RARA-AVIS: Leonard's Pagan Babies

From: Mario Taboada ( matrxtech@yahoo.com)
Date: 06 Sep 2002

Yesterday, I don't know why, I felt the compulsion to read some Elmore Leonard, so I picked up his _Pagan Babies_ at the local library. It starts with one of the strongest first paragraphs I've read in a long time; I figured that, after that opening volley, he would have to deliver, and he does. I couldn't put the thing down.

Objectively, it's a disturbing book. The comedy is there, but it doesn't weaken the tension. The book is short and could be a Gold Medal, in which case we would be including it among the best ones from that era. I give it my highest recommendation.

We haven't had an Elmore Leonard month, have we? There are thirty-seven novels and a bunch of stories...



"The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." Mark Twain

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