9.4.13

PRONTO, by Elmore Leonard

Published in 1993, this is the tale of Harry Arno and his embezzled millions, which he takes to Italy in an attempt to outrun not only the mob but a U. S. Marshall he's made a fool of not once, but twice. The Marshall, Raylan Givens, figured out where Harry's hiding out and appears in Rapallo only moments ahead of Nicky the faux-gunman, Nicky's stone killer boss Zip, and at the same time Harry's girlfriend Joyce (who Harry may, or then again may not, marry). With Leonard's signature spare but spot-on dialogue and masterful detail, this afternoon read will satisfy. A 5.