Title: Rum Punch
Author: Elmore Leonard
Pages: 304 pp
Published Date: 1992
Publisher: Delacorte, New York
This is the novel that was turned into the Quentin Tarantino movie Jackie Brown.
Ordell "Whitebread" Robbie makes a fine living selling illegal high-powered weaponry to the wrong people. Jackie Burke couriers Ordell's profits from Freeport to Miami. But the feds are on to Jackie—and now the aging, but still hot, flight attendant will have to do prison time or play ball, which makes her a prime "loose end" that Ordell needs to tie up permanently. Jackie, however, has other options. And with the help of Max Cherry—an honest but disgruntled bail bondsman looking to get out—she could even end up with a serious nest egg in the process.
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Amazon.com: ""Rum Punch" is a sequel to Leonard's mid-70's classic, "The Switch," and while not nearly as tight as that taut psychological novel, it's refreshing to see Ordell Robbie, Melanie and Luis Gaza back in action. Robbie is one of Leonard's most appealing black villain-kings (this is not an ethnic slur; from "The Switch" to "Freaky Deaky" you'll see a long string of Leonard African-American heavies who are generally smarter, calmer, wealthier and more resourceful than the white cons with whom they partner), so smooth than he can run a crew while hobnobbing with redneck Nazis." Read the Amazon.com reviews here
The Edge: "Like Get Shorty or Maximum Bob, Rum Punch leaps from the page with the clipped, economic pacing common to all late period Leonard – funny, frightening, irreverent. You read with the book in one hand, an Uzi in the other, and a broad smile stapled to your lips." Read full review
Reviewing the Evidence: "A very complicated plot sees Cherry introduced to and falling for Jackie and becoming a part of the sting to catch Ordell for the Feds. The writing is attractive: powerful and easily understood with lots of action and an involving story." Read full review
Book Finder 4U: "Rum Punch is a pretty good representation of Elmore Leonard''s style. The story focuses on a flight attendant attempting to bring half a million dollars into the country, and then in true Leonard style, all the colorful characters (some on the side of law, others not) who try to gets their hands on the money." Read full review here
Publisher's Weekly: "Like a pulled punch, the author's latest evocation of lives on the periphery has a somewhat restrained quality, although the characters here, especially the women, are vintage Leonard " Read full review here
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