I highly recommend Elmore Leonard's short-story collection,
When the Women Come Out to Dance_. The collection shows
Leonard as a complete artist. His story _Chikasaw Charlie
Hoke_ is as good as a good Ring Lardner sports story.
_Hanging Out at the Buena Vista_, Leonard out-Cheever's Cheever. And so on.
My conclusion, after reading this volume and the previous
one, _The Tonto Woman and Other Western Stories_, is that,
had he applied himself to the form, Leonard could have been
on the list of essential short-story writers.
Readers should be warned that The Tonto Woman is duplicated
from the previous volume. (How hard would it have been for
Leonard, a master of fiction, to write a new story especially
for this collection?)
A full review of this will appear elsewhere, perhaps. These
collections have a way of disappearing from print, so I
suggest pouncing, now.
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