The Enduring Appeal of Elmore Leonard, Deputy US M...

“You make a threatening move I’ll shoot you through the heart.” Elmore Leonard wrote some of the classic crime novels of the twentieth century. Notably inspired by Higgins’s THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE, (1972), Leonard was an adept dialogue writer and master of the tight scene. I’ll use Leonard’s character Raylan Givens, one of his great characters, to exemplify his use of the Western inside the body of crime fiction. Raylan Givens first appeared in Elmore Leonard’s novel PRONTO (1993). His short story “Fire in the Hole” (2012) then became the basis for the television series Justified. He also appeared in the novels RIDING THE...

The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard Jun16

The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard

I first discovered Elmore Leonard as a teenager when the movie version of GET SHORTY came out.  I loved the movie so much that I read the book, then fell in love even more with Leonard’s no-nonsense writing style, crackling dialogue, and twisty underworld crime plots.  This sent me on a hunt to gobble up as many of Leonard’s crime novels as I could find.  RUM PUNCH, MAXIMUM BOB, KILL SHOT, OUT OF SIGHT, and so on and so on and so on. I had been aware that Leonard started as a Western writer, but had never really been interested in the genre and skipped over that part of his bibliography. I’m not sure why, but Westerns just never really...

Home Entertainment Release Recap for October 28th,...

An old feature returns. Starting today, we will give you a look at the notable home entertainment releases that are either crime related or simply pique our interest. This week’s releases include the characters of Agatha Christie, PD James, John Le Carre, Jonathon Gash, Ann Cleeves, Elmore Leonard and Marcus Sakey. Also of note is Shout! Factory’s WKRP IN CINCINNATI: The Complete Series release that features most of the original music. A MOST WANTED MAN (2014) Grigoriy Dobrygin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Homayoun Ershadi, Mehdi Dehbi, Neil Malik Abdullah Format: DVD ($26.98), Blu-ray ($29.99) Extra: The Making of A Most Wanted...

Elmore Leonard’s birthday Oct11

Elmore Leonard’s birthday

On this day, in 1925, Elmore Leonard was born in New Orleans, Louisiana . As most of you will know, Mr. Leonard went on to provide inspiration, and advice, to generations of crime writers,as well as some film makers, and created some of the more memorable characters in the genre. Over the course of 58 years, Mr. Leonard published 45 novels. They earned him numerous awards, including The Hammett, Edgar, Peabody and F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Award. The Mystery Writers of America bestowed upon him the title of Grand Master, the Crime Writers Association presented to him the Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifetime’s achievement and, in 2013, the...

Elmore Leonard’s 52 PICK-UP coming to Blu-ra...

Kino will be bringing John Frankenheimer’s 52 PICK-UP to Blu-ray. The film, which stars Roy Scheider, Ann-Margret, Vanity, John Glover, and Kelly Preston, will be released on February 24th. Based on Elmore Leonard’s exciting bestseller, director John Frankenheimer’s star-filled 52 Pick-Up evokes the chilling reminder that if you have a lot, you have a lot to lose… Life is good for Los Angeles entrepreneur Harry Mitchell (Roy Scheider) – business is great, his home is beautiful, and his wife (Ann-Margret) just might land a seat on the city council. But Harry’s life suddenly spins out of control when a trio...