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Riding the Rap by Elmore Leonard

Riding the Rap (original 1995; edition 1996)

by Elmore Leonard

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Now that his mom's gravy train has derailed, gambling, debt-ridden Palm Beach playboy Warren "Chip" Ganz has decided to take somebody rich hostage-with the help of a Bahamian ex-con, a psycho gardener/enforcer, and the beautiful, if underfed, psychic Reverend Dawn. The trouble is they choose bookmaker Harry Arno as their victim, and Harry can scam with the best. The BIG trouble is ace manhunter U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is sleeping with Harry's ex-exotic dancer ex-girlfriend, and Joyce wants Harry found. And since nearly everyone has guns, locating and springing the captive bookie most probably can't happen without some measure of lethal difficulty.… (more)
Title:Riding the Rap
Authors:Elmore Leonard
Info:Penguin Books Ltd (1996), Edition: New edition, Paperback, 304 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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