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Charlie Martz and Other Stories : The Unpublished Stories
by Elmore Leonard


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A highly entertaining collection of never-before-seen stories and several previously published pieces from the bestselling master of crime fiction Elmore Leonard

Over his long and illustrious career, Elmore Leonard was recognized as one of the greatest crime writers of all time, the author of dozens of bestselling books many adapted for the big screen as well as a master of short fiction.  Read more...


 
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Overview

A highly entertaining collection of never-before-seen stories and several previously published pieces from the bestselling master of crime fiction Elmore Leonard

Over his long and illustrious career, Elmore Leonard was recognized as one of the greatest crime writers of all time, the author of dozens of bestselling books many adapted for the big screen as well as a master of short fiction. A superb stylist whose crisp, tight prose crackles with trademark wit and sharp dialogue, Leonard remains the standard for popular fiction and a literary model for writers of every genre.

Marked by his unmistakable humor and grit, the stories in this collection produced early in his career, when he was making his name particularly with westerns reveal a writer in transition. In these tales Leonard explores new voices and locations, from the bars of small border towns in New Mexico to the seedy clubs of Detroit, from a film set in Hollywood where a struggling actor collapses in a valiant death again and again to a hotel in Southern Spain where oblivious, vacationing American couples drink the night away, and even to a military base in Kuala Lumpur and a small town in Mississippi during the Civil War. The stories also introduce us to classic Leonard characters, such as aging lawman Charlie Martz, who must face an old rival who returns seeking revenge, and weary former matador Eladio Montoya, who spends exhausting days working as a migrant farmer.

Devoted Leonard aficionados and fans new to his fiction will marvel at these early works that reveal a developing artist on the cusp of greatness."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780062364920
  • ISBN-10: 0062364928
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company
  • Publish Date: June 2015
  • Page Count: 256
  • Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds


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Books > Fiction > Short Stories (single author)
Books > Fiction > Crime

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-04-06
  • Reviewer: Staff

Written while Leonard (Perfidia) held a day job as an advertising copywriter at Chevrolet, this posthumous collection showcases the early writing of the author of westerns and crime stories, revealing his particular genius in embryonic, pulpish form. Fans of Justified’s Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens will recognize his roots in straight-shooting Charlie Martz, a lawman in the New Mexico Territory who is featured in several stories. Aficionados of the classic movie westerns 3:10 to Yuma and The Tall T, both adapted from Leonard’s short stories, will find a familiar narrative in “Confession,” in which a Catholic priest defends his church against two cold-blooded outlaws. Readers familiar with the mean streets of Leonard’s Detroit will feel right at home with “One, Horizontal,” as a man seeks revenge on the mobsters responsible for crippling his brother. Tough guys, another Leonard constant, clash in “For Something to Do,” in which a veterinarian squares off against a jealous boxer over a woman. Leonard’s trademark pitch-perfect ear for dialogue is on full display with the battling husband and wife of “The Italian Cut.” And lovers of his movie-business satire, Get Shorty, will laugh knowingly at the antics of an overlooked American film extra making a sword-and-sandals epic in Spain in “The Only Good Syrian Footsoldier Is a Dead One.” Despite the occasional dips into purple prose, the 16 stories in this collection are an enjoyable illustration of a writer taking his first halting steps toward greatness. (June)

 
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