Trust. Elmore Leonard reprises three characters from previous novels to mix them together in a new highly entertaining novel titled Road Dogs. Jack Foley from Out of Sight, Cundo Rey from LaBrava, and Dawn Navarro, the psychic in Riding the Rap, interact in the new novel alongside a captivating cast of supporting characters. As always with Leonard, the dialogue provides the plot momentum and the insight into each character. The realism in this dialogue brings readers into every scene. Despite the recycled characters, Road Dogs stands fine on its own. New readers may be motivated to read the earlier novels to sate an appetite for more of this great dialogue. Any reader who watched George Clooney play bank robber Jack Foley in Out of Sight will hear Clooney’s voice in whenever Jack speaks his totally cool lines in Road Dogs. Leonard’s choice of words is perfect throughout, and he makes the work of writing such a fine novel seem easy. Few other writers come close to Leonard’s skill, so it’s certainly not as easy as it seems.
Rating: Four-star (Highly Recommended)