Friday, August 23, 2013

In Remembrance



Pronto

by

Elmore Leonard

Fans of U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens of the hit TV series Justified are in for a major treat. The unstoppable manhunter with the very itchy trigger finger stars in Pronto, a crime fiction gem from the one and only Elmore Leonard, “the greatest crime writer of our time, perhaps ever” (New York Times Book Review). The Grand Master justifies the overwhelming acclaim he has received over the course of his remarkable career with an electrifying thriller that sends the indomitable Raylan racing to Italy on the trail of a fugitive bookie who’s hiding from the vengeful Miami mob. The legendary Leonard, whom the Seattle Times lauds as the “King Daddy of crime writers,” proves that all comparisons to American noir icons John D. MacDonald, Dashiell Hammett, and James M. Cain are well deserved with this tale of very dirty doings and extremely dangerous men coming together in the birthplace of Puccini, Garibaldi, and La Cosa Nostra.


Elmore “Dutch” Leonard (October 11, 1925 – August 20, 2013)
 
Leonard was an American novelist and screenwriter. His earliest novels, published in the 1950s, were Westerns, but Leonard went on to specialize in crime fiction and suspense thrillers, many of which have been adapted into motion pictures.
Among his best-known works are Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk, and Rum Punch (adapted for the movie Jackie Brown.)  Leonard's writings include short stories that became the films 3:10 to Yuma and The Tall T, as well as the current FX television series Justified.

Novels:
·        The Bounty Hunters 1953
·        The Law of Randada 1954
·        Escape From Five Shadows  1956
·        Last Stand at Saber River 1959
·        Hombre  1961
·        The Big Bounce  1969
·        The Moonshine War  1969
·        Valdez is Coming  1970
·        Forty Lashes Less One  1972
·        Mr. Majestyk  1974
·        Fifty-Two Pickup  1974
·        Swag  1976
·        Unknown Man No. 89  1977
·        The Hunted  1977
·        The Switch  1978
·        Gunsights  1979
·        City Primeval  1980
·        Gold Coast  1980
·        Split Images   1981
·        Cat Chaser  1982
·        Stick  1983
·        La Brava  1983
·        Glitz   1985
·        Bandits  1987
·        Touch  1987
·        Freaky Deaky  1988
·        Killshot   1989
·        Get Shorty  1990
·        Maximum Bob  1991
·        Rum Punch   1992
·        Pronto   1993
·        Riding the Rap   1995
·        Out of Sight  1996
·        Cuba Libre   1998
·        Be Cool  1999
·        Pagan Babies  2000
·        Tishomingo Blues   2002
·        Mr. Paradise  2004
·        A Coyote’s in the House  2004
·        The Hot Kid   2005
·        Up in Honey’s Room   2007
·        Comfort to the Enemy  2009
·        Road Dogs   2009
·        Djibouti   2010
·        Raylan   2011
 

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