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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062120344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062120342
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

From the Back Cover

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.


More About the Author

Elmore Leonard wrote forty-five novels and nearly as many western and crime short stories across his highly successful career that spanned more than six decades. Some of his bestsellers include Road Dogs, Up in Honey's Room, The Hot Kid, Mr. Paradise, Tishomingo Blues, and the critically acclaimed collection of short stories Fire in the Hole. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Rum Punch, which became Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown. Justified, the hit series from FX, is based on Leonard's character Raylan Givens, who appears in Riding the Rap, Pronto, Raylan and the short story "Fire in the Hole". He was a recipient of the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA, and the Grand Master Award of the Mystery Writers of America. He was known to many as the 'Dickens of Detroit' and was a long-time resident of the Detroit area.

Customer Reviews

Each story is entertaining and has the Elmore Leonard style.
PtExplorer
Got this originally to read the story "Fire in The Hole", to see what started the tv series Justified.
Linda A. Adams
Very good collection of quick reading, we'll written short stories.
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102 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book has actually been printed before under a different title a few years ago "When the Women Come Out to Dance". Stories are exactly the same, in the same order, with nothing new added, just a different title "Fire in the Hole".

I read "When the Women..." a while back but I remember liking it, so if you haven't read that then picking that up or this new edition of it is worth it. It includes the short story that led to the Tim Olyphant FX series "Justified" if you're a fan of that.

But for fans of Elmore Leonard, don't be fooled by the title, the master has not written a new book here, it's just the publisher trying to make a quick buck.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Michael Chaney on January 25, 2012
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I've read and re-read each story in this collection 3 or 4 times. Each is a gem. I can't remember a short story collection as well done.

Today, and for the last 20 years or so, crime fiction is all about plot. Guys who write poorly--who fill page after page with cringe-inducing phrases and dialogue unlike the way anyone actually speaks--become the biggest sellers, while a guy like Elmore Leonard, America's best writer, wows the critics and sells far fewer books. Still always on the Best Seller list, but with modest sales relative to his genius, a sad fact that says a lot more about American readers than it does about Leonard.

If you want Hemingway-caliber writing, but with humor and pitch perfect dialogue, Elmore's your man. And this short story collection is a good place to start.

I can't find a cut and paste-able version of the collection from which to post an excerpt, but for those unfamiliar with Leonard, here's a small taste from his book Pagan Babies.

<< THE CHURCH HAD BECOME a tomb where forty-seven bodies turned to leather and stains had been lying on the concrete floor the past five years, though not lying where they had been shot with Kalashnikovs or hacked to death with machetes. The benches had been removed and the bodies reassembled: men, women and small children laid in rows of skulls and spines, femurs, fragments of cloth stuck to mummified remains, many of the adults missing feet, all missing bones that had been carried off by scavenging dogs. >>
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Karl Janssen on June 7, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This collection of short stories by Elmore Leonard was first published in 2002 under the title When the Women Come Out to Dance. Due to the success of the TV series Justified, it has been re-released under the title Fire in the Hole, as it includes the story of that name on which the TV show is based. "Fire in the Hole" is the only one of the nine stories in this collection to feature Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, but it is the one of the longest stories in the book and clearly the best. Raylan was previously featured in Leonard's novels Pronto and Riding the Rap. The former is much better than the latter, but "Fire in the Hole" tops them both. Raylan, who has served the U.S. Marshal Service in Miami for several years, is sent back to Harlan County, Kentucky, where he was born and raised, to take part in a task force aiming to take down Raylan's former friend Boyd Crowder, a white supremacist who robs banks and blows up churches. This is an excellent ensemble piece populated with all manner of intriguing redneck, good ol' boy, and latter-day cowboy lawman characters who exchange generous helpings of Leonard's delightfully scripted hillbilly repartee. It is a riveting ride, alternately comical and suspenseful. The story will be familiar to those who watch Justified, as the first few episodes of season one were quite faithful to Leonard's original narrative. Reading Leonard's incarnation of the story is a joy and a revelation.

Miami-based Marshal Karen Cisco has also had her own TV show and movie (Out of Sight). She's featured here in the story "Karen Makes Out," in which she finally finds a man she thinks she can fall in love with, only to discover soon after that he's a suspect in a series of bank robberies.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 18, 2012
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Turns out it was just a reprint of an old book that I already had. They changed the name and publication date so you would buy it again - and to tie in with the TV series that features the main character in one of the short stories (Fire in the Hole). If you have been an Elmore Leonard fan for a long time, you probably already have it. If not, it is probably worth the price.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By David on March 4, 2012
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This same volume of stories--some of which are excellent--was previously issued (and not very long ago) as When the Women Come Out to Dance. The new title is to cash in on the success of the tv show Justified by highlighting the one story (of 9) involving the lead character of that show, Raylan Givens. I think that is somewhat unethical, despite the small print reference to the prior title on the edge of the cover (compared to the much more prominent reference to "Featuring Raylan Givens from the FX Series Justified", as if he were in more than 1 story).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Hatch on May 21, 2012
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Elmore Leonard must be having more fun than he ever dreamed possible being a producer for the TV show "Justified." And the title story, "Fire in the Hole" is how it all begins. "Out of Sight" is also featured, and if anyone wants to learn how to write good dialog, read more of Mr. Leonard. His old westerns are also legend.
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