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Out Of Sight af Elmore Leonard
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Out Of Sight (original 1996; udgave 1996)

af Elmore Leonard

Serier: Jack Foley (1)

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A bank robber in Florida commandeers a car belonging to a woman U.S. marshall, climbs with her into the trunk, while an accomplice drives. So begins a novel about two people who really wish the ride had gone forever. As it is, she escapes to lead a manhunt for him.
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Titel:Out Of Sight
Forfattere:Elmore Leonard
Info:Delacorte Press (1996), Hardcover, 296 pages
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Out of Sight af Elmore Leonard (1996)

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They knew it was love
seven minutes in heaven
spooning in the trunk. ( )
1 stem Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
This shit sucked and was racist and I don't want to talk about it. ( )
  bgramman | May 9, 2020 |
Jack Foley is a career bank robber. Karen Sisco is a US Marshal. They meet at gunpoint, while Foley is breaking out of a Florida prison and Karen is arriving to process the complaint of an inmate. Inconvenient for both of them. Foley forces Karen into the trunk of her car and then climbs in with her (his buddy, Buddy, drives the getaway vehicle). In inimitable Elmore Leonard fashion, a romance is born. Sort of.

It appears Leonard is going to become my guilty pleasure. Guilty because I'm not that great at suspending disbelief, typically. The attraction/romance/whatever thread here is more than a shade ridiculous, and most of the secondary characters are larger than life. Really, Karen herself is larger than life, looking sexy in a tight skirt and heels while racking a shotgun and striding with confidence after the jail-breakers.

Yeah, I should have been rolling my eyes. Instead, I was having a great time. Leonard does that: spins this story (and all his stories, if the collection FIRE IN THE HOLE is any indication) with such effortless confidence, I don't dare pause to question the realism. The pacing is breathless. The stakes are high. The bad guys aren't so overwritten that they can't be disturbing. Karen and Foley are, if not sympathetic, always interesting. The prose is a stripped skeleton, but this story could only work in Leonard's voice. And then there's the dialogue, which is delightful genius--barbed and cool and tough, yet indirect and realistic.

It's a punchy, violent, grim caper in which you can anticipate the conclusion but certainly not how the author will get you there. It's understated in a great way. It's absurd in places and raw in places and comically true in places. And the best part--it knows exactly what it is and embraces all of that. ( )
  AmandaGStevens | Mar 2, 2019 |
One of his better ones. ( )
  Stubb | Aug 28, 2018 |
Before Elmore Leonard passed away last year (2013), he left us with some forty-nine novels and a number of screenplays. Beginning with 1953’s The Bounty Hunters, Leonard wrote westerns and crime novels and was unique for his realistic dialogue. Many of his books were made into feature-length movies, including Hombre, The Big Bounce, The Moonshine War, Mr. Majestyk, Killshot, Get Shorty, and Jackie Brown. Three of his novels spawned televisions series: Justified (from Pronto), Maximum Bob, and Karen Sisco (from Out of Sight). Out of Sight, of course, made the big screen in 1998 featuring George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez.

This is a book that you will want to set aside a day to read and not have much else on your agenda except perhaps eating and other necessary things. It is that good. The plot is fairly simple. Jack Foley has committed something like two hundred bank robberies. He has done time in two federal penitentiaries, the latest being a Florida facility. He is not about to finish his dying day in prison so when he hears about some other inmates about to break out, he piggybacks on their escape, meaning that when they are in the tunnel to freedom, Foley follows and, as the guards shoot after the gang escaping, Foley has his own ride waiting for him. Federal Marshal Karen Sisco is there getting ready to interview a convict, but gets swept up in the escape and ends up in a car trunk with Foley, too tightly squeezed in to get her weapon out. With his hand creeping up her thighs, they make small talk about Bonnie and Clyde, Faye Dunaway, and other movies. Foley wonders if things would have been different between them if they had met in a bar and he wasn’t who he is and she wasn’t who she is. And, he finds it real hard to concentrate on escaping as she climbs up a hill in front of him in her short, tight skirt. Foley makes good his escape and Sisco is out to find him, possibly to bring him to justice, possibly to have a drink with him.

The action ranges from the Florida swamps to the cold wintery streets of Detroit where Foley and his aptly named buddy, “Buddy,” make an alliance with hardened street thugs and Sisco shows up, still determined to find Foley and company. The tension in the book exists between the confident gentleman bank robber and the street toughs and between whether Sisco will take Foley in when she finds him or run off to a tropical island with him.

The greatness of this book (and it is a great book) is in the witty dialogue between Foley and the other escapees and, most particularly, between Foley and Sisco, with sparks flying between them every time they cross paths. It is an unlikely story, but Leonard pulls it off. He has created here some terrific characters, fleshed out in their dialogue and actions. ( )
  DaveWilde | Sep 22, 2017 |
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A bank robber in Florida commandeers a car belonging to a woman U.S. marshall, climbs with her into the trunk, while an accomplice drives. So begins a novel about two people who really wish the ride had gone forever. As it is, she escapes to lead a manhunt for him.

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