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Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard
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Dec 27, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery-and-espionage
Read from December 27 to 28, 2010

I wouldn't have even thought of picking this up if it wasn't on the cheap rack at a book store, and if it didn't say on the cover that it was the film that inspired Quentin Tarantino's film 'Jackie Brown.' To say that inspired it is understating the significance of the book slightly. If I didn't know better, I would think it was actually just a novelization of the film.

In the end this gives me a positive view of Elmore Leonard and lessens the significance of 'Jackie Brown' the film, because pretty much everything that was great about the film is straight out of the book. Aside from two very minor subplots in the novel, Tarantino filmed the book. It turned out to be a very good film because this is a very good book. It's not a life-changer by any means, and it doesn't have a message, but as pure escapist fiction, it is hard to argue with this. Leonard's dialog is absolutely pristine, and Rum Punch is overall a fun, quick, and worthwhile read.
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26.0% "I'm not usually one for crime fiction, but it's hard not to like this. 'Jackie Brown' is a great movie, and this is a great book. Leonard's dialog is perfect."
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