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By Richard Delman on 08-12-12
Absolutely classic Leonard: as good as it gets.
This book is primarily the story of Jack Foley, an endearing guy who only knows how to rob banks, and US Marshall Karen Sisco. You may never read a better romance/hide and go seek. The book was made into a fantastic movie, with George Clooney as Foley and Jennifer Lopez as Sisco. The chemistry between them is amazing. They meet in a scene which only Leonard could have written: Foley breaks out of prison with a small group of Latin guys. Karen is there to serve a warrant. Gunfire breaks out everywhere, and somehow Foley and Sisco both get into the trunk of Foley's getaway car. What then happens between them is a remarkable love story and adventure. George Guidall is, of course, one of the best narrators alive, and he is masterful here. The story jumps from Glades Correctional Institute to the federal prison at Lompoc, California, to Miami and to Detroit. A number of really bad guys get involved, and in the end they plot to rip off a rich guy named Richard Ripley, a fabulously wealthy sleaze ball who made a fortune by marrying rich and then doing filthy things in the markets. As usual, Leonard takes his time setting up the plot, and then he accelerates the pace to something approaching frenzied at the end. I will not spoil the ending. I will say, though, that this is one book for which the movie is just as wonderful. Read the book and see the movie. Some fun.
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By Dave M. on 05-20-13
Classic Elmore Leonard, Fantastic Characters
Where does Out of Sight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Out of Sight would be close to the top of my list.
What other book might you compare Out of Sight to and why?
This book was somewhat similar to other crime books that are character based, such as Mystic River. And of course very much in Leonard's signature style in books such as Killshot.
Any additional comments?
Many of Leonard's characters are very authentic and relatable, but surprisingly complex. Jack Foley is great as the consummate criminal, a bank robber, yet one somehow with class and grace on his own terms. He doesn't care for the crass crimes of some of the other criminals he falls in with.
Karen Sisco is a great character too. She plays by her own rules and has a great way of asking forgiveness rather than permission. Fatally flawed, yet a very effective agent.
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