The Big Bounce

By Elmore Leonard

Jack Ryan continuously desired to play seasoned ball. yet he couldn't hit a curveball, so he became his awareness to much less felony ambitions. a tricky man who likes strolling the razor's aspect, he's simply met his fit -- and extra -- in Nancy. She's a wealthy man's plaything, heavily into thrills and hazard, and jointly she and Jack are natural warmth able to explode. but if basic burglary and housebreaking fall down to the lethal pursuit of a very giant rating, the stakes without notice skyrocket. simply because violence and double-cross are the identify of this video game -- and it's going to take each ounce of crafty Jack and Nancy own to outlive . . . one another.

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She seems younger. ” “How previous should you be? ” “I suggest for him. Ritchie. ” “Ask him—how may still i do know? ” “What’s she doing with Bob Junior? ” Mr. Majestyk glanced round back. “That dumb bastard. He’s acquired a great task, a pleasant kin, a speedboat. His outdated guy rentals the entire cucumber land to Ritchie meals and all Bob Junior’s acquired to do is figure the crews—” “He’s a horse’s ass. ” Mr. Majestyk shrugged, creating a face. “He’s o.k., he’s a major child. He thinks he’s the Lone goddamn Ranger or whatever. ” “You acknowledged the lady used to be in a few hassle. ” “Reckless using. She’s received to seem in my court docket someday subsequent month. ” “What’s so undesirable approximately that? ” Mr. Majestyk leaned over the desk on his forearms. “I’m no longer speaking approximately working a purple gentle. She nearly killed a few teenagers. ” “You are aware of it was once her fault? ” “All correct. those Geneva boys are out of their vehicle, a section of junk simply driving round trying to increase a few hell, you recognize, or anyone to race. They spot the huge cruising alongside in her Mustang, so certainly they pull up along and begin giving her the company, making comments, asking her if she desires to race or pass within the trees, I don’t comprehend. ” “So what occurred? ” “Well, they don’t get an increase out of her, in order that they cross and cross on anywhere they’re going. yet a few miles later they’ve became off the Shore street and they’re in this county highway, gravel, they usually see those lighting bobbing up in the back of them. They anticipate the automobile to go, however the motor vehicle doesn’t move, it bangs into their rear finish. They don’t recognize what’s coming off. They accelerate and the car—it’s the broad—gets correct on their bumper and weapons it. those men they struggle to head quicker, they struggle to shake her off, you recognize, swerving, yet she hangs on and now she’s pushing them sixty, seventy miles an hour. ” “Yeah? ” “They attempt to brake they usually burn the linings correct off. They can’t do whatever, this loopy wide retains pushing, gunning it, and she’s going an exceptional seventy—they either swear to it—when she backs off. She should have visible it: the line dead-ends at a crossroad and past is that this plowed box. good, those men try and swerve, they fly over the trench and hit the plowed box and roll over 3 times. ” “What occurred to the blokes? ” “One of them’s ok, a number of cuts. the opposite kid’s obtained damaged legs and a few inner accidents. ” “How’d they are aware of it used to be her? ” “They observed her, for Christ sake. ” “I suggest they can be mendacity. ” “Yeah, along with her entrance finish all banged the hell in. ” Nancy stated, “I inspiration you instructed him to depart. ” “Who? ” She brushed the hair from her eye, nodding towards Ryan’s desk. “The one this day. you recognize. ” “Son of a gun. I don’t think it,” Bob Jr. acknowledged. As Bob Jr. regarded round, his huge again, the checkered blouse tight throughout his shoulders, used to be just about her and he or she rested her hand frivolously on his arm. “He’s taking his time approximately it, isn’t he? ” the lady acknowledged. “He’s taking more’n I gave him. ” “Maybe he’s made up our minds to stick. ” “He’ll depart if I bought to run him down the street with a stick. ” “Maybe he’s no longer petrified of you.

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