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“My favorite Leonard book….He writes the way Hammett and Chandler might write today, if they sharpened their senses of ironic humor and grew better ears for dialogue.”
Dallas Morning News

“The best writer of crime fiction alive.”

Dangerously eccentric characters, razor-sharp black humor, brilliant dialog, and suspense all rolled into one tight package—that’s The Switch, Elmore Leonard’s classic tale of a kidnapping gone wrong…or terribly right, depending on how you look at it. The Grand Master whom the New York Times Book Review calls, “the greatest crime writer of our time, perhaps ever,” has written a wry and twisting tale that any of the other all-time greats—Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, John D. MacDonald, James M. Cain, Robert Parker…every noir author who ever walked a detective, cop, or criminal into a shadowy alley—would be thrilled to call their own. Leonard, the man who has given us U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (currently starring in TV’s Justified) is at his storytelling best, as a spurned wife decides to take a rightful—and profitable—revenge on her deceiving hubby by teaming up with the two thugs he hired to abduct her.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Nerve-wracking…one of Leonard’s best.” 

    Seattle Times

  • “Hammer’s narrative voice is classic sleuth book; low, deep, somewhat raspy and bloated with meaning. He creates suspense with well-timed pauses and captures every joke with deadpan accuracy. He also gives life to vivid characters with accents ranging from suburban sheltered housewife to African American thug to Detroit Nazi. These characters make the book, one of Leonard’s best, an enjoyable, engrossing experience.”  


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Pearl | 4/26/2011

    " Written in 1978, its funny to see how quickly things can become dated. But good, fun light reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Cory | 4/29/2010

    " I gave up about 35% into the book. I'm sure Elmore Leonard is a great writer, and I could tell by reading some of this, but I think that this was a bad book to start on for Elmore Leonard. The story was bad, and painfully slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shoe | 2/22/2010

    " Good basic crime/mystery novel. It didn't have the suspense and thrills that I usually look for in books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Current | 9/28/2009

    " not my favorite leonard, but the characters from Rum Punch, Ordell and Louis, are here, which was cool. It's still a great story, just not my favorite leonard. "

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