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The Hot Kid

(2005)
(The first book in the Carl Webster series)
A novel by

 
 
Before Elmore Leonard abandoned westerns to blaze across the pantheon of bestsellerdom with his hip, stylish thrillers, punctuated with dead-pan humor and dialogue worthy of a David Mamet play, he might have written The Hot Kid; it has some of the same crisp pacing and well-defined, if not especially complex, characters that marked his earlier novels. A show-down between Tulsa oil wildcatter and millionaire Oris Belmont and his 18-year-old son, who's attempting to shake him down, says all there is to say about both men:
"I don't know what's wrong with you. You're a nice-looking boy, wear a clean shirt every day, keep your hair combed ... where'd you get your ugly disposition? Your mama blames me for not being around, so then I give you things .. you get in trouble, I get you out. Well, now you've moved on to extortion in your life of crime ... I pay you what you want or you're telling everybody I have a girlfriend?"


Jack Belmont's blackmail scheme doesn't work, but after destroying his father's property, forging checks in his name, kidnapping his mistress, and joining a gang of notorious bank robbers after his release from prison, he encounters another man trying to get out from under his father's large shadow and create his own, bigger one. Deputy U.S. Marshal Carl Webster, who at age 15 shot a man trying to steal his cows and six years later dispenses equal justice to Emmet Long, the leader of Belmont's gang, now has Jack Belmont in his sights. Webster's exploits have earned him even more celebrity than Jack, who dreams of rivaling Pretty Boy Floyd as public enemy number one.

We're in the early 30's here, just as a dust cloud is rolling across the Oklahoma plains--the days of Bonnie and Clyde, when gangsters captured the public attention, and Leonard makes good use of place and time. His minor characters are much more interesting than his protagonists, especially the women, and the writing shows occasional flashes of his trademarked ironic humor. But it's not as cool--or as hot--as even his most dedicated readers are used to, and there's barely a trace of the bizarre plot twists and unlikely coincidences that define his most recent caper novels in this one. --Jane Adams

Genre: Western
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Hardback Editions

May 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Hot Kid
Author(s): Elmore Leonard
ISBN: 0-06-072422-6 / 978-0-06-072422-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
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August 2005 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Hot Kid
Author(s): Elmore Leonard
ISBN: 0-297-84809-7 / 978-0-297-84809-7 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

August 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Hot Kid
Author(s): Elmore Leonard
ISBN: 0-06-226727-2 / 978-0-06-226727-6 (USA edition)
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August 2006 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Hot Kid
Author(s): Elmore Leonard
ISBN: 0-06-072423-4 / 978-0-06-072423-8 (USA edition)
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May 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Hot Kid
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ISBN: 0-7528-8073-X / 978-0-7528-8073-0 (UK edition)
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February 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Hot Kid
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ISBN: 0-7538-2047-1 / 978-0-7538-2047-6 (UK edition)
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August 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Hot Kid
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ISBN: 0-297-84818-6 / 978-0-297-84818-9 (UK edition)
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May 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Hot Kid
Author(s): Elmore Leonard
ISBN: 0-06-078716-3 / 978-0-06-078716-5 (USA edition)
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Audio Editions

July 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Hot Kid
Author(s): Elmore Leonard
ISBN: 1-4915-0719-5 / 978-1-4915-0719-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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July 2014 : USA Audio CD

Title: The Hot Kid
Author(s): Elmore Leonard
ISBN: 1-4915-0766-7 / 978-1-4915-0766-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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July 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Hot Kid
Author(s): Elmore Leonard
ISBN: 1-4915-0813-2 / 978-1-4915-0813-8 (USA edition)
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January 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Hot Kid
Author(s): Elmore Leonard
Publisher: Audible Studios
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September 2005 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Hot Kid
Author(s): Elmore Leonard
ISBN: 1-4193-4054-9 / 978-1-4193-4054-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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September 2005 : USA Audio CD

Title: The Hot Kid
Author(s): Elmore Leonard
ISBN: 1-4193-4056-5 / 978-1-4193-4056-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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May 2005 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Hot Kid CD
Author(s): Elmore Leonard
ISBN: 0-06-078998-0 / 978-0-06-078998-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperAudio
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Kindle Editions

February 2012 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Hot Kid
Author(s): Elmore Leonard
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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October 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Hot Kid
Author(s): Elmore Leonard
Publisher: William Morrow
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