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There aren't any textbooks on armed robbery. The only way to learn is through experience, and small-time crooks Frank and Stick are determined to do as much learning on the job as possible. In 1970s' Detroit they embark on a crime spree, holding up liquor stores and supermarkets. They invent their 'Ten Golden Rules For Successful Armed Robbery' and for a short time the cash is rolling in. But then they bend their own rules, and it looks like trouble is heading their way.
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'Elmore Leonard is the crime-writer's crime-writer, king of all he surveys. For sharp plots and spot-on dialogue, he's in a different league' Ian Rankin Elmore Leonard is a fantastic addition to our list of quality crime writing. An iconic figure, he has written well over 20 novels, award-winning film scripts and won numerous major prizes Phoenix now has the rights to 11 backlist titles and we will be bringing the books out over the course of 2004-6 with a great series cover look. We also have a new hardback coming out in W&N in autumn 2005 Many of Elmore Leonard's novels have been filmed, most notably Get Shorty and Rum Punch (called Jackie Brown and filmed by Quentin Tarantino) 'Dialogue like broken glass, sharp and glittering, and a raft of low-lifes individualised in primary colours like hard-edged pop-art' Julian Rathbone, Independent

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Elmore Leonard has written more than three dozen books during his highly successful career, and many of his novels have been made into bestselling films. He lives in Bloomfield Village, Michigan, with his wife Christine.


You will look long and hard before you find anyone with a bad word to say about Leonard. About the worst thing I can think of to say about SWAG is that it might be said to make armed robbery look like a enticing career move... if you haven't read him before, you are in for a treat. -- Nicholas Lezard The Guardian

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