The Hot Kid

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"The Hot Kid" by Elmore Leonard (book cover)

The Hot Kid is a novel written by popular, contemporary crime-fiction author Elmore Leonard. It was released in 2005.

The Hot Kid
Author Elmore Leonard
Country United States
Language English
Genre Thriller, Novel
Publisher William Morrow, Phoenix, HarperTorch
Publication date
May 10, 2005
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
ISBN 0-06-072422-6
Preceded by Cuba Libre
Followed by Up In Honey's Room

Plot summary[edit]

This fictional story is set during The Great Depression and follows the career of Carl (Carlos) Webster, a crack shot, well respected, and mannerful lawman who killed his first criminal at the ripe age of fifteen. The reader follows Carlos' career as he begins a long dance of death with Jack Belmont, an ambitious criminal who wants to become public enemy number one. The story follows other characters like Louly Brown, a woman who loves Carlos, but wants to be known as Pretty Boy Floyd's gal. There's also writer Tony Antonelli, of True Detective magazine, who wants to write like a pro, and wishes Elodie, a gal he likes, wasn't a whore. The novel is full of grade-A action and violence perpetrated through criminals, lawmen, Tommy guns, bank robberies, hot cars, all falling against the backdrop of Prohibition.

Carl Webster is presented as the son of Virgil Webster, introduced in Leonard's 1998 novel Cuba Libre. Both men reappear in Leonard's 2007 novel Up In Honey's Room.

Real life contemporary bank robbers who make an appearance in the novel include Bonnie and Clyde, Pretty Boy Floyd, Machine Gun Kelly, John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson


Janet Maslin of the New York Times described the book as 'far from being an exercise in nostalgia, this book reinvigorates what Mr. Leonard might have experienced at his most impressionable: the mythmaking process that turned commonplace crooks into figures of folklore'[1]


  1. ^ Maslin, Janet. BOOKS OF THE TIMES; Robbers, Coppers And Lucky Strikes Published: May 2, 2005. Retrieved on 2010-04-02.

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