Mr. Majestyk

Mr. Majestyk

Book - 2012
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A Vietnam veteran and trained killer, Vincent Majestyk finds peace as a farmer, growing melons, until the Mob, seeing him as an easy mark, tries to make him a victim in an extortion plot.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins, 2012
ISBN: 9780062188403
0062188402
Characteristics: 216 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Mister Majestyk

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PearlyBaker
Jun 13, 2016

I might could like Elmore Leonard more than Cormac McCarthy due to economy of words if nothing else. I was struck by how different the world was back in the early 70's when Mr. Majestyk was written. Long before W. and his puppet masters envisioned a soft police state with innocent sounding names like the Patriot Act. They could not trace a phone call back then let alone track your every thought, feeling and action on Facebook. There was no Hitlerian Homeland Security, or Stasi style TSA. Back in the 70's the police had to get search warrants and follow this old piece of hemp known as the Constitution and closed circuit TV's on every corner were Orwellian nightmares no one believed would ever come true. Yes, it was a simpler, more innocent time when there was still privacy, rights, liberty and the Grateful Dead were just starting to hit their stride. Someday when I get rich and build a time machine I'm going straight to Winterland '72 while the rest of you suckers get into online political debates while going through naked body scanners, drinking bottled Glyphosate water and eating GMO tomato sandwiches that taste like cardboard.

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jimg2000
Feb 04, 2015

Agree with illuzhin completely. And whenever I get disappointed after reading a string of current best sellers, I go find an old Elmore and read or re-read. Anyway, saw the movie with Charles Bronson a few times long ago and might have read this back in the days. It is still a page turner now. For those who wondered as I did, the difference between the movie and book are not much ... see quote.

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illuzhin
Oct 03, 2014

What's great about Leonard Elmore books is that they're usually a fast-paced read that's short enough to get through in one sitting. The problem with Elmore Leonard books is that they're often too compelling NOT to get through in one sitting--which can be a problem if you start reading it just before bed time!

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jimg2000
Feb 04, 2015

More on Arizona locale:

So he must have taken them up in the mountains, Lieutenant McAllen decided, and called the Phoenix Police for a helicopter. Get more ground covered in an hour than they could in a week.

And too late for tough guy Renda:

He realized now he didn't know anything about the man. It was like meeting him, out here, for the first time. He should have known there was someone else, another person, inside the farmer. The stunt the guy pulled with the bus and trying to take him in, make a deal. That wasn't a farmer. He had been too anxious to get the guy and had not taken time to think about him, study him and find out who he was inside.

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jimg2000
Feb 04, 2015

Honeydew in book vs watermelon and Arizona in book vs Colorado:

the Valley Agricultural Workers Association had brought out from Phoenix, dropping them off at 5:30 A.M. on the outskirts of Edna, where the state road came out of the desert to cross the U.S. highway.
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She was crouched in the vines working a row, slipping the ripe honeydew melons off, gently turning the ones that would be ready in a day or two, pushing them under the vines so they would not be exposed to the sun.
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He couldn't get the melon grower out of his head he wanted to hit him so bad, and he wasn't sure why. Not because the guy had belted him a couple of times; though that could be reason enough. No, it was the way the guy had looked at him. The way he talked. The way he pulled that cheap cool shxt and acted like he couldn't be bought.

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