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ROAD DOGS by Elmore Leonard (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, pounds 18.99) LEONARD - the man behind Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown and the George Clooney movie Out Of Sight - digs up some old cons for his new novel, with Clooney's Jack Foley opening Road Dogs back in the slammer. The prolific bank robber has pretty much given up on freedom and accepted a lifetime behind bars, until the arrival of a new room-mate. Great dialogue, great characters, no contrived plot, no portentous, po-faced writing - the 84-year-old Leonard never fails. THANKS FOR NOTHING by Jack Dee (Doubleday, pounds 20) AWARD-WINNING comedian Jack Dee emphasises his 'grumpy old man' act in his debut book which is part life story, part litany of troubles with the world. While planned not as a typically chronological, autobiographical account - it's a style that doesn't always work. Do you want to know Jack's thoughts on plumbers? Football? Mervin the personal trainer? It gets more appealing when he recounts tales from his upbringing. But you are left wanting more - surely the sign of a good performer. COLD TO THE TOUCH by Frances Fyfield (Sphere, pounds 19.99) A DARK tale of butchery in every sense, it opens in London's Smithfield Market, where the highly-strung Jess is trying to catch up with the man she believes to be the love of her life. After an unsuccessful foray into the depths of the famous meat market, Jess chances upon old friend Sarah who is slowly but surely unwittingly dragged into the quagmire that is Jess's life. A tightly-woven plot keeps the reader enthralled to the bitter end - crime writing at its best.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 29, 2009
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