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Longtime fans will recognize some familiar faces, including the U.S. marshals Raylan Givens, from 1993's Pronto and 1995's Riding the Rap, and Karen Sisco, from 1996's Out of Sight (played by J. Lo in the movie). But whether familiar or new, the people in these stories lunge off the page and seize you by the lapels. Nobody writes character and dialogue like Leonard. In fact, several tales feature some rural white-trash bad guys who are so utterly plausible that you'll look over your shoulder next time you drive a country road.
The short story format suits Leonard's stripped-down style beautifully. While one or two of the slimmer pieces feel a bit disposable, all nine are engaging, and the best are breathtakingly good--the crispest, best- plotted stuff Leonard has published in years. --Nicholas H. Allison
Reading this book is a little like being in the Marvel Universe. Here we find characters from other Leonard novels. Karen Sisco from Out of Sight and the TV show is here. Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2003 by JR Pinto
Imagine nine pieces of the best candy you've ever eaten. You try to take your time, but find you eat them much too quickly. They are gone too soon. You wish there were more. Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2003 by John Bowes
Will somebody please let me know when a better writer than Elmore comes along? The short story is a difficult vehicle to create and resolve a mystery, yet the form proves no... Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2003 by D. Sean Brickell
If you are a fan of Elmore Leonard's novels, you will enjoy this collection. In his novels, the essence of the characters is revealed by what they say and how they say it. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2003
Others have already sung the praises of most of the stories in this collection. I want to correct an oversight. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2003 by Jonathan Rickard