I’ve started to pile up Elmore Leonard paperbacks because they’re so reliable. Leonard employs this tactic of having multiple main characters. This book was an ensemble of quirky and interesting men and women, each of whom you got to know very well. Maybe one character got a little extra time, but barely.

This is a crime novel, to a certain extent. The mystery aspect is downplayed, but always lingering. It has some action, some romance, and some humor, but it’s mostly a character driven story about some shady and not so shady people living in Miami.

And nobody is better than Leonard at making you feel sympathetic towards criminals, even occasional mean criminals. What a knack this man has for writing. This was a joyous read.