Swag Paperback – 2 Dec 2004
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You will look long and hard before you find anyone with a bad word to say about Leonard. About the worst thing I can think of to say about SWAG is that it might be said to make armed robbery look like a enticing career move... if you haven't read him before, you are in for a treat. -- Nicholas Lezard The Guardian
Elmore Leonard is 'the man other crime writers call the Boss' DAILY TELEGRAPH.See all Product Description
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SWAG follows the highly dubious exploits of Frank and Earnest, a couple of low-lifes out to get rich quick, introducing us to a world where afternoons are spent in summertime Detroit bars, people drive '75 Thunderbirds and real men pack powerful hand guns.
As long as they abide by their self-made 'Ten Golden Rules For Successful Armed Robbery', how can anything possibly go wrong?...
Written in 1976, this novel positively drips with the feel of that coolest of cool decades. And in true Elmore Leonard style, very little actually happens in the first half of the book, but guess what? It doesn't matter! The writing is of such a high standard, cut to the bone, stripped right down to it's essential parts, that your eyes fairly tear down the page eagerly absorbing this wonderful lesson in dialogue creation. Every budding author should read this novel as an example of how to achieve maximum impact with the minimum of words!
A mini modern masterpiece - I think it's the only book I've ever read three times! Buy it, read it and lend it to everyone you know! (Well, maybe not your mum...)
PS: Swag is a word that has become way overused among today's youth but is totally applicable to Elmore Leonard - the dude has swag.
There's always a moment early on in any Leonard novel after which there's no going back for the reader. There is just such a moment in Swag. As usual, it's done without fanfare, and thus catches us completely by surprise.
The little prosecutor said, "And do you see that same man in this courtroom?"
Frank said, "No, I don't."
With a deft flick of the wrist, he overturns all expectations. The prosecutor is wrong-footed, the defendant is wrong-footed, and we are wrong-footed. What's going on? You have to know. You have to read on...
It's always a pleasure to open a new Elmore Leonard story and see the sentences and paragraphs sitting fresh on the page, knowing that within a few minutes something astonishing is going to happen.
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One of my fave Elmore Leonard books. Recommended wholeheartedly. Of particular interest to fans of Dennis Lehane, Jim Thompson, Leonard Lynch, Walter Mosley.Published 16 months ago by Neil Hoffman
Good narrative pace but little depth of character. Some of the plot points also seem to be predictable. Disappointing given the hype about Leonard.Published 16 months ago by jcjea79
Read it for our local book club. Found it rather boring and really didn't care about any of the protagonists.Published 16 months ago by Mad but not actually dangerous
If you ever wanted encouraging to write, then this is a place to start, fun, not very inventive or descriptive, but harmless.Published on 26 May 2014 by MR P K PROCTER
I was recommended Elmore Leonard about a year before his death. I'd been blown away by the work of James Ellroy and had been told by various people that 'you'll also enjoy Elmore... Read morePublished on 23 April 2014 by SimonJ
I’m blown away by my first Elmore Leonard and must soon read another. On the face of it ‘Swag’ is a smallish story, sparely told, about two small-time crooks in 1970s Detroit, but... Read morePublished on 15 April 2014 by Bobbie
Only bought this after reading about the author after he had died recently. What a great book so unlike anything I normally read but it fair gallops along, is amusing and sad and... Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2014 by Deejay