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10 thoughts on “Mr Majestyk

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    When someone tries to strongarm melon farmer Vincent Majestyk, he quickly ends up beaten and soon Majestyk is in jail However, the prison bus is attacked and Majestyk finds himself on the run with Frank Renda, a hitman That s when things get complicated Will Majestyk be able to fix the situation and get his melon crop in on time This early El Leonard book is a pretty smooth read, like all of his stuff Vincent Majestyk, melon farmer and Vietnam vet, is one of Leonard s typical good guys, rough around the edges and not entirely law abiding The plot s not all that complicated Majestyk wrongs a couple people and they want him dead Too bad no one told them he was a ranger in Laos and earned a Silver StarCharles Bronson played Majestyk in the movie I ve never seen it but it was easy to picture Bronson in the lead role as I read Majestyk is the take no shit kind of guy Bronson usually played He s not John Rambo but he s definitely capable He just wants to get his damn melon crop in on time The bad guys are pretty par for the Leonardine course slick but not as slick as they think they are Unlike some of old Dutch s villains, I didn t find any of them to be very likeable and it was very satisfying once Majestyk starts taking the law into his own hands If they had any redeeming qualities, I might have felt bad for them.The story is one long cat and mouse game and it starts feeling like a western close to the end, like a lot of El Leonard tales I guess what I m saying is that while Mr Majestyk feels like a lot of El Leonard tales, it s definitely one of the better ones It s a high three or a low four.

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    My first El Leonard, back in the day, was the westerns My dad loved Three Ten to Yuma, the movie, and so I read Three Ten to Yuma, the story Within the month we had both read our way through the whole big volume of westerns, trading the big hardbound book back and forth Sneaking it away from the other when we couldn t wait It s taken me years to dig into Leonard s later stuff and why, I don t know Thinking, maybe, Miami crime and Detroit crime wouldn t be my thing That it was best to stick with the westerns HA I couldn t have been wrong.But, still It can be Kentucky, it can be Jerusalem or like this one, rural Arizona the ones I love most have all that DNA of the early old west Short and sweet, simple, delightful The gas to the floor on an old yellow pickup Barreling into all kinds of trouble, powder kegging what little you have left before giving an inch of ground away This one, I don t know why I wasn t expecting it but it took me by the best kind of surprise It s Moonshine War, it s Three Ten to Yuma What made me fall for all this in the first place, right here Where do you want to go I don t care Anyplace We going to get married first Yeah, you want to I guess we might as well, Vincent Soon as we get some time Looking down the slope he said, Here come a couple of friends of ours They watched the two cars pass below them on the winding road Now what, Vincent Now we give them a kick in the ass, Majestyk said First read December 2012 January 2013 Once , with feeling I had to go right back to this one Man, it s a good one.

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    I picked this up at a Border s Going out of Business sale for 1.79, so I knew nothing about it other than it was by dialogue master El Leonard So to my surprise, there wasn t a lot of dialogue in the story, as the main character is cut from the same cloth as John Rambo in First Blood However, the lack of dialogue did not keep me from enjoying the story one bit I devoured all 150 pages of it in a single night s reading I think it helped that I pictured the main character as Charlie Bronson in my mind s eye He plays Vincent Majestyk in the film adaptation, which although I ve never seen it makes sense as it seems written for him.

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    When a wannabe tough guy tries to muscle in on Vincent Majestyk s melon farm, Majestyk lets him know in no uncertain terms that he s not welcome Majestyk, a US Army war veteran, now has only one goal in mind get his crop in and save his farm He s not about to let some two bit hustler dictate terms This lands Majestyk in jail, though, where he faces assault charges and gets caught up in an escape attempt by a fellow jailbird, the notorious hit man Frank Renda Offered a chance to run off with Renda, Majestyk just wants to get clear of the whole mess and return to his melon farm However, Majestyk finds this isn t so easy after you ve double crossed a professional killer and now he s got than the melons on his farm to worry about But teamed up with Nancy Chavez, a tough and sassy lady hired on as a picker, Majestyk is about to teach Renda that this is one melon farmer you don t mess with.Like many others, I was saddened by the recent passing of El Leonard and initially felt the urge to read a bunch of his stuff that I haven t read yet and there are a bunch , but I guess there is plenty of time for that Since there won t be any from EL I m going to take my time to savor them.So instead I decided to revisit a personal favorite, Mr Majestyk Even though it s sort of a minor EL title, this little novel packs a lot of punch in a small package Part crime novel and part modern western, Mr Majestyk doesn t have a lot of the snappy dialogue that EL is famous for, but the dialogue as well as the prose are distinctly El Leonard and carry that same tough, casual feel There is a lot of action in Mr Majestyk I read somewhere that EL wrote this as an original screenplay and wrote the novelization later That may be because Mr Majestyk certainly has a cinematic feel to it strangely enough I don t believe I have ever, at the time of this review, seen the film starring Charles Bronson I m going to have to correct that deficiency posthaste Despite this fact, Majestyk, while seemingly a pretty archetypal hero character, actually has a lot of depth and this is stuff you sort of have to put together yourself since neither EL nor Majestyk seem to have a lot of patience for navel gazing Majestyk really is a great character He s a working class bad ass without even trying or realizing it The other characters are drawn perfectly as well and I am always left in some amazement that EL can make characters come alive without letting a lot of pesky words get in the way.I love Mr Majestyk and I thank El Leonard for writing it Again, I m sad about his passing, but I have a lot yet to read of his stuff As long as there are El Leonard stories to read and re read, heck, that s about the best kind of immortality to have, if you ask me R.I.P., El Leonard, 1925 2013

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    Modern thriller writers could learn a lot from El Leonard, his characters are interesting and well written but most of all PLAUSIBLE, thanks largely to his dialogue but also his observation of human nature Everyone is fallible in a Leonard novel and not just in a way to make them seem tougher at the end when they kill a zillion bad guys Lee Child puh lease I saw the Charles Bronson movie recently and expected a ball busting action packed killfest to have been made of an El Leonard novel so I was surprised when I found it quite restrained I knew I had the novel on the shelf and thought now was a good time to read it It wasn t The book is so similar to the movie that I found myself skimming and therefore enjoying it much less than I ordinarily might have.This is not one of his crime novels but of a revamp of his early western stuff and as such for me it didn t read as entertainingly as I would have liked I ll take another break from Leonard now after two in such a short space of time.

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    What a fantastic book I remember the movie with Charles Bronson fondly that seemed to hold very true It s been years since I ve seen it, so I m sure some details slipped through the cracks, but I could see all the actors as the fantastic reader laid it out for me Great action, wonderful finish, especially Majestyk s last line You were right He was trying to kill me Perfect Few can write such a well focused adventure as Leonard.

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    A short, well told tale that comes to an exciting climax Lots of action The characters are lightly drawn They are tough, rough, and designed to be liked or disliked There is little grey here I enjoyed it Not a genre I normally read, and there is not enough to likely draw me back, but it was a side trip I am glad I took.

  8. says:

    At his best, El Leonard is every bit as good as Westlake This book actually reminded me of Donald Westlake s writing, especially the Parker series.Recommened

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    An oldie from El Leonard, the King of Modern Noirmelon farmer, former spec op operator, is threatened by an organized crime hit mangreat characters and fun plotso much fun, I resurrected the old Charles Bronson movie and boy did they get the roles assigned correctlyspot on

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    I picked this one up because it appeared on James Lee Burke s pleasantly idiosyncratic list of the all time best mysteries, which was published recently in Parade magazine Says Burke It s one of the best portrayals of professional criminals I have ever read and a beautiful accomplishment in terms of dialogue and style Mr Majestyk is a noirish novel of the Average Guy school melon farmer Vincent Majestyk cares about nothing other than saving his crop, but then he runs afoul of a local mobster and discovers that harvest time becomes complicated when somebody wants to kill you Tight, fast paced, recommended.

Splendid Entirely Engrossing Los Angeles Times First Rate An Excellent Thriller Well Plotted And Smoothly Written Crackles With Suspense Bergan RecordA Classic Crime Novel, Mr Majestyk Is Vintage El Leonard An Edgy, Dark, Fiendishly Compelling Tale Of A Quiet Man Making A Whole Lot Of Noise The Best Writer Of Crime Fiction Today USA Today The Acclaimed Author Who Brought The World Raylan Givens, The Trigger Happy US Marshal Who Lights Up TV Screens Across America In The Hit Series Justified Leonard Makes A Big Noise Himself With This Timeless Noir Tale Of Personal Justice And Brutal Vengeance When A War Veteran Arizona Farmer Loses Everything, Ruined By The Local Mob, He Decides To Fight Back In This Masterful Crime Fiction Thriller Early Proof That Leonard Not Only Belongs In The Company Of John D MacDonald, Dashiell Hammett, James M Cain, Robert B Parker And The Other Great Names In American Mystery And Suspense He Is, In Fact, The King Daddy Of Crime Writers Seattle Times