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Maximum Bob

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  4,127 ratings  ·  137 reviews
Hard-ass Palm Beach County judge Bob Isom Gibbs enjoys sending even petty offenders away to do hard time -- which has made the list of miscreants who want him dead longer than a fully grown Florida gator's tail. And a good number of his illwishers are probation officer Kathy Baker's clients, including young Dale Crowe and his psycho uncle Elvin. Now, Kathy's got an even mo ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 30th 2002 by HarperTorch (first published July 1st 1991)
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Dan Schwent
When someone wants hardliner judge Bob Isom Gibbs, aka Maximum Bob, dead, how does he narrow down which of his enemies it is? Can probation officer Kathy Baker and cop Gary Hammond stop the would-be killer? And do they even want to? And what does Bob's flaky wife have to do with it?

After reading The Cut by George Pelecanos, with its obvious Elmore Leonard influence and multiple references to old Dutch, I decided to dust this one off and give it a shot. I was not disappointed.

Maximum Bob is a wom
Treasure of the Rubbermaids 15: See Ya Later, Alligator!

The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent’s house and untouched for almost 20 years. Thanks to my father dumping them back on me, I now spend my spare time unearthing lost treasures from their plastic depths.

This is not the Elmore Leonard book I wanted to be reading. I thought I would be able to achieve a Raylan Givens nirvana because not onl
Definitely gritty, full of quirky characters, & some real world issues that the system faces. Excellent heroine, too. As usual, I could really feel the area; Florida heat, gators, & dirty streets. Not Leonard's best work, but a fun read.
I read at least one Elmore Leonard novel each year and I’m never disappointed. The pace, style, and characters of most of his books are similar: there are unsavory people doing unsavory things, often double-crossing each other as the quick pace of the plot builds to a crescendo. It’s no wonder why so many of Leonard’s books have become movies and TV shows; I liken his books to action movies (although not as dumb as the typical Hollywood blockbuster).

Maximum Bob sticks to Leonard’s formula, which
I regret having not read an Elmore Leonard book in such a long time. The man can write. This is a well crafted book. Interesting characters, compelling plot, the very definition of a page turner. His sense of humor is there without being forced (like Carl Hiasson). His characters are well-rounded, especially the women (unlike Carl Hiasson).

I don’t mean to pick on Carl Hiasson, I have enjoyed the books of his I’ve read, it’s just that Leonard is the granddaddy, okay daddy, of this type of fictio
Sam Quixote
Judge Bob Gibbs gives out the maximum penalty in all of his cases earning him the nickname "Maximum Bob". Unfortunately, his zeal for hard time in all instances earns him a number of enemies. When a plan to rid his wife by having a trapper plant an alligator in his backyard goes wrong, Bob finds there's an ex-con out to shoot him, a drugged out former doctor now under house arrest putting out contracts on him, and the alligator trapper is blackmailing him. And all he wanted was a date with the C ...more
Carl Brush
When does a fascination turn into an addiction? If it is an addiction, I guess it's harmless to me and other living things. So it's back to Elmore. He's always good for a few chuckles, but Maximum Bob kept me laughing pretty much the whole time. Bob is a judge, famous for handing out maximum sentences. Thus the nickname. He's also famous for what today we'd call sexual harassment, but when the book was written in 1991 it wasn't a disbarment offense to invite a court reporter into his chambers an ...more
Tim Niland
Maximum Bob is Judge Bob Gibbs given the ironic nickname for his propensity of giving the criminals he convicts the toughest possible sentence possible. So when somebody sends a live alligator rampaging through the judge's home one morning there are any number suspects who could have committed the crime against him and his new age guru, multiple-personality wife (who he cheats on regularly and is desperate to be rid of.) There is Elmore Leonard's usual rogues-gallery of well drawn characters: Ka ...more
I’ve got a stack of these I’ve been using as palate cleansers between other books, and thank God Elmore is so prolific because it would break my heart to run out any time soon.

Kathy Baker is like Karen Sisco’s little sister, and Dewey Crowe and maybe Dale Jr. are by far the bright shining lights of the Crowe family, holy shit.
David Williams
Maximum Bob is the nickname given to Judge Bob Gibbs. Judge Gibbs is known for handing out hard sentences from the bench. Dale Crowe Junior has the misfortune to draw Maximum Bob. Dale gets five years and threatens the judge. His probation officer Kathy Baker has her hands full. She is trying to fend off the advances of Judge Gibbs, keep Dale in line, and deal with Dale's uncle Elvin. Things get complicated when an attempt is made on the Judge's life. Now the list of suspects long, and Kathy see ...more
Elmore Leonard shows how style alone can't carry an entire novel. Pretty disappointed in the broad character sketches and total lack of substance to the overall story. What the book does have is a dark sense of humor throughout, although not too dark. Looking for an easy rip through, light as fat free ranch dressing, pop read...Maximum Bob might do you poolside. I'll be turning to some of Leonard's earlier works next to try to get closer to his essential thoughts/writing. I suppose a good writer ...more
If you have seen the ORIGINAL version of Mel Brooks’ movie “Blazing Saddles,” then you have a fair idea of what to expect from “Maximum Bob.” The time frames are different but the basic attitudes are the same. This book was published in 1992, over two decades ago as I write this review, and it was written by one of the masters of social satire and parody. Therefore, before you start this book, take your entire sense of political correctness and put it on the shelf. It might also be a good idea t ...more
my dad was like, "you can read some of those leonards in a day." and he's right. they're the breeziest kind of crime confection you can get. i mean, violence happens...shit gets tuff...but in a completely relaxing way. nice antidote for matt scudder running round figuring out who chopped up a brooklyn housewife and left her in a trunk, you know? some liteness.
looks like i read this one late january, early february...february 1st...and here it is december the 18th. time flies, hey? read this one on the kindle. great story.

dale crowe junior told kathy baker, his probation officer, he didn't see where he had done anything wrong. he had gone to the go-go bar to meet a buddy of his, had one beer, that's all, while he was waiting, minding his own business and this go-go whore came up to his table and started giving him a private dance he never asked
Tom Ruffles
With an Elmore Leonard crime novel you know what to expect: unadorned style; an ensemble cast – a familiar mix of goodness, badness, weakness, arrogance, self-delusion and stupidity; interweaving plot strands with the odd twist; crisp, credible dialogue; a good pace; masterful cutting of scenes; all coming together smoothly to a satisfying conclusion. Maximum Bob follows this general formula, the cast intersecting in an improbable but enjoyable dance as the good guys try to work out what the hel ...more
Elmore Leonard is one of the greatest living writers of crime fiction - perhaps even THE greatest living writer - so the reader goes in expecting good stuff. This one is good, better than average, but not an exceptional Elmore Leonard novel.

The story is fun, sometimes a little silly, at times even slightly sinister, yet it never quite comes together in a cohesive unit. It's good, but it's less accessible than many of Mr. Leonard's greatest works. Part of it might be due to a slight supernatural
My 2nd step into Elmore's world (the 1st one was Tarantino's adaptation of Jackie Brown a.k.a. Punch Creole) and it somehow felt like I already had been here before.
Just like QT's movie, it is full of witty dialogues, crazy&stupid bad guys facing heroes that are so "Johndoesque" it is almost boring...and that's the main issue about this book : characters lack of density, there's the good ones and the bad ones and a clear line between both, - probably like in real life - but it doesn't do mu
Shazza Maddog
Way back when, I was one of the handful of people who watched the television series based off this novel. I liked it. The story centers around Kathy Baker, formerly Diaz, a probation officer in southern Florida. She gets involved with a client in her caseload, Dale Crowe, a young man of a certain family of ne'er do wells. Crowe is going into court before Judge Bob Gibbs, aka "Big", who's known for having a short temper when it comes to the cases he tries. Bob takes an interest in Kathy, as he's ...more
I don't read much mainstream populuar fiction, so perhaps I'm not the best reviewer for this book. I went into reading Maximum Bob thinking that it would be pretty God-awful yet hard to put down, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Leonard isn't a great writer, and most of his characters are drawn pretty broadly. We have a lecherous good ol' boy judge, his dippy new-age wife, a handful of two-bit white trash criminals, a no-nonsense female probation officer, and her love interest, an investigator so
I found this book in a bunch of pocketbooks passed on to me. I have never read any of Elmore Leonard's previous books. I got half way through it and stopped....other books on my bookshelf wanted me.....I found this book silly and a waste of time....perhaps at another time I would have persevered...I don't like to put down any book without finishing it....not fair to judge without the complete picture.....but I did....and it is now in the bag that gets passed on to the next person!
Maximum Bob is a fun, fun read, like most Leonard stories. Kathy is a probation officer and her work links her to the Crowe family. The title character is a no nonsense judge. He has made a lot of enemies with his tough sentences, and despite his age, he is a lady’s man who takes a fancy to Kathy when she appears in his court. He coerces her to visit his house to explain how his wife doesn’t understand him. His wife is gorgeous, but a real new age fruit loop. The Crowe’s are a family of miscrean ...more
This book reminded me a lot of Empire Strikes Back, but if you took out all the cool stuff like space ships, light sabers, and replaced them with boring stuff like alligators and crack heads. And then also imagine that as soon as they landed on Cloud City Han just took off, never to be heard from again. Luke amd Leia would sit around and ask each other "I wonder what happened to Han." And "What do you think Han is up to?" And then instead of showing us what Han was doing the director chose to in ...more
Surprisingly unpleasant, but full of Leonard's trademark stupid (and dangerous because of their stupidity) criminals. I have to admit, however, that I find Stephen Root's interpretation of Maximum Bob on Justified more appealing than the one in this book, who's more of a standard sexist, self-involved ass.
Definitely one of the funnier Elmore Leonard books. It takes place in Florida, which always help with the bizarre, wacky, crazy, meter. Take one crazy racist maximum penalty judge, and a whole family of criminals and losers, and add in an alligator and you have Maximum Bob. An entertaining funny quick read.
I've enjoyed some of the movies and TV shows based on Elmore Leonard's books, but alas, his novels just aren't for me. I can see why people like his work - the sly humor, the goofy criminals, the smart-talking good guys - but it's a little too spare and plot-driven for me. I think I'll stick to watching "Justified."
Not quite as good as _Rum Punch_, and you can see some of the seams of that earlier book here: this, too, concerns a tough and kind of masculine thinking female protagonist, younger than Jackie from RP but more Latin, and her interactions at the edges of the usual Leonard criminal underground of folks who can't shoot straight but are still dangerous.

There's some of the Crowe family here, who I know through Justified.

In this one, the characters weren't as rumpled as I'd like, I guess-- protagonis
I'm not religious about Elmore Leonard but this one is truly brilliant.

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Dec 28, 2009 Jim rated it 3 of 5 stars
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The story of this book revolves around a Florida judge with the nick-name "Maximum Bob" or sometimes "Big". As the name implies, he hands out tough sentences. It's also about a young, attractive probation officer, Kathy Baker, who is the object of several character's affection or lust as the case may be.

There are a lot of twists and turns in the story as the police try to figure out if someone or many people want to kill Maximum Bob. Counter to this is Bob's not wanting the attention so he can
Apr 05, 2014 Eliana added it
Criminal suspense, usually told from the criminal's point of view. Leonard's criminal protagonista are among the most likeable of the genre! Funny, with excellent plot lines.
This is the first book I read from Elmore Leonard. I heard that he is one of the finest writers. With all respect, this book didn't impress me that much. The story wasn't that interesting to make me turn the pages with excitement. The plot was Ok, but the story was more about situations and desires of the characters and the conflicts they gotten into.

What kept me reading was Leonard's style, which is awesome. Reading this book was like sitting in a comfy chair with a drink in my hand listening t
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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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