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This novel combines everything Leonard did best: unadorned sentences that move the plot along at a perfect pace, enough twists and double-crosses that the reader will audibly gasp, and the motley crew of characters that Leonard was known for portraying so well. There was the corrupt Detroit cop, the tough, beautiful journalist with a perfect ass, the sociopathic multi-millionaire, and the lone wolf good guy who works within the system, but only when it suits him. I first read this book in about the 7th grade, and through it, learned who George Hamilton was, and then used that information to make tons of friends by making fun of people's too dark tans by comparing them to old George. Well, the tons of friends didn't happen, but I'm sure when everyone else eventually learned who George Hamilton was, they respected me.