The Hot Kid

The Hot Kid

by Elmore Leonard
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The Hot Kid by Elmore Leonard

Carl Webster, the hot kid of the marshals service, works out of the Tulsa, Oklahoma, federal courthouse during the 1930s.

Louly Brown loves Carl but wants the world to think she is Pretty Boy Floyd's girlfriend.

Tony Antonelli of True Detective magazine wants to write like Richard Harding Davis and wishes cute little Elodie wasn't a whore.

Jack Belmont wants to rob banks and become public enemy number one.

With tommy guns, hot cars, speakeasies, cops and robbers, and a former lawman who believes in vigilante justice, all played out against the flapper period of gun molls and Prohibition, The Hot Kid is Elmore Leonard — a true master — at his best.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060787165
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/10/2005
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

Elmore Leonard wrote more than forty books during his long career, including the bestsellers Raylan, Tishomingo Blues, Be Cool, Get Shorty, and Rum Punch, as well as the acclaimed collection When the Women Come Out to Dance, which was a New York Times Notable Book. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty and Out of Sight. The short story "Fire in the Hole," and three books, including Raylan, were the basis for the FX hit show Justified. Leonard received the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He died in 2013.


Bloomfield Village, Michigan

Date of Birth:

October 11, 1925

Place of Birth:

New Orleans, Louisiana


B.Ph., University of Detroit, 1950

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Hot Kid 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
mamamia More than 1 year ago
This is a great audiobook and I think you would miss a bit by just reading it. The reader was great and the book was a whole bunch of fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It is such a fantastic, fun, interesting story peppered with heroes and villians of a bygone era that is still rich within our everyday lives. It is a story of fathers and the sons they raised - one who sides with the law, and one who doesn't - and the women they loved. I could not recommend this book more! It is so fantastic that you will wish is would never end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only read the sample but it still sucks :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book acsally is good and i find it very intereesting. And to anyone who doesnt hint hint there dumb!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because, after the author died, I heard wonderful things about him. I've had the book for three months and I am on page 67. Why don't I just archive it and get an author that I love?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Man!!what a great audio book it really makes you feel like you are in the thirtys
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I'm convinced that Elmore Leonard is a literary genius. He just never seems to disappoint, despite a prodigious output. This is a brilliantly layered novel filled with characters just not found in other novels: 'quirky' is the usual adjective applied to Leonard's 'people,' and I'm powerless to come up with a better one. I absolutely love the way Leonard explores the minds of low-lifes and somehow makes them very appealing (I keep thinking of Ray Bones, Leo Devoe and super-opportunist Chili Palmer from 'Get Shorty': these are prime-time weasels but somehow we CARE about them). How the hell does he do that? In 'The Hot Kid,' he does it yet again with gangster wannabes and big-time losers who more or less worship or resent super-cool hero (maybe anti-hero) Carlos Webster. The plot bobs and weaves like a seasoned prizefighter, but Leonard is in total control of his material. The novel is not only exciting, but really gives us a highly readable and most interesting history lesson about the bad guys (and slimeball cops) who polluted the late '20s-early '30s in Oklahoma. Leonard is so good that he'll give you stuff that's so slyly funny and you're five lines ahead of him before you realize you've missed something hilarious. His dialogue is just so deadly accurate that it must be difficult for screenwriters to rearrange ANYTHING he's written. I don't envy them. Carlos Webster and 'The Hot Kids' who surround him are just waiting for the cameras to roll. I can't praise Elmore Leonard enough, and I'm amazed that he can still get it up so spectacularly at the age of 81. All hail the Dutchman!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hot lead hot babes great dialogue. Dutch paints a picture of Oklahoma in the 30's. Bonnie and Clyde, check your rear view mirror. There are very few writers who have the talent to have words written that actually speak to the reader.Elmore Leonard is one of the few.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With his newest novel, The Hot Kid, Elmore Leonard shows that maybe his future...should take place in the past. The exciting cops and robbers tale is his best in years, and stars Deputy US Marshal Carl Webster, who is Leonard's coolest creation since Chili Palmer, and one whom we''ll hopefully see again.
ChrisCW More than 1 year ago
This book was AWESOME, I've read it twice. Each time I read it I felt like I was in the 30's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every time I read Elmore Leonard, I am in awe of his writing style. No one can quite match him, in my view. It's like he's sitting across from you, telling you a story. Absolutely great! Carlos Wesbster is one cool US Marshal who meets up with the likes of the Ku Klux Klan, gangsters from Kansas City, and one pestering gangster wannabe, Jack Belmont whose goal is to become number one on the Most Wanted list. References to Bonnie and Clyde, Baby Face Nelson, and other famous gangsters of that time make the read that much more fun. Exceptional book!