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A collection of fifteen stories, eleven of which have never been previously published, from the early career of bestselling American master 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 crackled with trademark wit and sharp dialogue, Leonard remains the standard for crime fiction and a literary model for writers of every genre.

Marked by his unmistakable grit and humor, the stories in Charlie Martz and Other Stories—produced early in his career, when he was making his name particularly with westerns—reveal a writer in transition, exploring new voices and locations, from the bars of small-town New Mexico and Michigan to a film set in Hollywood, a hotel in Southern Spain, even a military base in Kuala Lumpur. They also introduce us to classic Leonard characters, some who recur throughout the collection, such as aging lawman Charlie Martz and weary former matador Eladio Montoya.

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

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        Elmore Leonard wrote more than forty books during his long career, including the bestsellers Raylan, Tishomingo Blues, Be Cool, Get Shorty, and Rum Punch, as well as the acclaimed collection When the Women Come Out to Dance, which was a New York Times Notable Book. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty and Out of Sight. The short story "Fire in the Hole," and three books, including Raylan, were the basis for the FX hit show Justified. Leonard received the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He died in 2013.

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Marked by his unmistakable grit and humor, the stories in Charlie Martz and Other Stories—produced early in his career, when he was making his name particularly with westerns—reveal a writer in transition, exploring new voices and locations, from the bars of small-town New Mexico and Michigan to a film set in Hollywood, a hotel in Southern Spain, even a military base in Kuala...

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A collection of fifteen stories, eleven of which have never been previously published, from the early career of bestselling American master 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 crackled with trademark wit and sharp dialogue, Leonard remains the standard for crime fiction and a literary model for writers of every genre.

Marked by his unmistakable grit and humor, the stories in Charlie Martz and Other Stories—produced early in his career, when he was making his name particularly with westerns—reveal a writer in transition, exploring new voices and locations, from the bars of small-town New Mexico and Michigan to a film set in Hollywood, a hotel in Southern Spain, even a military base in Kuala Lumpur. They also introduce us to classic Leonard characters, some who recur throughout the collection, such as aging lawman Charlie Martz and weary former matador Eladio Montoya.

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

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      • source: O, the Oprah Magazine
      • content: "Gunslingers and suits dreamed up well before Get Shorty and Out of Sight are sketches of the heroes and villains for whom Leonard would become known."
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      • source: Kirkus Reviews
      • content: "Like Hemingway, Leonard excels in dramatizing the point at which apparently friendly mano a mano joshing threatens to erupt in violence. . . . Interesting [] for the signs and promises of the author's future laconic command of dialogue and action and his knowing, lazy, wryly amused trademark voice."
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      • source: San Francisco Book Review
      • content: "These very early stories of Elmore Leonard exhibit a real understanding of how to create interesting characters, structure settings that are believable, and tell stories that are compelling and realistic."
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      • source: Keir Graff, Booklist
      • content: "Here we see a master craftsman in his apprenticeship. . . . Already Leonard's imagination is pulled between present and past, between Midwest, West, and abroad, interests that would define his career. . . . Die-hard fans will find this one difficult to resist."
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      • source: Library Journal (starred review)
      • content: "Quirky, tough, humorous, and always surprising characters. . . . There's a reason Leonard has been labeled one of the best crime writers in America and why his clipped and witty dialog and economical writing style have found their way to television and film. He's just a great storyteller."
      • premium: False
      • source: New York Journal of Books
      • content: "This book is honest and it's raw, and we can picture Leonard so vividly working. . . . A meaningful insight into the mind of a burgeoning writer who would one day become an international bestseller. . . . It's fascinating and inspiring to be invited to have a peek."
      • premium: False
      • source: Chicago Tribune
      • content: "Even [Leonard's] breeziest efforts have a way of nailing our conflicted culture in all its stubborn glory and misfit dreams. "Charlie Martz and Other Stories" clues us into the dreams he was having when life in America was, at least on the surface, less turbulent."
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      • source: Shelf Awareness for Readers
      • content: "[Leonard] writes characters like no one else. . . . Even before he mastered the [] gritty style he's most known for, he was able to evoke subtle tones and achingly beautiful moods. . . . These are exceptional stories written by an artist at work and at play."
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      • source: CriminalElement.com
      • content: "There's much to welcome in this posthumous assortment by an author Stephen King hailed as, "the great American writer." . . . This collection certainly serves up another batch of those gravelly, authentic, fringe-dwelling lives."
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      • source: Publisher's Weekly
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        April 6, 2015
        Written while Leonard (Raylan) held a day job as an advertising copywriter, 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 15 stories in this collection are an enjoyable illustration of a writer taking his first halting steps toward greatness.

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      • source: Library Journal
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        June 1, 2015

        In this anthology of 15 stories (11 of which have never been previously published), the early Leonard is working through the quirky, tough, humorous, and always surprising characters his many fans have come to expect. The geographical settings as well as the time periods vary, which gives readers a taste of a young writer's ability to experiment and flex, finding new voices and locations with which to captivate his audience. Featuring characters from an aging territorial lawman still capable of outsmarting hooligans to a matador-turned-migrant farm worker, the stories take us down bumpy dirt roads in New Mexico and on to villas in southern Spain and back to stage props and Hollywood sets. VERDICT There's a reason Leonard has been labeled one of the best crime writers in America and why his clipped and witty dialog and economical writing style have found their way to television and film. He's just a great storyteller. Leonard devotees will love this book, and new readers will want to check out his novels after reading this work of short fiction. [See Prepub Alert, 12/15/14.]--Russell Miller, Prescott P.L., AZ

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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      • source: Booklist
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        May 1, 2015
        Leonard, whose 10 Rules of Writing became a famous touchstone for authors, breaks many of his own edicts in this collection of 15 early, mostly unpublished stories from the 1950sbut, to be fair, even the guy who writes the rules first needs to decide what they are. Here we see a master craftsman in his apprenticeship, his influences more apparent than his influence as he tries his hand at crime fiction ( One, Horizontal ); westerns ( Charlie Martz, First Western Siesta in Paloverde ); general magazine fiction ( A Happy, Light-Hearted People, Evenings Away from Home ); and more ( Time of Terror, a tale of terrorism in Malaysia). Already Leonard's imagination is pulled between present and past, between Midwest, West, and abroad, interests that would define his career. Are they good stories? Well, pretty good. They contain both the promise and the problems of all such early work, and readers will have to decide whether their time would be better spent revisiting the products of the writer at his peak. Die-hard fans will find this one difficult to resist.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2015, American Library Association.)

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