By Elmore Leonard
“Powerful…clever…astonishing…a scrumptious read.”
—Detroit unfastened Press
Rum Punch is vintage Elmore Leonard—the electrifying mystery that served because the foundation for the acclaimed movie Jackie Brown via director Quentin Tarantino, starring Pam Grier, Robert DeNiro, and Samuel L. Jackson. Leonard’s tale of a not-altogether-blameless flight attendant at the run from her vicious gun-running someday company who sees her as a hard unfastened finish, Rum Punch is “the King Daddy of crime writers” (Seattle Times) at his sharpest and such a lot ingeniously unique. in truth, People journal calls it, “Leonard’s top paintings. He brilliantly reaffirms his correct to the identify of America’s most interesting crime fiction writer.” take pleasure in this sensational noir winner from the author of the nature of U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, in recent times of TV’s hit sequence Justified, and spot why the good Elmore Leonard stands tall within the corporation of America’s so much mythical crime fiction masters: John D. MacDonald, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, et al.
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Twenty-five thousand. yet, see, it’s provided that you’ll write it, to aid us out. ” “Who places up the collateral? ” “There isn’t any. No funds adjustments arms. That’s why I say you’d be assisting us out. ” Max smiled. He appeared over at Winston, off the telephone now. “You need to pay attention this. He desires us to put in writing a twenty-five-thousand-dollar bond with out top class, no collateral, on a man who’s been arrested seventeen occasions and shot a cop. ” Now Winston was once smiling. Nicolet glanced over his shoulder at him. “As a want. What’s flawed with that? ” “You’re speaking a few guy,” Max acknowledged, “who’s the top type of danger that he’ll take off, who’s a hazard to the group . . . He shoots a person, one other cop, he runs and we’re keeping his paper. ” Nicolet used to be shaking his head. “Wait, ok? I warrantly the man won’t be out of my sight. yet no matter if he does run, you won’t be out the twenty-five, I promise. I obtained the magistrate’s notice on it. She is familiar with precisely what we’re doing, that it’s no longer the standard type of bond scenario. ” “What if she dies, retires, will get transferred, hit by way of lightning—come on,” Max stated, “you imagine I’m loopy? I’m gonna signal my identify to a promissory be aware for twenty-five grand in your notice that it’ll by no means be known as for money? ” He appeared over at Winston. “You ever listen of something like this? ” “Yeah, i've got. i do know a bondsman in Miami performed it,” Winston stated. “Was ten grand. The case acquired shifted to a different court docket after the man ran? the hot pass judgement on says he’d by no means approve this type of bulishit within the first position, made the bondsman pay up. ” “I’ll get it in writing,” Nicolet stated. Winston shook his head. Max stated, “Have the Justice of the Peace signal an announcement announcing it’s a phony bond? It’s not easy sufficient getting them to signal warrants. ” Max paused. “Against my larger judgment I’ll associate with you partway. We won’t cost the 10 percentage expense should you can get an individual to place up the collateral. How approximately your self? you have got a home? ” “My ex-wife’s received it,” Nicolet acknowledged. “It’s simply as well,” Max acknowledged. “Another cause it won’t paintings, every body in the street will be aware of Hulon lower a deal. He could in addition put on an indication, ‘I fink for ATF. ’ probably if he doesn’t run, he’s lifeless. ” Nicolet had that squinty glance back. “I proposal you’d opt for this. ” “Why? ” “You have been a cop, you recognize what it’s like. You’d see it as worthy a try out. ” “You have my sympathy,” Max stated. “How’s that? ” “I wager you might have your difficulties too,” Nicolet acknowledged. “Like you write a bond on a man and he disappears? . . . ” “We move get him,” Max acknowledged. “But you can’t locate this one ’cause he’s hidden away within the Federal Witness safety application? you've gotten any high-bond defendants may possibly disappear on you're keen on that? ” Max checked out Winston. “Now he’s threatening us. “Ask him,” Winston acknowledged, “he’s ever had his head punched off his shoulders? ” Nicolet appeared round to offer Winston a smile. “Hey, i used to be placing you on. We’re at the similar facet, guy. ” Winston stated, “Long as you don’t step over the road. ” Nicolet checked out Max and raised his eyebrows, blameless. “I used to be kidding, ok?