Harry Arno runs a South Miami Beach gambling operation. To protect his position, he was forced to cut a deal with the local muscle, Jimmy Capotorto (Jumbo Jimmy Cap), an even fifty-fifty split. For years Harry had been padding his own stake by skimming off the top. Now a couple of local detectives - wise to sticky fingers - try to bag Jimmy by putting the squeeze on Harry. U.S. Marshalls deliver Harry to court to testify at Jimmy's trial. Even though he's a step slower than he used to be, Harry's no fool - he slips out of the country pronto. With Jimmy Cap's men following and the Feds close behind, the three sides end up in Italy, watching their own backs while keeping abreast of Harry's. But it's not until the chase leads back to Miami that the real winners and losers are revealed ...
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In the world of Elmore Leonard novels, cops and criminals get by with a grudging respect for each other's capabilities:
Harry had been arrested by Buck Torres a half-dozen times or so; they knew each other pretty well and were friends. Not socially, Harry had never met Buck's wife, but friends in the way they trusted one another and always had time to talk about other things than what they did for a living.Right now, 66-year-old Harry Arno's in trouble. In order to get at his boss, Jimmy Cap, the feds told Jimmy that Harry's skimming off the sports book he runs, the idea being that Harry will testify in exchange for protection from Tommy Bucks (a.k.a. the Zip), Jimmy's enforcer. But Harry's got a few tricks up his sleeve. Then when a straight-shooting U.S. Marshall decides to spend his vacation tracking Harry down, all hell breaks loose. Set in Miami, Florida, and Rapallo, Italy, Pronto is another brilliantly executed combination of suspense and black humor from the master of crime fiction. --Ron Hogan From the Publisher:
Well-known South Miami Beach bookie Harry Arno was grossing seven thousand aweek running sports bets. He split fifty-fifty with local wiseguy JimmyCapotorto, aka Jimmy Cap, but by skimming off the top for twenty years, Harryhad stashed away enough to retire. Everything was set for his name-change andvanishing act to the Italian Riviera with his girlfirend, Joyce (Joy, when shewas a topless dancer), right after the Super Bowl. Harry Arno felt like alucky man.
He felt wrong. An FBI assault on organized crime had targeted Jimmy Cap, andHarry was set up as the fall guy to help them do it. Now "Zip," a Sicilian ina classic black suit, had a reason to want Harry dead. Raylan Givens, aStetson-wearing U.S. marshal, had the job of keeping him alive. And from Miamito Rapallo, Italy, Harry Arno had plans of his own to clean up the past,guarantee his future...and let drawling Raylan Givens go one-on-one across twocontinents with the mob.
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