The Big Bounce, Paperback
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


The beguiling story of a man, a woman and a nasty crime, from 'the hottest thriller writer in the US' [Time]. "But the whole deal, staying and going along with her idea, both, depended really on how much nerve he had.

Which she would have to find out..." Nancy Hayes has plenty of feminine charm - and the instincts of a shark.

Jack Ryan is handy with his fists, and has all the cunning of an ex-con.

Now, in a Michigan resort town, a rich man wants Jack gone and Nancy for himself.

For Jack, the choice is clear: Nancy's promises of pleasure, her crazy, thrill-seeking schemes of breaking into homes, shooting guns and maybe stealing a whole lot of money is driving him mad.

But there is one thing Jack doesn't know yet. Nancy is planning the deadliest thrill of all...




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This book is located more towards the noir end of the crime genre than the previous two books I've read from the author and whether it was because I was expecting something different I didn't enjoy this as much as the others. The characters were very straightforward and there was none of the wise-cracking and uber-cool dialogue that I've come to associate with Mr. Leonard's work. The plot has small-time crook Jack Ryan being employed as handyman to some beach-side cabanas. It's there that he gets involved with the local head honcho's main squeeze and she tries to embroil him in a plot to steal $50,000. The ending is a bit of a surprise as there isn't really a true one to the story.

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