Rum Punch

Rum Punch

Book - 1992
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Pretty working-girl Jackie Burke is in a tight spot. She's just been picked up at Palm Beach International with fifty grand and some blow stashed in her flight bag. Lucky for her, the Feds want something Jackie's got: the inside track to Ordell Robbie, the notoriously slick arms dealer. And they're ready to deal--Ordell in exchange for her freedom. But Jackie's got another ace up her sleeve ... Enter Max Cherry, bail bondsman. Big, tough, basically decent Max is on the verge of divorce and tired of the same old grind. That's where Jackie comes in. The fifty big ones are peanuts compared to what Ordell's got locked away in Freeport. But when a blowsy blond blowhead and a none-too-bright ex-con try to muscle in on the action, it's time to pull the old bait-and-switch--where the good guys are played off against the bad guys--and where Jackie and Max hope to walk off into the Florida sunset with a hot half million in cold cash.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Dell, c1992.
ISBN: 9780440214151
0440214157
Characteristics: 344 p. ; 18 cm.

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pentlacj
Nov 15, 2016

Few create characters and dialogue that drives the story as well as Leonard. The plot can be a little tricky to follow at first with so many characters and story lines, but in typical Leonard fashion it all ties together for an exciting climax. Highly recommended for a good, quick read.

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jimg2000
Jun 27, 2014

Read this after watching BR edition of "Jackie Brown". Glad to report that the movie stayed pretty true to this book less a bloody gun robbery episode and that the body types of Jackie (book's name is Jackie Burke) and Melanie reversed. The sharp crisp dialogue in this action packed thriller is a pleasure read. BTW, second act to Elmore's 1978 [The Switch] when Ordell and Louis along with Melanie kidnapped the wife of a wealthy business man.

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JLMason
Oct 03, 2013

Highly entertaining. A good "beach" read.

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RichardPaul
Jan 24, 2011

This tale is alot of fun.

read reg. print -c- /

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jimg2000
Jun 27, 2014

The difference in them, Melanie's were cut off at her butt, she was messier-looking and had those huge xyzzies. Jackie had that fine slim body on her and Melanie, you could tell the way she looked at Jackie, wished she had one like it.

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jimg2000
Jun 27, 2014

Ordell: Come on, let's go see the show.
Louis said, : You're the show.

Nicolet: That's right, you got a divorce. You remarried --- what about your present husband?"
Jackie: He died last year.
Nicolet: You go throught 'em ....What kind of work did he do?
He drink, Jackie said.

Max on the mother of his client: The woman could be a threat with a butcher knife but cooked like a saint.

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jimg2000
Jun 27, 2014

“Young skinhead Nazis,” Ordell said. “Look, even little Nazigirls marching down Worth Avenue. You believe it? Coming now you have the Klan, not too many here today. Some in green, must be the coneheads’ new spring shade. Behind them it looks like some Bikers for Racism, better known as the Dixie Knights. We gonna move on ahead, fight through the crowd here,” Ordell said, bringing Louis along.

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