The Big Bounce (Jack Ryan #1)
Jack Ryan always wanted to play pro ball. But he couldn't hit a curveball, so he turned his attention to less legal pursuits. A tough guy who likes walking the razor's edge, he's just met his match -- and more -- in Nancy. She's a rich man's plaything, seriously into thrills and risk, and together she and Jack are pure heat ready to explode. But when simple housebreaking...more
If I'm not mistaken, this is Elmore Leonard's first crime book. While it's by no means as polished as his later works, it's the prototype from which the rest evolved.
Jack Ryan, the protagonist, is a conflicted guy pulled into a femme fatale's orbit and finds himself powerles ...more
One of my favorite aspects about Elmore Leonard’s writing was that by shifting perspectives constantly he had the ability to make you sympathize with a character so that the hero of the story might not be who you thought it was at the beginning of a book. Fans of television’s Justified who pick up Pronto for the first time will probably be confused as to why the first half of the book makes Raylan Givens look like ...more
this is a deeply unsatisfying book. Leonard is a fantastic writer and his skill shows in certain aspects of this work, but for the most part, this book just doesn't function well. I kept wondering why the characters were acting the way they were, there seemed to be no underlying motivations to any of them. THe plot didnt feel like a heist novel, it seemed to be filled with hot air and unsure as to where to go, never finding solid ground. ...more
He wanders around the resort a bit more, looking for opportunities of one kind or another and ends up getting himself hired as a handyman by the resort's owner, Mister Majestyk (who later has a ...more
When I later read Mr. Majestyk, I was disappointed that it wasn't the Mr. M. in this book.
Elmore Leonard's Jack Ryan, not Tom Clancy's, or the jerk who was married to Jeri Rya ...more
To me, it's simply a shaggy-dog story: You expect a big bounce, and no such bounce occurs, and that's the point. It's about someone finally maturing to the point where he can ride out the thrill of meeting a femme fatale until she shows herself for what she truly is: unstable, chaotic, destined to self-destruct... which she does. It's sexy and exciti ...more
...leonard does this often...has a character imagine something and it can be short and sweet or a tad longer. i do not recall exactly the scene in this one...and...there is a place where i can go to find that information but i will not go there. now.
story begi ...more
Leonard was a superb writer, and most aspects of his writing are as good here as anywhere else. The characters feel like real people with real lives and real views, the dialo ...more
Leonard has a method that is worth studying. He introduces places, then he introduces the people in those places, then he makes those people interact. It's a well-oiled machine, a Leonard novel.
In The Big Bounce we meet a drifter who has done a little prison time and who recently nearly beat someone to ...more
This book has swagger. It's fast-paced and to the point, while seemingly not much ever happens. Actually, the book ends just when it really hits its stride, and the readers are left turning ...more
The two positive things I can say about this book are 1. It's done. I don't have to read any more and 2. At least now I can say I've tried Leonard. And just like those raw o ...more
Nulla di speciale, scritto nel 1968, e lo si percepisce tanto. Ma appare tantissimo uno stile davvero particolare che ha fatto di lui in futuro un creatore di capilavori, che per fortuna io già ho, e che non vedo l'ora di leggermi.