Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Switch, by Elmore Leonard

(hb; 1978: prequel to Rum Punch)

From the back cover:

"Black Ordell Robbie and white Louis Gara have lots in common - time in the same slammer, convictions for grand theft auto, and a plan for the big score.  They're going to snatch the wife of a Detroit developer and collect some easy ransom money.  They don't figure on a bum of a husband who has a secret mistress and no desire to get his wife back.  Or on his crazy, beautiful broad of a housewife who's going to join Ordell and Louis in the slickest, savviest crime of all."


Leonard's trademark waste-no-words plotting, character-based twists, and slick dialogue and action make Switch a perfect for the crime genre novel.  This is an excellent read.


The resulting film, Life of Crime, is scheduled for a stateside theatrical release on August 29, 2014.  Daniel Schechter wrote the screenplay for and directed the film. 

Mos Def, billed as Yasiin Bey, played Ordell Robbie.  John Hawkes played Louis Gara.  Mark Boone Junior played Richard.  Jennifer Aniston played Mickey Dawson.  Tim Robbins played Frank Dawson.  Isla Fisher played Melanie Ralston.

Will Forte played Marshall Taylor.  Alex Ladove played Pamela Taylor.

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