Maximum Bob by Elmore Leonard

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“Hilarious….Strange and risky….A right-on, pitch perfect novel, with wide social scope, comic genius, page-burning storytelling magic, and juicy characters who wrench your heart and gut.” —Washington Post Book World

 

A character so outrageous he could only have come from the ingenious imagination of Elmore Leonard, lewd, lecherous, law-bending Florida jurist Judge Robert “Maximum Bob” Gibbs has been judged guilty by a grudge-bearing malefactor and sentenced to death—by alligator, if necessary. Maximum Bob is a delightfully dark classic thriller from “the greatest crime writer of our time, perhaps ever” (New York Times Book Review), and any reader who loved getting gleefully lost in criminal mayhem of Get Shorty, Rum Punch, Out of Sight, The Hot Kid, or any number of the inimitable Leonard’s numerous crime fiction masterworks will get maximum enjoyment out of this one.

 

About Elmore Leonard

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Elmore Leonard has written more than forty books during his highly successful writing career, including the bestsellers Road Dogs, Up in Honey's Room, The Hot Kid, Mr. Paradise, Tishomingo Blues, and the critically acclaimed collection of short stories When the Women Come Out to Dance. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Be Cool. Justified, the hit series from FX, is based on Leonard's character Raylan Givens, who appears in Riding the Rap, Pronto, the short story "Fire in the Hole," and Raylan. Leonard is the recipient of the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA, and the Grand Master Award of the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Bloomfield Village, Michigan.
 
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction

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Nicely realized characters, the usual smart Leonard dialogue, a few moments of brisk high/low humor--but the meandering plot lacks drive, Gibbs rolls around like a loose wheel, and the whole affair seems more like a pale Carl Hiaasen imitation than true-blue Leonard: It's all a big disappointment...

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Darker than his usual fare (something very bad occurs to a good guy), Leonard's ( Get Shorty ) latest is no less excellent. Elvin Crowe, of a habitually criminal Florida family, is out of jail and loo

Jul 29 1991 | Read Full Review of Maximum Bob

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Racist and sexist as any redneck, Gibbs has eyes for young Kathy Diaz Baker, probation officer for Elvin, Elvin's nephew and eventually Dr. Tommy.

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While Leonard's latest is darker than his usual fare, it is his pace, humor and ear are as suspenseful, dry and true as ever.

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Entertainment Weekly

(Bob of his ex-wife: "She wants a p -- -ing contest, dammit, I'll show her a stream as strong as a horse!") Most entertaining of all is a debate between the orchid-growing Bob and a bird-watching Mob boss (aroline in the City's Tom La Grua) about the relative merits of their hobbies -- which...

Aug 07 1998 | Read Full Review of Maximum Bob

Entertainment Weekly

Ultimately, Leonard even manages to invest the cartoonish figure of Leanne — who believes herself to be possessed by the spirit of a black slave girl, a Butterfly McQueen soundalike — with something like dignity.

Aug 23 1991 | Read Full Review of Maximum Bob

People

An ABC press release calls Maximum Bob a "quirky, humorous drama."

Aug 03 1998 | Read Full Review of Maximum Bob

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And just when you're getting impatient with him, Leonard will come up with a bit of terrifically appropriate, cynically sharp dialogue, such as this response from Gibbs when Baker turns down one of his propositions: "It's a shame, you've got devilment in you going to waste.

Aug 19 1991 | Read Full Review of Maximum Bob

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While Leonard's latest is darker than his usual fare, it is his pace, humor and ear are as suspenseful, dry and true as ever. This Literary Guild selection spent nine weeks on PW 's hardcover bestsell

May 04 1992 | Read Full Review of Maximum Bob

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