May 19, 2010 6:00 AM
Even if you haven't read anything by Elmore Leonard chances are you've seen his work. On the big screen- Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Jackie Brown, and the little one - Justified (and that's barely scratching the surface). His newest release to paperback is Road Dogs ($10). Fans of his work will recognize three characters from prior novels in this story - bank robber Jack Foley (Out of Sight), Cuban jack-of-all-crimes Cundo Rey (LaBrava), and clever psychic Dawn Navarro (Riding the Rap). Foley and Rey forge a friendship while doing time together in a Florida prison. Rey helps Foley get his 30-year sentence reduced to three and sends him out to L.A. after his release where Foley waits to find out what kind of payback Rey is after and tries to avoid getting involved in the schemes, both supernatural and murderous, of his lovely but deceptive wife Dawn. No one does dialogue or details quite like Leonard - whether you like to read about those lurking in the seedy underbelly or not, Leonard's writing is unique and wonderful.