Here from Elmore "Dutch" Leonard, the bestselling author of more than 50 books - a large amount of which were made into movies, is a wonderful treat - three early novels, long unavailable bound together in one volume. 1) The Hunted (1978). Everybody loved Al Rosen, except those who wanted him killed. Suddenly his quiet existence took a dive. hotels burned down around him. Cars crashed through sidewalk cafes just to nail him. Snipers tried to pick him out of crowds and someone kept rigging his car with plastic explosives. Al responded by fleeing. But his time was running out and he had no more friends. 2) Swag (1976). Ernest Stickley, Jr. is the best there is at grand theft, auto. jack Ryan's specialty is scheming. Ryan has it all figured out. he's written down ten rules to sure =-fire success and put a .357 magnum in his pocket. Together they can grab enough swag to live the sweet life in summertime Detroit. It looks like a piece of cake - until a department store stick-up is too tempting to pass up; until a freckle-faced doll named Arlene learns too much about their "business"; until they break one of Ryan's rules and suddenly it looks like somebody's going to end up doing 25 years to life. For murder. 3) Mr. Majestyk (1974). Mr. Majestyk had his belly full of killing in Asia. It was hi job and he was one of the best, but when he stripped off his uniform he never wanted to go back to it. That was why he was a melon farmer now, down where nobody knew his past. And that was why a cheap crook named Kopas, a hard-nosed cop named McAllen, and a big-time, high-priced hit man named Renda all figured Majestyk was just another local yokel to be pushed around. But Majestyk is forced to go to war, again.
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