Jack Foley is serving a 30-year sentence in a Miami penitentiary, but he's made an unlikely friend on the inside who just might be able to do something about that. Fellow inmate Cundo Rey, an extremely wealthy Cuban criminal, arranges for Foley's sentence to be reduced from 30 years to three months, and when Jack is released just two weeks ahead of Cundo, he agrees to wait for him in Venice Beach, California.
Also waiting for Cundo is his common-law wife, Dawn Navarro, a professional psychic with a slightly ulterior motive for staying with Cundo: she wants his money. And with the arrival of Jack, she sees the perfect partner in a plan to relieve Cundo of his fortune. Cundo may be Jack's friend, but does that mean he can trust him? And can either of them trust Dawn?
Road Dogs is Elmore Leonard at his best and readers will love seeing Cundo, Jack, and Dawn back in action and working together . . . or are they?
©2009 Elmore Leonard; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
"Elmore Leonard, master of gritty, bad-guy dialogue, is a perfect fit for full audio treatment, as this snappy production proves.... The best part of this audio [is] Peter Francis James's pitch perfect delivery of Leonard's hilarious, if often NC-17-rated, convict chitchat." (USA Today)
Road Dogs is a story featuring Jack Foley, a recurring Leonard character who is "the most notorious bank robber in the country." Cundo Rey is a Cuban who spends three years in prison with Foley. Dawn Navarro is also a recurring Leonard character: a "psychic" bunko artist who in this book is a cold-blooded, calculating murderer. The action takes place mostly in Venice, California. There is scheming and double-crossing and twists and turns. Foley is a very likable character. This is partly because George Clooney played him in the movie "Out of Sight," with Jennifer Lopez as US Marshall Karen Cisco. If I were you, I would read "Out of Sight" first, because it happened long before the action in "Road Dogs," and there are countless references to it. The first book is also better than Road Dogs, in my view. However, Peter Francis James does a really great job of narrating. I would definitely listen to another one of his audiobooks. Actually, if I were you, I would see the movie "Out of Sight" first. Clooney is excellent, as usual, and J. Lo is fine. Sometimes the movie is better than the book.
Yes. Elmore Leonard writes as if for a film, and an audio production comes close.
The story kept my interest in characters and plot.
I don't keep track of performers, because Audible performers are all pretty good.
This is my first Elmore Leonard listen, and I while I agree with the other reviewers with respect to good dialogue, the story just isn't that great.
The narrator has a pleasant voice and reads it smoothly, but he reads it a little to fast, and doesn't effectively pause or disjoint the scene transitions and it is a little hard to follow at times.
You will find yourself rewinding frequently.
Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad, but certainly not great. I would imagine fans will like it more than I did, and I enjoyed it enough such that I will probably try another Leonard book.
Overall, only a slight thumbs up for me.
Yes ... surprised by twist away from bank robbery
Believable Voice Characterization
Foley talks to Lou Adams
Elmore Leonard is my favourite author
Elmore Leonard is known for his characters. When talking about his writing style he always explains that he focuses on an interesting character and then tells a story about them. In Road Dogs Leonard brings three of his characters from earlier novels together for a fun and interesting story. Jack Foley is the Gentleman Bank Robber from Out of Sight, Cundo Rey was a character from LaBrava, and Dawn Navarro was last seen in Riding the Rap.
In Road Dogs we see Foley in the aftermath of Out of Sight. He is now friends with Cundo Rey, a recent arrival at the prison. Ray hooks Foley up with an attorney and gets him an early release. After his release Foley goes to LA and waits for Cundo with Dawn Navarro, Cundo’s common-law wife. Dawn is scheming to get Cundo’s fortune, she is running a grift on a rich Hollywood widow, and she want Foley’s help.
The book is written in that great Leonard style, it contains lots of fun twists and turns. It is a lot of fun.I listened to this as an audiobook. Peter Francis James was the reader for this book. He captured the nuances and style of each character. I can recommend this as both a book and an audiobook
The master hasn't lost it. In fact he's better than ever.
This book is vintage Leonard: fascinating lowlifes, quick moving cinematic plot, snappy dialogue - for about the first 2/3 of the book. Then he seems to run out of steam. The ending is somewhat predictable and rather quiet. All in all an engaging light read, but not for first timers who would be better off with "Get Shorty" or "Be Cool"
The ONLY bad part in an Elmore Leonard novel is "The End". This is the master craftsman just showing off his stuff. It is predictable in that it will entertain, funny, serious and true to life....
Road Dogs is a little bit of what happened next to George Clooney's character "Axel Foley" from "Out of Sight". Even his love interest, Karen Sisco, makes a short appearance. This book isn't 100% a sequel. It is to short, the story resolves to quickly, and the bang isn't quite big enough. What it is - a 1hr pilot of a television show that follow's the hit movie. Or an appendix to show you that yeah - Axel turned out all right after being shot and brought back to prison. In the end, I was okay with that. I loved the story and the characters, and though the ride was short it was a great ride.
The charactors in this book are so unconventional and it feels like we are just getting a peek into their lives. But that is always the case with Elmore Leonard books. Just a taste to keep you coming back for more. Enjoyable, but not complete.
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