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A slick ride through South Florida's underworld
on 25 August 1999
Elmore Leonard is one of Quentin Tarantino's favourite authors and it's easy to see why. Cool, off-centre characters, slick, minimalist dialogue and casual, off-the-cuff violence is usually what Leonard's world is all about, and 'Riding The Rap' is no exception.
Set within the sleazy underbelly of South Florida's underworld, the book is populated by small-time lowlifes, lawmen who won't take no for an answer and a psychotic gardener (no, really)! As is the case with most Leonard novels, the plot is almost secondary with style definitely being preferred over content. This is not a deficiency in the author's writing ability, more a conscious decision to let the characters, dialogue and humour breath freely without the confines of a heavy, convoluted plot. This is all about fun it most certainly is at that. Add a dash of contempary pop-culture references and you have a book that is so cool it should be wearing shades, and which belies the author's 75 years.
Fans of Tarantino and the film 'Get Shorty' will at once feel at home within the confines of 'Riding The Rap'. As contemporary crime fiction goes, this is as slick as they come.