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Riding the Rap: A Novel by Elmore Leonard

Riding the Rap: A Novel (original 1995; edition 2012)

by Elmore Leonard (Author)

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Title:Riding the Rap: A Novel
Authors:Elmore Leonard (Author)
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2012), Edition: Reprint, 338 pages
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Riding the Rap by Elmore Leonard (1995)



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Raylan Givens works for the US Marshalls Service. Harry Arno's former girlfriend, Joyce, asks current boyfriend Rayland to find the missing Harry who has been kidnapped by three mismatched bad guys. They want him to pay them a ransom from money he stole from others. As no ransom has been sought from Harry's mother or friends, the police are not interested in looking into a kidnapping that only Rayland says has happened.

As Rayland closes in on the thugs, they start eliminating one another. An interesting character is the Reverend Dawn Navarro, a sexy psychic who seems to be able to see into the future as well as describe incidents from the past which frightens the thugs and intrigues Rayland who finds her attractive but way too young for him.

Slow to start but it doesn't take long to grab you and turn into a page turner in the Elmore Leonard tradition. ( )
  lamour | Jun 14, 2017 |
Another Raylan book, read because of "Justified". Also an excellent read. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Apr 2, 2017 |
Not as good as "Pronto", but not a bad read. The "bad" guys just weren't much to worry about, and Raylan's motivation to help Harry seemed a little far fetched. But, the federal marshal is a great character, and makes the book worth the effort! ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Jan 23, 2016 |
As the second work in the Raylan Givens series, Elmore Leonard’s Riding the Rap is quirky and amusing, with strange characters and an odd plot line. Retired bookie Harry Arno is kidnapped -- imprisoned in his own home -- and expected to come up with the ransom money to secure his own release. Harry’s ex-girlfriend (who is now federal marshall Raylan’s girlfriend), recruits Raylan to rescue him. The three kidnappers are among the dimmest you’ll find in crime fiction (not that Raylan is all that bright himself). While not quite to the level of its predecessor Pronto, snappy dialogue, oddball characters, and an unexpected denouement make this book one that Elmore fans won’t want to miss. ( )
2 vote danielx | Mar 23, 2015 |
In Leonard’s mystery novel, three con men team together to kidnap retired Miami bookie Harry Arno. The plan was to make the bookie pay his own ransom with all his ill-gotten gains. What went wrong? Harry’s former girlfriend asks her current boyfriend, federal marshal Raylan Givens, to find Harry. A gifted officer of the law, Givens always gets his man. As he runs down Harry’s whereabouts he stumbles across a psychic named Dawn who provides another lead. Before long, Givens is in hot pursuit of three criminals racing against time to save Harry before it’s too late.

A fast-paced crime thriller written by a master. ( )
  debbieaheaton | Jul 19, 2014 |
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In this sequel to Pronto, Harry Arno has retired from bookmaking but is still closing out some of his outstanding debts. But then his collection agent, an ex-con by the name of Bobby Deo, goes to pick up $1,800 from Chip Ganz and ends up getting hired for a hostage-taking operation (like kidnapping "in a way," Chip tells him, "only different. A lot different.") When Harry's taken by his own man, it's up to United States Marshal Raylan Givens to track him down, in the same methodically relentless fashion he tracked Harry that time he ran off to Italy. Throw in a henchman named Louis Lewis with plans of his own and an attractive young psychic named Reverend Dawn, and you've got yet another crime story that'll keep you on the edge of your seat--occasionally chuckling to yourself--straight through to the finish. (And bonus points to loyal Leonard fans who can spot the crossover elements from Rum Punch and Maximum Bob.) --Ron Hogan

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Raylan Givens, U.S. marshal, is working on Warrants, bringing in fugitive felons, when Harry Arno disappears again and Raylan feels obliged to find him. This time with misgivings. Raylan believes Harry has dropped out of sight to get attention and win back his former lover, Joyce, who had fallen into Raylan's arms, but now seems concerned only with Harry's welfare. The last person to see Harry is a nifty young psychic - certified medium and spiritualist - named Dawn Navarro. As soon as Raylan talks to her he senses that Harry has very likely been kidnapped and Dawn is involved.Cut to the bad guys. Chip Ganz describes his idea, a way to make millions, as "taking hostages." Not unlike the way it was done in Lebanon, but this time for profit. Does he mean kidnapping? "In a way," Chip tells his ex-con accomplices, Louis Lewis and Bobby Deo, "only different. A lot different." It's the victim who has to come up with a way to pay the ransom. "It had better be the best idea you've ever had," Chip tells Harry, blindfolded and in chains. "Because if we don't like it, you're dead." In time Raylan's pretty sure he knows where Harry is being held, but doesn't have "probable cause" to get a warrant and gain entry. As he closes in, though, Chip's hostage plan begins to come apart and the scene is set for a showdown - one of the best you'll ever see.… (more)

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