By EW Staff
March 31, 2009 at 05:00 PM EDT

Attention, Elmore Leonard fans! Road Dogs, the new novel by the modern master of the hardboiled crime caper, goes on sale on May 12, but you can read the first eight chapters right now, only on EW.com.

Road Dogs marks the return of small-time hood Jack Foley, the protagonist of Leonard’s 1996 novel Out of Sight. (The 1998 film adaptation, starring George Clooney as Foley and Jennifer Lopez as the U.S. Marshall on his trail, earned the top spot on our list of the Sexiest Movies Ever.)

To build buzz for the book’s debut, publisher HarperCollins is inviting fans to create the book’s official trailer. (Never heard of a book trailer? We hadn’t either, but a quick Google search turned up this one for Nora Roberts’ Tribute and another for Stephen King’s Duma Key.)

The creator of the winning clip, to be chosen by Leonard, will win an autographed copy of the book and a Kindle stocked with the author’s entire catalog.

Feeling inspired by the our exclusive sneak peek? Read up on the rules and find out how to submit your clip on the official Road Dogs site.

More on Elmore Leonard:
Photo gallery: The Sexiest Movies Ever
Movie review: Out of Sight
Book review: Get Shorty
Movie review: The Big Bounce
Movie review: Jackie Brown

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