Rum PunchBook - 1993
Caught in a sting by the Feds determined to put her boss, gun-runner Ordell Robbie, behind bars, flight attendant Jackie Burke must decide whether to cooperate or do time, but the arrival of bail bondsman Max Cherry suggests a third option. Reprint.
“Powerful…clever…astonishing…a delicious read.”
—Detroit Free Press
Rum Punch is classic Elmore Leonard—the electrifying thriller that served as the basis for the acclaimed film Jackie Brown by director Quentin Tarantino, starring Pam Grier, Robert DeNiro, and Samuel L. Jackson. Leonard’s story of a not-altogether-blameless flight attendant on the run from her vicious gun-running sometime employer who sees her as a troublesome loose end, Rum Punch is “the King Daddy of crime writers” (Seattle Times) at his sharpest and most ingeniously entertaining. In fact, People magazine calls it, “Leonard’s best work. He brilliantly reaffirms his right to the title of America’s finest crime fiction writer.” Enjoy this sensational noir winner from the creator of the character of U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, lately of TV’s hit series Justified, and see why the great Elmore Leonard stands tall in the company of America’s most legendary crime fiction masters: John D. MacDonald, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, et al.
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The difference in them, Melanie's were cut off at her butt, she was messier-looking and had those huge xyzzies. Jackie had that fine slim body on her and Melanie, you could tell the way she looked at Jackie, wished she had one like it.
Ordell: Come on, let's go see the show.
Louis said, : You're the show.
Nicolet: That's right, you got a divorce. You remarried --- what about your present husband?"
Jackie: He died last year.
Nicolet: You go throught 'em ....What kind of work did he do?
He drink, Jackie said.
Max on the mother of his client: The woman could be a threat with a butcher knife but cooked like a saint.
“Young skinhead Nazis,” Ordell said. “Look, even little Nazigirls marching down Worth Avenue. You believe it? Coming now you have the Klan, not too many here today. Some in green, must be the coneheads’ new spring shade. Behind them it looks like some Bikers for Racism, better known as the Dixie Knights. We gonna move on ahead, fight through the crowd here,” Ordell said, bringing Louis along.
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