Search Results: "Elmore Leonard"


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ROAD DOGS by Elmore Leonard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 12, 2009

"What works best are the matchless incidental pleasures Leonard's world always provides, from lightning-fast descriptions to bull's-eye dialogue, as when Cundo complains about Dawn's nagging: 'Eight years inside I dream about her. I come out, she acts like she's my wife.'"
Leonard throws together three battle-hardened survivors from his earlier capers, with predictably unpredictable results. Read full book review >

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THE HOT KID by Elmore Leonard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2005

"The whole sepia-toned caravan, in fact, is so relaxed that even the most violent felonies may leave you smiling. Leonard's gentle epic is as restorative as a month in the country."
Leonard's 40th novel sweetly revisits the Depression, when every Oklahoma kid dreamed of growing up to be a lawman or a gangster. Read full book review >

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CHARLIE MARTZ AND OTHER STORIES by Elmore Leonard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"Not by any means apprentice work—Leonard's first four novels appeared over the same period as these stories—but interesting mostly for the signs and promises of the author's future laconic command of dialogue and action and his knowing, lazy, wryly amused trademark voice."
Fifteen mostly unpublished stories—Westerns, war stories, dispatches from Detroit—written in the 1950s. Read full book review >

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RUM PUNCH by Elmore Leonard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 3, 1992

"Like the title says, it's a heady brew."
Leonard's 30th novel—a thicket of sting and countersting—finds him in fine fettle, his piquant characters aging along with him but losing none of their edge as they look for that one big score before death shuts them down. Read full book review >

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GLITZ by Elmore Leonard
Released: Feb. 28, 1984

Like so many other talented suspense writers—Ross Macdonald, Dick Francis, P. D. James, Ruth Rendell—Leonard has won mainstream acclaim late in his career, with some of his earlier work (e.g., Unknown Man No. 89, 1977) outclassing his recent, much-touted output. Read full book review >

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MR. PARADISE by Elmore Leonard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"This time, in fact, the hero and heroine have a pretty easy time of it. Nice for them, anyway."
Leonard (Tishomingo Blues, 2001, etc.) returns to his Detroit roots for another unlikely romance amid the thorns of crime. Read full book review >

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52 PICKUP by Elmore Leonard
Released: April 15, 1974

"Mitchell is one of those stubborn, unintimidatable types who likes to handle things alone without benefit of counsel or the police and the story Leonard tells is new enough to be different — an armtwisting pageturner of considerable excitement."
Mitchell, a man of wealth even if it's all tied up in his automobile accessory plant, commits one of those meaningless indiscretions after 22 years of marriage in the form of Cini whom he picks up in a bar-brothel. Read full book review >

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THE TONTO WOMAN by Elmore Leonard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 1998

"Still, these lean and stirring action stories are among the best of Leonard's long career."
Superb rawhide shoot-'em-ups from Leonard's early years that not only stand tall beside his bestselling crime fiction (Out of Sight, 1996, etc.) but might even revive the moribund western literary genre. Read full book review >

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RAYLAN by Elmore Leonard
Released: Jan. 31, 2012

"A master's valedictory canter around a familiar track—an unimpressive job of carpentry that's still treasurable for Leonard's patented dialogue and some truly loopy situations handled with deadpan brio."
Raylan Givens, the U.S. Marshal who brought law and order to Pronto (1993), is back in a series of three interlinked stories disguised as a novel. Read full book review >

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PRONTO by Elmore Leonard
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Spaghetti western a la Leonard—full of gusto and not to be missed."
Leonard toys with the crime genre now like an old tomcat with a favorite ball—batting it around with languid, skilled strokes, putting on nifty new spins. Read full book review >

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CUBA LIBRE by Elmore Leonard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 1998

"Top entertainment from the pro's pro (Out of Sight, 1996, etc.): a million greedy schemes with time-outs for war and sex."
Leonard goes back to his mots, and modern America's, in this rollicking Cuban western/suspenser, to be published on the 100th anniverary of the U.S.S. Maine's explosion. Read full book review >

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BE COOL by Elmore Leonard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 9, 1999

Nine years after his farcical conquest of Hollywood in Get Shorty, former loan shark Chili Palmer aims to scale equally unlikely new heights as a music producer. Read full book review >