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Road Dogs

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  2,347 ratings  ·  349 reviews
Legendary New York Times bestselling author Elmore Leonard returns with three of his favorite characters: Jack Foley from Out of Sight, Cundo Rey from LaBrava, and Dawn Navarro from Riding the Rap.

Jack Foley, the charming bank robber from Out of Sight, is serving a thirty-year sentence in a Miami penitentiary, but he's made an unlikely friend on the inside who just might b
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ebook, 288 pages
Published May 12th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (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
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Amanda
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
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Gary
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
Ed
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.
Al
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
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Josh
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
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Kemper
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
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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
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
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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
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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
Tony
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
"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
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
Bill
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
Tim Niland
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
"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
Julie
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
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Jamie
Dawn, turned up to 11, might be one of the scariest of all Elmore’s people. Dawn! This was such fun.
William
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
John
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.
Glenn
3.5 stars. Elmore is the best at writing wiseguy dialogue. In this one, it's two wiseguys and a "wisegirl", with three characters from former novels, the most widely known probably being bank robber Jack Foley from Out of Sight (played by George Clooney in the movie version).
John
Not the best Leonard, but still an amusing little novel. I knew one of the main characters was the guy from "Out of Sight," but I didn't realize the other two were from other Leonard novels. Maybe I would have appreciated it more if I had read those others first. The plot was pretty twisty, and it wasn't too predictable. I did think that the main bank robber character was getting maybe a little too close to being a copy of Chili Palmer, who is a great main character but doesn't need to be carbon ...more
Debra Daniels-zeller
Leonard brings back Jack Foley from Out of Sight in this tight crime novel told in only the way Leonard can. In his late 80's I'm amazed that he can still deliver a stellar novel. I really like the way his stories are told in dialogue, and all the characters have flaws. Cundo Ray is a hustler from Leonard's novel LaBrava, and Dawn Navarro is another con artist psychic from another novel. Foley who was serving time with Cundo, gets out first and goes to Cundo's house to meet Dawn. No one is the b ...more
J.C.
Standard Elmore; just a grand ole' time. Don't worry, you don't need to read the previous adventures of the main characters to enjoy this one.
Roxanne
Got 2/3 of the way through. It had received some good reviews - but - no way. It went no where.
Kara Jorges
Picking up right where “Out of Sight” left off, Elmore Leonard’s latest novel opens with Jack Foley, the most famous bank robber in America, ruminating about US Marshal Karen Sisco while preparing to do his 30 years at Glades Correctional. He almost immediately makes a new friend in Cundo Rey, a Cuban con who hires Jack a spitfire lawyer who gets his sentence reduced to 30 months. Jack gets out of prison just days before Cundo, and heads to Venice, California to wait for Cundo’s release as his h ...more
Jim Leffert
Elmore Leonard has written many entertaining books over the years. This is one of his lesser efforts. The gimmick is that he brings together 3 characters from different books from the past. Jack Foley, the hunky and somewhat chivalrous bank robber (127 banks over his career) from the popular book (and film) Out of Sight befriends Cundo Rey, a sexist Cuban con, in prison. Although Foley is serving a 30-year sentence, Cundo directs Foley to a very capable lawyer (and pays the freight) so that Fole ...more
Karolyn Sherwood
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
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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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