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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch; Reprint edition (November 5, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380822334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380822331
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 BrownJustified, 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.


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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.

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Fast reading and a good story.
John C Collins
As always, Elmore Leonard does a first rate job of putting pen to paper and writing a great story.
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His sense of timing and character development are excellent.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Writetrak on November 9, 2009
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Forty Lashes Less One is the kind of book that hooks you from the start. It's the semi-old west (1909) but with more grit and true tone than you can find in most other gun totin' tales.
But then what can you expect from Elmore Leonard who gave us Valdez is Coming, 3:10 to Yuma, Hombre, The Tonto Woman and so many other good westerns?
For any of those high brow readers out there who think that westerns are beneath them then it might be worthwhile if they stuck their noses in a Leonard western if only to find out what good writing should and can be.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Al Jablonski on August 12, 2007
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Though written over 20 years ago, this Leonard novel crackles with crisp ,lively characters that made the old west, young, raw and exciting.
It is an easy and entertaining read...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike H on August 18, 2012
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Who else but Elmore Leonard could conceptualize and write a story like this? It was impossible to put down. Seemingly mundane characters should hook you as you follow their strange motivations. As always, Leonard's dialogue and description are fantastic (I cracked up when one of his characters casually observed a convict as having a beard that looked like the ass fur of a sick dog). Set in 1909 in Yuma Territorial Prison, Leonard throws in his literary belnder a black con, a half-breed Indian-Mexican, an important yardbird villain and his gang, a superintendent/evangelist, a whore, and some trippy guards and creates something typically and palpably offbeat. I thought the conclusion was a bit unrealistic and hokey, yet somehow satisfying. Leonard redefined the Western genre. It's an incredibly fast read -- and well worth your time to see for yourself. Want to burn a day or so and get lost in a book? This fits the bill. Enjoy it. It would be hard not to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Steinemann on February 4, 2014
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In “Forty Lashes Less One” (1972) Elmore Leonard weaves a tale about racial prejudice and human nature: Bible thumper meets convicts. Just when you think you know how it will end, Leonard surprises you. I enjoyed the novel, and I’d recommend it to any reader who enjoys Westerns or stories about prison life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bordeaux Dogue on December 22, 2013
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As all Leonard's novels, but somewhat clichee'd.

Too obvious, too straightforward, in terms of scope and characters.

An enjoyable, easy read, but absolutely nothing to write home about.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By William J. Tennison on September 30, 2003
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I have gotten hooked on Leonard's earlier works. His sense of timing and character development are excellent.
He is a great story teller. His subject matter is always plausible. He takes average everyday people and makes them interesting characters.
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By Bob on July 14, 2014
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Good western in confined spaces. This book has the perfect balance of action and humor. Elmore was a very gifted author.
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The story is mainly about two prisoners in a Yuma jail who, due to their race, are victimized by several other inmates (who are planning a jail break). Due to a well-meaning warden the two victimized inmates are brought together and eventually face their common enemy. The story, for the most part, moves at a good pace. There were a few slow moving parts but it didn't terribly detract from the story. The dialogue and character development were quite good - usually true for Elmore Leonard stories. Overall an entertaining story but not one of Leonard's best.
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