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The Bounty Hunters [Mass Market Paperback]

Elmore Leonard
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March 14 2002
The old Apache renegade Soldado Viejo is hiding out in Mexico, and the Arizona Department Adjutant has selected two men to hunt him down. One -- Dave Flynn -- knows war, the land, and the nature of his prey. The other is a kid lieutenant named Bowers. But there's a different kind of war happening in Soyopa. And if Flynn and his young associate choose the wrong allies -- and the wrong enemy -- they won't be getting out alive.


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Elmore Leonard has written more than three dozen books during his highly successful writing career, including the national bestsellers Mr. Paradise, Pagan Babies, and Get Shorty. Many of his novels have been made into movies, including Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Valdez Is Coming, and Rum Punch (as Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown). He has been named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and lives in Bloomfield Village, Michigan, with his wife.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good showing by Leonard Oct. 16 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It isn't very often that I get time to read fiction anymore, but when I read a good book I feel a certain responsibility to let people know about it. I'm James Drury, and I've played in plenty of Western shows myself. For those of you who don't know me I portrayed The Virginian on NBC television for many years. So I hope that qualifies me to leave a review on a Western book. Of course I could say the same thing about any Elmore Leonard book I've had the pleasure of reading, but the Bounty Hunters was great. It was short and to the point, but Leonard has this way of giving you such a great feel for the country and old West settings it just makes the book pleasant. He excels at making us see what he does in very few words. I have read all of the Western novels of Kirby Jonas on audio, and while I of course think he is my favorite author of Westerns, I have to say I have never read a bad Elmore Leonard book, and The Bounty Hunters is no exception. I don't know Leonard's history as far as how he does his research. I know Kirby Jonas lived in southeast Arizona when he was working on his first books, however, and it seems to me that Leonard has done a large amount of work in getting the facts about the Arizona and Mexico country down pat. I guess I've gotten into the habit of comparing every Western author not to Louis L'Amour but to Kirby Jonas, and although I would never put Leonard above Jonas I would sure say his books would "do to ride the river," with Jonas', so to speak. Give the Bounty Hunters a try. Right now I'm starting into Escape from Five Shadows, and it already holds great promise!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MAKES YOU WANT MORE LEONARD!!!! Oct. 7 2002
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Dave Flynn is sent to bring the Apache Soldado Viejo out of Mexico and to Arizona. He is ordered to take a new Lt., R D Bowers wtih him. Viejo will be hard to find and harder to bring back. They are sent by Colonel Deneen. He has a grudge against Flynn from years ago. They are aided by Joe Madora, a scout friend of Flynns. Besides Viejo they run into Curt Lazair, a scalp hunter. He takes Mexican scalps and swears they are Apache, in order to get the bounty. There is also a crooked Lt. with soldiers under his command. This Lt. is buying the scalps from Lazair. It all comes together pretty quickly at the end. Does Bowers come through? Will Flynn and company find Viejo and Lazair? What finally happenes to Deneen? The book is fairly fast moving, it will hold your attention. If you like a western with a lot of gun fights, Indians and good and bad Mexicans, you will like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Dutch Jan. 19 2014
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Not much to say. Dutch can tell a story like no other! I've enjoyed every one of his Western novels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good showing by Leonard Oct. 16 2002
By James Drury - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It isn't very often that I get time to read fiction anymore, but when I read a good book I feel a certain responsibility to let people know about it. I'm James Drury, and I've played in plenty of Western shows myself. For those of you who don't know me I portrayed The Virginian on NBC television for many years. So I hope that qualifies me to leave a review on a Western book. Of course I could say the same thing about any Elmore Leonard book I've had the pleasure of reading, but the Bounty Hunters was great. It was short and to the point, but Leonard has this way of giving you such a great feel for the country and old West settings it just makes the book pleasant. He excels at making us see what he does in very few words. I have read all of the Western novels of Kirby Jonas on audio, and while I of course think he is my favorite author of Westerns, I have to say I have never read a bad Elmore Leonard book, and The Bounty Hunters is no exception. I don't know Leonard's history as far as how he does his research. I know Kirby Jonas lived in southeast Arizona when he was working on his first books, however, and it seems to me that Leonard has done a large amount of work in getting the facts about the Arizona and Mexico country down pat. I guess I've gotten into the habit of comparing every Western author not to Louis L'Amour but to Kirby Jonas, and although I would never put Leonard above Jonas I would sure say his books would "do to ride the river," with Jonas', so to speak. Give the Bounty Hunters a try. Right now I'm starting into Escape from Five Shadows, and it already holds great promise!
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MAKES YOU WANT MORE LEONARD!!!! Oct. 7 2002
By Mac Blair - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dave Flynn is sent to bring the Apache Soldado Viejo out of Mexico and to Arizona. He is ordered to take a new Lt., R D Bowers wtih him. Viejo will be hard to find and harder to bring back. They are sent by Colonel Deneen. He has a grudge against Flynn from years ago. They are aided by Joe Madora, a scout friend of Flynns. Besides Viejo they run into Curt Lazair, a scalp hunter. He takes Mexican scalps and swears they are Apache, in order to get the bounty. There is also a crooked Lt. with soldiers under his command. This Lt. is buying the scalps from Lazair. It all comes together pretty quickly at the end. Does Bowers come through? Will Flynn and company find Viejo and Lazair? What finally happenes to Deneen? The book is fairly fast moving, it will hold your attention. If you like a western with a lot of gun fights, Indians and good and bad Mexicans, you will like this.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent novel debut Jan. 24 2008
By Matt M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is actually the first Elmore Leonard novel I've read despite having been a fan of several films based on his crime novels rather than his westerns (e.g., Out of Sight, Jackie Brown, Get Shorty). I was in the mood for a western, however, so I picked this one up. For a novel released in 1953, I certainly wasn't expecting something this dark and violent. The Bounty Hunters seems to anticipate the spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone by over a decade. The story is fairly simple, but it's handled so capably that it still feels fresh over fifty years later. The only problems I had with the story were the stereotypical representations of the Apaches and the Mexicans. What helps to offset this, however, is that the titular bounty hunters are, in fact, the most evil sons of guns in the entire book. They're characters you can't wait to see get their bloody comeuppance. Honestly, by the end, I was cheering for the Apaches,--lead Apache Soldado is such an intelligent and capable character that I found it hard not to cheer for him--and I believe Leonard has a bit of admiration for them himself. (Whether or not that admiration translates into a balanced depiction is another matter entirely.) I highly enjoyed this book, and I look forward to reading more of Leonard's western fiction. Who knows; maybe I'll eventually get around to reading some of his crime novels.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elmore Leonard sure can write July 15 2005
By Gary F. - Published on Amazon.com
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Besides writting great modern day novels Elmore Leonard can and does wirte great Westerns. "The Bounty Hunter" is a great read. I believe this was one of his frist novels if not the first. Keep up the good work Elmore. It is a pleasure to read anything you write.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leonard's First Novel Feb. 18 2012
By David I. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The Bounty Hunters was Elmore Leonard's first novel. He had published a number of short stories in Western magazines before this. As a writer of westerns he was brilliant. The love of character is evident from this first novel.
The Bounty Hunters follows Dave Flynn, former cavalry officer turned scout as he leads a young lieutenant into Mexico on the trail of an Apache war chief. Along the way they encounter American scalp hunters who work for the local Mexican commander. Trouble with these scalp hunters is that they aren't particular with whose scalps they take. A young woman, the daughter of a friend, is taken by the scalp hunters and Flynn goes after them.
All the classic western themes are here. The rugged individual, the dangerous situations. We have good guys, we have bad guys, and in the end both the good guys and bad guys get their reward. Bounty Hunters delivers all that could be expected from a western written by Elmore Leonard.
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