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Publisher's Summary

A character so outrageous he could only have come from the ingenious imagination of Elmore Leonard, lewd, lecherous, law-bending Florida jurist Judge Robert "Maximum Bob" Gibbs has been judged guilty by a grudge-bearing malefactor and sentenced to death - by alligator, if necessary. Maximum Bob is a delightfully dark classic thriller from "the greatest crime writer of our time, perhaps ever" (New York Times Book Review), and any listener who loved getting gleefully lost in the criminal mayhem of Get Shorty, Rum Punch, Out of Sight, The Hot Kid, or any number of the inimitable Leonard's numerous crime fiction masterworks will get maximum enjoyment out of this one.

©1991 Elmore Leonard, Inc. (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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As a retired from a career in law-enforcement, I happened to meet Elmore Leaonard when he was researching this very book. That in and of itself was a pretty cool experience. He was the stereotypical author with his gray beard, patched elbows, and smoking pipe. I felt I was meeting a description of an author from one of his books.
Having said that I had actually forgotten about this book and had not actually read it until recently. It is not exactly a tour de force, but it has its moments. Typically Leonard, the book is not going to light up your best book meter, unless you are a huge (Leonard can do no wrong) reader. It is not long however, and I did enjoy it. Perhaps it helped that I recognized the locations and even some of the characters, or whom I presumed they were. Perhaps that clouded my judgment, perhaps not. All in all, if you like Elmore Leonard you will probably like the book. And Wendy, if you’re out there, I do remember you saying one of the characters was supposed to be based on you, but I couldn’t find it. Cheers!

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Just a fun ride, with a true ensemble of believable characters.
Gritty and fun. True Leonard!
Great narration by Richard Poe as well.

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not one of his best

hey very good performance but one of the week or storyline with no likeable characters and poor interplay of the romantic connection

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Story lacked any surprises. Powerful old man chasing younger women somewhat work connected. Very predictable.

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Good but a bit darker than expected

I felt this book didn’t have the same quirkiness as others by this author. The characters weren’t as interesting or layered but more black and white.

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Elmore delivers a sad one - and will the hell says he lacks strong women characters needs to lay off the crack.

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