The Hot Kid
By Elmore Leonard
(William Morrow, Hardcover, 9780060724221, 320pp.)
Publication Date: May 10, 2005
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Carl Webster, the hot kid of the marshals service, is polite, respects his elders, and can shoot a man driving away in an Essex at four hundred yards. Carl works out of the Tulsa, Oklahoma, federal courthouse during the 1930s, the period of America's most notorious bank robbers: Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson -- those guys.
Carl wants to be America's most famous lawman. He shot his first felon when he was fifteen years old. With a Winchester.
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. She and Heidi and the girls work at Teddy's in Kansas City, where anything goes and the girls wear -- what else -- teddies.
Jack Belmont wants to rob banks, become public enemy number one, and show his dad, an oil millionaire, he can make it on his own.
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.
"Smart writing about dumb crooks."
"Wonderfully funny and hair-raising...THE HOT KID is splendid."
-Providence Sunday Journal
Praise for MR.PARADISE:"The dialogue and the characters crackle ...MR. PARADISE is a perfect crime caper from a master."
-Detroit Free Press
"His 40th crime novel --and he just keeps getting better and better. "
"Elmore Leonard unspools the definitive portrait of 1930s lowlife"
-Boston Sunday Globe (Stephen King)
"This is a novel that... is all about style, literary and otherwise."
-New York Times Book Review
"...expertly crafted, deftly balanced."
"There's nothing Elmore Leonard doesn't know about stylish writing, and THE HOT KID is him at his compressed best."
-Detroit Free Press
"The writing is pitch-perfect throughout...it's all pure Leonard, and that means it's pure terrific."
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"...Rips along like a bandit's getaway car...THE HOT KID is Leonard at his best."
"The HOT KID is Elmore Leonard- a master- at his best."
-Oklahoma City Oklahoman
Clear, fast-paced and masterfully structured."
"THE HOT KID brims with the sly humor, sparse prose and razor dialogue we expect from the master"
-Los Angeles Times Book Review
"...delivers the goods in a top-notch amalgam of sagebrush western and mob drama."