ROAD DOGS, by Elmore Leonard

Once again, a superb work by the master of pared-down dialogue, perfectly-drawn characters you would never meet out in broad daylight, and sneak-up-on-you tension. Leonard doesn't waste a word in this bad-guy plot with likeable Jack Foley, just out of jail; his jail sidekick, former go-go dancer and four time murderer Cundo Rey, and delicious Dawn Navarro. No, you don't really need to know the plot, with Leonard they're always ideal, with distinctive characters, unusual plots, and a denouement that always seems a surprise when - if you'd looked hard - you just might have seen it coming. The master never steps a foot wrong. A 5.