One of the benefits to working at Book Store is tear-offs. If a paperback isn't selling and the store needs to make room for something that is (or that they think will), they tear off the cover and drop it in a box so we can take them if we want. I took a handful a while ago, and this was the cream of the crop.
Most of us are familiar with Elmore Leonard because he wrote Get Shorty, Be Cool, Jackie Brown, and Out of Sight, which became a movie with something called "Jennifer Lopez" in it. Leonard's known for tough guys and snappy dialogue, and he delivers in The Hot Kid. There isn't anything groundbreaking here, just solid storytelling and fun.