Road Dogs

Leonard, Elmore

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Road Dogs
Cuban con man Cundo Rey and gentleman bank robber Jack Foley are united in a scheme that involves the women in their lives and a beautiful psychic. Gentleman/banker-robber Jack Foley is back in prison doing a thirty-year sentence after a week-long escape. Brought in by Karen Sisco, US marshall, who got her man after being abducted with the escapees, Jack and Karen have a thing for each other, and Karen arrests him only after a meaningful 'time'out' together. Jack is resigning himself to doing time, lots of it, and he seems to have a friendly and easy control over the hardened criminals he is imprisoned with. This easiness is enhanced in the minds of others by his fame as a bank robber. It is this ease which impresses Cuando Rey, a Cuban refugee and criminal who is doing time for murder. Cuando arranges to have Foley's sentence hugely reduced, but has favors aplenty to ask when they're both released. Cuando's wife, Dawn, is pretending to be saintly all the while (whilst quite the opposite) under the negligent eye of The Monk, a gay accountant similarly in thrall to Cuando. Foley is freed, and, as he fears, Cuando wants to use him on a job, just as his every move is being scrutinised by FBI detective Lou Adams. In an instant, though, Dawn has seduced him, and she has an agenda all of her own.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0061767190
Branch Call Number: FICTION LEONARD 2009
Characteristics: 262 p. ;,24 cm


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Cuban con man Cundo Rey and gentleman bank robber Jack Foley are united in a scheme that involves the women in their lives and a beautiful psychic.

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Aug 12, 2012
  • achanson rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

As someone who loves many Elmore Leonard books and, especially, Out of Sight, I was really disappointed by Road Dogs. It was not his best writing or plotting.

Jul 28, 2012
  • shadowwalker rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This is trash

Nov 29, 2010
  • derekwolfgram rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A nice little bit of escapism, but nowhere near Leonard's best. While to a certain extent noir writing always depends on stereotypes for shortcuts to paint pictures of the protagonists, the descriptions in Road Dogs crossed over into caricature. From the African-American gangsta teen with the sideways baseball hat and the low hanging pants to the sympthetic tough guy criminal hero to the wealthy blonde Hollywood actress, the whole thing felt like a rote caper story where the reader is left wondering until the last page who will make the Big Score. If I were a cynic, I might suggest Road Dogs was simply written to bring George Clooney back to reprise the role of Jack Foley he played so well in Out of Sight. Which would probably make Leonard scads of money. Oh wait, I get it now! Guess who really makes out in the end? Well played, Mr. Leonard.


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