Search Results: "Elmore Leonard"


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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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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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OUT OF SIGHT by Elmore Leonard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A master coasting is still a master, but nobody will take this for top-drawer Leonard."
Leonard's criminal farces tend to get derailed when his hero is a lady (Maximum Bob, 1991, etc.), and it happens again in his 33rd novel, a sweetly meandering fantasy spun out of the cutest meeting on record. Read full book review >

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KILLSHOT by Elmore Leonard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 21, 1989

"One of Leonard's best, then, and certainly his finest since Glitz."
Leonard's 27th novel, and his old mastery glows as he offers yet another variation of his popular formula that pits quirky psychos against offbeat heroes. Read full book review >

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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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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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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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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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FREAKY DEAKY by Elmore Leonard
Released: May 16, 1988

"And, crucially, at bottom this is formula Leonard—a well-done variation, sure, but of a theme that's beginning to lose its bloom, if not its commercial appeal."
All the Leonard fans who wisely boycotted last year's old dog of a parable, Touch, can rest easy: this—as the high-hip title announces—is vintage (if not stellar) Elmore, another edgy tale of crime and punishment in Detroit's outer limits that crackles with cool street-smarts and dark-humored urban ironies. Read full book review >

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TISHOMINGO BLUES  by Elmore Leonard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2002

"Laid-back lowlifes struggle for power, survival, and their 15 minutes of fame in a plot as busy and chaotic as the original battle of Brice's Cross Roads."
Leonard's 37th backs smooth and easy into Tunica, Mississippi, site of the shaggiest crime tale he's spun since Maximum Bob (1991). Read full book review >

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DJIBOUTI by Elmore Leonard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Not your father's anti-terrorism yarn. Leonard's characters make James Bond look fidgety."
Leonard's company of stock character types—the veteran law enforcer, the savvy professional woman, the seen-it-all sidekick, the horny billionaire—are so cool that they can confront international terrorism without batting an eyelash. Read full book review >