By Elmore Leonard
“A little fantastic thing about a story….A sizzling, speedy learn with smelly characters.”
—Los Angeles Times
“A slam-bang, no-bull motion thriller…and no one yet no one writes greater dialogue.”
—New York day-by-day News
It’s a longtime truth: Elmore Leonard is “the uncontested grasp of the crime mystery” (Washington Post ) who “does crime fiction larger than a person” (Cleveland undeniable Dealer), and nowhere is that this extra seen than within the pages of Stick. one among his so much acclaimed noir masterworks, it's the tale of ex-con Ernest “Stick” Stickley who’s nudged from the straight-and-narrow direction while a major time drug broker randomly selects him to die and an ideal revenge/payday chance offers itself. the writer of Raylan, that includes U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, the occasionally trigger-happy protagonist of TV’s Justified, Leonard is certainly the king, protecting courtroom with the simplest of the simplest, together with Coban and Connally, and the overdue nice John D. MacDonald, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, and Robert B. Parker.
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You’re so girlish and but . . . ” His expression started to swap, the gleam turning into boastful. “It’s not likely to hassle your, let’s say, your propriety any, doing company with me? ” “You have a attorney, don’t you? ” “You kidding? I received a legislation enterprise. ” “And they cost you charges. ” “Up entrance, a retainer . . . Yeah, I see what you suggest. ” Chucky grinned, nonetheless with that smugness. “So I won’t fear any approximately your individual ethics. ” He winked. “Just kidding. ” Kyle stated, “Good, and that i won’t fear approximately your drug behavior. ” She gave him her nice-girl smile. “And I’m no longer kidding. ” * * * Lionel got here in with the suitcase and laid it at the table. It appeared to Stick like a rite: them all status round ready, wet taking the suitcase now, bringing it right down to his aspect and hefting it. “Tested by means of a four-hundred-pound gorilla,” Chucky stated, “so we all know she won’t come aside on you. ” wet was once grinning. “You continually say that. ” Stick waited, not anything to do. Lionel was once him with a sleepy expression, heavy beneficial properties slack. wet had stated Lionel’s identify used to be Oliva, a Cuban; all of the men, he stated, that labored for Chucky have been Cuban. He had 5 or 6 of them placing round this position, a few others while he wanted them. Stick attempted staring again at Lionel, now not giving it a lot, and Lionel hung on for approximately 5 seconds prior to having a look away. Chucky had hardly ever checked out him in any respect for the reason that coming in from the lounge, by myself. the woman should have left. She had appeared misplaced right here. She appeared like a social employee with cash, if there has been one of these factor as that. Or a tennis professional. She had checked out him: she had these eyes that knew issues yet didn’t let you know what she was once feeling. wet used to be asserting, “I was once considering we must always have a gun. one among us. ” It took Stick all at once. He desired to get Rainy’s eye and shake his head at him. yet possibly he didn’t need to. Chucky was once asserting, “You inform me you’re bringing Bozo right here with you ’cause there’s not anything to it, he’s going for the trip. So what do you want a gun for? ” wet acknowledged, “You continuously supply me one prior to. Like Brinks, guy, for simply in case. Why is it assorted this one? ” Chucky stated, “You wish the activity? you will have the activity, get outta the following . . . Lionel? ” Lionel went over to the door and stood ready to work out them out as wet stated, “How in regards to the pay? 5 grand you stated. ” “We’ll look after that tomorrow,” Chucky acknowledged. “I’ll be the following, you recognize I’m going to be right here . . . Now cross on, get out . . . ” Chucky punched out a bunch on his mobile process, walked over to the hat-tree and set the “Crested Beaut” version over his eyes. whilst Moke’s voice got here on, Chucky acknowledged: “Delivery’s on its method. ” Silence. “You pay attention me? ” “I ain’t deaf, am I? ” simply dumb, Chucky concept. He acknowledged, “For the opposite a part of the deal, rather than wet, how approximately you are taking the bozo that’s with him? you're thinking that you may do this? ” “It don’t subject none to me,” Moke’s voice stated. Chucky acknowledged, “Hey, accomplice? See you day after today. ” Moke was once commencing to paintings for him already and didn’t even realize it. five wet, in the back of THE WHEEL OF the Chevy van, might look at Stick as he spoke and from Stick again to the 4 lanes of highway and the pink rear lights relocating at midnight.