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Riding the Rap (Paperback)

Author:  Elmore Leonard
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0062020293
ISBN-13: 9780062020291
Sku: 213897732
Publish Date: 3/30/2010
Pages:  339
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After exhausting his mom''s gravy train, gambling, debt-ridden Palm Beach playboy Warren "Chip" Ganz decides to take somebody rich hostage--with the help of a Bahamian ex-con, a psycho gardener/enforcer, and the beautiful psychic Reverend Dawn. The trouble is they choose bookmaker Harry Arno--and Harry can scam with the best.
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Now that his mom's gravy train has derailed, gambling, debt-ridden Palm Beach playboy Warren "Chip" Ganz has decided to take somebody rich hostage—with the help of a Bahamian ex-con, a psycho gardener/enforcer, and the beautiful, if underfed, psychic Reverend Dawn. The trouble is they choose bookmaker Harry Arno as their victim, and Harry can scam with the best. The BIG trouble is ace manhunter U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is sleeping with Harry's ex-exotic dancer ex-girlfriend, and Joyce wants Harry found. And since nearly everyone has guns, locating and springing the captive bookie most probably can't happen without some measure of lethal difficulty.

Author Bio
Elmore Leonard
Elmore "Dutch" Leonard first became interested in writing at the age of 10 after reading a serialization of "All Quiet on the Western Front", which inspired him to write a play for his fifth-grade class. He dabbled a little more in writing during high school, but after graduating in 1943, he joined the Navy and served in the South Pacific until 1946, when he went back home to attend the University of Detroit. Graduating with a degree in English and philosophy in 1950, Leonard continued working for the advertising agency he joined a year earlier, at the same time seriously turning his attention to writing for the first time. Initially establishing himself as a respected western writer, Leonard published his first story in 1951, "The Trail of the Apache". A string of western stories followed and, in 1953, his first novel, "The Bounty Hunters", hit the stands. He continued his work in advertising while publishing a sizable number of westerns, including the award-winning novel "Hombre". Leonard left the advertising agency in 1961 to work for himself for five years, producing educational and industrial films, as well as sales and marketing products. When Twentieth Century Fox bought the rights to "Hombre" in 1966, he was able to devote his full attention to writing. In 1968, Leonard switched from writing westerns to the genre he is most known for today, a contemporary amalgamation of mystery and crime colored with a sharp, witty, and precise prose style that has established him as both a cult favorite and a critically acclaimed novelist. "Glitz", his first major bestseller, appeared in 1985, beginning a long string of successes. Many of his novels have been made into successful films, including "Get Shorty" and "Rum Punch" (released as "Jackie Brown"). Leonard has lived in his home state of Michigan for most of his life, settling down with his wife, Christine. They have had five children together and are grandparents many times over.


San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"...[T]his kind of graceful writing doesn't come easy, and doesn't come often. 'Riding the Rap' won't shake up your soul, but it will move you down the line with a big smile on your face." - Paul Skanzy 5/14/95

Los Angeles Times Book Review
"[T]here are surprises, unpredictable violence, and characters have consistent points of view, which is to say minds of their own, but you know every minute who is boss of this crime novel and why it has been said he is the best." - Leonard Michaels 05/14/1995

New York Times Book Review
"I first read 'Riding the Rap' in mid-January. In mid-March I read it again. The reviewer curling up with the present participle. Re-reading Elmore Leonard in the morning, and saying it was work. The experience, like the book, was wicked and irresistible. This was post-modern decadence. This was bliss." - Martin Amis 5/14/95

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