Rum Punch (Ordell Robbie & Louis Gara #2)
Ordell "Whitebread" Robbie makes a fine living selling illegal high-powered weaponry to the wrong people. Jackie Burke couriers Ordell's profits from Freeport to Miami. But the feds are on to Jackie—and now the aging, but still hot, flight attendant will have to do prison time or play ball, which makes her a prime "loose end" that Ordell needs to tie up permanently. Jackie...more
“My ass may be dumb, but I ain’t no dumbass” – Ordell Robbie
Well, call me a dumbass because I had no idea that Rum Punch was the real name for
For the past 17 years I’ve been singing the praises of Tarantino’s film – only to find out Elmore Leonard was actually the mastermind behind this product. (In defense of my undying Tarantino love – casting Pam Grier as “Jackie Brown” rather than some rando white broad as “Jackie Bu ...more
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
In the end this gives me a positive view of Elmore Leonard and lessens the significance of 'Jackie Brown' the film, because pret ...more
It has parallels with Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series in its easy, laid back style while it's casually violent on the criminal side. On the cop side, they're also easy and laid back and good with laying it on thick. I would like to know who snitched about the money Jackie's bringing in.
"She said, 'That man works? Has a job?'...more
'He's a bail bondsman.'
'I wondered,' Simone said, '"cause he don't know shit about robbing people
What I liked abou ...more
The plot is essentially the same, but it differs from QT's film in a few key ways, the main thing being that this is set in Florida somewhere rather than LA. There's also a few different subplots that are only hinted at or completely left out of the ...more
Then, a few pages into it, I got the word of his deat ...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
I read this book many years ago and when I saw Quentin Tarrantino’s shitty film ...more
The resulting film, Jackie Brown , was released stateside on December 25, 1997. Quentin Tarantino scripted and dire ...more
What's worse is, I'd seen the movie beforehand, and almost passed up its literary equivalent out of fear that they'd just be the same. Boy, was I wrong. Thirty pages into Rum Punch I was at the same place I had been thirty minutes into Jackie Brown, minus nothing but a four-minute airport montage, a one-minute shot of a TV gun show and a lot of excruciatingly long pauses a la Quentin Tarantino's smug ...more
This was one of the best, "What the hell, why not?" book purchases I have ever made. The story is tight, full of twists and turns, and crammed with phenomenal complex characters. Everyone i ...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
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