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Soon the Rest Will Fall: A Novel Hardcover – November 7, 2006
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Plate does a nice job of showing how simply getting from San Quentin to his apartment in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco (a distance of about 10-15 miles) is fraught with complication for someone as inept as Robert. The reunion with his family is predictably troublesome, and it's not long before he's doing dumb stuff bound to land him back in jail (like driving around in a car full of hunting rifles and shotguns). Unfortunately, when Slatts is paroled and shows up to live with Robert, all that happens is that Robert wallows in denial, trying to lie his way to safety. That may be a totally realistic approach to his problem, but it's not a very dramatic one from a storytelling standpoint.
Exhibiting virtually no self-control, Robert and Slatts make the dumb hoods one finds in Elmore Leonard novels look like geniuses. For example, Robert sees a traffic cop and is so enervated by the sight, he can't resist knocking him down with his car. Slatts sees an old foe from prison in a bar and promptly gets in a bloody fight.Read more ›