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Road Dogs

3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,975 Ratings  ·  407 Reviews
Road Dogs is terrific, and Elmore Leonard is in a class of one.”
—Dennis Lehane, author of Shutter Island and Mystic River

“You know from the first sentence that you’re in the hands of the original Daddy Cool....This one’ll kill you.”
—Stephen King

Elmore Leonard is eternal. In Road Dogs, the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award winner and “America’s greatest crime master” (New
ebook, 288 pages
Published May 12th 2009 by William Morrow (first published 2009)
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Jason Koivu
If Elmore Leonard meant for there to be a theme running through this book it's probably: There is no honor among thieves...

In Road Dogs, two buddies get out of the joint and immediately hatch up plans for new heists. But then a girl muddies things up. Then another one makes it even more complicated. And what about the loyal prison bitch of one of the buddies? Which side is he taking? And for that matter, whose side are any of them on?

This probably deserves 4 stars. It's good writing. It's an i
Apr 19, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog
This review, much like an Elmore Leonard novel, is destined to be short and to the point. As it should be.

Road Dogs picks up where the novel Out of Sight left off. In Out of Sight we were introduced to Jack Foley, a bank robber whose escape from prison leads to his "kidnap" of U.S. Marshal Karen Sisco. Star-crossed lovers far more interesting than Romeo and Juliet, Jack and Karen are a couple who are meant to be, but can never be. Watching the sparks fly between them and their ongoing banter mad
João Carlos
Jan 23, 2015 João Carlos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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O escritor norte-americano Elmore Leonard (1925 – 2013) escreveu “Unha com Carne” (Road Dogs) em 2009, um thriller, com Jack Foley, Cunda Rey e Dawn Navarro.
Foley, o maior assaltante de bancos dos Estados Unidos da América, bonito e charmoso, está a cumprir uma pena de prisão de trinta anos, na penitenciária de Glades, Miami, Florida, onde encontra Cundo Rey, um criminoso cubano riquíssimo, com quem inicia e mantém uma relação de amizade, e que lhe indica a eficiente e belíssima advogada Megan N
Oct 08, 2009 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hip and snappy, ROAD DOGS concerns a pair of ex-cons who get each others back inside and outside of prison ("road dogs"). Throw in a spiritualist romance interest along with other disparate characters. Somehow the mix works for an entertaining, somewhat light read. I've liked Mr. Leonard's Westerns more than his crime books, but this one appealed enough to me.
Apr 01, 2012 Gary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again Elmore shows off his mastery of dialogue. You can just see the film script flowing out as you read. It's fast and cool with some old characters reprised. You can forgive some instances of slightly unbelievability (like when TB just hands his gun over - don't worry it's not a spoiler)because the rest come across as very real. One thing I noticed though is that Cundo's accountant is referred to as the Monk and Don Winslow's 'Life and death of Bobby Z' has an accountant named monk too - ...more
Jun 28, 2009 Al rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I knew Elmore Leonard books. Elmore Leonard books were friends of mine. Road Dogs, you're no Elmore Leonard book.
Elmore Leonard is proud of starting his books with no real idea of where they're going to come out, and his varied and entertaining array of successes is proof that that method has worked for him. But even the greats have off days, and this is one of them. This is a book without a point, one that wanders aimlessly and winds up nowhere. We've met Jack Foley before, and he's entertain
Apr 25, 2012 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, pulp, favorites, read_2012
Road Dogs Cundo and Jack Foley have spent time in prison watching each others back. Cundo, by way of appreciation offers Foley a chance at a drastically reduced sentence by offering his crafty lawyer free of charge. Soon enough, the bank robber is out and occupying one of Cundo's houses along with his long-distance wife, Dawn. Upon Cundo's release a plot has been hatched by Dawn to take Cundo for all he's worth and bring Foley along for the ride.

Elmore Leonard is renowned for his razor sharp di
Aug 07, 2010 Kemper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Out of Sight was one of my favorite Elmore Leonard novels (and a great movie despite having Jennifer Lopez in it) so I was really excited to hear that Jack Foley would be a character in this one along with a couple of other Leonard characters from other books, Dawn Navvaro from Riding the Rap and Cundo Rey from LaBrava.

Unfortunately, half of what made Out of Sight so fun was Karen Sisco and Jack’s crazy romance, and with no Karen in this one, the whole book doesn’t have the same zing. Dawn was a
Cathy DuPont
Feb 10, 2015 Cathy DuPont rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack's back! Jack Foley that is. And while I loved the character in Out of Sight this one didn't didn't stir me to five stars as did the first Foley book which I loved.

Audio version which I read while driving.
Luís Paz da silva
Primeira leitura de Leonard, por recomendação (e oferta) de um amigo de leituras fiáveis. Sou um apreciador do género policial, sem ser um aficionado. Tenho no currículo os incontornáveis Doyle, Christie, Hammet, Chandler, Ellroy, etc., etc. Nunca me senti defraudado no final, bem pelo contrário. Dizem-me que Leonard ombreia com os maiores. Não é difícil acreditar pela leitura deste "Unha com Carne". Os diálogos são muito bons, o tema da amizade improvável mas quase sagrada que atravessa o livro ...more
Sam Quixote
Sep 04, 2013 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack Foley, the hero of "Out of Sight" and in prison for the next 30 years, becomes friends with a powerful Cuban called Cundo Rey who assigns him a hotshot attorney, getting him out of the jailhouse inno time. Cundo asks Foley to watch over his expensive houses in Venice Beach, California, and keep an eye on his girl's fidelity, a psychic called Dawn Navarro, who makes a living playing up her "powers" to wealthy (and gullible) Hollywood wives. But with Cundo's upcoming release from prison, Dawn ...more
James Thane
In Road Dogs, Elmore Leonard reunites characters from several earlier novels, principally Jack Foley, the All-American bank robber from "Out of Sight." When last seen, Jack was headed off for a thirty-year stretch in the pen, having been shot in the leg and captured by his one-time lover, Marshall Karen Cisco.

Jack is now released early, after serving only a few months, thanks to the hot shot lawyer hired by his prison pal, Cundo Rey. Jack and Cundo are road dogs--friends who watch each others' b
Feb 13, 2012 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sayin it's junk. It moves right along. A two evening book. He writes rather sparsely. Thanks Elmore for not wasting my time with over blown hyperbole. If ya wanna watch TV without watchin TV this would do the trick. I'm movin on to Spillane or Hammett. Dont think I'll read much more from this guy. But it wasn't bad, it just wasn't good.
Max Tomlinson
All this book needs is a plot.

First of all, let me say that I’m a long-time Elmore Leonard fan. I’ve read almost all of his books, including his westerns, and love his work. As a writer I have probably learned more from Leonard than any other author I read; his use of close third person and his natural dialog were innovative and made him the stand-out author he was. He pioneered the modern crime novel, taking the genre into the realms of literature. They didn’t call him the Dostoevsky of Detroi
Doctor Gaines
Elmore Leonard has had a long, long career in writing, and it’s not even done yet; the man is in his eighties and is still cranking out at least a novel every year or so. When I read such a well-seasoned author with a large catalog of works for the first time, I tend to usually want to start of with a book that is considered one of his best, or at least choose one from the ‘prime’ of their career. This may be a clue as to why I did not enjoy this book at all, because I did not use this tactic wh ...more
Karolyn Sherwood
Sep 08, 2013 Karolyn Sherwood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, fiction
Let's just start here: ROAD DOGS is not a mystery novel. Silly me, I thought it would be—Elmore Leonard being a "Grand Master" of the Mystery Writers of America, and all.

ROAD DOGS is my first Leonard novel. I picked it up for a number of reasons, the primary one being that I'd never read this master writer before. He's known for terse writing, fantastic bad guys, even better dialogue, and ... wait for it ... mysteries. ROAD DOGS is literary fiction about a bank robber, Jack Foley. You can't cal
May 24, 2009 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leonard, Elmore. ROAD DOGS. (2009). ****. In spite of all the blurbs, Leonard is not a “thriller” writer. He is the master of the caper novel, and you have to realize that all of his characters in all of his stories cannot be trusted to mean or do what they say. They are all out for themselves. In this caper, we meet Jack Foley, a charming bank robber, one who has robbed over 170 banks during his career. We also meet his cell-mate, Cundo Rey, an extremely wealthy Cuban criminal. They have been t ...more
June Ahern
Jul 04, 2011 June Ahern rated it it was amazing
"Road Dogs" is my second Elmore Leonard book I've listened to on CD and I really enjoyed it, couldn't wait to get more. The criminal characters each have a certain something that made me want to get into their heads and the story line moved along keeping my interest. Each chapter eagerly leads the reader forward - bada bing bada boom - let's go to the next one and learn what will Jack Foley, the notorious bank robber cook up next? Or Cundo Rey the Cuban Hollywood drug lord. Little Jimmy, Cundo's ...more
Walt Giersbach
Aug 17, 2012 Walt Giersbach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robert Pinsky, reviewing for The New York Times in May 2009, said Elmore Leonard’s Road Dogs “is about the varying degrees of truth and baloney in human relationships. Sometimes the truth or the baloney is lethal. Droll and exciting, enriched by the self-aware, what-the-hell-why-not insouciance of a master now in his mid-80s, Road Dogs presents interesting questions: Can a grown person change? Specifically, can a man abandon expertise that wins him respect but makes a mess of his life? Can anybo ...more
Jul 15, 2009 Bill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This book started well. Of course, it has the baggage (in a good way) of characters from previous novels, including Foley from Out of Sight, and that helps to draw you in. After all, everyone wants to know what happens between George and J-Lo, excuse me, Jack and Karen, but Leonard gets past that in a hurry. At first I thought this book was going to be a return to form for Leonard after his two rather dull forays into historical fiction, but ultimately, this book also falls short. The plot, such ...more
Apr 28, 2015 PinkieBrown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy reading. Compared with Ellroy's rambunctious attitude to his established characters in "Perfidia", this was much more like a comfortable pair of slippers. Just one scene reuniting Jack and Karen Sisco, aaaah! Otherwise, this is a good example of how relaxed Leonard was during his later period. Less of the energy from the time he wrote "Out of Sight" but sitting back into his dialogue is always a genuine pleasure. You think you know Foley well enough that he might not make some of the choice ...more
Chris DePoy
Jun 13, 2016 Chris DePoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Road Dogs was a fine quick read. Elmore Leonard's style never wavered. This noir consists of all the slick but flawed characters you'd expect to chase after the next easy score. The plot twists weren't overwhelming the characters or dug the reader into a tangled who dun it confusion. My only gripe is the femme Fatale of the story. She was a little too flat of a character and sometimes clogged up the pace. Otherwise, it was a fun read.
Tim Niland
May 24, 2009 Tim Niland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
Suave and debonair bank robber Jack Foley who never pulled a gun during any of his 100+ heists is finally collared and sent up the river where he meets Cundo Rey, Cuban exile, murderer and con artist. Setting Jack up with a hotshot lawyer that gets him released on a technicality, Rey tells Jack to find his common law wife and await his release and next move. Foley and Dawn, Rey's wife, begin a torrid affair and plot to see if they can relieve Rey of his ill gotten money. This was a fun book - Le ...more
Bookmarks Magazine
Jul 30, 2009 Bookmarks Magazine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sept-oct-2009
"The critics, thrilled with Leonard's latest novel, unanimously praised it as another success in a long line of groundbreaking successes. Leonard's revolutionary, minimalist style -- including his disdain for long descriptions and tedious scene setting -- sends the plot racing along on deliciously deadpan dialogue between vivid, engaging characters, a few of whom readers already know and love. Amid the murder and mayhem, Leonard also poses larger questions about the varying degrees of loyalty an ...more
Nov 05, 2010 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Listened to on audio.
Foley and Cundo Rey are friends in prison. They spend time together every day for more than 3 years. Cundo pays for a laywer for Foley and gets his sentence reduced. Foley goes to LA to wait for Sundo. Fresh out of prison, Foley hooks up with Dawn Navarro, the common-law wife Cundo Rey, in a plan to relieve Cundo of his fortune.
The character development is great for Cundo and Foley, but other characters are flat.
The book had a lot of possibilities in the beginning, but it
Oct 18, 2014 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dawn, turned up to 11, might be one of the scariest of all Elmore’s people. Dawn! This was such fun.
Aug 06, 2014 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elmore Leonard goes back to the Out of Sight well with a sequel based on the further adventures of the Sweetheart Bandit, Jack Foley. Facing thirty years for his part in the events of that novel, Foley befriends a Cuban murderer and real-estate mogul in prison who helps him get his sentence reduced to a few months and upon his release, feeling indebted, agrees to wait for his benefactor in Miami to help him with . . . what is never entirely made clear. But Cundo the Cuban is 'married' to 'psychi ...more
Tobin Elliott
Jun 09, 2015 Tobin Elliott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hard-copy, fiction
I don't know how this one slipped under my radar. I stumbled across it in a secondhand bookstore. A hardcover Elmore for $4? I'm in.

And judging from the cover, I figured it for one of his older books, because I just bought it. I didn't even read what it's about. When it's Elmore Leonard, I don't screw around. He wrote it, I'm going to like it (well, except for his kid's book, A Coyote In The House.

Anyway, when I saw he'd actually written this book in 2009, and tied together the three main chara
Dec 24, 2014 Ed rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I learned Elmore Leonard had died I also learned of the existence of this book, a sequel to Out Of Sight. This may the most disappointing book I've ever read. Painfully boring and the worst thing I've read of Leonard's. It pains me to say it so close to Leonard's passing but I gotta be honest. Jack Foley is a great character and bringing him back was welcome. There are flashes of Leonard's genius but spread way to thin. Ugh. Bloody shame.
Raro de Concurso
Novela de género policiaco, aunque sería mejor decir de género ex-presidiarios. Yo iría aún más lejos y diría que de ex-presidiarios vacilones. Porque nada más lejos del título, el tono del libro no es barriobajero, mísero o sórdido. Sino una especie de chanza encubierta a este género de serie B. El humor rebosa por sus páginas y el autor da una vuelta de tuerca a todos los clichés habidos y por haber. A saber:
- El atracador de bancos guapo, atractivo, que roba sin armas de fuego, sólo con su so
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Elmore John Leonard lived in Dallas, Oklahoma City and Memphis before settling in Detroit in 1935. After serving in the navy, he studied English literature at the University of Detroit where he entered a short story competition. His earliest published novels in the 1950s were westerns, but Leonard went on to specialize in crime fiction and suspense thrillers, many of which have been adapted into m ...more
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