La Brava

La Brava Photographer Joe LaBrava specialises in capturing the soul of Miami s street life since he used to do dirty jobs for the government he understands his subject very well So when his friend Maury enlis

  • Title: La Brava
  • Author: Elmore Leonard
  • ISBN: 9780753819692
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Paperback
  • Photographer Joe LaBrava specialises in capturing the soul of Miami s street life since he used to do dirty jobs for the government, he understands his subject very well So when his friend Maury enlists his help to sort out a problem with an ex film star, Joe is than happy to help.

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    1. Former Secret Service agent Joe LaBrava meets an actress he fell in love with at age twelve. Now she's being blackmailed by a redneck and his Cuban partner. Or is she? Can LaBrava get to the bottom of things before he winds up dead?When it comes to Elmore Leonard books, they're either awesome or just okay. This one is definitely closer to okay.The plot was pretty good. LaBrava, a photographer and former FBI man, gets entangled with Jean Shaw, an actress he's pined over for years and a blackmail [...]

    2. Elmore Leonard is one of my favorite writers, but my experience with his work is that it's either dynamite or dud. With forty-five novels and at least forty-two short stories to his credit, not every one of Dutch's enterprises was going to be a success. I'll never abandon Leonard because his dialogue is so good and he almost always offers a twist to his capers, but his 1983 novel LaBrava just didn't draw me in.Published before Elmore Leonard began sort of parodying Elmore Leonard to great succes [...]

    3. I bought this today at the Out of the Closet thrift store on Biscayne, and once I got home and opened it up to read, discovered that it's an autographed copy! I'm irrationally thrilled by this. There's something so cool about finding out that even though I never managed to meet him, I now have a book with his signature in it. I actually don't know why that's cool and exciting to me, I guess because Leonard's one of those writers I would've liked to have met but obviously now I never will, and th [...]

    4. She liked them because working with professionals brought out the best in you, you could count on them for cues, sometimes inspiration. Whereas amateurs could ruin your concentration and timing, make you look awkward.A superbly evoked South Beach setting, a compellingly cynical film noir actress, an acutely observant Secret Service agent turned photographer, and a colorful supporting cast get embroiled in a slightly overworked and overcomplicated plot and almost win their way to genuinely great [...]

    5. I have read 11 Elmore Leonard books so far and this one is the least favorite. It lacked almost everything that makes him a hailed writer of this kind of books. It wasnt enough well written hardcore story and it wasnt fun story with quirky characters like some of his other crime books. He is a rare master of great dialogue and believable shady,low life characters. Except LaBrava himself the other characters felt like a parody,vanilla versions of his other better books,characters.This book show h [...]

    6. Have I finally read enough Elmore that I guessed the twist, for once? (That is a good thing. Not a bad thing.) Still couldn’t guess how it ended, and that’s classic Elmore.LaBrava said, “Maury, who’s crazy, you or me?”“How do I know?” Maurice said. “Maybe both of us. Don’t ask me any hard ones.”

    7. “A while ago somewhere I don’t know when I was watching a movie with a friend. I fell in love with the actress. She was playing a part that I could understand.” -Neil Young, “A Man Needs a Maid”It took a chapter or two, after we’re finally introduced to Jean Shaw and what she means to secret service agent come photographer Joe LaBrava, that Neil Young’s song “A Man Needs a Maid” came to mind. I’m sure we all have that actress, or actor, who we’ve seen and who in our youth w [...]

    8. "LaBrava got Nobles down on his spine, head hard against the wall to straddle his legs. Worked free the bluesteel revolver [] and slipped the blunt end of the barrel into his open mouth. Nobles gagged, trying to twist free.LaBrava said, 'Suck on it. It'll calm you down.'"Not an easy review to write as I am forced to demonstrate my own incompetence. Elmore Leonard's LaBrava received the prestigious Edgar Award for the best novel in 1984 and yet I have been unable to find anything remarkable about [...]

    9. I find it rather difficult to criticise Elmore Leonard. His plots are super tight, characters are interesting and there never is a dull moment in his books. Even the dialogue is rather witty. LaBrava is Leonard on top form and has his most interesting storylines to boot.Joe LaBrava is an ex agent turned photographer. One day, through a rich friend of his, he comes across a movie star who he idolised in his youth. It turns out though that she’s destitute and is going to be killed by a thug and [...]

    10. I found myself thinking of this book as "early Leonard," which really isn't true--sure, it predates a lot of the stuff by him that I've liked best (Get Shorty, Rum Punch, Out Of Sight) but not by that much. And more importantly, by the time he published La Brava, Leonard had been publishing novels for 30 years. Last Stand At Sabre River, a western novel of Leonard's that I read a few years ago, fits the "early" descriptor much better. And yet, with this book missing much of the dry wit that I go [...]

    11. La Brava, the protagonist of this tale, is an ex-Secret Service man, turned street photographer. He is in Miami, taking photos of people who are unaware of his activity. He becomes friends with Maurice Zola, an old-timer who is the owner of one of the old classic hotels. Maurice knows everything there is to know about the history of south Florida, even all the station stops on the Eastcoast train. He is also friends with Jean Shaw, a retired movie star, last famous during the 1940s. LaBrava is i [...]

    12. A bit disappointed with this, it all started off in true Leonard style with great use of snappy dialogue some interesting characters which usually involves lowlifes,law enforcement,petty criminals out of their depth and double crossings it's no different here but I felt as the second half of the book progressed it had that "we have been here before" element to it and just didn't have the depth,humour or coolness of some of his better works and at times it felt like a watered down version of Rum [...]

    13. There is a difference between being authentic and being convincing. I don't know if a faded 50s film noir femme fatale actress ending up in Miami with a drink problem and an aging Jewish hotel-owning benefactor is authentic, but Leonard convinced me. Joe La Brava, the ex-secret serviceman turned photographer convinced me too. The redneck hustler with his Cuban go-go dancing sidekick were less plausible in hindsight, but Leonard's dialogue is his great gift. His ear for speech is entirely authent [...]

    14. Inspired in places, wheel-spinning in others. I liked how LaBrava keeps comparing his boyhood crush Jean Shaw to her screen persona and whether a line he tells her feels cinematic enough. The dialogue is effortless and rhythmic as always. The heist story, though? Couldn't drum up much enthusiasm for it.

    15. If you’re familiar with the noir genre, nothing about La Brava will surprise you. Yet, the ride is still worth it. If one can imagine a Raymond Chandler novel where everything about the scam, the job, the set-up goes wrong but where there is a nasty turn to that wrongness, one can imagine La Brava. The joy is in the cast of characters. These would make good characters in a video game because they are stereotypes with a twist.The protagonist is Joe LaBrava. Joe is a former Secret Service agent [...]

    16. Elmore Leonard, he mixes it up you know, you don’t see what’s coming. And there’s always one guy, you see, he’s smarter than the rest of the dumb asses in the room, guys who think they’re cool ‘cause they went hunting one time, shot a wild boar that was coming straight at ‘em, they just stood their ground and stuck that head shot. Oh yeah, they spent a couple years in the pen. That’s where they learned what life was really about. But this one guy, he’s seen it all, he knows how [...]

    17. Not that Leonard needs a plug. But while Glitz was his first best-seller, I always preferred LaBrava. The title character is a former secret service agent turned pro artsy photographer. He suffers regrets over the only time he had to kill someone. Soon he runs afoul of a crazy ex-cop the force is well rid of. Next his mentor/friend and a sultry ex-starlet are threatened in an extortion scheme. LaBrava is happy to help, but soon notices that some aspects of the case resemble plot elements from th [...]

    18. I enjoyed this story, it was a good story, not a great story but what brought the rating from three stars to four for me was LaBrava as a character. This really shouldn't be shocking since great characters and wonderful dialogue were what Elmore Leonard did better than probably anyone else in his genre. For me though there was just something about LaBrava I connected with on an emotional level. Maybe it was something about the rare "good guy" being the center of a Leonard novel as opposed to a l [...]

    19. This is great stuff. It's late enough that Elmore Leonard had pretty much mastered that kind of loping, andante crime novel where nobody ever gets too excited and nobody ever lets anything go, either. And it's early enough that he still bothered to plot things out in advance, instead of just seeing where the characters went.So why just three stars? Well, the hero is pretty much superman: an ex-Secret Service agent who now is a street portrait photographer beloved of Miami's high art galleries, b [...]

    20. I'm embarrassed to admit that I've never read Elmore Leonard's work before, even though I observed my father, husband and brothers enjoying his work over the past 25 years or more. For some reason I must have thought his books weren't for me. How wrong I was!There are many good things about LABRAVA. The plot: noir with a twist, and one that leaves the reader wondering what will happen after the end of the book. The setting: South Beach before the Diet. The characters: complex doesn't begin to de [...]

    21. Nobody does it like Elmore Leonard. Essentially, the Dickens of Detroit has written the same novel many times - but with immaculate style each time. You can't take out a word from Leonard's prose as his writing is delightfully dense and his characters speak in slightly hyper-real tones. He makes reading feel more like listening. This time it is about a past secret service agent and a fading film star. There are the usual Leonard psychopaths and the anti-climatic ending. On the way, the reader is [...]

    22. Main character a typically smart guy, this time a retired Secret Service agent who falls in with a retired movie star in Miami. The usual slimy, stupid crooks of a particular South Florida variety show up, along with a cast of entertaining side characters. The dialog is laugh-out-loud funny, per usual with Leonard. The movie star provides a nice overlay of old Hollywood and insider stuff. I'm thinking the retired star, still incredibly hot and very smart, as a kind of Lisbeth Scott, a sultry bad [...]

    23. I enjoyed this book but I didn't love it. I hadn't read Elmore Leonard before. Reviews said that LaBrava was among his best. Took me a while to get into the flow of his writing style but it's what I enjoyed the most about the book. Gotta love dialogue like this: "I spent most of my dough on booze, broads and boats and the rest I wasted." The 1980s South Beach setting was vividly portrayed. The quirky characters were entertaining but their quirkiness kept me at a distance from the book. The old m [...]

    24. I continue to love Elmore Leonard. I love his flawed heroes, his hard-edged women, and the characters who seem too real to be called quirky. LaBrava is more of this and more of Miami, but a quieter mystery in some ways, but still one you can't put down because you're enjoying it too much.

    25. While I would not rank this among the author's best works it was still very readable and entertaining. The main character was a bit distant but I was intrigued with the older movie actress who specialized in film noir and the characters who populated the South Beach setting.

    26. Another great book with wit and a fantastic and almost historical/cultural characterisations and topical social depictions. Exactly what one might anticipate of Leonard. I would have to assume that his books are currently being examined on literature courses in America.Highly recommended.

    27. From 1001 list - not sure why this Elmore Leonard made the list- perhaps it was the structure of the double-crosses and the movie tie-in that made the story particularly compelling. O.k. Summer read.

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