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read Pronto author Elmore Leonard kindle æ Paperback Ü In the world of El Leonard novels cops and criminals get by with a grudging respect for each other's capabilities Harry had been arrested by Buck Torres a half dozen times or so; they knew each other pretty well and were friends Not socially Harry had never met Buck's wifeIn the world of El Leonard novels cops and criminals get by with a grudging respect for each other's capabilities Harry had been arrested by Buck Torres a half dozen times or so; they knew each other pretty well and were friends Not socially Harry had never met Buck's wife but friends in the way they trusted one another and al Why did I love this book? Two words Raylan Givens my favorite kick ass modern day cowboy with a fondness for ice cream Pronto however is not exclusively Raylan's story though he figures as a prominent character once he does arrive on the scene This is actually the story of Harry Arno a bookie who has decided that in one year he's going to retire and go to Italy Italy holds a special place in Harry's heart because he once shot a deserter there during World War II and it was there that he saw Ezra Pound not once but twice This leads to a peculiar obsession for a man like Harry he's an expert on Ezra Pound the English teacher in me loved this uirky little twist can uote lines from memory and reads Pound biographies despite the fact that he doesn't really understand his poetry does anyone really? And if you thought to yourself Why yes yes I do then I think you're a damn liar It's also amusing how his fixation on Pound affects those around him his girlfriend Joyce memorizes all of the terrible things about ol' Ezra and even Raylan after being assigned to escort Harry goes to the library and checks out some of Pound's poetry though he's puzzled by everything he reads and soon gives up But I digressHarry's plan seems simple and obtainable but in true Leonard fashion things go caddiwompas The police want to bring down Harry's boss Jimmy Cap a 350 lbs mob boss with a penchant for butterflies and sun tanning So what do they do? They indirectly inform Jimmy that Harry's been skimming from him The problem is that Harry has been skimming for years in fact Jimmy Cap puts out a hit on Harry and ciao baby Harry decides to move up his retirement date and leave the country Raylan Givens is the US Marshal who decides to go to Italy and try to save Harry from himself and from the hitman he knows has followed Harry I will readily admit to knowing nothing about the character of Raylan until watching Justified on FX On the series Raylan is a BAMF in a Stetson That's played down a bit in the book but I enjoyed it just the same In the novel Raylan comes off as being a few bricks shy of a load a good ol' boy in over his head until you begin to realize that's the persona he's trying to project It catches people off guard and gives him an edge No one knows exactly how to take him but make no mistake Raylan is smarter than your average bear and is capable of extreme violence if necessary If Raylan has a flaw it's that his sense of justice is so old school black and white that it creates a type of naiveté In a world where words mean little Raylan still expects a promise to mean something after all it's his willingness to take Harry Arno's word that allows Harry to elude Raylan's grasp twice and thwart his hopes of a promotion with the Marshals service With his Old West code of ethics and hardscrabble Kentucky coal mining background Raylan is a complex and entertaining character who makes for an intriguing juxtaposition with the world of Miami's crime syndicate I'll definitely be reading Riding the Rap and tracking down the Raylan Givens' short stories to sustain me until the next season of JustifiedCross posted at This Insignificant Cinder

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Ways had time to talk about other things than what they did for a living Right now 66 year old Harry Arno's in trouble In order to get at his boss Jimmy Cap the feds told Jimmy that Harry's skimming off the sports book he runs the idea being that Harry will testify in exchange for protection from Tommy Bucks aka the Zip Jimmy' Pronto is my first read from El Leonard and it’s all because of the introduction of one Raylan Givens the character the TV series Justified is based on which I’m a big fan of US Marshal Raylan Givens is not the main character of Pronto a co star but he still manages to steal the show in a character driven story The stories main focal point is mob book runner Harry Arno an aged man who works the phone takes the bets and makes money for the Mafia Harry's fortunes change when he gets set up and incurs the wrath of mob enforcer Tommy 'the zip' Bucks and he's forced to flee both Raylan and the country in search of a safe haven He lands in Italy a place he was planning to retire to soon to follow is his ex stripper girlfriend Joyce the Mafia hot on his trail and Raylan using his vacation time Pronto is an entertaining crime thriller that at times reminded me of a western with some outstanding dialogue and one or two intriguing stand offs Raylan shows all the hallmarks of his TV persona likeable an eye for the ladies perceptive intelligent and humorous There's some really good points in this but it doesn't hold throughout I guess that's due to Raylan being by far the best character but not the primary focus There's plenty of depth to the characters and the dialogue keeps your attention but it could have been so much better I will follow up with the next in the series because Raylan as you may have guessed is a bit of a favourite and this story whilst absorbing was never translated into an episode of Justified The audio narration by Nick Landrum at just over 7 hours was pretty good with the odd bit of Italian dialect and this certainly won’t be my last El Leonard and Raylan Givens story A 35 RatingAlso posted at

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Pronto author Elmore LeonaS enforcer But Harry's got a few tricks up his sleeve Then when a straight shooting US Marshall decides to spend his vacation tracking Harry down all hell breaks loose Set in Miami Florida and Rapallo Italy Pronto is another brilliantly executed combination of suspense and black humor from the master of crime fiction Ron Hogan 3 StarsI'm not impressed It's like a short story padded with tons of useless dialogue As usual with my reviews please first read the publisher’s blurbsummary of the book Thank you Leonard's dialogue is overstuffed verbose and doesn't often advance the plot or reveal of the character speaking He also describes scenes and settings extensively but not in an interesting or revealing way The character Harry Arno is uite irritating and indecisive The plot plods along boringly but with moments of good action well told Raylan comes across as independent minded mostly honest and highly skilled yet his detection is pretty dull Harry talks constantly about the famous poet Ezra Pound his wife Dorothy and his mistress Olga Harry had met them several times during and after WW 2 In some ways the Ezra Pound history is entertaining than the main plot Dorothy Shakespear Ezra's wifeFull size image here Olga Rudge the mistressFull size image here Ezra PoundFull size image here All in all a pretty dull book I'm going to read of the series but book #2 doesn't seem much better Leonard is not much of a philosopher so they're not many uotes Notes and uotes October 29 Harry would remember he had vegetable soup a few crackers iced tea and the Jell O strawberry Stepped out into the sunlight in his beige warm ups with the red piping his Reeboks and there was Buck Torres standing by an unmarked car a blue '91 Caprice Harry had been arrested by Buck Torres a half dozen times or so; they knew each other pretty well and were friends Not socially Harry had never met Buck's wife but friends in the way they trusted one another and always had time to talk about other things than what they did for a living Buck Torres had never asked Harry about his business with Jimmy Capotorto trying to get to Jimmy Cap through Harry He asked about guys who ran these clubs hitting on her She told Harry they weren't her type As Joy she'd open her act with Led Zeppelin's Black Dog do funky moves to the intricate guitar riffs between the lyrics and get the room's attention fast Her glasses would slip and she'd push them back up while she danced The idea was not to look too professional Joyce said You know what happens when you play a country tune backwards? You get your girl and your truck back you're not drunk any and your hound dog comes back to life She said I was born in Nashville