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Fire In The Hole: Stories [Paperback]

Elmore Leonard
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Dec 28 2011

“[Leonard’s] most satisfying book since Out of Sight….Top-notch work from one of our most gifted and consistently entertaining writers.”
New York Times Book Review

“Vintage Leonard….Nine stories with booze and shotguns and lowlifes…and lots of scenes that ought to be in movies.”
Detroit Free Press

Originally published as When the Women Came Out to Dance, Elmore Leonard’s extraordinary story collection, Fire in the Hole reconfirms his standing as the “King Daddy of crime writers” (Seattle Times)—a true Grand Master in the legendary company of John D. MacDonald, Dashiell Hammett, and James M. Cain. These nine riveting tales of crime and (sometimes) punishment—including the title story starring U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, which was the basis for the smash hit TV series Justified—feature all the elements that have made the great Elmore Leonard great: superb writing, unforgettable characters, breathtaking twists, and the sharpest, coolest dialogue in the mystery-thriller genre.

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“If Leonard were a new kid instead of a past master, this fiction collection would make his name.” (People)

“Rummaging through Leonard’s attic via these nine stories revives some fond memories and turns up a couple of forgotten treasures.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Elmore Leonard’s 39th book ...finds one of America’s most accomplished novelists presenting his most accomplished female characters in years.” (USA Today)

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In this superb short fiction collection, Elmore Leonard, “the greatest crime writer of our time, perhaps ever” (New York Times Book Review), once again illustrates how the line between the law and the lawbreakers is not as firm as we might think. In the title story, the basis for the hit FX series Justified, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens meets up with an old friend, but they’re now on different sides of the law. Federal marshal Karen Sisco, from Out of Sight, returns in “Karen Makes Out,” once again inadvertently mixing pleasure with business. In “When the Women Come Out to Dance,” Mrs. Mahmood gets more than she bargains for when she conspires with her maid to end her unhappy marriage.

These nine stories are the great Elmore Leonard at his vivid, hilarious, and unfailingly human best.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic stories Feb. 7 2012
By Lawman
What can I say about Elmore Leonard that hasn't been said. A series of entertaining short stories by America's greatest story-teller. Has the beginnings of U.S. Marshall Raylan Givens for Justified fans and collectors. Highly recommend!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read June 16 2014
By Dee Dee
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Short stories with clever twists and dialogue. A must read for fans of Justified. I really enjoyed this collection immensely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elmore Leonard Great as Always May 22 2014
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Big fan of Elmore Leonard, and really like the TV series, so this one was a no brainer for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Elmore Leonard At His Best March 5 2014
By David
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I've always been a fan of Elmore Leonard's writing, his gritty underworld characters are minimally described, but show themselves to be amoral by their actions toward other humans. A fast read, good plot.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok read May 11 2013
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couple good stories, but some were no more than table scraps
touches on being dark, but nothing that would make you go wow in today's world
feels like scripts for tv drama
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