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Road Dogs (2009)

by Elmore Leonard

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Cundo and Foley are "Road Dogs," two guys in prison that watch each other's backs. They walk the yard and chatter to each other. Cundo is a Cuban boat refugee who has earned a fortune and has Jimmy the accountant watching his books. The ultra- sexy Dawn is his woman waiting for eight years like a saint for him to return. Foley has all by his lonesome robbed more banks than anyone else, more than Dillinger, more than Willy Sutton. Cundo pays a tough as nails woman lawyer to get Foley's sentence reduced and sends Foley out to Los Angeles to wait for Cundo who is getting out two weeks later. Meanwhile Dawn the seductive psychic works on getting Foley to take out Cundo and an FBI agent chases Foley clear across the country and waits for him to rob another bank. A great novel from page one. It is filled with Leonard's trademarked realistic dialogue and that alone is so good that it carries the story. Nobody writes like Leonard. ( )
  DaveWilde | Sep 22, 2017 |
If Hemingway did crime he'd be Elmore Leonard.

Not my favorite, another installment in the Jack Foley saga. Takes place in Venice, California and has a hard-boiled feeling. Not as funny as Elmore can be.

Elmore on a bad day is better than most on their best days. ( )
  blnq | Feb 2, 2017 |
Fun to hear the grifters, gang members, and the bank robber. Characters seem more interesting than the plot which wanders around Venice, CA. Characters get out of jail, meet LA, and then some die to make the book more interesting. ( )
  kerns222 | Aug 24, 2016 |
Elmore Leonard's "Road Dogs" (2009), published when he was in his 80s, shows that his narrative gifts didn't desert him near the end of his life. The novel about two prison pals, road dogs, and what happens to them after their release, entertains as much as any of his earlier stories.

Elmore Leonard books always remind me of Coen Brothers movies. That's because of their wit, the strength of their dialogue and the unpredictability of their plots. In "Road Dogs," Jack Foley, who has robbed more banks than anyone else, wins an early release because his buddy, Cundo Ray, pays for a first-rate lawyer. Then Cundo sends him to stay in one of his California mansions, while Dawn, his beautiful and supposedly chaste girlfriend, waits for his return in the other next door. When Cundo gets out of prison, you expect him to place some demand on Foley as repayment for his generosity. But that isn't what happens at all, this being Elmore Leonard. Instead the threat, make that threats, against Foley come from elsewhere.

One of those threats is Lou Adams, an FBI agent convinced Foley will quickly return to his old habits. In fact, he is betting on it. He is writing a book about the nation's greatest, and most polite, bank robber, but he needs an ending. He figures he will have that when Foley robs another bank and Adams is there to catch him. He closely monitors Foley's activity, even to the point of hiring even worse criminals to tail him. But as threats go, Lou Adams proves to be little more than an irritation. Again, this is Elmore Leonard here.

I shouldn't reveal more of the plot, for Leonard's surprises are best left to come in their own good time. ( )
  hardlyhardy | Feb 1, 2016 |
Jack Foley is in jail for 30 years for bank robbery and befriends Cundo Rey in jail for murder. Cundo helps Jack get a reduced sentence and when he's released Jack becomes involved with Cundo's common law wife Dawn Navarro. What follows is a twisted game of who can you trust and who will get Cundo's fortune. I didn't realize this book involved characters from previous Leonard books. Now I want to read the previous books. A good suspenseful book. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
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To call the narrative itself cinematic is a cliché. It’s partly true, but this writer doesn’t foolishly compete with cinema where cinema has the edge: his scenes of sex and violence are clever and brief, rapidly established to let the verbal engine of dialogue drive the story forward.
 
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Gentleman/banker-robber Jack Foley is back in prison doing a thirty-year sentence after a week-long escape. Brought in by Karen Sisco, US marshal, who got her man after being abducted with the escapees, Jack and Karen have a thing for each other, and Karen arrests him only after a meaningful 'time'out' together. Jack is resigning himself to doing time, lots of it, and he seems to have a friendly and easy control over the hardened criminals he is imprisoned with. This easiness is enhanced in the minds of others by his fame as a bank robber. It is this ease which impresses Cuando Rey, a Cuban refugee and criminal who is doing time for murder. Cuando arranges to have Foley's sentence hugely reduced, but has favors aplenty to ask when they're both released. Cuando's wife, Dawn, is pretending to be saintly all the while (whilst quite the opposite) under the negligent eye of The Monk, a gay accountant similarly in thrall to Cuando. Foley is freed, and, as he fears, Cuando wants to use him on a job, just as his every move is being scrutinised by FBI detective Lou Adams. In an instant, though, Dawn has seduced him, and she has an agenda all of her own.… (more)

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