Leonard, Elmore Pronto

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Pronto

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The feds want Miami bookmaker Harry Arno to squeal on his wiseguy boss. So they're putting word out on the street that Arno's skimming profits from "Jimmy Cap" Capotorto -- which he is, but everybody does it. He was planning to retire to Italy someday anyway, so Harry figures now's a good time to get lost. U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens knows Harry's tricky -- the bookie ditched him once in an airport while in the marshal's custody -- but not careful. So Raylan's determined to find the fugitive's Italian hideaway before a cold-blooded Sicilian "Zip" does and whacks Arno for fun. After all, it's a "pride thing"...and it might even put Raylan in good stead with Harry's sexy ex-stripper girlfriend Joyce.

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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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