Killshot

Killshot Leonard has written so many first rate crime stories that it would be fatuous to say Killshot is his best but it probably is anyway NewsweekThe New York Times bestselling author the Pittsburgh Post G

  • Title: Killshot
  • Author: Elmore Leonard
  • ISBN: 9780060512248
  • Page: 124
  • Format: Paperback
  • Leonard has written so many first rate crime stories that it would be fatuous to say Killshot is his best, but it probably is anyway NewsweekThe New York Times bestselling author the Pittsburgh Post Gazette once called, the Alexander the Great of crime fiction, El Leonard is responsible for creating some of the sharpest dialogue, most compelling characters incl Leonard has written so many first rate crime stories that it would be fatuous to say Killshot is his best, but it probably is anyway NewsweekThe New York Times bestselling author the Pittsburgh Post Gazette once called, the Alexander the Great of crime fiction, El Leonard is responsible for creating some of the sharpest dialogue, most compelling characters including U.S Marshal Raylan Givens of TV s Justified fame , and, quite simply, some of the very best suspense novels written over the past century Killshot is prime Leonard a riveting story of a husband and wife caught in the crossfire when they foil a criminal act and are forced to defend themselves when the legal system fails them from the murderous wrath of a pair of vengeful killers When it comes to cops and criminals stories, Killshot and Leonard are as good as it gets further proof why the King Daddy of crime writers Seattle Times deserves his current place among John D MacDonald, Dashiell Hammett, James M Cain, and the other legendary greats of the noir fiction genre.

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    1. El John Leonard lived in Dallas, Oklahoma City and Memphis before settling in Detroit in 1935 After serving in the navy, he studied English literature at the University of Detroit where he entered a short story competition His earliest published novels in the 1950s were westerns, but Leonard went on to specialize in crime fiction and suspense thrillers, many of which have been adapted into motion pictures.Father of Peter Leonard.

    2. Who would be more dangerous, two sociopathic killers teaming up or a middle-aged couple who could use some marriage counseling?Armand Degas (a/k/a Blackbird) sometimes does contract killing for a group of mobsters in Michigan and Canada, and while visiting his old hometown after murdering a man in Detroit, he meets Richie Nix. Nix is a small time armed robber and all-around punk who doesn’t think twice about shooting anyone who crosses his path. Richie has come up with a scheme to extort money [...]

    3. "You can't lose something you don't have."- Elmore Leonard, KillshotNot a fantastic Leonard, but still a very good one. Leonard is the master of defining 5-7 good characters, setting them all in motion and writing great dialogue as they orbit closer and closer and eventually either crash into one another or find an unnatural equilibrium. This story is basically a cat & mouse game between two bizarre criminals (One an impulsive shit-talker = Richie Nix. One an French/Ojibway Indian hit man = [...]

    4. I'm gonna commit what should be the most flattering of intellectual property crimes, and pass along the opening query with which Kemper begins his (admittedly superior) review of this book: Who would be more dangerous, two sociopathic killers teaming up or a middle-aged couple who could use some marriage counseling? Well if that isn't a question for the ages, then I just don't know what is. This is a bit of a lazy review, so I'll give you some extra tidbits of info to take into account while puz [...]

    5. The 27th novel by Elmore Leonard, published in 1989 as his renaissance from pulp fiction to the bestseller list was underway, killed me softly. It begins as a routine caper, headed for a bit of home invasion as a pair of crooks tangle with a married couple. It's all carried over with Leonard's sharp, often inspired dialogue, illustrious research and just enough quirkiness to keep me turning the pages. The novel coasts toward its conclusion and when I wasn't looking, knocked me to the mat.Armand [...]

    6. Does it get any better than this? Killshot. stars not because of this being my tribute to the passing of Mr. Leonard but it deserved five stars on its own. Great book, per usual from Elmore Leonard. Elmore John Leonard, Jr. Picture Taken September 17, 2012My tribute read for Elmore Leonard, RIP. Born: Elmore John Leonard, Jr.October 11, 1925New Orleans, Louisiana, United StatesDied: August 20, 2013 (aged 87)Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, United States From Wiki: Leonard often cited Ernest Hemingway [...]

    7. 'Killshot' was written during Elmore Leonard's prime, so the plot and pacing crackle with intensity. The novel is one of the best crime comedy novels Leonard ever wrote - it certainly must be on all of his fans' top ten list! The book is full of the author's insightful wit along with the usual mix of smart and dumb criminals destroying decent folks (and each other) until they meet nice but streetsmart people who happen to be a little bit smarter and luckier. Wannabe hitman Richie Nix, who is som [...]

    8. This is a downloaded from my library & was my first by this author, so I gave it an extra star for being a good introduction. I don't know who narrated this - the info isn't even on the audio. He was good, though. The story was fast paced & fairly well put together. There were a few times I wondered why the characters acted as they did, but not one of them was particularly normal. The bad guys were psychos, the authorities stuffed bureaucrats, & the victims were - great. Not exactly [...]

    9. Part of the problem here is that Elmore Leonard is hyped as an Important Writer, a kind of second-coming of Raymond Chandler et al. If I'd sat down to read Killshot (my first and probably last Leonard novel) without those expectations, I'd probably have come away satisfied by this workmanlike but generally unremarkable thriller. As it was, I found myself holding him to a standard against which he doesn't even begin to compete: Leonard is decent at characterization and has a nice ear for local id [...]

    10. Story of a couple of Michigan/Canadian thugs targeting a steel worker & his wife after they witness & interfere in their efforts to shakedown a local realtorassic Elmore Leonardensity of action. real characters & excellent dialogue!!!I've been on an Elmore Leonard tear recently!

    11. Please note: I read this book in 2006. I'm just updating some of the formatting. This is also a celebration of Elmore Leonard, whose life tragically ended this week.My Expectations: Since I am a fan of the movie adaptations of Elmore Leonard's works (Jackie Brown, Be Cool) I've been wanting to start reading his books. This is the first I've read and I was most impressed with his writing style. My ThoughtsI was amused to find him not at all sympathetic toward police or U.S. Marshals, although he [...]

    12. One of Elmore Leonard's best line up of characters and his strongest female lead ever.This would be a very nice introduction to readers unfamiliar with Elmore Leonard's writing.It's a thriller straight out of the gate and lacks the kind of jokey exchanges between characters that most readers of EL are accustomed to.Everything about this novel is perfect.It's an exciting, suspenseful and ultimately satisfying read.Highly Recommended.

    13. Maybe a 1.5. It wasn't awful, but I didn't particularly enjoy it.I admit, I only picked this up because I needed an 'L' author and it also fit another challenge category - that will learn me! It took me a couple of days to finish because it was just too easy to put down for other books. Kind of reminds me of No Country For Old Men, this does have speech marks but the tone/ style overall was similar. It started off OK, then just went rapidly downhill.Armand Degas ( Blackbird) is a hit man, there [...]

    14. Like my hero Kurt Vonnegut, Elmore Leonard makes it look so easy that I find myself getting angry at him at the same time I'm enjoying his books. Killshot is a deceptively simple story: a hardened, professional contract killer and a flaky, unprofessional thug stalk a married couple who are responsible for derailing the criminal duo's get-rich-quick scheme. And, plotwise, that's really all there is to it. But peel back just a single layer and Leonard is actually exploring two things: 1) the dying [...]

    15. i finally picked this up after years of enjoying the various film-adaptations of elmore leonard stories, but having never read one of his novelske the best films of his work (the original 3:10 to yuma, the tall t, mr. majestyk, jackie brown), this novel shows respect to all of its characters. some are good people, some are scoundrels, some are clever, some are idiotic. but leonard takes the time to turn each one of them into something with at least a shred of humanity and complexity, regardless [...]

    16. Carmen and Wayne, Richie Nix and the Bird, everybody driving each other stir crazy. Killshot is full of talk talk talk and that’s a great thing, because all I want to do is listen to these conversations all day.And it’s this batch of books that makes me want to go back and audit some of the ratings I’ve given this year. If these get adjusted, it’s only up, not down.Re-read July 2014:Richie and the Bird have to be one of Elmore’s best pairings. Carmen and Wayne have to be one of his bes [...]

    17. More a modern marriage novel than a noir, Killshot is a rambling story that is as much about the relationship between the husband and wife protagonists as it is about the crooks on their trail. It has solid characterization, excellent idiomatic Michigan dialogue and a playful reality that makes everything that occurs totally plausible. For fans of straight-ahead mystery and crime novels, Killshot will seem unfocused, slack and low-stakes, but taken on its own terms it's a solid story told well.

    18. This was my first Elmore Leonard novel and I went with Killshot because this NY Times article rates as his best book ever:nytimes/2007/05/27/booTurned out to be a great start! I'm totally in love with the TV show Justified, and of course the movies Out of Sight and Get Shorty, so this book delivered exactly what I wanted and expected--quirky characters, gritty violence, humor, and a little excitement. Can't wait to read some more Leonard now.

    19. Very satisfying read. Leonard is a master of dialogue. I didn't realize until the very end that I had seen a movie made from this. As usual, I preferred the book.

    20. Story of a couple of Michigan/Canadian thugs targeting a steel worker & his wife after they witness & interfere in their efforts to shakedown a local realtorassic Elmore Leonardensity of action. real characters & excellent dialogue!!!I've been on an Elmore Leonard tear recently!

    21. Did Elmore Leonard write a single bad book? Even a slightly weaker book. I've not read them all, but I've read quite a few and they've all been perfect. Beyond criticism. Killshot primarily involves two couples, a happily married husband and wife (the good guys) pursued by a murderous pair of hoodlums (the bad guys).The bad guys are an Odd Couple, a professional hit man suffering a kind of mid-life crisis and a small-time, psychopathic recidivist. Leonard deals brilliantly with their unlikely pa [...]

    22. I read this book because I've heard good things about Leonard's trim prose and great dialogue, and I've been trying to learn neat tricks for my own writing. The plot itself sounds compelling enough. Armand, an aging Ojibwe hitman who is stoic and a bit socially retarded is paired up with Richie, a whiny, wisecracking and sociopathic whiteboy to hunt down a working class, michigan couple. Armand's grandmother is a medicine woman that threatened to turn him into an owl, and Richie screws around wi [...]

    23. Typical Elmore in many ways, is Killshot. Stupid, deadly, comic villains. Characters caught in the middle because of their own weakness or venality. Superb dialogue. Excellent scenery. But there’s something different, too. This is as much about the relationship between protagonist Wayne and his wife, Carmen. They’re working class folks living a middling prosperous life in a fairly successful marriage. Carmen has spunk and imagination and ambition. Wayne’s a good provider, but not long on i [...]

    24. As a fan of Elmore Leonard and a fellow Michigander, this one was looked-forward-to. I didn't read it as soon as it was published, but knew it was going to end up on the to-read list. Leonard didn't disappoint in this one. It may be the best of his I've read (although I have yet to read his westerns). I don't give five stars to a genre story, but there will always be exceptions, will there not?Great story. Vivid characters, once again, brought to life by his exceptional talent at dialogue and vo [...]

    25. I do enjoy Elmore Leonard's cynical and realistic view of criminals and law enforcement. So what do I mean by Killshot seeming familiar, yet fun? There are several key elements in most of his books-The law enforcement agencies are made up of redneck, bull headed thugs, with exception of one or two talented cops.-Federal programs like Witness Protection are almost always protecting snitches who are guilty of equally heinous crimes as those they are ratting out. This turns out to be a real problem [...]

    26. I've got a confession to make, I'm not an Elmore Leonard fan. Yes I know, I'm Mr. Hardboiled, and as Elmore Leonard is more or less responsible for modern American crime fiction, revolutionized the use of dialogue in pulp fiction, he writes cracker jack plots, vibrant characters, and by some accounts smells like cinnamon. By all rights I should be shining the man's shoes. But something is just always off for me in his books and it always manages to ruin them for me. Killshot's a perfect example, [...]

    27. This book is ok. Not bad, not great, just ok. The characters are realistic (there are some nice touches like a top of the line hitman eating frozen dinners) and the plot is compelling in that it tells the story of two completely innocent people caught up in a violent situation simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Unfortunately, while the characters are interesting, Leonard doesn't show us their full emotional range. For example, most married couples have their ups and downs. Car [...]

    28. Wayne and Carmen Colson are regular Americans who do things well - Carmen is a successful real estate agent and Wayne is an outdoor guy who is good at jobs that require physical strength. While trying to save their marriage, they run into a couple of incompetent con-men (Richie Nix and Arman Degas) who are out to extort money from Carmen's boss. Donna is Richie's lonely jail warden girlfriend, whom he shares with Arman.Leonard's dialog writing is terrific. He isn't really into descriptions. The [...]

    29. This was my first Elmore Leonard book and it may be my last. The book started with nothing but horrible unlikable people. I was thinking, "Who cares if these people kill each other? I hope they do." Finally the protagonists appear. People I can root for, but why do they have to do such dumb stuff? They end up in wit sec, the husband is off on a job and the wife decides she'll go back to their house, where the bad guys know they live. Speaking of the bad guys, why are they even terrorizing these [...]

    30. Love the way Elmore Leonard uses low life vernacular so easily in the mouths of his gangsters, almost creating the illusion you're listening to actors playing gangsters in films.This is one I highly rate though I see others don't! The story of a couple who are part of a witness protection scheme that goes wrong. But as usual Elmore Leonard builds a lot of backstory into the couple and their new lives. Learnt about jobs working on the Mississippi!The cops don't help as things Crumble around them [...]

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