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Questions for Elmore Leonard
Q:Where did the inspiration for the title Road Dogs come from?
A: Road Dogs was on a list of prison expressions my researcher Gregg Sutter got for me: inmates who watch each other’s back. I liked the sound of the words together.
Q: What made you decide to bring back Jack Foley, Cundo Rey, and Dawn Navarro now? What is it about these three characters that stuck with you through the years?
A: Foley was played by George Clooney in Out of Sight. I imagined George in the scenes I wrote and it worked. Dawn Navarro was the psychic in Riding the Rap, a supporting character ready for a leading role. Cundo Rey from LaBrava, another favorite of mine, also deserved a bigger role, so I brought him back..
Q: Any chance Foley and the woman he loves, Federal Marshal Karen Sisco, will be back in the near future?
A: I’m not sure Foley is up to robbing another bank. But Karen Sisco, the federal marshal in Out of Sight, could show up again; maybe working for her dad, a private investigator.
Q: One of the hallmarks of your writing is your gift for the telling detail. When Foley is offering Cundo Rey’s money man, Jimmy, some advice about his skimming, he tells him that Cundo won’t kill him, but he might “break your legs with a José Canseco bat.” That’s one of those small yet wonderfully deft touches that adds color without slowing the pace. How do you do this so well?
A: Realism is the key to my style of writing and dialogue is what keeps it moving, always in live scenes. Rather than use my voice, my language, to describe what’s going on, I let the characters tell who they are and what they’re up to by the way they talk. Scenes are written from a character’s point of view, never mine.
Q: Many of your characters are working class stiffs and tough, intelligent broads. What draws you to these kind of characters? What do you think accounts for their popularity?
A: My women often upstage the guys; they’re natural, their own person, while my cops and criminals talk the way I’ve observed them through research and being on the scene.
Q: What’s next for Elmore Leonard?
A: Next comes Djibouti, with Dara Barr, a documentary filmmaker with the Somali pirates off the coast of East Africa.
How did he ever get a name like Elmore. It is so cool, that he didn't Mark Twain it. One of his better books. I've read a number.Published 5 days ago by Bruce Clemens
In Road Dogs Elmore Leonard returns to his favorite bank robber, Jack Foley(Out Of Sight). Foley, serving 30 years now at a maximum prison meets a fellow jailer in Cundo Rey. Read morePublished 1 month ago by B-Goody
What can I say? I love Elmore. His strange blend of past and present tense in his prose is uniquely his. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tom Pitts
Leonard mixes the right amount of comic personality and street smart hustle to captivate and humor in this tale of ex cons released to a world of crazy characters.Published 2 months ago by Binnalli
When you're suffering from 'Readers Block', Leonard is just the ticket. Improbable but entertaining, the dialogue is spectacular as always. Read morePublished 2 months ago by James M. Prokes
Elmore Leonard's (1925 -- August 20, 2013) novel "Road Dogs" (2009) was a late work, written when the author was in his 80s. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robin Friedman
Cundo and Foley are "Road Dogs," two guys in prison that watch each other's backs. They walk the yard and chatter to each other. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dave Wilde
This was a great story - read/told very well. We took it on a long road trip and it was entertaining and made the miles melt away. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pherrell Bowen
Could Msgr. William Easton in chapter 22 be Father Terry Dunn back from Africa, "Pagan Babies" in 2002? Ten Our Fathers and ten Hail Marys penance for illegal activities. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Steve P