Rum Punch

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Rum Punch
Rum punch first edition.jpg
Author Elmore Leonard
Country US
Publisher Delacorte Press
Publication date
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 302
ISBN ISBN 0-385-30143-X
OCLC 24671033
813/.54 20
LC Class PS3562.E55 R8 1992
For the alcoholic mixed drink, see Punch (drink)

Rum Punch is a 1992 novel written by Elmore Leonard. The novel was adapted into the film Jackie Brown (1997) by director Quentin Tarantino, although the movie changed the setting to Los Angeles.[1]

The characters Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara first appeared in Leonard's novel, The Switch, which itself has also been adapted as a film, Life of Crime, first shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, with Robbie played by Mos Def and Gara portrayed by John Hawkes.

Plot summary[edit]

Set in West Palm Beach and Miami, FL, Rum Punch follows Jackie Burke, a 44-year-old airline stewardess, who has been bringing cash into the country for a gunrunner named Ordell Robbie (whose nickname, Whitebread, comes from the fact that he's a light-skinned Black man). When the cops try to use Jackie to get at Ordell, she hatches a plan—with help from bail bondsman Max Cherry—to keep the money for herself.


  1. ^ "Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard - The Quentin Tarantino Archives". 2008-12-22. Retrieved 2011-03-09. 

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