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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062119826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062119827
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The greatest crime writer of our time, perhaps ever!” (The New York Times Book Review)

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Ordell “Whitebread” Robbie makes a fine living selling illegal high-powered weaponry to the wrong people. Jackie Burke couriers Ordell’s profits from Freeport to Miami. But the feds are on to Jackie—and now the aging but still hot flight attendant will have to do prison time or play ball, which makes her a prime “loose end” that Ordell needs to tie up permanently. Jackie, however, has other options. And with the help of Max Cherry—an honest but disgruntled bail bondsman looking to get out—she could even end up with a serious nest egg in the process.


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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mystery Tribune on January 13, 2012
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Elmore Leonard (October 11, 1925) is probably one of the key icons among American novelists and screenwriters. His 30th book, Rum Punch, adapted into a film by Quentin Tarantino, has been released recently as a reprint and deserves a fresh look.

Set in West Palm Beach and Miami, the story concerns Jackie Burke, a 44-year-old airline stewardess, who has been bringing cash into the country for a gunrunner named Ordell Robbie. When the cops try to use Jackie to get at Ordell, she hatches a plan--with help from bail bondsman Max Cherry--to keep the money for herself.

This is probably one of Elmore Leonard's finest books: It is certainly funny and you can trace his deep understanding of the the characters he writes about in the story. Some critiques have complained that Rum Punch is written in such a way that the reader doesn't care about any of the characters (well, that's not a necessity) or there are many corpses and not too many twists. However, I belive this is part of the style the author has adopted and is part of his effort to create a rhythmic and colorful theme.

Leonard has always demonstrated that he is a good story teller and I believe Rum Punch delivers on the promise of a good story (Originally from my review at [...]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Al O'Nym on February 21, 2013
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Some confusion as to who is speaking, (several paragraphs include two characters thoughts and actions requiring a re-read to determine who is saying what. The story is interesting (and timely because it concerns illegal assault weapon trafficking between the Caribbean, Florida and South America). Not as good as Donald E. Westlake's hard crime novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Lowe on May 29, 2014
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Bought this book because I had seen the film by Quentin Tarantino, "Jackie Brown." The book was different, and much more interesting.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. D on December 16, 2013
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My familiarity with Elmore Leonard is mostly through the movies made based on his books. Such was the case with Rum Punch. I had no idea, this was the book Jackie Brown was made from, until I read the first couple pages. having preconceived images of the characters from the movie, it took me a second to adjust them to the ones in the book.

Overall it was an entertaining quick read. It took a couple chapters for me to get into it though. However, it could be because I already knew how it turned out, so that drive to find out what happens next just wasn't there. But still a good book.
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By Patti on July 13, 2014
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Jackie Burke is a flight attendant whose crime is bringing in undeclared cash from the Bahamas. The money belongs to Ordell, an arms dealer, who makes a habit of bailing out his accomplices so that he can take them out—with a bullet. Caught red-handed, Jackie figures she’d better work with law enforcement to avoid the same fate. Ordell has other accomplices and hopes to recruit his old friend Louis, his former partner in a botched kidnapping, who now works for bail bondsman Max Cherry. As is customary with an Elmore Leonard novel, the line is blurred between the good guys and the bad guys, and I had high hopes for Jackie to turn out to be one of the good guys, or gals in this case, and for her to still be alive at the end of the novel. She’s gutsy and savvy, thinks well on her feet, and becomes more than chummy with Max, who’s no dummy, either. She’s the bridge between the good guys and the baddies, and tries to play both sides against the middle. As Jackie and the law officers develop a convoluted plan for double-crossing Ordell, Jackie makes plans of her own, drawing Max into her scheme, while he begins contemplating divorce from his estranged wife. This novel was the inspiration for the movie Jackie Brown, which served as sort of a comeback vehicle for Pam Grier, even though Jackie is blonde in the book. Quentin Tarantino directed, and Samuel L. Jackson played Ordell. DeNiro as Louis? I need to see this movie again.
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One of Elmore Leonard's best stories about grifters, murderers and other bad sorts, as well as a few of the cops who pursue them and a bail bondsman who serves them but tries to steer clear of their toxic trail. The central characters include an airline stewardess with a slightly stained past and the bail bondsman who is dragged into her problems by the completely rotten gunrunner who hired her to launder his ill-gotten dollar payments.

As is usually the case with Leonard books, the main substance is in the characters and with their interactions. Plot--good here--is usually secondary. The author concocts some hairy situations for his subjects and leaves open the question where morality is sitting. Great action as the tale moves forward, and a satisfying ending.

This book was made into the very entertaining fil, "Jackie Brown", which achieved cult status long ago and still pops up on TV with some frequency.

Good book and EL fans shouldn't miss itl.
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By J. Mitchell on March 19, 2014
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Man this is a good, fast read. His style is just so easy to get lost in like you take a vacation and wind up in some pretty rough places.
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By Amazon Customer on February 15, 2014
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Rum Punch was the original book that Question Tarantino made into the movie Jackie Brown. Elmore Leonard is a master storyteller, and this book is a must read for his fans!
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