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"I dont know what's wrong with you. You're a nice-looking boy, wear a clean shirt every day, keep your hair combed ... where'd you get your ugly disposition? Your mama blames me for not being around, so then I give you things .. you get in trouble, I get you out. Well, now you've moved on to extortion in your life of crime ... I pay you what you want or you're telling everybody I have a girlfriend?"
Jack Belmont's blackmail scheme doesn't work, but after destroying his father's property, forging checks in his name, kidnapping his mistress, and joining a gang of notorious bank robbers after his release from prison, he encounters another man trying to get out from under his father's large shadow and create his own, bigger one. Deputy U.S. Marshal Carl Webster, who at age 15 shot a man trying to steal his cows and six years later dispenses equal justice to Emmet Long, the leader of Belmont's gang, now has Jack Belmont in his sights. Webster's exploits have earned him even more celebrity than Jack, who dreams of rivaling Pretty Boy Floyd as public enemy number one.
Were in the early 30's here, just as a dust cloud is rolling across the Oklahoma plains--the days of Bonnie and Clyde, when gangsters captured the public attention, and Leonard makes good use of place and time. His minor characters are much more interesting than his protagonists, especially the women, and the writing shows occasional flashes of his trademarked ironic humor. But it's not as cool--or as hot--as even his most dedicated readers are used to, and there's barely a trace of the bizarre plot twists and unlikely coincidences that define his most recent caper novels in this one. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Elmore Leonard is a good writer and most of his books are fun fast moving stories full of colorful characters. This one falls short but is still a decent read.Published 21 days ago by D. Donovan
I read this in an attempt to "heal" over the end of my favorite FX series, Justified. That was based on a great Leonard novella called, "Fire In The Hole. Read morePublished 1 month ago by russknan
Awesome story. Interesting characters. Engrossing dialogue. What else can I say but that it is your typical, good Elmore Leonard Western set in the Great Depression.Published 2 months ago by Sensei Mike
Not particularly enthralled with this era, but this is a marvelous book.Published 2 months ago by paul ratchford has been avid Locke fan
“The Hot Kid” by Elmore Leonard is one of those great novels that you will want to put on your bookshelf with other classics. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dave Wilde
This was a reasonably good story that was a nice way to pass the time. A well written description of the time period as well as the deprivation of the depression that effected so... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jerry Seven