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I love this kind of Elmore Leonard.
Leonard's lingo is still all there, but there's a bit too much of it: Most of the book is dialog, lacking the interactive texture and rhythm of Leonard's hip narrator.
He sets up a great story with an assortment of odd characters, an offbeat premise, and tangy dialogue.
This was the second book I read on making a return to the great Elmore - following his death - but it was alas tedious; there were extreme longeurs - all about the American Civil... Read morePublished 2 months ago by jeremy f gordin
Going back through my library of Elmore Leonard books -- picking out old favorites to read. Can't believe he's gone. What a legacy of material he's left for us to enjoy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by C.L. Richmond
With its combination of high divers, Detroit con men, hard up waitresses with love in their hearts, casino denizens and good ole boys all wrapped up as Civil War Reenactors,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by tony covatta
my first Elmore Leonard book. I will look for more. A quick and gripping read, and I cared about the charactersPublished 5 months ago by Jason Wrigley
but this one wasn't up to Get Shorty or some of his more popular books. It was a good read, but not a "Couldn't put it down" er.Published 9 months ago by RJK
Civil war re-enactments are still as popular as ever especially in the south, which is a major theme in Leonard's novel. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Claudette Cleveland
This was actually the first Elmore Leonard novel that I read back when it first came out a decade ago. At the time I didn't think much of it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by J. Norburn
A high dive performer is on the top of his 80 foot dive platform preparing for his opening act. As he looks down he sees two men kill another man. Read morePublished 22 months ago by David I. Williams
The story just plodded along & although I found the characters to be well developed; I was just plain bored throughout most of the book. Read morePublished 24 months ago by J. Ferris