Pronto : Raylan Givens

  • by Elmore Leonard
  • Narrated by Alexander Adams
  • Series: Raylan Givens
  • 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The feds want Miami bookmaker Harry Arno to squeal on his wiseguy boss. So they're putting word out on the street that Arno's skimming profits from "Jimmy Cap" Capotorto - which he is, but everybody does it. He was planning to retire to Italy someday anyway, so Harry figures now's a good time to get lost.
U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens knows Harry's tricky - the bookie ditched him once in an airport while in the marshal's custody - but not careful. So Raylan's determined to find the fugitive's Italian hideaway before a cold-blooded Sicilian "Zip" does and whacks Arno for fun. After all, it's a "pride thing"...and it might even put Raylan in good stead with Harry's sexy ex-stripper girlfriend Joyce.


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The ant's a centaur in his dragon world.

Not the best Elmore Leonard, but worth it for three major things:

1. Justified. This is the first Elmore Leonard novel that features Raylan Givens (later to appear in the FX series Justified). I think I've watched maybe one episode and it looks good, but if you are a fan of the series just be aware, this book isn't exactly centered on Raylan Givens. It is centered on Miami bookmaker Harry Arno. Arno is a romantic bookie who needs rescuing. He is fascinated by a meeting he had with Ezra Pound during WWII. Arno is talkative, harmless, and easy to like.
2. Chapter 19. Imagine the possibility of Elmore Leonard writing about Ezra Pound. This chapter is that possibility made real. Leonard explores Pound in Italy, a couple of Ezra Pound's Cantos and the story of the love triangle between Ezra Pound, his wife, and his mistress. The story ends up being a vector for the plot action in Leonard's book.
3. Elmore Leonard's writing. Even in his minor novels and more pulpy stuff, the guy can write dialogue. There are reasons I keep coming back to writers like John D. MacDonald, Jim Thompson, and Elmore Leonard. They are artists. They certainly want to sell books, but their writing is crisp, their dialogue is often hilarious, and they are unpretentious. From a ROI perspective, a prospective writer will, IMHO, do way better by spending $1000 buying and reading stuff from writers like Thompson, MacDonald, Leonard, etc., than $50-100k to get an MFA in creative writing.
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- Darwin8u "I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^"

Great character, even better dialogue!

It's not hard to hard to be swept away by any of Elmore Leonard's characters in his books, and Raylan is one of his best. Rayland exemplifies the very best of an old west sheriff in a modern day world serving in the U.S. Marshall's service. Loaded with characters and dialogue that you will not soon forget. It is not hard to understand why so many of Elmore's books and characters make it to the big screen and television; they are just plain and simple entertainment. Enjoy this listen!
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- Ron "American patriot, veteran, historical researcher and writer."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-05-2010
  • Publisher: HarperAudio