And finally, I was ready to delve into Road Dogs, Elmore Leonard's latest novel. It was great fun, "prepping" for it by reading and re-reading previous books that introduced the characters who reappear here.
I really like that he does this. Another writer who does a wonderful job of this is Scott Turow with his fictional Kindle County and all the attorneys, judges, and cops who keep running into each other, and who take turns in the center of Turow's novels - Rusty Sabich in Presumed Innocent, and his defense attorney Sandy Stern in the "sequel", The Burden of Proof, for example.
But I digress, of course. Back to Road Dogs. Leonard brings back bank robber Jack Foley from Out of Sight, Dawn Navarro from Riding the Rap, and Cundo Rey from LaBrava. Cundo Rey ends up dead at the end of LaBrava, but Leonard resurrects him very nicely. Oh, and Karen Sisco from Out of Sight also makes a cameo appearance. Go Sisco!
Anyway, Foley and Rey are fellow prison inmates in Road Dogs. Navarro is married to Rey, and looking out for his interests in California. Or maybe she's looking out for her own, planning to rip him off big time when he gets out. Good form. Great supporting characters. Well done.