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Fiction: The Switch by Elmore Leonard

Picture of Summer Reading House headerThere are 10 more days until the end of Summer Reading! Every day during our countdown we will be featuring slices of library life, books, and topics designed to help you out as you work through 2017 Summer Reading at Mount Prospect. Read more about how you can join in on this celebration of reading and enter to win prizes!

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Meet Ordell and Louis, two small-time crooks in search of a get-rich-quick scheme. Everything they dream seems within reach when they kidnap a millionaire’s wife and hold her for ransom. It all goes without a hitch…until the husband doesn’t want her back.

A light caper novel with a gift for flavorful dialogue and for the details of Detroit, The Switch exemplifies author Elmore Leonard’s hard-boiled leanings and dry humor. The mismatched trio of abductors and victim is great fun, and wife Mickey turns out to be the real draw. The fun can continue for book-to-movie buffs; it was adapted as the 2014 release Life of Crime.

Read this for Summer Reading!

For the DIY Designers…
This book may count as a favorite or new-to-you genre (crime fiction), a book with a big city setting, or as one that was made into a movie.

For the Master Class Designers…
This may count as a (darkly) humorous book, one with a big city setting, or as a book highlighted on the MPPL website.