- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: HarperTorch; 6/30/02 edition (July 30, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060083999
- ISBN-13: 978-0060083991
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 92 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,324,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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52 Pickup Mass Market Paperback – July 30, 2002
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"Probably no one knows this nation's rogues, bent cops, and sleazebags better than Elmore Leonard."
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Detroit businessman Harry Mitchell had had only one affair in his twenty-two years of happy matrimony. Unfortunately someone caught his indiscretion on film and now wants Harry to fork over one hundred grand to keep his infidelity a secret. And if Harry doesn't pay up, the blackmailer and his associates plan to press a lot harder -- up to and including homicide, if necessary. But the psychos picked the wrong pigeon for their murderous scam. Because Harry Mitchell doesn't get mad...he gets even.
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Even though I had seen the film version (almost 30 years ago) and remembered that it starred Roy Scheider and Ann-Margret, I didn't remember the rest of the cast, which included Kelly Preston (before she met John Travolta) and Vanity in two smaller but important and perfectly cast roles. The film had very mixed reviews, I imagine because of the production credits (the producers were a bit of a joke in the film business at that time), but that didn't influence Roger Ebert, who loved the film for its fantastic character development.
52 PICKUP is just what you'd expect from Mr. Leonard--superbly developed characters, and an opportunity to meet people that you will probably never encounter in your life. In other words, a perfect escape from reality into a different world, but one that you can imagine is true. The plot is not very original, but satisfying none-the-less. A very good read....have fun!
This is far from my favorite of his books. It just didn't grab me the way they usually do. Still "bad" Leonard is better than most of the rest.
For some reason, I found this book to be sort of underwhelming and a bit disappointing. I found the protagonist/villain confrontations to be a little cliché, the dialogue sort of forced, and the plot slow-moving. It seemed to stall quite often with irrelevant scenes that didn’t move the story forward (Mitchell’s dealings within his company, the spats between Mitchell and his wife, for example). Also, the ending was a letdown and abrupt.
Still, I’d be interested to check out some other Leonard novels in this genre.
52 Pick-Up centers on a Detroit businessman named Harry Mitchell. He's a recognizable type to Leonard fans - a flawed everyman in a tough world. In Harry's case, middle-aged boredom leads him to an affair with a young party girl. In turn, the affair leads to an attempt to blackmail Harry out of his hard-earned dollars. Harry decides to pay the blackmailers - on his own terms.
Leonard keeps 52 Pick-Up moving and does not allow the story to bog down. There is plenty of action and the not-too-bright stars of the book provide some good laughs. In addition, Leonard makes great use of the Detroit settings; 52 Pick-Up takes the reader on a tour of the Motor City's back alleys, dive bars, and mean streets.
My only real complaint about the book is the ending. The reader sees it coming. As in most suspense novels, getting to the ending is the real fun.
52 Pick-Up might not be perfect, but it is "darn good." Fans of suspense novels should not pass it up.
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