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Just Desserts hiatus assignment: 2013 -- Elmore Leonard

November 01, 2013 by sdc

During the Nov/Dec 2013 hiatus between meetings of the Just Desserts mystery fiction discussion group, we encourage regular attendees to continue to participate as a group...but in a virtual way. While we may not have an actual meeting scheduled during these two months, this blog is available to keep everyone active with their mystery reading and discussions.

Our "hiatus author" for 2013 is Elmore Leonard, one of the most distinctive “voices” in American mystery/thriller writing of the past 50 years. Leonard began his fiction career putting out western novels, before putting out his first thriller, The Big Bounce, in 1969. Since then, Elmore Leonard was a regular fixture of the best-seller lists, and many of his novels were also turned into successful films and television series, including Mr. Majestyk, Glitz, Freaky Deaky, Get Shorty, Maximum Bob (TV series), Rum Punch (filmed as Jackie Brown), and Out of Sight (both a film and a TV series were based on this one). The current TV series Justified is based on the characters Leonard introduced in Riding the Rap and Fire in the Hole, and was continued in his final novel Raylan. [ See our Remembering...Elmore Leonard booklist on BookGuide ]

We encourage Just Desserts participants to read any mystery or thriller book by Elmore Leonard, at some point in November or December 2013, then come back here and leave a comment about whatever you read or watched, as a response to this discussion topic.

As a bit of background, here are some links to Elmore Leonard information:

·         Elmore Leonard’s official website

·         Elmore Leonard entry on Wikipedia

·         Elmore Leonard entry on the Internet Movie Database


We look forward to seeing your comments here over the course of the next two months! So…here’s your question: Which of the Elmore Leonard novels did you read, and what was your opinion?

Scott C. - Just Desserts coordinator and host

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Comments 4

Marlene said:
Read Raylan and really liked it, I am now going to check out the Justified Series.
Liz said:
We love the Justified tv series in our house, so I opted for something different and picked The Hot Kid. Turns out, it wasn't all too different from the characters on Justified. US Marshal Carl Webster had a lot in common with Raylan Givens. Overall, the book was great and I'd recommend it, but I would have liked less similaries to the Justified folks.
Cathy Tallon said:
I picked up a book at the library sale called Cuba Libre by Leonard. It's the start of the Spanish-American War with the sinking of the Maine. A young cowboy named Ben Tyler goes to Cuba with a friend to sell some horses. His friend is also smuggling guns. He falls in love with the mistress of a rich American planter, is forced into a gun fight and thrown in prison. The book describes all the various interest groups in Cuba. It was ok but not my favorite type of book. On the other hand, what was going on in Cuba at that time was interesting.
Pat said:
I read 52 Pick-up and enjoyed it somewhat. Leonard's style isn't my favorite and I had a hard time caring what happened to the characters. But I'm glad I gave him another try because I liked it much better than I expected to. I should try a couple more....

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