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Maximum Bob by Elmore Leonard

Maximum Bob (1991)

by Elmore Leonard

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Probation officer, Kathy Baker, has one of her clients up before Judge Bob Gibbs. The judge, known as Maximum Bob for his severe sentencing hits on her. He claims his wife who is a former Weeki Wachee Florida mermaid is crazy and is leaving him. It seems the judge has pushed her out by having an alligator put on the lawn which frightens her because of an earlier experience with one while performing as a mermaid.

Kathy is the heroine and is more detective than probation officer. When it appears that someone has taken some shots at the judge, she suspects that he wasn't the target and is soon immersed in a strange case inhabited with bizarre characters such as the drug addicted doctor and his weird Hispanic house boy not to mention the redneck Elvin Crowe who soon after leaving prison, is planning on several murders including Judge Gibbs and the doctor. A well constructed Leonard novel. ( )
  lamour | Oct 13, 2015 |
Definitely gritty, full of quirky characters, & some real world issues that the system faces. Excellent heroine, too. As usual, I could really feel the area; Florida heat, gators, & dirty streets. Not Leonard's best work, but a fun read. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
Definitely one of the funnier Elmore Leonard books. It takes place in Florida, which always help with the bizarre, wacky, crazy, meter. Take one crazy racist maximum penalty judge, and a whole family of criminals and losers, and add in an alligator and you have Maximum Bob. An entertaining funny quick read. ( )
  zmagic69 | Feb 27, 2014 |
Better than average crime fiction. Elmore Leonard is one of the greatest living writers of crime fiction - perhaps even THE greatest living writer - so the reader goes in expecting good stuff. This one is good, better than average, but not an exceptional Elmore Leonard novel.

The story is fun, sometimes a little silly, at times even slightly sinister, yet it never quite comes together in a cohesive unit. It's good, but it's less accessible than many of Mr. Leonard's greatest works. Part of it might be due to a slight supernatural element that is underdeveloped (and seems out of place), or the character of Maximum Bob himself who never really comes into focus to any great extent, but whatever it is there's something that's just ever so slightly off with this one. When you weave together a twisting, turning plot the way Mr. Leonard does everything has to be just right or it starts to fall apart, even though this one doesn't fall apart you can see it starting to unravel around the edges. The story never engrossed me to the point of shutting out the world around me the way a good Elmore Leonard will usually do.

It's a good read. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys the kind of eccentric, oddball characters that Elmore Leonard often specializes in just don't let your expectations get too high going in. ( )
  Mike-L | Apr 8, 2013 |
This is Elmore Leonard at his best. Judge Maximum Bob Gibbs hands down tough sentences once too often and some of his customers would like a little revenge. Meanwhile, he has his eye on probation officer Kathy Baker, who wants to know where the Judge’a wife has gone and who put the alligator in his back yard.

The novel was spun into a summer replacement televison series several years ago. starring Beau Bridges. I don’t think the series did justice to Leonard’s characters, but it was still better than most shows.

Published in paperback by Dell. ( )
  mmtz | May 26, 2012 |
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Dale Crowe Junior told Kathy Baker, his probation officer, he didn't see where he had done anything wrong.
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Judge Bob Gibb, in Palm Beach County, Florida is an outrageous juror with many enemies. So when a mammoth alligator ends up in his house, it is not a total surprise. His wife, a former mermaid faced a gator before during her act and is herself a vehicle for a 12 year old 19th century Southern slave. Probation officer Kathy Baker attracts the judges attention, and while keeping track of other paroled convicts, begins to unravel Maximum Bob's plot to be rid of his quirky wife.
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Hard-ass Palm Beach County judge Bob Isom Gibbs enjoys sending even petty offenders away to do hard time -- which has made the list of miscreants who want him dead longer than a fully grown Florida gator's tail. And a good number of his illwishers are probation officer Kathy Baker's clients, including young Dale Crowe and his psycho uncle Elvin. Now, Kathy's got an even more daunting task than keeping BIG's horny hands off her: keeping "Maximum Bob" alive. Because Gibbs's many enemies seem to be willing to go to any lengths -- be it death by amphibian or some more tried-and-true method -- to permanently end the career of an oversexed, racist jurist who's more interested in scoring than in saving his own red neck.

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Kathy Baker, a young probation officer, finds herself caught in the middle when someone in Palm Beach County, Florida, threatens the life of bigoted redneck judge "Maximum Bob" Briggs.

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