Hard-ass Palm Beach County judge Bob Isom Gibbs enjoys sending even petty offenders away to do hard timewhich 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 ill-wishers are probation officer Kathy Baker's clients, including young Dale Crowe and his psycho uncle Elvin. Suddenly Kathy's got an even m...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Maximum Bob is the nickname given to Judge Bob Gibbs (although he is called “Big” throughout the book), who is well-known for handing out maximum sentences for even the most minor crimes. Dale Crowe Junior had the misfortune to draw Maximum Bob, and gets five years. He also appears to threaten the judge at the end of his sentencing. His probation officer, Kathy Baker, has her hands full, trying to fending off the amorous advances of Big, keeping Dale in line, and dealing with Dale’s uncle ...more
Maximum Bob sticks to Leonard’s formula, which ...more
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 ...more
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.
I'm a fan of Leonard's work, even though I haven't made a dedicated effort to read all of his books. This book, about a judge who wants to drive his wife away and blackmails a defendant into helping him--which naturally goes completely haywire, and stirs up a great deal of trouble--is a bit shaggy in the best way. I'm not sure what I'm going to read next, becaus ...more
The main antagonist ...more
I picked this book up as a piece of brain candy after reading Gravity's Rainbow (the literary equivalent of running a Tough Mudder with a hangover and a sprained ankle), and to that end it does not disappoint. It has a cast of colorful, mostly stupid characters, as you'd expect, and they stumble and bumble their way through half-baked schemes, as you'd expect, until law enforcement and criminal underworld come fa ...more
I found the contrast of characters to be interesting because Judge Gibbs was rather vile and corrupt whereas Kathy Baker and had some sense of morality. Furthermore, it's a crime fiction love triangle, in a way, because Kathy Baker, while not wanting to be sexually involved with the judge still had to protect ...more
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 ...more