Road Dogs by Elmore Leonard
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Road Dogs is terrific, and Elmore Leonard is in a class of one.”
—Dennis Lehane, author of Shutter Island and Mystic River

 

“You know from the first sentence that you’re in the hands of the original Daddy Cool....This one’ll kill you.”
—Stephen King

 

Elmore Leonard is eternal. In Road Dogs, the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award winner and “America’s greatest crime master” (Newsweek) brings back three of his favorite characters—Jack Foley from Out of Sight, Cundo Rey from La Brava, and Dawn Navarro from Riding the Rap—for a twisting, explosive, always surprising masterwork of crime fiction the San Francisco Chronicle calls, “a sly, violent, funny and superbly written story of friendship, greed, and betrayal.”
 

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 May 5, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 290 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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Leonard throws together three battle-hardened survivors from his earlier capers, with predictably unpredictable results.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Road Dogs: A Novel

Publishers Weekly

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Father and son writers Elmore and Peter Leonard have new novels publishing this spring.

Feb 02 2009 | Read Full Review of Road Dogs: A Novel

The New York Times

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And there’s nothing remotely wheezy about his way of throwing together Foley, Cundo and Dawn (as they’re known in “Road Dogs”).

May 10 2009 | Read Full Review of Road Dogs: A Novel

The New York Times

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Elmore Leonard’s latest novel stars three familiar voices in a twisting tale of seduction and betrayal.

May 31 2009 | Read Full Review of Road Dogs: A Novel

BC Books

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Even when a surname is dropped in the course of a story, readers who’ve read several of Leonard’s novels can probably guess at parentage and familial links.

Jun 09 2009 | Read Full Review of Road Dogs: A Novel

Examiner

She’s a flat character though, whose motives and mindset are kinda foggy and make her seem almost as though she’s wandered in aimlessly from another novel, a character who doesn’t quite belong in a story like this, who steers it in an awkward and unrealized direction involving the ghost of her la...

May 23 2011 | Read Full Review of Road Dogs: A Novel

Book Reporter

Rey ends up providing Foley with an attorney.

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The Washington Post

To that end, she is soon sleeping with three of the men (Cundo, Foley and Tico) and thinking about seducing Little Jimmy, who's gay, if he can be of use.

May 18 2009 | Read Full Review of Road Dogs: A Novel

Christian Science Monitor

Once again Elmore Leonard revs the plot, dials up the banter, and produces a novel you’ve got to stay up all night to finish.

May 23 2009 | Read Full Review of Road Dogs: A Novel

Open Letters Monthly

Gina shakes Shake to get the value of the goods and further her career—solo.

Feb 01 2010 | Read Full Review of Road Dogs: A Novel

Oregon Live

Still, Foley and Rey have been road dogs -- slang for mutual protectors in prison -- a rough equivalent of Spartan spear brothers.

May 29 2009 | Read Full Review of Road Dogs: A Novel

Review (Barnes & Noble)

Leonard sets up too many complications surrounding Jack and Dawn -- a rogue FBI agent convinced Jack is about to return to his larcenous ways;

May 12 2009 | Read Full Review of Road Dogs: A Novel

Tampa Bay Times

Lou Adams, the FBI agent dogging Foley and working on a book about his career as a bank robber, tells him, "You go straight, I won't have the finish I want."

Jul 24 2009 | Read Full Review of Road Dogs: A Novel

Bookmarks Magazine

And when Jack gets out, the wealthy Cuban criminal wants him to stay in Cundo's multimillion dollar Venice Beach house—right across from the one where Cundo's common-law wife, professional psychic Dawn Navarro, resides.

Nov 14 2010 | Read Full Review of Road Dogs: A Novel

Bookmarks Magazine

Elmore Leonard, whose career has spanned a half-century and produced more than 40 novels, reintroduces readers to some familiar felons in Road Dogs (prison slang for inmates who band together and look out for one another): legendary bank robber Jack Foley from Out of Sight;

May 17 2009 | Read Full Review of Road Dogs: A Novel

AuthorsDen

Rey offers Foley one of his houses in Venice Beach but admonishes him to keep his hands off his girlfriend, Dawn (Riding the Rap), a psychic/ghost hunter patiently waiting for Rey’s release so she can con him out of his millions.

Jun 03 2009 | Read Full Review of Road Dogs: A Novel

Boomtron

I mean, it’s good for marketing reasons to call it a sequel to Out of Sight, seeing how that’s a recognizable title to even the most casual of readers/movie-goers, but it’s not necessary to have read any of the books I’ve mentioned (and Jesus fucking Christ have I mentioned a ton of Leonard title...

Jul 02 2009 | Read Full Review of Road Dogs: A Novel

Military.com

That rule - from Leonard's "Rules of Writing" - is in full force in "Road Dog," a lean, mean, action-packed novel that features three characters from previous novels.

Dec 11 2009 | Read Full Review of Road Dogs: A Novel

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