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Mr. Majestyk: A Novel Kindle Edition
About the Author
Elmore Leonard has written forty-five books during his highly successful writing career, and many of his novels have been made into movies. Leonard is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Bloomfield Village, Michigan.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Elmore Leonard is our greatest crime novelist...the best in the business."
--The Washington Post
"The hottest thriller writer in the U.S."
"Whatever you call his novels, they always read like Elmore Leonard, distinctive in style and vision, brilliantly inventive in plot and characters."
--Los Angeles Times --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B000FC12X2
- Publisher : William Morrow; Reprint edition (October 13, 2009)
- Publication date : October 13, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 505 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 240 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #150,998 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Written during a time when Leonard was initially distancing himself from pulp western novels, “Mr. Majestyk” became one of his first attempts at writing mainstream crime/mystery novels. Viewing the story mainly from our hero’s perspective, but with many asides from numerous other points of view, we quickly begin the story’s perfidy when a group of strange, unknown pickers shows up in his fields one morning while he was away attempting to procure real, qualified and trained labor. Led by “a skinny, hipless guy, long hair and Mexican bandit moustache, wearing sunglasses, with a big metal belt buckle, bright yellow shirt and cowboy boots,” Vince confronts this Bobby Kopas, a sleazy opportunist who roams the Arizona countryside looking for places like Majestyk’s to spread out his labor force, unannounced, and have them pick enough crop to charge the grower a top rate, thus making a big profit while repressing the local pickers.
Not standing for it of course, Majestyk “convinces” Kopas to leave his farm immediately…but soon the consequence of this ‘convincing’ results in an arrest for aggravated assault. Inside the lock-up Vince meets Frank Renda, a hired mob hit-man who’d been brought in on a broad daylight gunning down of a local man in plain sight of numerous witnesses. During the bus transport to the nearest criminal facility, a Renda auctioneered escape plot is hatched with Majestyk, as it turns out, being a key element in pulling it off. But as Renda solicits his support and loyalty afterward, Majestyk takes the stance that HE is in charge and that Renda follows HIS orders, an excellent expansion of Majestyk’s character here by Leonard.
Of course this does not go over well and the subsequent denouement of this book (with still over half of the 216 pages left) is rife with “Charles Bronson” type maneuvering and violence (Bronson actually plays the main character in the film adaptation of this work)…Leonard’s simple but sinister dialogue and coarse descriptions of the violence leave the reader literally turning the pages in eager anticipation. I’ve rarely come across an author who can harbor so many inter-connecting tangents of his story while driving them to a realistic but simplistic ending. Leonard seems to have mastered this minimalist style of storytelling while still being able to keep his audience firmly engaged…a true gift and one honed from perhaps his biggest literary influence, Ernest Hemingway.
So in summary, “Mr. Majestyk” is a work that further distances Elmore Leonard from the garden variety, dime store Western novelist to a more substantive and popular mystery/thriller genre author that solidifies his standing superbly in this league. An action filled and literarily blunt tome, those who relish these quick, powerful and vengeful books will definitely not be disappointed. Grab a copy for a quick weekend or vacation read.
However, please be advised you are paying $11.00 for a 150 page Leonard story. Amazon has a note that the price is set by the publisher Harper-Collins. The book description in the Kindle store lists the book as 240 pages long. Just so you know, Mr. Majestyk is 150 pages in length. The balance of the 90 pages are adds for other Leonard books plus other filler. Had I known this up front, I would not have purchased this book. I'll not buy another Harper-Collins publication. Harper-Collins ha$ gotten thi$ cu$tomer for the la$t time! Fortunately I had already read most of Leonard's westerns. I'm now deep in Ben Bridges and Chet Cunninhham westerns. They match Leonard and L'Amour for style, description and action. Plus, the price is right! - 'ole joe.
No, Leonard didn't write the greatest books of the 20th Century (and start of the 21st), but he was the best writer. With apologies to Conrad, Bulgakov, Faulkner and the other greats, Leonard is the only novelist I know who regularly turned out books without a single false note. His instinct for how far the reader can suspend disbelief makes every convolution of his plots not only believable, but inevitable. His dialog tells you instantly what kind of person is talking. Read two lines, and you know what kind of shirt they're wearing. The greats did not write to excite or entertain; in a way, that's lucky for them. None of them could have outdone Leonard.
Top reviews from other countries
Majestyk, a Vietnam war veteran, is quietly growing melons in the American southwest when some baddies start making life hard for him.
It’s fast-paced, with plenty of humour and action, in Leonard’s accomplished, spare style. The two women characters are no longer the 2D ciphers of his early novels, and each plays a part in the plot. Leonard’s heroes always endear themselves by showing respect for society’s underdogs, in this case the Mexican melon-pickers.
My quibble with this one is that it digs not much deeper than goody-versus-baddy action, and the baddy’s motivation felt implausible, but it does what it does with enjoyable ease.
I look forward idc to number eleven.