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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.
It brings back three of his most popular characters: Jack Foley from [[ASIN:0061740314 Out of Sight: A Novel]], Cundo Rey from [[ASIN:0061767697 LaBrava: A Novel]] and Dawn Navarro from [[ASIN:0062020293 Riding the Rap]].
It seems like a winning formula - bring together some classic characters from previous novels in a new location, with a new scam.
Elmore Leonard was one of a kind. I haven't read all his work but I just might. Sad there won't be anymore.Published 1 hour ago by Apen1
A kind of throw-back novel in which Leonard brings several earlier characters, each with their own agenda, into one-another's lives and watches them interact. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Dean Speir
First of all, let me say that I'm a long-time Elmore Leonard fan. I've read almost all of his books, including his westerns, and love his work. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Max R. Tomlinson
Not a great book or his best work but E.Leonard fans will enjoy it. If you don't expect too much, it is an enjoyable read.Published 3 months ago by ricky chevy
Anything Elmore Leonard writes is brilliant.Nice to meet up again with some familar characters.Sad the man has passed on and what we have is what we will be left with.Published 3 months ago by Anthony Lakides
Where would we be without friends?
Jack Foley is the most prolific bank robber of all time. Cundo Rey has a much more varied criminal record, and is extremely rich. Read more
Jack Foley, who we met a couple of decades ago in Out of Sight, is back in this 2009 novel. Towards the end of his life, Elmore Leonard frequently placed characters from previous... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Barry Rosen
Leonard Elmore had a knack for storytelling with a catchy turn of phrase and Road Dogs is yet another example. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dr. Bubba hisownself
Page turner, strong and surprising plot twists and turns. I'm going to look up more books by the same author.Published 5 months ago by Udi