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Out of Sight

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  6,146 ratings  ·  233 reviews
From the author of "Get Shorty" (now a major motion picture) and the man unanimously considered the greatest living crime writer comes a sizzling new novel about the lowlifes America can't get enough of. "Out of Sight" opens with a bang: a prison break in South Florida that brings together federal marshal Karen Sisco, a knockout in her Chanel suit, and legendary bank robbe ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 7th 1997 by Dell (first published 1996)
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Dan 1.0
Ace bank robber Jack Foley breaks out of jail with every intention of resuming his old ways until he runs into US Marshal Karen Sisco. Sparks fly and each find themselves conflicted. Will Karen be able to do her job and bring Foley in when the time comes?

Out of Sight is the story of Jack Foley, bank robber extraordinaire, and Karen Sisco, bad ass US Marshal bent on bringing him in after he escapes from a prison and the two of them get locked in the trunk of a car when she happens to be in the pr
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Algernon
This is a boy meets girl story. Isn't it romantic? It must have been love at first sight.
Wait a moment: this is Elmore Leonard. It couldn't be love at first sight. Because they can't see each other, trapped inside the trunk of the getaway car. Plus, fate is against their romance right from the word GO, with Alex Foley a career bank robber who just escaped from prison and Karen Sisco a keen Texas Ranger waiting for a chance to shoot him with her service gun. I couldn't stop chuckling, following t
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Amanda
Bank robber Jack Foley didn't plan to take U.S. Marshal Karen Sisco hostage when he escaped from prison, it just sort of happened. It's one of those in the wrong place at the wrong time scenarios. And as so often happens when two people spend any quality time together in the cramped trunk of a car, especially if one has just spent part of the evening crawling through a tunnel carved out of the odiferous Everglades muck and the other is hiding a Sig Sauer between her thighs, love and attraction q ...more
Jim
There wasn't much doubt as to how this would end, but it was a fun, short trip told by a master. As usual, Leonard set up an interesting scenario & played it to the hilt, skirting the edge of disbelief in the odd way people can interact. I loved the heroine. She, like the hero, was quite the tough cookie, but both had a gooey center & that made the story.

I would have rated this book higher if there had been some doubt as to the ending or there had been any other redeeming qualities othe
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Simon
This novel comes so close to perfection that the few flaws which are there stick out much more than they would have in a lesser book.

At the core of the plot is an unlikely love story between a gentleman thief and the sexy female federal marshall chasing him, but there's several other related conflicts that command as much of the plot's focus. The author does not just switch effortlessly between this small handful of interweaving main storylines, but he also jumps forward and backwards in time v
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Sufferingbruin
The basis for Elmore Leonard's 'Out of Sight' is utterly ridiculous. Career bank robber Jack Foley escapes prison and on the way out, he runs into federal marshal Karen Sisco. He forces her into the trunk of the getaway car. He joins her in the trunk of the getaway car. The two engage in a tense but intimate conversation. A special bond develops and after the inevitable separation that very night, the two can't stop thinking of one another. Well. I'm sorry, Mr. Leonard, but this reader just didn ...more
Dan
Apr 17, 2013 Dan added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
another fun elmore leonard novel, my second this year. it doesn't quite have the depth of the first one i read (killshot), but it's still an awful lot of fun.

as is the case with the films he wrote back in the day (and as is expertly emulated in tv's justified), leonard writes with a clear affection for his characters. consider chino, the jail-breaking cuban with a minor vendetta against the main character. in a lesser writer's hands, he'd be a broadly sinister adversary - in leonard's, he gets a
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Jane Stewart
4 stars. I smiled a lot during this book. I’ve never read anything like it.

STORY BRIEF:
Jack has robbed hundreds of banks. He’s smooth, charming, and likeable when talking to the tellers he’s robbing. Karen is a Deputy U.S. Marshall. She arrived at the prison to deliver something and is getting out of her car when she sees Jack crawl out of a tunnel. He has just escaped and his getaway driver Buddy is parked next to Karen. They take Karen with them so she can’t help authorities catch them. Jack
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Dana Delamar
I enjoyed this book. It's the first Elmore Leonard I've read. Super-tight prose, witty dialogue, colorful characters. Leonard pares everything to the bone, and every word counts.

I'd seen the movie years ago and loved it (it's one of the best films Soderbergh or Clooney has made), and I always wondered how closely it followed the book. The answer: pretty darn close, based on what I remember. Soderbergh certainly captured the feel of the book; I'd have to compare the two, but my guess is that a l
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Tim Pendry
It is already amazing to think that this thriller is nearly fifteen years old. There's not much to say about it other than it is expertly plotted, finely written and crisp. Leonard has a remarkable ability to evoke place and real human interaction.

The question with this sort of book is why we should be interested in dim-witted sociopaths with attention deficit disorder - 'misfits trying not to sound like losers' as the book puts it near the end.

The answer is, of course, that we shouldn't partic
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Jo-anne
Elmore Leonard almost at his best...characters that you can like or despise. Terse prose. Tricky situations. Moral dilemmas ..all in all a fun read
Wayne Zurl
OUT OF SIGHT by Elmore Leonard.

A deputy US marshal is sitting outside a Florida correctional facility waiting to serve papers. Coincidentally, there is a prison break in progress. The convicts who planned the escape and dug the tunnel emerge from a hole outside the wire and run for it. The Marshal attempts to take action but is sidetracked by another person emerging from the escape tunnel dressed as a corrections officer, BUT he’s really a “strap hanging” escapee and convicted bank robber taking
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Andrew
This was the first I had read of Elmore Leonard, and I liked it. Crime novels usually end up bogged down with cheesy dialogue and people being making witty comments and clever repartee. He writes a lot like people talk, and the plot was smooth and believable. Didn't change my life or anything, but it was thoroughly enjoyable.
Ronald Wise
While reading the early pages of this novel I developed high expectations, but in the end was disappointed. There were interesting lead characters, a developing situation that promised great suspense, and a strange romantic development that added to the intrigue. But then an unexpected ending – not unexpected in the sense of how it turned out, but in the sense of when. The central conflict is suddenly resolved and when I went to start the next chapter, I was surprised to learn that I had already ...more
Ed Holden
I hadn't read anything by Elmore Leonard before, but of course I'd heard of him and seen film adaptations of some of his novels. I was mostly disappointed. Yes, his dialogue is as punchy as everyone says it is ... but what is that dialogue about? Often in the first half of the book Jack Foley, an escaped convict, and Karen Sisco, a US Marshall Foley met during his escape, talk endlessly about preceding events with their respective confidants - Foley with his partners in crime and Sisco with her ...more
Joe
Ok, so I really enjoy Elmore Leonard. I love the characters, the way they're almost too over the op, but not far enough that he doesn't make them real enough to think you know somebody like that, y'know.
I read this a while ago, and every once in a while, I'll see the movie listed, but I can't make myself watch it. So far, except for not too many movies that you want to see, have been made from his books. "Get Shorty" was a decent movie, but it didn't have too much to do with the book. And, don
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Quentin Feduchin
I saw the film recently for the second time; I think I saw it several years ago; and liked it so bought the book.
Elmore Leonard is a pretty off-beat writer: you don't really know what to expect; also he always writes with an attitude of black humour.
This means that you simply cannot rely on a 'happy ending' in terms that you might be used to. Elmore Leonard is realistic, that's the one thing you have to realise with his books.
There are moments of realism in this book that one might not like, but
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Jack
I'm not a regular reader of Elmore Leonard; in fact, this may be only my 2nd or 3rd in 30 years. I admire his plotting, his sense of character, his pacing - it's just that they all seem so generic Elmore Leonard. Witty, savage, a bit of a spoof on the genre itself - and kind of forgettable. I had to go back to the book to recall its title, since there's scarcely anything memorable about "out of Sight."

that being said, the smart, sexy detective Karen Sisco was a terrific figure, and romantic foo
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John Porter
I'm a book guy, so it came as kind of shock to me that the movie was better than the literary original. The crime part of the book was good; the hardboiled dialogue worked just fine. But I just couldn't buy into the Karen/Jack relationship here. Wow...another shock as it occurs to me...Jennifer Lopez really did a good job with this character. I understand that the clothes removal scene from the movie is rare and wonderful, but it only works because of how well the characters have been establishe ...more
Susan Ferguson
I am acquiring a taste for Elmore Leonard. I thought I would want to read more after the first one - and I was right.
Karen Sisco is a federal marshall in Florida. She goes to the prison to deliver a warrant and discovers a prison break in progress. She pops her trunk and grabs her pump shotgun. Unfortunately, she has been spied by an accomplice. Buddy is parked behind her and see what she's up to, so he's out of his car in a flash and holding a gun on her by the time Jack Foley gets there. Jack
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Tiffany
Whether or not you will enjoy this book largely depends on how you feel about minimalist writing. That is, writing with a bare minimum level of detail or explanation. Elmore Leonard is an expert in the form. Unfortunately, it just doesn't appeal to me much. There were many parts where I longed for a fair bit more than I was given, and leaps in events that make little or no logical sense in light of the story provided. Even when things seem to go the way that they logically feel as though they sh ...more
Bob
What's left to say of Elmore Leonard that hasn't been said already. That is what happens when you are prolific and you are good at what you do. Elmore is both of those things. No need to debate me over this because you will lose.

I am sure most people are aware of the movie that is Out of Sight because it has George Clooney and we are enamored with him and everything he does. I can confirm that the movie does a great job of giving a visual representation of the book short of that weird lighter co
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Galen Weitkamp
Out of Sight is just one of the many novels written by the prolific, talented and successful Elmore Leonard (1925-2013). Mr. Leonard is the author of dozens of crime novels, westerns and suspense stories. Many of his works have found their way into film (Jackie Brown, Get Shorty) and television (Justified). He is known for his crisp, natural, unobstructed dialog and complex plot twists.

Early on in Out of Sight we meet bank robber John Foley in a Florida prison yard. Federal Marshal Karen Sisco’
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Karyn The Pirate
I like the characters in this book. I think it is quirky enough to make it interesting without being bogged down by the gun play and violence. I found myself rooting for Foley and was happy to see Maurice get it in the end. I like when the bad guy gets his come-upance. Does this make me a bad person?
reed
I liked the movie quite a bit and I've never read anything by Elmore Leonard, so I thought I'd try this. It's fun, moves pretty fast. I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much if I hadn't seen the movie -- it was definitely improved by picturing George Clooney in my head.
Callista
Definitely "hard-boiled." I read this because I enjoyed the film version, but I preferred the film's way of depicting the characters. Most of the book's characters were sort of pathetically sleazy and difficult to relate to. Many of the film characters had some sideways charm.
Carla Remy
I read this before, like, maybe twelve years ago. I'd have forgotten most of it I'm sure, but for the masterful Steven Soderburgh film which I've seen way more (it's like Du Maurier's Rebecca, which I've read but seen the Hitchcock film of a dozen times so I never really bothered to read it again). It was actually seeing the movie version of Out of Sight in the theater when it came out (I was 21) which led to my reading Leonard (though I began with a copy of Glitz that I found).
If nothing was a
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Andrew
I both wanted and expected to love this. I'm an Elmore Leonard fan, and this is one of his most beloved books. Unfortunately I just did not buy this hard-boiled update of old Screwball comedies. I couldn't suspend disbelief enough to go along with the characters' decisions and motivations, and I found the gender and racial politics a major distraction. Lenard insists that we see our White protagonist as a charming rogue and Gentleman Thief, even as he is kidnapping and groping a woman. Later, he ...more
Andy Plonka
Leonard does a good job making the bad guys likable. Foley may not have made the best career choice but he's still has several redeeming character traits.
Francisco
Entretenida, sin mayores pretensiones.
Leonard es un maestro de los diálogos, aunque creo que no tanto de los personajes y las tramas. Éstas son potentes y rápidas (a veces demasiado) en los arranques y los finales. Los personajes son demasiado parecidos para mi gusto, muy cínicos y más bien superficiales. Es todo muy Tarantino. Lo dicho es perfectamente aplicable para "Tú ganas, Jack" (vaya versión del título). Como en los otros libros de Leonard que he leído, Detroit aparece como escenario impo
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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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“Well, does it make sense to you?"
He said, "It doesn't have to, it's something that happens. It's like seeing a person you never saw before - you could be passing on the street - and you look at each other..."
Karen was nodding. "You make eye contact without meaning to."
"And for a few moments," Foley said, "there's a kind of recognition. You look at each other and you know something."
"That no one else knows," Karen said. "You see it in their eyes."
"And the next moment the person's gone," Foley said, "and it's too late to do anything about it, but you remember it because it was right there and you let it go, and you think, What if I had stopped and said something? It might happen only a few times in your life."
"Or once," Karen said.”
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