52 Pickup

52 Pickup

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Detroit businessman Harry Mitchell had had only one affair in his twenty-two years of happy matrimony. Unfortunately someone caught his indiscretion on film and now wants Harry to fork over one hundred grand to keep his infidelity a secret. And if Harry doesn't pay up, the blackmailer and his associates plan to press a lot harder--up to and including homicide, if necessary. But the psychos picked the wrong pigeon for their murderous scam. Because Harry Mitchell doesn't get mad . . . he gets even.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2013
Edition: First William Morrow paperback
Copyright Date: ©1974
ISBN: 9780062266002
0062266004
Branch Call Number: Mystery Leo
Characteristics: 324 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Fifty-two pickup

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jimg2000
Feb 28, 2017

Here comes sport now, rum collins for the broad and a Heineken. Loaded and he still drinks beer. That’s your background showing, man. Eleven years on the line at Dodge Main. Couple of shots and a beer every day after the shift.
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You could do two hundred situps and twists a day and never quite get to those little bulging handles of fat. Love handles, Barbara said. Or she would say it was because he wore his pants so low, down on his hips. Something left over from younger days. And he would say he would never wear his pants way up high, the way fat old men did. Where did they get those pants? The goddamn zipper must be two feet long.
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“I’ve seen you dead on your feet, but you could always move other parts of you.”
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“... I’ve got machines breaking down for no reason. We’re behind on orders. I got to keep customers happy, take them out to lunch. I got union contract negotiations coming up. I got to keep all these balls up in the air at once.”

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Feb 28, 2017

“I didn’t consider this fooling around. I mean I didn’t honestly feel that’s what I was doing.” “What did you consider it then? The girl’s what, a year older than your daughter.” “I didn’t consider it anything. I didn’t put a label on it.”
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“... And he says, ‘I don’t feel like going back. Let’s stop someplace and have a tightener.’ “ “So you stopped at the go-go bar.” “We stopped at four of them. Nice sunny afternoon we’re doing the topless tour.
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We ended up in someplace downtown, I’m looking around the whole time we’re there expecting somebody to walk in. Place you never even heard of, all of a sudden you start picturing all your friends and neighbors walking in.” “Guilty conscience.”
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“You’re going through your menopause and you thought you were in love.” “I was in love. Christ, I know the feeling. When I wasn’t with her I’d think about her all the time. I’d get a pain inside.” “Where, in your crotch?”

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Feb 28, 2017

The whole thing could blow over like it never happened.” “The clouds break and the blue sky appears.” “Mitch, no one ever got in trouble keeping his mouth shut.”
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“Some of them, vice and narcos, they got long hair, mustaches, even beards. There ought to be a law they have to wear their uniforms at all times.” “I’m not a cop,” Mitchell said. “I just like to look at bare-
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Alan dug movies. He was going to make one himself sometime: a good hard-core porno, but done well, with style; not just a dirty movie, a dirty film.
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“Across the way, beautiful downtown Windsor, Ontario,” the driver said. “You can get over to Canada by tunnel or bridge. There used to be a ferry, but I believe he was arrested sometime back. The amazing thing is that, at this particular point, Canada is south of the United States.”

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Feb 28, 2017

Bobby Shy said, “Feel free to give my assistant your wallets, billfolds, money belts, watches, jewelry. I mean don’t hold back, ’cause we robbing the stagecoach, friends, taking everything you got.” Doreen offered the open bag from one side of the aisle to the other, not missing anybody, saying, “Thank you, love . . . thank you . . . God bless you, ma’am, I sure admire those earrings. They real diamonds? . . . Sir, we’ll take your watch too, if you don’t mind. Thank you, love. God bless you.”
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“You want something to drink?” Leo had had six vodka and Seven-Ups in the past few hours; Alan, one Fresca. Alan kept his eyes on Bobby Shy. “How you doing?”
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The dope. The wrong dope got the dope. Bob Hope had said that in a movie.
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There were pictures taken at a party at least eighteen or twenty years ago. Look at how young everyone looked. Good friends who were still friends, most of them.

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Feb 28, 2017

“Irene’s twenty,” Ross said, “but she’s got the mind of a fifteen-year-old. I’m sorry, what were you saying? About the plant problem.”
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“You . . . son . . . of . . . a . . . gun. So you’re normal after all. Healthy, red-blooded American boy—” He leaned against the table again. “How is she?”
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Really. You want my advice, I think you ought to clear out and let her think about it a while. You see what I mean? She’s there by herself, the house isn’t the same. It’s too quiet. She gets lonely. She thinks, maybe I was too hard on him. So he fooled around with some broad for a while. It happens. But it isn’t the end of the world.”

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jimg2000
Feb 28, 2017

“That’s what I’d do, Mitch. If I were married to Barbara I’d stay out of her way and play it very cool for a while, couple of weeks at least.” “Maybe you’re right,” Mitchell said. “Instead of hanging around and getting into arguments, try and let the thing die.” “That’d be my advice,” Ross said. He picked up the martini, leaning back in his captain’s chair. “And as you say, I’ve had a little experience with women. God help me.”
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Within a 25,000-square-foot area Ranco Manufacturing milled, bored, shaped and ground machine tool and machine accessories for the automotive industry. They turned out powered actuator clamps, cylinder rod couplers and adapters, switch actuator assemblies, transfer bar guide rolls, rest pads and bushing plate stops, locating and positioning blocks, tool block clamps, screw adjusting units, grippers, neoprene cushion conveyor rolls, vacuum lifters and handling systems, air exhaust silencers and ball swivel assemblies.

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Feb 28, 2017

“Twelve years. I’ve had some luck, John, but I’ve also worked my ass off. And the harder I work the luckier I get. I don’t expect any gifts or favors. Nothing is free. But I also don’t expect any shit from anybody. No, I take that back. I do expect it. What I mean is, when it comes it doesn’t come as a surprise. I watch where I’m walking and I don’t step in it if I can help it. Why should anybody take any shit if they can help it? John, you agree with that?”
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“I’ve learned it’s always better to stay on the ball than it is to fall off and bust your ass.”
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He felt good. He felt his confidence coming back and, with it, the beginning of an urge to get up and do something. That was the essence of the good feeling: to be able to remain calm and relax while he was keyed up and confident. Never panic. Never run. Face whatever had to be faced. Be practical, reasonable, up to a point. And if reason doesn’t work, get up and kick it in the teeth. Whatever the problem is.

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jimg2000
Feb 28, 2017

Man could be President of the United States, fxcking somebody, nobody gives a shxt. So the man’s getting something on the side, everybody say he probably needs it, don’t get enough at home.
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“Why don’t you do yourselves a favor,” Mitchell said. “Get into some other business. I don’t think you guys could sell water to somebody on fire.”
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Mitchell watched a cartoon cat chase three cartoon mice all over the house. He watched the cat get clobbered, flattened, blown up, set on fire and electrocuted and the dumb goddamned cat hardly ever got close to them.

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She was dead because of him. He didn’t drink that night in the apartment. He didn’t want to feel sorry for himself or make excuses. He wanted to think it out as it was. But all he could think of was that she was dead and there was nothing he could do to change it.

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Feb 28, 2017

But wait a minute. She wasn’t dead because of Barbara. She wasn’t dead because of his daughter or his son. He had to think about them also. How it would affect them. He had a business to run and responsibilities and, Christ, pretty soon a union contract to negotiate. He had more to consider than himself, his own feelings. Conscience said go to the police. Reason said wait, what are the consequences? What are your alternatives? The roof was coming down on him and he could yell for help or try to put it back himself.
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Simple. Find out who they are. And then kick ass.
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“I’ve never been here before,” Paonessa said. “I don’t get out to the high-rent district very often.”
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“Give me the picture.” Mitchell said to him, “If you want it, you’ll have to take it. The question is, How bad do you want it?”

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Feb 28, 2017

He flew a P-Forty-seven.” “That’s interesting,” Ross said. “You know what’s more interesting?” Barbara waited a moment. “He shot down seven German planes in less than three months.”
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“I can picture him,” Ross said, nodding. “Young and wild.” Barbara shook her head. “Quiet and calculating. He hasn’t changed that much since. Always mild-mannered, the nice guy—until someone steps over the line and challenges him.” “Or fools around with his wife.” “He’s never had to worry about that.”
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“I’m in this, Barbara. I’m not going to run, I’m not going to try and forget about it and hope it goes away. I’m going to do something.” That was exactly what she was afraid of.
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Cini seemed a long time ago. And if she were alive she could be forgotten. But because she was dead he had to remember her.
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I can talk to one person and reach an understanding. But you get a crowd involved—and three’s a crowd, buddy—then I’m never sure if they all agree with each other. You follow me?”

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Feb 28, 2017

As in his 1979 "The Switch" novel, the story was about the kidnapping of the wife of a Detroit business owner by a trio of lowlifes; similar premise but more sleaze and violent characters. And like "The Switch" which was adapted to the big screen titled "Life of Crime 2013", "52 Pickup" was adapted to a movie of the same name and rated #9 (see "Summary") from best to worst Elmore-Leonard movie adaptations in 1986 that starred Roy Scheider as the business owner, Ann Margret as his wife and John Glover as the leader of a blackmailing trio. Elmore was not just insanely good in coming up with his endless crime stories, his book titles seem enigmatic but knee slapping fitting at the end of the book.

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lukasevansherman
Apr 04, 2015

When he died in 2013, Elmore Leonard was perhaps the most famous and influential, if not the best (that would be James Ellroy), American crime writer. Even people who don't particularly like genre fiction, read Leonard. In the last few years of his life he was able to see the success of the show "Justified," perhaps the best of the many adaptations of his work. This novel from the 70s is one of his grittier, less sardonic books that has something in common with his contemporary John D. MacDonald (the Travis McGee series). It was filmed with Roy Scheider and Ann Margaret.

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Feb 28, 2017

9. “52 Pick-Up” (1986)
The story behind “52 Pick-Up” must rank as one of the strangest paths to the screen that an Elmore Leonard picture took. ... Starring Roy Scheider, Ann-Margret, Vanity, John Glover, Clarence Williams III:

http://www.indiewire.com/2013/05/from-best-to-worst-elmore-leonard-movie-adaptations-98187/

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