The Switch
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The Switch

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"My favorite Leonard book....He writes the way Hammett and Chandler might write today, if they sharpened their senses of ironic humor and grew better ears for dialogue."
--Dallas Morning News

"The best writer of crime fiction alive."
--Newsweek

Dangerously eccentric characters, razor-sharp black humor, brilliant dialog, and suspense all rolled into one tight package--that's The Switch, Elmore Leonard's classic tale of a kidnapping gone wrong...or terribly right, depending on how you look at it. The Grand Master whom the New York Times Book Review calls, "the greatest crime writer of our time, perhaps ever," has written a wry and twisting tale that any of the other all-time greats--Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, John D. MacDonald, James M. Cain, Robert Parker...every noir author who ever walked a detective, cop, or criminal into a shadowy alley--would be thrilled to call their own. Leonard, the man who has given us U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (currently starring in TV's Justified) is at his storytelling best, as a spurned wife decides to take a rightful--and profitable--revenge on her deceiving hubby by teaming up with the two thugs he hired to abduct her.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 279 pages
  • 134 x 202 x 20mm | 222.26g
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0062206133
  • 9780062206138
  • 478,483

Review quote

The greatest crime writer of our time, perhaps ever! --The New York Times Book Review"
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Back cover copy

Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara hit it off in prison, where they were both doing time for grand theft auto. Now that they're out, they're joining forces for one big score. The plan is to kidnap the wife of a wealthy Detroit developer and hold her for ransom. Looks good until they learn the lowlife husband doesn't want his wife back. So it's time for Plan B and the opportunity to make a real killing--with the unlikely help of a beautiful, ticked-off housewife who's hungry for a large helping of sweet revenge.
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Rating details

2,014 ratings
3.73 out of 5 stars
5 19% (384)
4 43% (874)
3 31% (627)
2 5% (95)
1 2% (34)
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