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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.
“This is a novel that... is all about style, literary and otherwise.”
-New York Times Book Review
“THE HOT KID brims with the sly humor, sparse prose and razor dialogue we expect from the master”
-Los Angeles Times Book Review
“The writing is pitch-perfect throughout...it’s all pure Leonard, and that means it’s pure terrific.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Clear, fast-paced and masterfully structured.”
“The HOT KID is Elmore Leonard- a master- at his best.”
-Oklahoma City Oklahoman
“...expertly crafted, deftly balanced.”
“...Rips along like a bandit’s getaway car...THE HOT KID is Leonard at his best.”
“...delivers the goods in a top-notch amalgam of sagebrush western and mob drama.”
“There’s nothing Elmore Leonard doesn’t know about stylish writing, and THE HOT KID is him at his compressed best.”
-Detroit Free Press
“Wonderfully funny and hair-raising...THE HOT KID is splendid.”
-Providence Sunday Journal
“Elmore Leonard unspools the definitive portrait of 1930s lowlife”
-Boston Sunday Globe (Stephen King)
Praise for MR.PARADISE:“The dialogue and the characters crackle ...MR. PARADISE is a perfect crime caper from a master.”
-Detroit Free Press
“Smart writing about dumb crooks.”
“His 40th crime novel—and he just keeps getting better and better. ”