back in the saddle. The book, despite not having much in the way of action until the final 50 pages or so, still manages to maintain interest mostly because of the superb dialogue. A conversation between two people walking in a prison yard would be mundane in the hands of a lesser writer but with Leonard the pages crackle with life.
And that's what mostly saves this book and makes it worth reading: the snappy back and forths between the characters as they strive for their goals. Foley - to get out alive; Navarro - to take everything and escape; the others - well, just surviving would do but with Leonard you never know until the end what everyone's really up to.
I thought the book was a bit static though with most of the novel taking place between two expensive houses in Venice Beach. I would've preferred if Leonard had gone outside of this as it felt very much like a play with its limited settings.
"Road Dogs" is a pretty great novel where Leonard shows how much he can do with so little and bringing real characters to life with ease. The ending is especially masterful, done with two guns, whiskey, and some genius dialogue. Great fun to read for all fans of fiction and Elmore Leonard.
Jack Foley is sprung, with strings attached, by a prison mate and tries to navigate the waters of low life LA chicanery, pursuing his "what then" goals.
Great stuff, Elmore.
The novel is set in a Florida prison and in an expensive residential community in Venice, California. The two primary male characters are convicts. Jack Foley, who has spent his life robbing banks, faces a 30 year prison sentence and the diminutive Cundo Rey,50, is a wealthy Cuban immigrant involved in many illicit activities in California who has served five years of a seven year sentence for second degree murder. Foley and Rey become apparent fast friends or "Road Dogs" in the tough prison world. Rey uses his great wealth to hire a gifted woman attorney who successfully appeals Foley's conviction and secures a marked reduction in his jail time. The two men thus are released from prison within weeks of one another. At Rey's prompting, Foley heads to California to prepare for Rey's release. He meets Rey's wife, Dawn Navarro, a professional and grossly fraudulent and exploitative psychic. During his prison term, Rey has been highly jealous of Dawn. He reminds her at every opportunity to act the part of a "saint" during his long absence.
The book is heavily plotted with many twists, turns, and secondary characters. The themes of the book include the nature and possibility of friendship and trust, the ability or lack of it of people to change strongly entrenched character traits, trust and love between men and women, and betrayal. Each of the three main characters seem to work against one another and to be out for the main chance.Read more ›
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In the Rayland ones she was OK, a bit of a fraud but with definite talents. Here she's changed into someone rather nasty and the book gets unenjoyable from then onPublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this as it is the sequel to Out of Sight. As usual the prose is sharp, the dialogue excellent and the characters described to give you an idea of who they are but not so... Read morePublished on 5 Feb. 2015 by Andrew Harkin
I have read every book by Elmore Leonard and there isn't one I wouldn't recommend. This is probably the last book he wrote and it was good to see a few characters from earlier... Read morePublished on 28 July 2014 by GeorgeH
First-rate Leonard, deft American crime writing at its best featuring the usual gallery of quirky characters including a second appearance by Cuban criminal Cundo Rey. Read morePublished on 3 May 2014 by PJB