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Out of Sight

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2001

    A Cops and Robbers Romance Born in a Prison Break

    Stories about criminals trying to escape from prison have always fascinated me. They have much of the same appeal as a locked room mystery. And they also have the possibility of a good tale covering the chase after the prison is left behind. In Out of Sight, Elmore Leonard has created the most unique prison escape story that I have ever read. Here's the situation. Jack Foley, a career bank robber, has thought of a way to use a planned escape by some other convicts to help him get out. Everything goes smoothly until . . . the way out ends up being covered by a deputy U.S. marshal carrying a shotgun who's visiting the prison to serve a subpoena. What now? Sound interesting? Then, Mr. Leonard throws in a role reversal. The deputy is Karen Sisco, an attractive 28 year-old woman wearing designer clothes. Her father is a private investigator who's great at finding people. I think that many of the best novels are those that propose a totally unique situation, and then let the characters deal with the situation. That seems to be how this book was written, and it's fascinating. She doesn't shoot. He ends up taking her along, and riding in the trunk with her. They start talking . . . and discover they are interested in each other. What if they had met in some other way? She escapes. Foley's on the run, and she's after him. What will happen to them? As usual, the dialogue reflects Mr. Leonard's almost-perfect ear for spoken language. Mr. Leonard's famous wit concerning the foibles of criminals is in evidence in almost every paragraph. If you are ready for lots of laughs from a crime novel, this book may well appeal to you. In fact, the book will remind you a lot of the romantic comedies that the two main characters find that they both adore. Don't be surprised if you are asked to suspend your disbelief from time to time. On the other hand, there are some truly nasty criminals in the story who do despicable things. If such events disturb or annoy you, this book's darkness should cause you to prefer another source of romantic comedy. You will see this book as a two or three star effort. I graded the book down one star for needless violence. After you have read the book or thought about the situation that kicks off the plot, think about where you may be missing opportunities to get to know others whom you would like. For example, I have just read a book by Stephen Ambrose in which he describes the pleasure that enemy commanders who have fought against each other find in their post-war friendships. Speak up or act . . . or forever miss your opportunity to connect! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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  • Posted March 7, 2011

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    This is my second Elmore Leonard novel and I loved it even more than the first one of his that I read. His dialogue is great and his characters are so good that I didn't want the book to end. I will definitely read a lot more books by Elmore Leonard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2000

    absolutly 'out of sight'

    wonderfull, complete page turner.

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