Pronto (Raylan Givens #1)
“Speedy, exhilarating, and smooth. Nobody does it better.”
“The man knows how to grab you—and Pronto is one of the best grabbers in years.”
Fans of U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens of the hit TV series Justified are in for a major treat. The unstoppable manhunter with the very itchy trigger finger stars in Pronto, a crime fiction gem from the...more
I've been binge-watching FX's series Justified, and decided it might be fun to extend my binge by reading the Elmore Leonard books that inspired the series. I figured I'd start out with Pronto, the first novel to feature stetson-wearing Federal Marshal Raylan Givens, native of Harlan County and veteran of the Kentucky mines.
The novel ends where the series begins, with the “justified” shooting of a mobster at an outdoor cafe in Miami. The book begins in Miami too, but it has to travel to Italy a ...more
When 99.99999% of the entertainment value of your reviews is .gif based, things like this:
tend to happen quite frequently and some reviews just flat out fall through the cracks of your pop-culture-infused brain. Thus was the case with Pronto. I’m always fighting the losing battle of correcting some of my literary shortcomings and reading authors who I know I want to read and should be reading, but somehow still haven’t (and yet someho ...more
Pronto, however, is not exclusively Raylan's story, though he figures as a prominent character once he does arrive on the scene. This is actually the story of Harry Arno, a bookie who has decided that in one more year he's going to retire and go to Italy. Italy holds a special place in Harry's heart because he once shot a deserter there during World War II and it was there th ...more
U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is not the main character of Pronto, more a co-star but he still manages to steal the show in a character driven story.
The stories main focal point is mob book runner Harry Arno, an aged man who works the phone, takes the bets and makes money for the Mafia. Harry's fortunes change when he ...more
Harry Arno is a sixty-six year old bookie in Miami who has been dreaming about retiring to Italy for years. ...more
The story opens in South Miami Beach, where 66-year ...more
-- Ezra Pound, Canto LXXXI
Not the best Elmore Leonard, but worth it for three major things:
1. Justified. This is the first Elmore Leonard novel that features Raylan Givens (later to appear in the FX series Justified). I think I've watched maybe one episode and it looks good, but if you are a fan of the series just be aware, this book isn't exactly centered on Raylan Givens. It is centered on Miami bookmaker Harry Arno. Arno is a ...more
Raylan in this book is just as great as a character, he carried the book in the same cool,hardboiled manner and he was mildly amusing with hi ...more
As an audio book, it was pretty well read. The reader did some voices & all were intelligible yet distinct & fit the characters well. He did rush ...more
Harry Arno runs a South Miami Beach gambling operation. To protect his position, he was forced to cut a deal with the local muscle, Jimmy Capotorto (Jumbo Jimmy Cap), an even fifty-fifty split. For years Harry had been padding his own stake by skimming off the top. Now a couple of local detectives - wise to sticky fingers - try to bag Jimmy by putting the squeeze on Harry. U.S. Marshalls deliver Harry to court to testify at Jimmy's trial. Even ...more
Source: Library Checkout
Pronto tells the story of Harry Arno: he's a Miami bookie, is dating a topless dancer named Joyce and plans to retire to a villa in Italy within the next year. Harry has been skimming profits from his boss Jimmy 'Cap' for years but has so far remained undetected until the Feds decide to set him up in order to get to Jimmy thus forcing him to move up his retirement date and has him fleeing town immediately.
I decided to pick Pronto as my first Elmore ...more
I can't believe this was the first Elmore Leonard novel I'd read. What's wrong with me? It took the show 'Justified' to convince me that I needed to give him a shot. After all, his character Raylan Givens is one of the most uniquely original protagonists in the last decade of television dramas.
This is the first full book featuring Federal Marshall Raylan Givens and it did not disappoint. Leonard is a master story teller whose characters are so incredibly flawed that you can't help be drawn in ...more
“I’ve heard of Harlan County,” Joyce said. “You want to know what I think?”
“He’s not as dumb as you’d like to believe.”
Somehow, I didn’t even remember this exchange from before. The thing about the county. Which is so true about the south South that I may have just realized now, at twenty-nine years old, despite having traveled all over the country, that i ...more
I started reading the Raylan Givens series after reading an interview with Elmore Leonard who remarked that the writing and character of Givens in the TV series was spot-on. I watched a couple of the "Justified", liked them, and then have been reading the Givens books. Generally, they are pretty good, ex ...more
Pronto by Elmore Leonard is a pretty short book about a bookie that gets set up to be killed and flees the country to escape. The aging, insecure, alcoholic arrives in Italy and decides he wants his girlfriend to join him. This is an odd choice of country to flee to considering the Hitman or "Zi ...more
Of course I am a fan of the TV show, "Justified," so it was time to read the original Rayland Givens story, "Pronto.". I was s ...more