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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reissue edition (November 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062120328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062120328
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Working at his brother-in-law’s New Orleans funeral home isn’t reformed jewel thief Jack Delaney’s idea of excitement—until he’s dispatched to a leper’s hospital to pick up a corpse that turns out to be very much alive . . . and under the care of a beautiful, radical ex-nun in designer jeans. The “deceased” is the one-time squeeze of a Nicaraguan colonel who’s ordered her dead for trying to infect him, and Sister Lucy’s looking to spirit the young woman away from his guns and goons. Plus Lucy’s getting ideas about spiriting away some of the colonel’s millions as well—and someone with Jack Delaney’s talents could come in very handy indeed.

About the Author

Elmore Leonard wrote forty-five novels and nearly as many western and crime short stories across his highly successful career that spanned more than six decades. Some of his bestsellers include Road Dogs, Up in Honey’s Room, The Hot Kid, Mr. Paradise, Tishomingo Blues, and the critically acclaimed collection of short stories Fire in the Hole. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Rum Punch, which became Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie BrownJustified, the hit series from FX, is based on Leonard’s character Raylan Givens, who appears in Riding the Rap, Pronto, Raylan and the short story “Fire in the Hole”. He was a recipient of the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA, and the Grand Master Award of the Mystery Writers of America. He was known to many as the ‘Dickens of Detroit’ and was a long-time resident of the Detroit area.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ALFRED P WORLD on October 31, 2012
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Spin out the superlatives. Fantastic, excellent and first class. Toss in a few adjectives. Gritty, raw and real. Or just wrap it all up in one word. Wow!

Does anybody do dialogue better? Create twisting plots or characters that leap off the page? No. Then again, no one else is Elmore Leonard. It's been years since I read the guy. The fact that 'Bandits' was written in the late eighties was a surprise. Other than references to Nixon, Reagan and the Contra war, this could have been done last week.

There's a timeless quality to Elmore's writing. The style remains relevant and forceful, regardless of the time frame. Maybe it's the fact that he does ordinary people in unordinary situations. Also, who else can drive a plot with dialogue? I not only care what the characters think and say but often re-read passages. Of course, you'll fight the urge to rush ahead. One, because you don't want it to end and two, the tension is building and you've just got to find out how it ends.

I'll tell you what it feels like to read 'Bandits.' I'm hanging out at the bar with my buddies, drinking, smoking and eyeing the ladies. The night has just begun and there's mischief and mayhem, just around the corner. Wow!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ruby on May 20, 2013
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Not my favorite from this author. A decent read for traveling, but not like I couldn't put it down (and I did for a while, somewhere about 2/3 through).
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EL (1925-2013) felt strongly about how badly illegal Hispanic farm workers were treated in the US. “Bandits”, published in 1987, well within Ronald Reagan ’s second presidential term, is perhaps his most political crime novel, taking sides in the conflict in Nicaragua between the Sandinistas, who ousted the Somoza regime in 1979 and the US-backed Contras, who waged a cruel, bloody guerilla war to regain power.
War is costly, even the Contra type, what with fighters at $ 23 a month, moving in bags of rice and beans, ammo and other supplies, paying bribes everywhere? Ex- Col. Dagoberto Rogoy is a well-placed fundraiser. Armed with a personal letter from RR himself, he collects funds for the fight against communism from oil barons and other rich Republicans in Louisiana. Piece of cake, until he loses his cool about a former lover, implicating then threatening a reluctant assistant-mortician called Jack Delaney, a former hotel thief. A confrontation is inevitable. Jack enlists two buddies from Angola penitentiary, an ex-cop and a rusty bank robber (65). Why? To do what?
The less said the better for readers of this superb and totally satisfying crime story. It has a smooth-flowing, but quirky plot and believable characters, some of whose thinking EL inserts effortlessly into the narrative. Plus, as always, great dialogue, his cinematographic writing style and a completely unexpected, but laudable ending make him a superlative author once again. “Bandits” is in my top 5 of Elmore Leonard’s best books. Not to be missed.
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"Bandits" is a golden oldie--going back to the period of Reagan and the Sandinista/Contra war in Nicaragua. Wonderful characters, with backgrounds that range from Angola Prison to a Nicaraguan leper hospital. The leads are author Leonard's stand-ins for St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare and the action takes place in New Orleans. Leonard is at the top of his game with the novel's dialogue that drives the story; there are few writers around in any genre who can deliver this kind of witty, spare and knowing language. (I was reading an article on the Internet this week that was citing Leonard's writing style and quoted him as saying, "If you see an adverb, kill it!" Something Buddhist there, but the point is that the author's spare writing approach has more impact than most other writers fond of word enhancements, metaphors, etc.)

"Bandits" is a fine read that maintains its freshness despite its 1987 publishing date. Recommended.
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By dixie on August 4, 2013
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Anything Elmore Leonard is a great read. It keeps you on your toes and makes you want to jump in the book . I would definitely recommend this to anyone is enjoys a good read that you can't put down.
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By Mike on January 15, 2013
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Great for fans of the comic crime genre. One of his older works but still packs a punch. Leonard is a master of the crime genre
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What happens when selfish people find something to fight for? This is the question Leonard answers with his one of a kind - oft imitated - characters. As always it's not about the destination - but the journey.
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Elmore Leonard wrote forty-five novels and nearly as many western and crime short stories across his highly successful career that spanned more than six decades. Some of his bestsellers include Road Dogs, Up in Honey's Room, The Hot Kid, Mr. Paradise, Tishomingo Blues, and the critically acclaimed collection of short stories Fire in the Hole. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Rum Punch, which became Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown. Justified, the hit series from FX, is based on Leonard's character Raylan Givens, who appears in Riding the Rap, Pronto, Raylan and the short story "Fire in the Hole". He was a recipient of the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA, and the Grand Master Award of the Mystery Writers of America. He was known to many as the 'Dickens of Detroit' and was a long-time resident of the Detroit area.

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