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Need Elmore Leonard Recommendation

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by heyabbott, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    I'm going away for 5 days and I want to read an Elmore Leonard novel, it will be my first. Looking for recommendations for the quintessential book or just your favorite.

    I went through my list of authors I thought I 'd read this week, Pynchon, DeLillo, Roth, Greene, but I didnt want ot have to work that hard.

    Please, I'm leaving in the morning. I can download to my kindle.

  2. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    It's been years since I read them, but my favorites were Glitz and Freaky Deaky.
  3. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    Read Be Cool not long ago. That's good stuff.
  4. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Get Shorty is pretty good.

    Rum Punch (on which Jackie Brown is based) is another good one.

    The Moonshine War is kind of different, but it's well-written.
  5. Greenhorn

    Greenhorn Active Member

    I liked Pronto a lot. Get Shorty, Rum Punch and Cat Chaser are also good.
  6. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    I can't remember why, but I was partial to Unknown Man No. 89. I read a bunch of his books in a short period, then I got tired of him. There was a character named Dick Speed in this one. Here's an excerpt.


    Liked Freaky Deaky, too.
  7. maberger

    maberger Member

    Glitz was the first I read. Really liked Get Shorty, and also 52 Pickup.
  8. Mahoney

    Mahoney Member

    Won't go wrong with any of them, but I enjoyed Freaky Deaky and Maximum Bob.
  9. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Rum Punch is his best work, IMO... Get Shorty is Great. Out of Sight is great.

    I liked Jackie Brown, but if Tarantino had been true to Rum Punch, it could have been an all-timer.
  10. jackfinarelli

    jackfinarelli Well-Known Member

    I second Rum Punch as the best choice...
  11. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    For whatever reason, Tarantino was more interested in resurrecting Pam Grier's career (and probably in trying to bang her) than in trying to make a great movie.
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