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Out of Sight by Elmore Leonard
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Nov 01, 2010

it was ok

I hadn't read anything by Elmore Leonard before, but of course I'd heard of him and seen film adaptations of some of his novels. I was mostly disappointed. Yes, his dialogue is as punchy as everyone says it is ... but what is that dialogue about? Often in the first half of the book Jack Foley, an escaped convict, and Karen Sisco, a US Marshall Foley met during his escape, talk endlessly about preceding events with their respective confidants - Foley with his partners in crime and Sisco with her father. The downside of this narrative style is that the dialogue is rendered pointless, a mix of summaries of what just happened and idle chitchat. The only character I really enjoyed was Maurice, a reprehensible Detroit crime boss, and a morbid delight to read. The conclusion, and particularly the reunion of Foley and Sisco, is also enjoyable, and admittedly leaves me feeling less like I've wasted time with this book.
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Reading Progress

November 1, 2010 – Started Reading
November 1, 2010 – Shelved
November 1, 2010 –
page 43
November 7, 2010 –
page 170
November 14, 2010 – Finished Reading

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