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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,792 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elmore Leonard Narrator: Arliss Howard Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Carl Webster Series Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9780060796808
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Carlos Webster was fifteen in the fall of 1921 the first time he came face-to-face with a nationally known criminal. A few weeks later, he killed his first man—a cattle thief who was rustling his dad's stock. Now Carlos, called Carl, is the hot kid of the U.S. Marshals Service, one of the elite manhunters currently chasing the likes of Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, and Pretty Boy Floyd across America's Depression-ravaged heartland.

Carl wants to be the country's most famous lawman.

Jack Belmont, the bent son of an oil millionaire, wants to be public enemy number one.

Tony Antonelli of True Detective magazine wants to write about this world of cops and robbers, molls and speakeasies from perilously close up.

Then there are the hot dames—Louly and Elodie—hooking their schemes and dreams onto dangerous men.

And before the gunsmoke clears, everybody just might end up getting exactly what he or she wished for….

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Elmore Leonard unspools the definitive portrait of 1930s lowlife.”

    Stephen King

  • “This is a novel that…is all about style, literary and otherwise.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • The Hot Kid brims with the sly humor, sparse prose, and razor dialogue we expect from the master.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “There’s nothing Elmore Leonard doesn’t know about stylish writing, and The Hot Kid is him at his compressed best.”

    Detroit Free Press

  • “Expertly crafted, deftly balanced.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “Clear, fast-paced, and masterfully structured.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “His fortieth crime novel—and he just keeps getting better and better.”

    Deseret News

  • “The writing is pitch-perfect throughout…it’s all pure Leonard, and that means it’s pure terrific.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2005 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
  • A 2006 Audie Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaine | 2/20/2014

    " Elmore Leonard, I didn't expect a classic of literature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 2/15/2014

    " Nancy 3 stars; Ron 3 stars "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue | 2/5/2014

    " Haven't read an Elmore Leonard in a while. Still enjoy his style of writing though this wasn't one of my favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 1/21/2014

    " It reads like a movie. Pretty fast-paced once you get into it. The author has a nice style of writing. I wouldn't call it a "deep thinker", but definitely entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth Horner | 1/16/2014

    " Started strong and the main character was likable but never developed. Story and dialogue became static and redundant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pete | 1/4/2014

    " Fun book. Great time period stuff from the early 30's and the Bonnie & Clyde era. Great characters as usual for Leonard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trey | 12/9/2013

    " hot kid and up in honey's room good two book series "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 12/8/2013

    " Zeer vlot lezen boek. Weinig vertellend, en meer een opsomming van feiten. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jrobertus | 11/25/2013

    " marshal carlos webster hunts bank robbers through 1920-1930 oklahoma. he encounters exotic criminals and kc political bosses as well as blues musicians and other celebrities. the pattern is great as always from this master of dialog and the story is interesting as well as fast paced fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Philip | 10/27/2013

    " Elmore Leonard's language is great. The story was fun, and fast. The historical tie-ins were craftily done. I wrote a review on my blog. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luke | 10/18/2013

    " After I read this (or, okay, listened to it on my ipod) my internal monologue was in the voice of the main character for a week. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danny | 9/15/2013

    " my intro to elmore leonard, great! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debby Allen | 9/14/2013

    " It went along pretty well then . . . just stopped. abrupt, and unfortunately not very satisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neil Riley | 9/13/2013

    " Elmore Leonard is the master of slick, quick prose. I love him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Ciarelli | 6/21/2013

    " This book was made to be listened to. The Narrator is one of the best In my opinion. Great story. Edge of the seat action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Tornello | 5/2/2013

    " The best Elmore Leonard I've read, mostly because I dug being taken into a different time period while still keeping his voice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Athena | 3/17/2013

    " Can't go wrong with Elmore Leonard. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charly | 2/1/2013

    " it was an okay book but I did not fall in love with it. If this were a movie it would be a grade B Shoot em thing. I won't be in a hurry to get back to Leonard as an author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Faust | 10/15/2012

    " Great fun with Leonard's larger-than-life hero Carl Webster. Ends abruptly, but it still works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 5/27/2012

    " Guns & Gangsters + Elmore Leonard. You just can't go wrong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 4/26/2012

    " Leonard is no doubt a son of Dashiell Hammett. I was happily reminded of the Continental Op. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 4/17/2012

    " Excellent book. Follow the carrier of a kid from eastern Oklahoma as he makes his way up the ranks of the Marshall's Office hunting down outlaws and gangsters in the 1920s. Cool references to places and events in Southern and Eastern Oklahoma. Excellent book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ted | 2/10/2012

    " Read the hard cover version. Nobody beats Elmore Leonard's dialog. It's a breezy read, a great palatte cleanser between more weighty books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 1/28/2012

    " This one was okay- not my favorite Elmore Leonard, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 1/21/2012

    " A pretty good western by the incomparable Mr. Leonard. This story always moves forward and holds interest throughout. 7 of 10 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Indah Threez Lestari | 8/12/2011

    " 67th - 2011 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nell | 5/1/2011

    " listening on CD

    this is really good.

    If you watch the TV show "Justified" you will like this book. The show is based on this book.

    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theo | 4/29/2011

    " Read the hard cover version. Nobody beats Elmore Leonard's dialog. It's a breezy read, a great palatte cleanser between more weighty books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trey | 2/9/2011

    " hot kid and up in honey's room good two book series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Norannb | 1/3/2011

    " Crime writing; fun and descriptive of the prohibition, oil wild catting, bank robbing days of 20s and 30s. When my dad was a young guy in the midwest. My first Elmore Leonard and I'll try another for fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Athena | 12/31/2010

    " Can't go wrong with Elmore Leonard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A. R. | 9/10/2010

    " Nobody beats Elmore Leonard for gangsta novels! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 8/27/2010

    " Excellent Elmore, with a mastery of a life long gone... he tells stories that are believable in the time they're set, but still feel valid today. Characters you want to get to know better, and the descriptions of life are amazing. I know, this is a description of most of Leonard's work. "

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About the Author
Author Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard (1925–2013) wrote more than fifty books during his highly successful career, including the bestsellers Djibouti, Road Dogs, Mr. Paradise, Tishomingo Blues, and the critically acclaimed collection of short stories, When the Women Come Out to Dance. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown. He was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA and the Grand Master Award of the Mystery Writers of America.

About the Narrator

Arliss Howard is an actor and award-winning narrator. His narrations were twice finalists for the prestigious Audie Award for Best Mystery Narration, in 2006 for Elmore Leonard’s The Hot Kid and in 2008 for Up in Honey’s Room, also by Elmore Leonard. He has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards, one for Up in Honey’s Room and another as part of the narrating cast with Debra Winger and Keith Carradine for The William Faulkner Audio Collection. His film credits include roles in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, The Time Traveler’s Wife, and Moneyball. He’s also an award-winning television actor as well as a writer and producer.