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Swag by Elmore Leonard

Swag (original 1976; edition 1976)

by Elmore Leonard

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Authors:Elmore Leonard
Info:New York: Delacorte Press, c1976. 229 p. ; 22 cm.
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Tags:Mystery, Own, Fiction, Male Author, Male Protagonist, Read

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Swag by Elmore Leonard (1976)



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A typical Leonard take on life among the criminal classes. Two guys end up as partners and get in over their heads.
  ritaer | May 12, 2017 |
Really fun crime novel about two petty criminals who decide to team up as armed robbers. Filled with classic Leonard deadpan dialogue. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
I picked this up because, well, Elmore Leonard died recently and I'd never read anything of his. Holy god, could that man write. I've never seen such fantastic, economical writing. I almost don't care about the story - although it was also fun, as predictable as the story of "incompetent criminals do crime" always is, it's usually pretty entertaining too - just because I want to roll around in the way he can establish character with two well-placed words. (Fortunately this is not the kind of writing that gives me an inferiority complex, mostly because it's impossible to write sf this way.) ( )
  jen.e.moore | Sep 15, 2013 |
Classic Leonard. A super tight read with no inefficiencies. This book reads so effortlessly, that when you are done you wonder how Leonard fit so much in to such a small space. Stick is a country guy who falls in with the wrong crowd, Frank, when Frank misremembers Stick in Court - after Stick had stolen a car from the used lot where Frank was working. A mismatched partnership in crimes ensues between Stick and Frank, as they try tiO implement Frank's ten rules for success and happiness in crime. The duo press their fortunes and forget Frank's rules with complicating consequences. Stick has love in hand and feels it rush out between his fingers. This books shares similarities with Rum Punch ( Jackie Brown). This book is difficult to find compared to most Leonard titles. Well worth the hunt as this Leonard at his fittest. ( )
  RDHawk6886 | Aug 27, 2013 |
When it comes to crime fiction, Elmore Leonard is a master minimalist. No flash, no heroics. Just believable people--some of them on one side of the law, some on the other side.
Very good read. ( )
  dickmanikowski | Sep 16, 2012 |
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They've got criminal know-how, a plan to snag a tax-free hundred grand, and a taste for summertime Detroit's suburban sweet life. But have they got the guts - and the smarts to carry it off without getting caught?

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