Road Dogs

  • by Elmore Leonard
  • Narrated by Peter Francis James
  • 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Legendary New York Times best-selling author Elmore Leonard returns with three of his favorite characters: Jack Foley from Out of Sight, Cundo Rey from Labrava, and Dawn Navarro from Riding the Rap. Jack Foley is serving a 30-year sentence in a Miami penitentiary, but he's made an unlikely friend on the inside who just might be able to do something about that. Fellow inmate Cundo Rey, an extremely wealthy Cuban criminal, arranges for Foley's sentence to be reduced from 30 years to three months, and when Jack is released just two weeks ahead of Cundo, he agrees to wait for him in Venice Beach, California. Also waiting for Cundo is his common-law wife, Dawn Navarro, a professional psychic with a slightly ulterior motive for staying with Cundo: she wants his money. And with the arrival of Jack, she sees the perfect partner in a plan to relieve Cundo of his fortune. Cundo may be Jack's friend, but does that mean he can trust him? And can either of them trust Dawn? Road Dogs is Elmore Leonard at his best and readers will love seeing Cundo, Jack, and Dawn back in action and working together . . . or are they?

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What the Critics Say

"Elmore Leonard, master of gritty, bad-guy dialogue, is a perfect fit for full audio treatment, as this snappy production proves.... The best part of this audio [is] Peter Francis James's pitch perfect delivery of Leonard's hilarious, if often NC-17-rated, convict chitchat." (USA Today)

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Pretty fine Elmore Leonard.

Road Dogs is a story featuring Jack Foley, a recurring Leonard character who is "the most notorious bank robber in the country." Cundo Rey is a Cuban who spends three years in prison with Foley. Dawn Navarro is also a recurring Leonard character: a "psychic" bunko artist who in this book is a cold-blooded, calculating murderer. The action takes place mostly in Venice, California. There is scheming and double-crossing and twists and turns. Foley is a very likable character. This is partly because George Clooney played him in the movie "Out of Sight," with Jennifer Lopez as US Marshall Karen Cisco. If I were you, I would read "Out of Sight" first, because it happened long before the action in "Road Dogs," and there are countless references to it. The first book is also better than Road Dogs, in my view. However, Peter Francis James does a really great job of narrating. I would definitely listen to another one of his audiobooks. Actually, if I were you, I would see the movie "Out of Sight" first. Clooney is excellent, as usual, and J. Lo is fine. Sometimes the movie is better than the book.
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- Richard Delman

from a big Elmore Leonard fan

Would you consider the audio edition of Road Dogs to be better than the print version?

Yes. Elmore Leonard writes as if for a film, and an audio production comes close.


What did you like best about this story?

The story kept my interest in characters and plot.


Have you listened to any of Peter Francis James???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't keep track of performers, because Audible performers are all pretty good.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no


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- pat in longview wa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-12-2009
  • Publisher: HarperAudio