Jackie Brown Review
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Jackie Brown was originally published as Rum Punch—and was then renamed after it became a Quentin Tarantino film. It might surprise (and baffle) readers, then, that there is no Jackie Brown in the book. It sure baffled me.

There is, however, a Jackie Burke. She’s a flight attendant who’s caught bringing cash from Jamaica to Miami for gun smuggler Ordell Robbie. All kinds of law enforcement agencies are after Ordell, so when they catch Jackie with $10,000 and a little bit of cocaine in her bag, they offer her a deal—they’ll drop the charges if she leads them to Ordell.

Jackie decides that the safest plan is to play both sides—and then take the half-million that Ordell’s been trying to get her to transport and make a run for it. So while Ordell is gathering his three girlfriends and his ex-con buddy, Louis, to help him get the cash while avoiding the cops, Jackie is planning a con of her own—with the help of Max Cherry, a fed-up bail bondsman.

Even if I overlooked the title-character-less nature of this book, I still can’t say that I liked it. The book itself was well-written and crisp, but the characters were soggy. I kept telling myself that it would be okay—that it was just taking me a while to get into the story, and it would pick up sooner or later. But it never did. I never found a character that really mattered to me, and the story never really excited me (which could, of course, be because I didn’t care about any of the characters).

So while I’m not going to give up on Elmore Leonard yet (mostly because I kinda liked the movie Get Shorty), I’ve definitely given up on Jackie Brown—whoever the heck she is.

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