I thought, oh boy. This can’t work. Rick and Elmore, Bass and Leonard? My two favorites but, so so different. I thought, what if one taints the other? What if one m...more
I read this book many years ago and when I saw Quentin Tarrantino’s shitty film...more
Colourful characters, great dialogue, lots of twists and turns, cracking pace.
Jackie Burke is a glamorous airline stewardess bringing undeclared cash into the country for arms dealer Ordell 'whitebread' Robbie - cocky, violent, and totally unscrupulous.
When Jackie is caught with 50k of dirty money in her flight-bag, she is forced to do a deal with the police to stay out of jail. Enter Max Cherry, bail bondsman and ex-cop, whose attraction to Jackie gets him into some serious...more
dedicated for jackie, carole, and larry
sunday morning ordell took louis to watch the white-power demonstration in downtown palm beach.
"young skinhead nazis," ordell said. "look, even little nazigirls marching down worth avenue. you believe it? coming now you have the klan, not too many here today. some in green, must be the coneheads' new spring shade. behind them it looks like some bikers for racism, better known as the dixie knigh...more
The book, as you may know, is the basis for the movie Jackie Brown. I apparently forgot/didn't know that (I didn't see the movie), and it wasn't until the end that I said to myself, "hey, isn't this the plot of Jackie Brown?"
In my defense, the main character in the book is named Jackie Burke, and her physical description is more Bridg...more
Pretty working-girl Jackie Burke is in a tight spot. She's just been picked up at Palm Beach International with fifty grand and some blow stashed in her flight bag. Lucky for her, the Feds want something Jackie's got: the inside track to Ordell Robbie, the notoriusly slick arms dealer. And they're ready to deal--Ordell in exchange for her freedom. But Jackie's got another ace up her sleeve. . .Enter Max Cherry, bail bondsman. Big, tough, basically decent Max is on the verge of divorce and tired...more
In the end this gives me a positive view of Elmore Leonard and lessens the significance of 'Jackie Brown' the film, because pret...more
I really like the movie "Jackie Brown," which uses "Rum Punch" as the source material, so of course, I wanted to read for comparasion.
Is it weird that I like the movie better? I've never read Elmore Leonard and I wasn't as blown away by his writing as I thought I would be. His style was just okay to me. What's interesting is that the one character who didn't jump off the page for me was Jackie...more
Leonard does all the things you know he does-- funny washed up characters, beat-up romantic losers as his heroes, comedy capers that go wronger than that....more
Quentin Tarentino directed an equally fine film adaptation titled Jackie Brown, starring Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda, Robert De Niro, and others.
Published in paperback by Dell.
"I don't know," Jackie said, and he saw her eyes begin to smile. "Does it matter?"
The characters were very real and believable even if the plot got a bit difficult to follow at times.
Looking forward to more Elm...more
I'm just starting to appreciate Elmore Leonard's writing, especially the dialogue. In this book and in the prequel to it ("The Switch") the dialogue is amazing and I have no idea how he does it.
This would make a great airport/beach book.
I would recommend this book.
Finished it. The rating of '2' seems harsh, but the words are right ... 'It's okay.' And that's a fair appraisal. The book had some interesting characters, but the plot was very ... vanilla. Nothing in the least bit exciting or thrilling. Very run of the mill. Not Leonard's best.
can't believe how many of his books became movies--great movies.
my ebook contains a list of the movies and The Ten Rules...If it sounds like writing...