©1989 Elmore Leonard; (P)2006 Phoenix Audio
"Masterful...gemlike...bone-chilling." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
"Crime fiction doesn't get any better....A bravura performance." (Publishers Weekly)
I haven't read the book, so not sure how much surgery was done to the abridgment. That said, this is Leonard at the top of his form: a trained ear for the nuance of the everyday, and spare confident prose to die for. A quirky story complexly told to sound simple. Plus, a reader who's equally good in his own right. Definitely worth it.
I generally like Elmore Leonard and his dry sense of humor, and fully expected to enjoy this book. Although the audio reading is really very good and thoroughly listenable, I am sorry to say that what little there is of a story is plain disappointing.
Killshot is not so much a story, as a character sketch of some cold, heartless murders. I found myself plain going through the ordeal of listening through it for the simple reason that I paid for this audio program, and come hell or high water, I'd listen to it through to the end. I expected that eventually there would be some redeeming feature to this tale, and I guess that eventually there is... but just a little.
Two thugs enter a real estate office to fulfill an extortion scheme, and a woman and her husband see too much and become targets. People I respect love this book, so maybe I didn’t get it. But I found it totally forgettable. Bechdel test: fail.
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