52 Pick Up
Detroit businessman Harry Mitchell had had only one affair in his twenty-two years of happy matrimony. Unfortunately someone caught his indiscretion on film and now wants Harry to fork over one hundred grand to keep his infidelity a secret. And if Harry doesn't pay up, the blackmailer and his associates plan to press a lot harder -- up to and including homicide, if necessa...more
Elmore Leonard sure knows how to weave a serpentine tale, doesn't he? He takes a story that seems simple on the surface, that of some blackmailers hitting up a pigeon for money, and turns it into something else all together. It was...more
Ah, but the mid-life crisis has made more than one man stupid, and Harry has a fling with a woman half his age. Just as he is about to break it off, Harry is confronted by a trio of blackmailers who have films that show his infidelit...more
52 Pickup is a rip-roaring thriller from master of crime fiction Elmore Leonard, the New York Times bestselling author of Raylan, Get Shorty, Killshot, and other novels of suspense.
Detroit businessman Harry Mitchell has had only one affair in his twenty-two years of happy matrimony. Unfortunately, someone caught his indiscretion on film and now wants Harry to fork over one hundred grand to keep his infidelity a secret. And if Harry doesn’t pay up, the blackmailer and his associates plan to pre
Timothy plays Raylan Givens in the FX series Justified. (He's also my latest mid-life crisis, as anyone who gets my updates will know. ) That series is based on characters created by Elmore Leonard, and specifically a short story called "Fire in the Hole".
So after watching 2 seasons of Justified (all in the course of 3 weeks, but who's counting?) I was curious. I vaguely remembered that the movies Get Shorty and Out of Sight were based on his books, but until...more
A lot of reviewers write that they felt the ending was a letdown. This is partially true because the story progressing with the final climax, there's one sarcastic line, and the book abruptly ends. However, the action keeps the reader glued throughout novel and the dialogue makes the...more
All three books share one very distinct Leonardian quality: precision. There is nothing extraneous in any of the stories. Leonard tells only what is necessary and then moves on. It keeps the novels short and fast.
I would also argue that same quality keeps the books from reaching past a ceiling they always seem to hit. While they are go...more
Then the blackmail plot took off and I got caught up in it, the bad guys while nothing special, no mate...more
The story was pretty interesting; there were some aspects of it that were a bit unexpected, but all in all it was a rather Hollywood - dark Hollywood - plot. Some sex, some drugs, some booze, some violence, resolution. However...
Elmore Leonard is a master of dialogue. The storytelling itself is brusque and often just a rough sketch, but the dialogue is so real and compelling it translates to the characters themselves...more
When ever that occurs, I tend to look for an author that I admire and usually enjoy to break the impasse.
I have bogged down trying to read a couple of novels over the past few months (A Loyal Spy and The Passage). In order to break that cycle, I picked up this novel by Elmore Leonard....... and it worked like a charm. I am reading again.
Not one of Elmore's...more
This was my first exposure to Elmore Leonard's work and I am hooked! Leonard does a wonderful job of writing a crisp and tight story that still sucks a reader in and hooks them. I really enjoyed the way that the characters were drawn with small and specific images which made them stand out right away. The plot was also well thought out and complex while maintaining believability. The plot was like a corn maze; just when you think you're going to have to turn right, you have to turn l...more
Thats what the synopsis reads. This is the story of how Harry extracts from his wife's wrath after having an affair, from blackmailing criminals who have killed his mistress after pinning the blame on him, and from a labour relations officer who is gunning for Harry's head. Not to mention a friend whose got his eye's on a pissed off Mrs. Mitchell.
52 Pickup got me hooked on to Elmore Leonard, and along with Cat Chaser it is on the top of the rankin...more
The references to Polaroid cameras and Oldesmobiles and Pontiacs will soon be lost on the youngsters....HA!