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In Stick, an ex-con trying to go straight finds himself tempted by a high stakes, sweet-revenge scam...and targeted by a psycho killer with a score to settle....

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Stick Reviews

  • Dan Schwent
    2019-07-19 05:33

    Fresh out of jail after the events of Swag, Ernest Stickley tries to go legit and winds up back in the thick of things once again. While lying low as a chaffeur, can Stick stay alive long enough to collect the $5,000 he's owed?Stick is a by the numbers, run of the mill Elmore Leonard book. I can't imagine it's anyone's favorite Leonard. However, it is enjoyable in the same way all of Leonard's books are enjoyable. It contains all the Leonard hallmarks: lowlifes, broads with loose morals, slick dialogue and more double crossing than you can shake a stick it at.Stick is the return engagement of Ernest Stickley, one of the loveable lowlifes from Swag. While Stick is a pretty slick character in the mold of most Elmore Leonard protagonists, he wasn't as interesting as Swag's other lead, Frank Ryan. Too bad Ryan died in prison from drinking moonshine.The plot is pretty simple. Stick's supposed to help deliver some money, get's double crossed, and then spends a lot of his time looking over his shoulder and trying to get even. The supporting cast is a mixed bag, from Chucky, the man with the womanly hips, to Nestor, the Cuban drug dealer who practices Santeria, to Kyle McLaren, the lady financial wizard that Stick has his eye on.Leonard's dialogue is the star of the show, as it normally is. I guess my main grip with Stick is that I felt like I've read it a few times before. It's was good but didn't stand out at all compared to the other Leonard's I've read. It's still a three star read though.

  • Greg
    2019-06-21 13:36

    If you were reading my reviews about six months ago, you may remember when I went through a phase of choosing books to read that I wanted to get rid of. Well, I'm doing it again. I have a pile of books on my floor that I generally don't want to read, but they are also books that I have some desire to read. Does this make sense? If books could be rated on a scale of -1 to 1, where -1 is a book I'd rather stick razor blades up my urethra than have to read, and 0 is total ambivalence and 1 is 'oh my fucking God it's the five hundred extra pages of Infinite Jest, I must read this shit now!', then these books are like a .1 or maybe a .05. Kind of like I'll look at them and think, 'eh (not Eh!), someday I'll want to read this'. Well, guess what asshole, someday just became now. I'm once again subjecting myself to the book karma of bad book choices of the past. Or not. I wasn't excited to read this book. I only choose it because I was feeling especially masochistic after once again forgetting to pay my electricity bill for an embarrassingly long amount of time. So, my thought process went like this: if you are going to sit out in the sun and get sun-burn on your ankle while waiting for the electric company to once again show up and give you electricity back again, then you sure as fucking hell aren't going to be sitting there enjoying your book; no, you are going to be reading something that you can get rid of when you are done; you are going to read this awful looking mystery novel; now get out there into to the sun and read; asshole. One might think that this book doesn't look so bad, but that is only because they aren't looking at my early 1980's soft-color cover. It looks like something sleazy and Jacqueline Susan-esque. It looks like a Mickey Spillane novel but twice the length. It looks like torture. But guess what? It's not!This book is actually quite a bit of fun, and I almost gave it four stars. And I would have if it weren't for of the unbelievable plot points. Or maybe they aren't plot points, they are just unbelievable. Like the chapter where out of the blue the main character sleeps with three women, which are almost all the women in the book, one right after another (but not at the same time). The romp from one bed to the next comes out of left field, and well, it's kind of silly. Similarly, there are too many scenes where the protagonist does everything right, sort of like in the original Batman movie, with Adam West, when Batman is attacked by a shark there happens to be 'Bat Shark Repellent' on his utility belt in a big fucking container that was never there before and is never there again. It's just too convenient. Putting aside those types of moments the book is a pretty entertaining book, and not at all a bad book to read while sitting in the hot summer sun waiting to have someone come by and give you back your electricity because you are too much of a moron to remember to pay the bill.

  • Joe Valdez
    2019-07-06 11:35

    Elmore Leonard is one of my three favorite authors. That said, his work is either dynamite TNT or a bottle rocket, which might be a gracious way of saying he can write a dud. With forty-five novels and at least forty-two short stories to his credit, not every one of Dutch's enterprises was going to be a masterpiece. Published in 1983, Stick gets very, very close to that mark.In a continuation of his 1976 novel Swag, Stick finds Detroit heist man Ernest Stickley Jr. in Miami, paroled after serving seven years in Jackson Prison for armed robbery. A scarecrow from Oklahoma out of step with the latest fashions or action on the streets, Stick is in Florida to visit a friend from Jackson named Rainy Moya (three to four for possession with intent to deliver) and to reunite with his 14-year-old daughter, whom Stick hasn't seen since he went inside.After sipping bourbon at a marina bar called Wolfgang's and readjusting to novelties like lights and women, Stick accompanies Rainy to the penthouse of Charles Gorman III, alias Chucky, a wheeler-dealer in the drug trade whose experiences in Vietnam make it difficult for him to stand still. Chucky has contracted Rainy to deliver $200,000 to a Cuban business associate. Making the bagman and his buddy wait, Chucky meets with Kyle McLaren, an investment analyst -- a blonde investment analyst -- to discuss how he might make vast sums of cash work for him. Kyle isn't intimidated by Chucky but makes it clear she does not do laundry.Stick takes a stroll through Chucky's expensive penthouse. A man of few words, he makes something of an impression on Kyle, but his vagrancy offends Chucky, who sends along Eddie Moke, a redneck goon who works for the Cuban, to escort Rainy and Stick to the drop-off. As the Cubans approach, Moke tries to bully Stick into making the delivery. Rainy ultimately agrees to but as he steps out of the van, is shot to death by the Cubans. Stick smacks Moke upside the head and flees into the night.Certain that Chucky set them up, Stick returns to Wolfgang's the next day to wait and see what happens. He comes to the aid of Barry Stam, a wealthy investor who gets his kicks brushing shoulders with criminals. Stranded at the bar while his chauffeur is drunk someplace, Barry takes a bet that Stick can break into his Rolls Royce and start the engine in 50 seconds. On the drive to Barry's home in Biscayne Bay, the men get to know each other, in that great, great, great Elmore Leonard dialogue:"What do you do? When you're not hot-wiring cars.""Same as you," Stick said. "Nothing. Only when I'm doing it I'm not investing, trading or speculating. When I do nothing, I believe in doing nothing.""How many cars you steal in your career?""Somewhere between three and four hundred.""There any money in it?""I don't know. I don't do it anymore," Stick said. "That was a long time ago.""You just happen to have a jump-wire in your bag."Stick didn't say anything to that. Why bother.Barry offers Stick a job as a driver, with room and board provided in a garage apartment which Stick shares with a servant named Cornell, a quick-witted ex-con. Entertainment is provided by Barry's regal and bored wife, Diane, who lives in the house, and Barry's hot-headed mistress Aurora, who's being stashed on Barry's yacht, the Seaweed. Stick discovers that his boss is close friends with Chucky and that the brains behind his investment portfolio is the woman in Chucky's penthouse, Kyle. Meanwhile, Chucky is under the gun to track down Rainy's mystery friend by Nestor Soto, a Paraguayan Indian drug smuggler who lost $200,000 and one of his men in a federal sting he blames Chucky for. By keeping his ears open and his mouth shut, Stick is able to hide in plain sight from the men out to kill him, and through a relationship with Kyle, begins learning how to steal without a gun: become a stockbroker. Elmore Leonard has a gift for surfing readers across the peaks of a seedy crime story; South Florida, ex-cons and scams are common elements, as are women with the most dangerous weapon on the planet: a mind. The plots aren't important. What's important are the characters. Leonard introduces us to their desires, their fears, their colorful backgrounds and friendships, with some of the best dialogue you can find in a book. Not much seems to happen, we're simply hanging out with his characters. Until one of them pulls a gun and then I'm flipping pages to make sure my friends are all going to be okay.Stick is unique in that rather than being built around a caper, there's an upstairs/ downstairs dynamic involving master and servant. I imagined Leonard watching chauffeurs gossip in the parking lot of a country club and thinking, "I bet there's a story with these guys." The author's heart is clearly with labor, which I always enjoy, and the romance between Stick and Kyle doesn't have a false note in it. Leonard's women tend to love men who make a living outside the law and in some cases, are even turned on by it, but Kyle isn't a groupie. She is her own woman who meets a guy on her particular frequency. He just happens to be a convicted armed robber.One of the novel's fans was Burt Reynolds, who starred as the title character and directed a maligned film version. Featuring Candice Bergen as Kyle, George Segal as Barry and Charles Durning as Chucky, the film's release was delayed from August 1984 to April 1985 as Universal demanded much of the second half be reshot, focusing less on banter and more on tough guy stuff. In the interim, Reynolds had suffered a broken jaw filming City Heat. With his physical health and his commercial appeal on the wane in the reshoots, Reynolds seems to fade away as a leading man before our eyes. It is not a pleasant experience. Hollywood wouldn't begin to do Elmore Leonard justice until Get Shorty ten years later.

  • Kirk
    2019-07-15 05:23

    It's rained like a motherfucker for four days straight during this July 4 so time I should have been putting into my tan and chlorine intake was wasted having nothing to do but read. I suppose I could have watched Law and Order: SVU reruns but there's a certain point when you can recite the Benson/Stabler banter down to the dramatic pause and that means it's time to rest the Mariska Hargitay obession, at least for a short time. So I unplugged the appliances and scrambled around the house for something fun that would take my mind off the fact that a tsunami was likely to wash through my living room any second and that I would probably die with my eyes pecked out by ducks angry that I never feed them. I chose this book, which I'd read yonder back in the 80s when it was fresh and before the Burt Reynolds abomination forever tainted it by association. I'd recently picked up a paperback copy for $2 at the now defunct (or soon-to-be defunct) Gnu's Room in Auburn AL. It'd been sitting around for two months while I pretended I would get to it. So I did and now I can report Stick is as good as I remember when I read books without worrying if I could articulate why they're good or not for people on this website. I will say my only disappointment is that my $2 copy is not this great Hachette UK coverbut this rather lame one which except for the gun looks more like a Danielle Steel jacket, all lace and sheets and whatnot. When I want an Leonard Elmore (as my wife calls him) novel, I want some eye-popping neo-pulp graphics, preferably with hues of orange and funky typography.That said, there's little doubt that STICK has to rank up in the top tier of Leonard's works, one where the wacky Floridians, coke-head Cubans, and sexy ladies with the "sweet can[s]" as they're inevitably described walk a line between clever/comical and cartoony. In fact, I'd put this No 2 to Rum Punch in the cool category. Our main man Stickley is a savvy con, a bit smarter and more likable than Louis Gara from The Switch and Punch and not resentfully Clooney-esque like Jack Foley of Out of Sight and Road Dogs. It's hard to picture a dupe/villain named Chucky without thinking of a murderous doll and Jennifer Tilley's cleavage, but that is an anachronism and one far preferable to what was done to poor Charles Durning (RIP) when forced to incarnate the pill-head minor druggie in the aforementioned Reynolds vehicle, where Durning looks like a cross between Andy Rooney, a Jan and Dean backup musician, and your 68-year-old aunt with the bad dye job: There are two other comic characters that walk right up to the line of silliness, the wannabe financial wiz Barry and Stick's roomie Cornell. Let's face it: very few of Leonard's African-American characters transcend the Huggy Bear School of Jive Skin-Slippin', but Cornell has charm and by the time you discover (minor spoiler) he services Barry's wife in some pretty un-PC dress-up scenarios, you see he's in on the joke (and he tells Stick he's in on the joke early on). The only other thing I thought was a little farfetched was a Hollywood scenario brought in to scam Chucky with a project called---prepare to wince, my funky brothers---Shuck and Jive. OK. The book's 30 years old---still, Airplane was already out by then, and jive was a groaner even then, so maybe a little less of the 70s funkdiloquence might've been warranted.Those are very minor quibbles though. What's great about the book is Leonard's brilliance with plot (I know, everybody loves his dialogue, but that's a cliche, so I'm going with plot). He's so deft about taking left turns without pulling Big Reveal moments that you feel like you're leaning back while reading, just bein' cool and diggin' it (see how infectious the HBSJSS is?), without being artificially yanked to the edge of your seat. The ending is the coup de grace, a clever twist that makes you smile for the beautiful losers of the world. Rereading the book after all these years makes me want to go back and rediscover its predecessor, SWAG, which I remember seeing in book stores in 76 and mistaking it for SWAT, my favorite TV show. Alas, it's hard to pick up 70s Leonard and not think that compared to today Detroit wasn't all that bad off back then.

  • Ben Loory
    2019-06-21 13:32

    "You getting along all right?""You mean are we making ends meet without any help from you? Not one cent in over seven years? Yes, thank you, we're doing just fine.""I sent you a couple hundred from Jackson.""You sent a hundred and eighty-five dollars. Mr. Wonderful.""I'm going to help out," Stick said. "In fact"-- he dug out his wallet-- "I got paid this morning. I even got a raise. I thought I was going to get fired for something I did, he gave me a raise. So I can let you have... here's three hundred. How's that?""In seven years," Mary Lou said, "I'd say it's pretty shitty. What would you say?"He knew this would happen. "I'm going to give you something every week now, for Katy. Or every month." He laid the bills on the end table."You bet you are," Mary Lou said. "At least till you go to prison again. When do you think that'll be?"It was hard to not get up and walk out. Stick said, "Not ever again. I've changed.""Does the man you work for know you're a convict?""I'm an ex-convict, Mary Lou." The thought came into his mind that Mary Lou would make a pretty good hack at a women's correctional facility. Or even a men's. He said, "Tell me how your mother's doing."She said, "Mama's dead." Giving him a withering look, as though he were the cause of it."I'm sorry to hear that, I really am.""Why, 'cause you got along so well? You never said a kind word about mama in your life.""I couldn't think of any," Stick said, seeing that tough old broad squinting at the Temptations on Ed Sullivan, saying, "Is that niggers?"

  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    2019-07-07 07:47

    Stick, recently released from prison (7 years for armed robbery), accepted a Floridian ex-con acquaintance's offer to earn $5000 to be bodyguard during a drug money exchange, but it goes bad. Should he run or stay? Unexpectedly, he meets a slightly off rich guy who needs a chauffeur. As things are in Elmore Leonard novel, it turns out the stupid rich guy knows a drug guy who knows the people Stick was trying to avoid - and an attractive female investment advisor is on the scene, as well. Perhaps Stick can find a way to maneuver around, stay alive, maybe get the girl as a girlfriend, and make some money. He could somehow make something work, right?Great beach read. Not Leonard's best, but still. Who wants a literary read every day? Not me, gentle reader.

  • Jamie
    2019-07-20 05:43

    “If common sense, intelligence, caution, all the straightarrow stuff ever failed him there was bullshit to fall back on.”Elmore Leonard, never change. You’re the best.

  • StevenGodin
    2019-07-01 07:49

    No one does the cool crime caper better than Leonard and this is another great read, full of wit and humour and so much style.Set in 80's Miami and focusing on ex con Ernest Stickley and a sweet revenge scam.This creates such a great setting you can almost feel the breeze through the palm trees and not a cloud in the sky!.Con men, low lifes, double crossing and so much brilliant dialogue between characters,it's also really clever as things develop and feels more deeply involving than maybe some of his other work.

  • Leftbanker
    2019-07-20 09:50

    I read Elmore Leonard novels to cleanse my pallet after my reading tastes have been damaged by reading other, lesser writers of this genre, and most of them are lesser. You can say that some of his books are better than others (and this isn’t one of his best) but when you enter into Leonard’s world of petty crooks and two-bit hit men it always feels fun and exciting.

  • Mark
    2019-06-24 10:50

    I have this adage: If all else fails, read Elmore Leonard. If I'm at a loss on what to pick up next, I can always turn to Elmore Leonard for a guaranteed good read. He's a master of characterization and dialogue, and he makes it all look so easy.Stick is no exception. The main character is a likeable anti-hero, who is just trying to get his life back on track after spending some years in Jackson, a prison in Michigan. A simple job, intended to earn Stick some spending money goes south, and he spends the rest of the book trying to get what is rightfully his. Stick is filled with colorful characters, and a plot that will keep you reading late into the night.

  • Edmond Gagnon
    2019-07-16 12:48

    I've seen more movies made from Elmore Leonard's books than I've read his novels. I think Stick is the second or third novel. It's a bit of a slow starter, but builds a good momentum, gathering your interest along the way. The story is kind of a rags to riches tale of a simple, but smart guy who tries to get back on his feet after a stint in federal penitentiary. Stick also became a movie, starring Burt Reynolds. If I call correctly it was a bit slow too, but a likable flick.

  • Ian Thomas Malone
    2019-06-21 08:45

    This is probably a 2 star book if you compare it to most of Elmore Leonard's other books, but it's a quick read with some fun characters and a satisfying ending. Leonard's writing is a treat as always. Great beach read.

  • J.C.
    2019-06-20 11:41

    Dated, but enjoyable.  Well-drawn characters and Stick has unbelievable nerve.  Had to read the ending twice before I realized what had happened; good one!

  • Drew
    2019-07-14 13:38

    Every now and then I'll pick up an Elmore Leonard novel after months or years of not reading anything by him, and without fail, my reaction is always, "Why don't I read this guy's stuff more often?" I never really considered it before this book, my dozenth or so Leonard, but now that I have, I must credit Elmore Leonard with the distinction of being in my top 10 or so favorite authors. He's a brilliant wordsmith who is able to both keep it simple and stay out of the way of the story he's telling and interject amazing turns of phrase that catch your attention when you read them and make you think "that was perfect". The way he does these two seemingly contradictory things is by reserving the clever turns of phrase and snappy lines for his characters; his ear for dialogue is uncanny and the characters in his books speak like modern, updated, real-life versions of the characters that dispensed a constantly flowing stream of snappy patter in the screwball comedies and films noir of the mid-20th century. As I said, they're more realistic as characters than the ones that appeared in those films, but they're still colorful and unique, still the sort of people you wouldn't expect to run into more often than once every 10 years or so--and yet they're 100% believable. The man is a master and I can't believe I haven't ever gotten onto a serious Elmore Leonard kick and devoured his entire bibliography. Maybe the problem is that such a thing would take months, since he has so many books; then again, I can't imagine ever getting tired of reading his stuff. "Stick" is named after its main character, Ernest Stickley, who's just been released from a Detroit prison after doing a 7-year bit for armed robbery. He shows up in south Florida because that's where his ex-wife lives now, and he wants to see his daughter for the first time in 7 years. Once he arrives there, he runs into Rene Moya, aka Rainy, a guy he knew in prison, and Rainy offers him a cut of a $5000 delivery job if he'll accompany Rainy on the ride. What Rainy doesn't know is that part of the arrangement the guy who hired him made with those the delivery was going to was that they'd kill the delivery men. Stick sees Rainy get blown away and takes off running, barely escaping with his life. He thinks about stealing a car to get enough money together to split town, but instead he inadvertently gets hired as a chauffeur by a rich stock-player type guy who fancies himself a tough customer and gets his kicks employing ex-felons. What Stick soon learns is that this guy is a good friend of the man who got Rainy killed, and who still wants to see Stick dead too. And that's when things get REALLY complicated.In fact, let me tell you, if you pick up this book to read sometime soon based on this recommendation, you will learn almost immediately that I've simplified the plot a great deal. It's much more convoluted than that. There are more than just two sides, or even three sides, to Stick's story. And there are all sorts of peripheral characters that make the story even more entertaining--lonely trophy wives, bored female stockbrokers, drug dealers with drug habits of their own, ex-con butlers and limo drivers who trade in stock tips. It's a fascinating cast and one that makes this novel an obligatory inclusion in the subset of mystery/crime fiction Dave Barry once very accurately referred to as the "Bunch of South Florida Wackos" subgenre. If you've enjoyed Carl Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey, or the crime fiction efforts of Dave Barry, check out Elmore Leonard and meet the first and best writer in that style.

  • J.M.
    2019-06-23 06:24

    ... 7/10Alright, so certain writers frequently write about writers, some write about espionage, others often write about sports, or diseases, and so on. All kinds of subjects and themes. Having been exposed to Elmore Leonard's work four times now (if we can count the movies L.A. Confidential and Jackie Brown), which admittedly is not a lot considering how prolific he was, I'm becoming more and more convinced that his most frequent subject is film. I read Be Cool, regrettably, and enjoyed this one a lot more-- yet once again it came back to movies. He's the most film-oriented novelist I know of.That said, this is the story of an ex-con in Miami, Ernest "Stick" Stickley, nearly murdered just for riding shotgun on an ill-fated, criminal pay-off, and then taking a creative form of a revenge on the man who set him up. It's entertaining stuff, to be sure. Leonard is a direct, economical writer who clearly honed his talent over the years (this was early 1980's work, closer to the prime of his career than Be Cool...) and his dialogue is justifiably admired for its realistic, idiomatic qualities. It rings true. His characters are all, well, characters: uniquely human and interesting. I especially liked Cornell, Kyle / Emma, and Stick himself. There are plenty of coincidences and unpredictable turns of the plot here which actually only serve to make the story truer to life, easier to believe. This includes Stick's "near" completion of a sexual hat trick one night.My only critiques are that it's naturally a little dated, with all the TV and film references circa 1982, and that at times there seems to be something in effect which I like to call reverse dramatic irony. The characters know more about what's going on than the reader, when it ought to be the other way around.

  • Sandi
    2019-07-16 06:50

    I've usually enjoyed the Leonard books set in Detroit much more than the ones set in Miami but this will rank among my favorites. Part of the reason was the return of Ernest Stickley who first appeared in Swag which is probably my all time favorite book by Elmore Leonard so far. Listened to the audio which was expertly read by the late Frank Muller.

  • Bridget
    2019-07-01 10:36

    This was my first Elmore Leonard and it won't be my last. Reviews in Goodreads suggest that this one is not his best work but I liked it. I like a good story about good-hearted crims who are getting shafted by other good-hearted (and not so good-hearted crims) and this has that. Nicely atmospheric and full of dodgy characters this was fun.

  • Still
    2019-06-27 10:28

    Recommended to new Elmore Leonard fans and old.This was the third Elmore Leonard book I read after reading Unknown Man No. 89 and City Primeval.Probably best enjoyed if you read Swag first.I read most of early novels out of sequence and I've been a fan for over 30 years.

  • Mr
    2019-06-30 07:29

    Everything readers love about Elmore Leonard is in STICK, the prototype for the bestsellers to follow. Great dialogue!--but nobody, including Stick, is as smart as they think they are.

  • Ed [Redacted]
    2019-07-17 08:31

    A good enough book, not a great one but it is an Elmore Leonard book. The characters and dialog are outstanding, the plot is good, it just didn't have that extra bit pushing it over the top.

  • Lu
    2019-07-02 08:39

    Minor Leonard is still pretty entertaining in a low stakes kind of way. The stakes are SO LOW that you never at any point doubt Stick's superiority over antagonists Moke and Chucky. Two other antagonists sort of let their beef with him go because they are rational adults. He constantly outwits his boss. He fucks three different women without really trying on the same day (which, to be fair, is painted as a once-in-a-lifetime event almost near to magical realism).It's literally 300+ pages of hanging out with this guy. The twist in the final chapter might as well have had Leonard end it with doing a circle wipe on Stick's face as he grins sheepishly into the camera, shrugging.

  • Big Pete
    2019-07-19 07:50

    I can usually read a good Elmore Leonard novel in two days, if I don't have much to do. I can knock off one a week, normally. But when life's busy and the novel's longer than usual and not Premium Dutch, I end up spending more time than I would have liked reading it. Stick isn't a bad book - it's often interesting and the ending is very good - but it's not one of Dutch's best, and is occasionally silly and can be a drag at times. It is well-written, well-dialogued, with interesting characters and a pleasant leisurely pace, but I feel that it could've been trimmed by 30 pages or so.

  • Brandon
    2019-07-15 09:33

    What a story! Brilliant. A character introduced in $wag, Ernest "Stick" Stickley is out of the slammer and ready to hustle. Stick seems wiser and bolder than he was before prison, and is eager to learn from the "other half". Stick sets himself up to succeed and manages to pull off a trifecta.Make sure you "Stick" around for the ending! Favorite Passage: (Cornell) - "...while me and you gonna go down there and carry up the bar, get sweaty. Man it's a bitch ain't it knowing enough to slip by, but not enough to make the run that will set you free."

  • Mike
    2019-07-07 12:40

    I'm sure there are countless well-written reviews here about this book so all I want to add is is this:Another fast fun read by E.L. I have yet to read an Elmore Leonard book that I haven't completely and totally enjoyed. OTOH: After I finished the book I made the mistake of watching the movie version of this book directed by and starring Burt Reynolds, he of the toupees and tennis shoes with lifts. BIG mistake.

  • Scott
    2019-06-26 11:49

    Stick by Elmore Leonard is a horrible book. The story, if you could call it that, is a poorly told, poorly written, lacking anything that might even remotely be called interesting. I found it a tiresome story that should never been written, if it was actually written at all. I think one could come up with a better story if you had a basket of random words and just threw them into the air.

  • Rogue Reader
    2019-06-22 07:26

    Not sure how many of these Elmore Leonard's I can read but want to get to a couple while the biography is still fresh. This one set in Miami, so mobsters, drugs, wealth, an ex-con, loving ladies and lots and lots of dialogue. Sounds so true!

  • J.T. Gilliland
    2019-07-20 06:30

    Stick is a well written, good paced and enjoyable read with some interesting unexpected twists

  • Robert
    2019-07-08 06:29

    Another Elmore Leonard great. The movie was good, but the book truly tells the story. Quick read as well

  • Jorn Barger
    2019-06-21 07:45

    Quintessential EL: con with a heart of gold outsmarts all the bad guys, porks all the babes, and ends up where he started. (See also Get Shorty for the cons-outsmart-hollywooders.)

  • George K.
    2019-07-09 12:29

    Ο Έρνεστ Στίκλεϊ, ή απλά Στικ, μόλις έχει αποφυλακιστεί από το Τζάκσον, όπου ήταν κλεισμένος για εφτά χρόνια λόγω των ένοπλων ληστειών που έκανε με τον Τζακ Ράιαν (μπορεί κανείς να δει τα γεγονότα αυτά στο Swag - δυστυχώς δεν έχει μεταφραστεί στα ελληνικά). Θέλοντας και μη μπλέκει πάλι. Ήταν να παραδώσει μια βαλίτσα με 200.000 δολάρια σε έναν Κουβανό έμπορο ναρκωτικών ονόματι Νέστορ Σότο, κατ'εντολήν του Τσάκι, ενός τύπου με πολλά λεφτά που έκανε διάφορες βρώμικες δουλειές. Την παράδοση θα την έκανε με φορτηγάκι, παρέα με έναν φίλο που γνώρισε στη φυλακή και που κατά κάποιο τρόπο τον έμπασε στη δουλειά αυτή, τον Ρέινι, με τους δυο τους να παίρνουν 5.000 δολάρια. Όμως τα πράγματα δεν πάνε καλά, ο Ρέινι πυροβολείται και ο Στικ την κοπανάει. Με τα πολλά ο Στικ βρίσκει δουλειά, κάνοντας τον σοφέρ για κάποιον Μπάρι, έναν πλούσιο άντρα που ασχολείται με μετοχές και άλλα παρόμοια. Οι τύποι που σκότωσαν τον Ρέινι τώρα θέλουν νεκρό και τον Στικ. Ανάμεσα σ'αυτούς είναι ο Τσάκι, αλλά και ένα άλλο βλακόμουτρο και ψυχοπαθής, ο Μόουκ, που ο Στικ συνέχεια του χάλαγε τα καπέλα. Ο Σότο όχι και τόσο, μιας και σκότωσε τον Ρέινι οπότε δεν τον ένοιαζε. Ο Μπάρι, για τον οποίο ο Στικ έκανε τον σοφέρ, είχε δοσοληψίες με αυτούς τους τύπους. Στο μεταξύ υπάρχει και η Κάιλ Μακλάρεν, η οποία δίνει συμβουλές στους πλούσιους για το τι να κάνουν τα λεφτά τους. Από την μια συμβουλεύει τον Μπάρι και από την άλλη τον Τσάκι, με τον Στικ να μαθαίνει και αυτός διάφορα πράγματα μπας και βγάλει κάνα φράγκο. Ερωτεύονται και ο ένας τον άλλο κιόλας. Εν τω μεταξύ ο Στικ δεν έχει ξεχάσει τα πέντε χιλιάρικα που του χρωστάει ο Τσάκι. Και σκέφτεται και μια κομπίνα, μια λουμπινιά... Αυτά σε γενικές γραμμές, αλλά συμβαίνουν και άλλα πολλά. Το στιλ του Λέοναρντ είναι ίδιο και απαράλλαχτο με τα άλλα βιβλία του. Ωραίοι, φίνοι διάλογοι, με χιούμορ και καλές ατάκες. Οι χαρακτήρες αρκετοί και με τις λόξες τους. Μικροαπατεώνες, μεγαλοαπατεώνες, ψυχοπαθείς, εγκληματίες πάσης φύσεως κλπ κλπ. Η ατμόσφαιρα πολύ καλή και ευχάριστη. Έχει γίνει και ταινία, την οποία σίγουρα θα δω κάποια στιγμή, με τον Μπαρτ Ρέινολντς να σκηνοθετεί και παράλληλα να υποδύεται τον Στικ.