RARA-AVIS: Best of Leonard

J. Kingston Pierce (jpwrites@sprynet.com)
Thu, 11 Mar 1999 09:52:33 -0800 Christopher Bahn wrote:

> Just finished Elmore Leonard's "Out Of Sight" this weekend, liked it
not as much as the movie) and plan to pick up some more by him. What's
considered his 3 or 4 best novels? <

My favorite Leonard novel isn't one of his most recent ones, but rather
"LaBrava." It's a dark-edged tale of a former Secret Service agent whose new
start as a portrait photographer is endangered by his encounter with a
fading but still sexy actress. She sucks him down into a world of redneck
cops, deadly Cuban gunmen, and bizarre, big-bucks scamming. A terrific

I was less impressed by the recent "Cuba Libre," which was simply a dolled
up western with an uninspired romantic subplot.

-- Jeff

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