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Charlie Martz and Other Stories The Unpublished Stories of Elmore Leonard by Elmore Leonard
  

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When Elmore Leonard died in 2013, he left behind a 60-year legacy of crime novels, many of which have become modern classics. He also left behind a treasure trove of unpublished early stories. Whether embodying an extra on a movie set in Spain or a desperate man out for vengeance in Detroit, these stories are endlessly entertaining - revealing a master who honed his craft from a young age, and reminding us why Leonard is so sorely missed.

If you like Elmore Leonard you might also like to read books by John Dufresne, James Lee Burke and George Pelecanos.

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Charlie Martz and Other Stories The Unpublished Stories of Elmore Leonard by Elmore Leonard

Largely written during his years as a copywriter at a Detroit advertising agency, these stories find Leonard exploring far-flung locations, from the bars of small-town New Mexico to a military base in Kuala Lumpur. They also introduce us to unforgettable Leonard characters, some of whom - like ageing lawman Charlie Martz and former matador Eladio Montoya - star in his other works but were born in these pages.

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would make a very nice Father's Day present. Hint, hint... THE HERALD (the stories) have all the hallmarks of his later career: the laconic authorial voice, the shady characters, the seedy dives. THE TIMES


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Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard wrote more than forty books during his phenomenal career. Many have been made into successful movies, including Get Shorty with John Travolta, Out of Sight with George Clooney and Rum Punch, which became Tarantino's Jackie Brown. He died in August 2013.

Elmore leonard rules for writingClick here, or the picture to download and read about Elmore Leonard's 10 rules for writing.

Below is a tribute to Elmore Leonard from Sophie Buchan, Commissioning Editor for Weidenfeld & Nicolson...

"Reading Elmore Leonard is the closest you can get to watching a movie without going to the cinema. He could sum up a character in a sentence, wrote some of the smartest dialogue ever committed to the pages of a novel and, to paraphrase his own 10 Rules of Writing, left out the bits that readers tend to skip. He famously once wrote ‘if it sounds like writing, rewrite it’. And you don’t read an Elmore Leonard novel; you live it.

Leonard’s novels will pick up you from your living room or train carriage and plonk you down in a smoke-filled backroom full of the slick-talking charlatans, plotting femmes fatales, and some of the wittiest baddies you’re likely to meet.

Publishing his novels was a joy not only because he was consistently brilliant but also because he was tremendously good fun, both on the page and in person. He surprised us constantly. At the age of 84, he delivered a novel that not only dealt with the – then – very topical Somali pirate crisis but also referenced Lady Gaga’s meat dress. I’d be lying if I said I’d expected that.

What has been unusual about the response to his death isn’t just the sheer depth of feeling but the range of people who have spoken of their admiration for this work. As tributes pour in authors including Ian Rankin, Martin Amis and Jackie Collins, I’d advise you – whatever you usually read – to discover Elmore Leonard."

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Publication date

18th June 2015

Author

Elmore Leonard

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Publisher

Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Hardback
320 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Short Story Collections

Crime & mystery

ISBN

9780297609797

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