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Pronto | [Elmore Leonard]

Pronto

The feds want Miami bookmaker Harry Arno to squeal on his wiseguy boss. So they're putting word out on the street that Arno's skimming profits from "Jimmy Cap" Capotorto - which he is, but everybody does it. He was planning to retire to Italy someday anyway, so Harry figures now's a good time to get lost. U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens knows Harry's tricky - the bookie ditched him once in an airport while in the marshal's custody - but not careful.
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Publisher's Summary

The feds want Miami bookmaker Harry Arno to squeal on his wiseguy boss. So they're putting word out on the street that Arno's skimming profits from "Jimmy Cap" Capotorto - which he is, but everybody does it. He was planning to retire to Italy someday anyway, so Harry figures now's a good time to get lost.

U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens knows Harry's tricky - the bookie ditched him once in an airport while in the marshal's custody - but not careful. So Raylan's determined to find the fugitive's Italian hideaway before a cold-blooded Sicilian "Zip" does and whacks Arno for fun. After all, it's a "pride thing"...and it might even put Raylan in good stead with Harry's sexy ex-stripper girlfriend Joyce.

©1983 Elmore Leonard, Inc. (P)1994 Books On Tape

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    Corey brooklyn, NY, United States 04-20-12
    Corey brooklyn, NY, United States 04-20-12 Member Since 2009

    Hi, I'm Corey I'm a student at NYU studying international relations. If you ever wanna talk about books facebook me Gunslingermoore@gmail

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    "It was good"

    This book was good not great just good. Rayland is by far the most interesting character in the book. Pronto doesn't have to many twists or turns but it is enjoyable. I'm going to give the other books by Elmore a try before I come to any kind of conclusion about his books.As far as this book goes is it a Buy or a pass? I would say pass this one up it's not the greatest.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    harry PLEASANTON, CA, United States 03-05-12
    harry PLEASANTON, CA, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun Listen"

    This book is a fun listen. Not quite the Raylan Givens that you know from Justified, but close. Snappy dialogue and great characters.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Allons, TN, United States 11-15-11
    Ron Allons, TN, United States 11-15-11 Member Since 2010

    American patriot, veteran, historical researcher and writer.

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    "Great character, even better dialogue!"

    It's not hard to hard to be swept away by any of Elmore Leonard's characters in his books, and Raylan is one of his best. Rayland exemplifies the very best of an old west sheriff in a modern day world serving in the U.S. Marshall's service. Loaded with characters and dialogue that you will not soon forget. It is not hard to understand why so many of Elmore's books and characters make it to the big screen and television; they are just plain and simple entertainment. Enjoy this listen!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 04-20-12
    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 04-20-12 Member Since 2009

    Hi, I'm an alumi of NYU and I'm also huge into MMA. I love books I read a lot and review the stand outs. I'll give you guys the goods.

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    "It was good"

    This book was good not great just good. Rayland is by far the most interesting character in the book. Pronto doesn't have to many twists or turns but it is enjoyable. I'm going to give the other books by Elmore a try before I come to any kind of conclusion about his books.As far as this book goes is it a Buy or a pass? I would say pass this one up it's not the greatest.

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    SDF NY, NY 03-19-12
    SDF NY, NY 03-19-12 Member Since 2003

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    "had a wonderful time"
    If you could sum up Pronto in three words, what would they be?

    lots of fun


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is typical Elmore Leonard, great dialogue, stupid and ridiculous thugs, complicated plotting with law enforcement having its crazy conflicting agendas. This is not great literature but it is a really good time.


    Which character ??? as performed by Alexander Adams ??? was your favorite?

    Raylan


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud - a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    A short and fabulous read, great for a long car ride

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    Nichole TIMBERLAKE, NC, United States 03-05-12
    Nichole TIMBERLAKE, NC, United States 03-05-12
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    "Fan of the show and the books"
    Where does Pronto rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoy the show and was excited to find out it was based on a book. The writing is great and the story keeps you interested. I did not like the change in narrators in each book but it didn't keep me from listening.


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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 02-14-12
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 02-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Just ok. Nothing special. It kept my interest."

    I was hoping for the humor and quick wit I found in “Out of Sight” which had me smiling a lot. I didn’t smile while reading this. It was ok though. Most of the characters are wiseguys with wiseguy talk. Some are not very smart. Raylan has a casual southern sound. He is a US Marshall. He has no problem killing bad guys, but he does it in a way that they draw first so he is shooting in self-defense. What was missing? Probably - the main characters didn’t draw me in enough.

    There is a TV show “Justified” based on the character Raylan Givens. This is the first book in the Raylan series.

    Genre: crime fiction. Ending: reasonably good feeling. The good guys win.

    The narrator Alexander Adams did a good job.

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    Ronna United States 03-04-13
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    "JUSTIFIED's Raylan Givens comes to life!!"

    Pronto is the book that introduces Raylan Givens from the TV series, Justified. It's a great mob versus the 'good guy' story. Raylan tends to do everything 'his way' and on his own moral judgments. When a bookie, Harry, is set -up by the Feds to draw in more bad guys, Raylan decides that 'fair is not fair' here. Raylan goes off to Italy to 'bring back' the bookie, and to save him from a mob hit.

    The character descriptions are marvelous, and Raylan's 'biography' is apply drawn throughout the story as he gets to know Harry's girlfriend---soon to be Raylan's girlfriend. The bad guys range from those looking for any little excuse to kill people, to the big talkers who wimp out when the action calls for gunfire.

    Scenes in Italy are interspersed with stories of the poet, Ezra Pound. Beauty for one person becomes boredom and confusion for others. Like all great 'bad versus good' hero stories, the good guys win in the end!! If you like the TV series, this is a must read for you!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Conley Geneseo, IL 11-13-12
    R. Conley Geneseo, IL 11-13-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Not the TV Raylin"

    I thinks the Justified is one of the best ever TV dramas, right there with HBO series like Deadwood. If you have watched the TV series you may be disappointed in this book's portrayal of Raylan. Perhaps the story may disappoint too, but at least you come away with good background on the shooting that sent Raylan back to KY. The book's Raylan has almost none of the qualities and characteristics of his counterpart except his skill with a handgun and has more of an accent than Tim Olyphant uses. I like Leonard and I enjoyed the book, but like to get a little longer story for my credits. I plan to listen to the rest also to see how Leonard develops Raylan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wil Kenner, LA, United States 11-04-12
    Wil Kenner, LA, United States 11-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "FUN"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, mostly because it is exciting to learn some of the background of the character Raylan Givens from the TV show Justified


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. I didn't know where it was going at any given time.


    Have you listened to any of Alexander Adams’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the only time I have ever listened to Adams. Very nice narration


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really. I laughed at times.


    Any additional comments?

    After listening to a few very lengthy books, I was looking for something a little shorter and a little less intense. So, I read Riding the Rap and Pronto back to back and they were exactly what i was hoping for. Leonards quirky style made for a fun adventure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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