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The Hot Kid by Elmore Leonard

The Hot Kid is set in the 1930s, the heyday of the notorious bank robbers. Carl Webster is a U.S. Marshal in Oklahoma. He's a dead shot with his rifle and wants to be the most famous lawman in the land. He's on the trail of Jack Belmont, an all-around evil guy and bank robber who wants fame his own way, as public enemy number one. Louly Brown is Carl's girlfriend, but she wants to bask in the notoriety of her indirect connection to Pretty Boy Floyd. Tony Antonelli writes for True Detective Magazine, capturing with prose the battle between good and evil, lawman and bank robber. Elmore Leonard brings to life not just an era, but a cast of characters to expose the seamy side of celebrity. The Hot Kid has received positive reviews with the Washington Times saying, "It was a world of Charles Lindbergh and Will Rogers and tommy guns and gun molls. And it was a time when each of the characters in the book from Carl right through Tony to Louly could lay claim to being a 'hot kid' for a time. However, my vote for the hottest goes Mr. Leonard. With this book, he has done it again."
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