By Elmore Leonard
“My favourite Leonard book….He writes the way in which Hammett and Chandler may perhaps write this day, in the event that they sharpened their senses of ironic humor and grew larger ears for dialogue.”
—Dallas Morning News
“The most sensible author of crime fiction alive.”
Dangerously eccentric characters, razor-sharp black humor, tremendous conversation, and suspense all rolled into one tight package—that’s The Switch, Elmore Leonard’s vintage story of a kidnapping long gone wrong…or extraordinarily correct, counting on the way you examine it. The Grand grasp whom the New York instances publication overview calls, “the maximum crime author of our time, maybe ever,” has written a wry and twisting story that any of the opposite all-time greats—Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, John D. MacDonald, James M. Cain, Robert Parker…every noir writer who ever walked a detective, cop, or felony right into a shadowy alley—would be overjoyed to name their very own. Leonard, the guy who has given us U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (currently starring in TV’s Justified) is at his storytelling top, as a spurned spouse comes to a decision to take a rightful—and profitable—revenge on her deceiving hubby by way of teaming up with the 2 thugs he employed to abduct her.
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