Riding the Rap: A Novel

By Elmore Leonard

“Wicked and irresistible….Elmore Leonard is a literary genius.”
New York instances ebook Review

Before U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens all started electrifying television audience throughout the USA (in the hit sequence Justified), he “starred” in Elmore Leonard’s Riding the Rap—an explosive, twisty story of a brazen Florida kidnap caper long gone outrageously fallacious. Chock jam-packed with wildly eccentric and deliciously felony characters—including a psycho enforcer with a eco-friendly thumb, a Bahamian undesirable guy, and the attractive, unabashedly grasping psychic Reverend Dawn—Riding the Rap dazzles with Leonard’s trademark creative plot turns and razor-keen discussion. Gripping, fantastic, and unforgettable, it's a crime fiction gem that any mystery writer—from prior masters John D. MacDonald, Dashiell Hammett, and James M. Cain to the bestselling secret auteurs of today—would be extremely joyful to name his own.

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No solution. “You are looking to inform me what this can be approximately? ” He waited and acknowledged, “I bet now not. ” He may possibly suppose them round him, men, might be 3. Harry was once beautiful certain who they represented, so he attempted back. “Look, you recognize I wasn’t skimming on you men. the person now working the group, Nicky, he informed me himself I had not anything to fret approximately. ” Harry paused. “Wait. Am I chatting with Nicky Testa? ” No resolution. “What’re you treating me like this for? What do you need, for Christ sake? ” No solution. purely the sounds they made fooling with the chains. He needed to get himself calmed down. considered it a minute and acknowledged, “I didn’t surrender on you men. i used to be placed into chapter 11 by means of the U. S. lawyer. i am getting busted back, I do 5 years instantly up and never at a type of country-club joints both. I’m retired, ok? You brain? ” Harry turning into agitated. No solution. “You humans can’t speak? What’s the matter, i would realize somebody’s voice? ” nonetheless no solution “Okay, I’ll maintain quiet. You men are operating a few type of online game on me. superb, I’ll wait. eventually you’re gonna need to inform me what this can be approximately. ” He paused. An seen explanation for being right here hit him and he stated, “Wait a minute. is that this a kidnapping? Jesus Christ, you larger consult me whether it is. you recognize what I’m asserting? I’m a chum of Nicky Testa’s. in the event you men are clever . . . Or you’re a part of his workforce and he reveals out, Jesus, what you’re doing . . . ? ” He waited. “I stated I’m gonna maintain quiet,” Harry acknowledged, and did, saved his mouth close after that, sitting there chained and blindfolded. mins handed. He notion he heard them relocating round and did listen a door shut. Harry listened, beautiful definite he used to be by myself prior to achieving right down to discover a mild chain wrapped round each one ankle and padlocked, approximately twelve inches of chain among his legs and the remainder of it extending alongside the ground. Harry obtained down on his arms and knees and the chain, approximately 8 ft of it, to a steel ring bolted to the ground, throughout the deep-pile carpeting. He stood up and commenced to shuffle round, touched the wall through the cot, then shuffled off around the room and banged his shin on one other steel cot. He felt alongside the wall and acquired so far as an open doorway earlier than the chain stopped him. He questioned if it used to be the way in which he got here in. If it used to be . . . He started to think them at the different aspect of the entrance looking at him, a few men he could even be aware of, Harry changing into extra convinced of it. He acknowledged, “You’re correct there, aren’t you, you fucks. ” He acknowledged, “Will you assert anything, for Christ sake? ” * * * “Talking to someone he thinks is within the bathroom,” Louis acknowledged that first day, observing Harry at the television display within the learn. “Uh-oh, he’s attempting to carry up his blindfold. ” “He’ll research quick,” Chip stated. They watched, at the display, the door open and now Bobby used to be within the room, Harry turning towards the sound, getting the entire means round as Bobby clobbered him with a correct hand—Chip announcing, “Pow, correct within the kisser”—and Harry stumbled and went down. “So now he knows,” Louis acknowledged, “no peeking.

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