Re: RARA-AVIS: Elmore Leonard and WWII

From: Joy Matkowski (
Date: 19 Sep 2005

I'm not creative enough at the moment to stretch Lisa Scottoline's KILLER SMILE far enough for it to be hardboiled, but it deals with a WWII Italian internment camp in Montana. Even less hb is my childhood church camp, which had previously been a WWII Japanese POW camp.
    And speaking of Elmore Leonard, a month or so ago, a few days after I ordered TISHIMONGO KID, I heard that GW was reading an Elmore Leonard book. That was the first I ever heard that he ever read fiction, and I was wondering if he was taking a page out of Bill's book. Then yesterday I started reading TK (however it's spelled; it's upstairs), and good grief! Its setting is riverboat gambling casinos in Mississippi, kind of prescient, if that's the Leonard GW was reading. Anybody know?


Kevin Burton Smith wrote:
> Is this cool or what?
> Elmore Leonard is penning a new crime serial for the New York Times
> Saturday Magazine, starting yesterday. Even better, it features Carl
> Webster, the straight-shooting U.S. Marshal last seen in Dutch's
> latest, THE HOT KID, in a whole new adventure, dealing with Nazi
> prisoners of war in Oklahoma. So far, it's already reading better than
> THE HOT KID, mostly because the background is so interesting (and
> assuming that Leonard's research is correct, which it usually is,
> I mean, there were 500 POW camps in the States during WWII? The mind
> boggles!
> You can read it on-line, or even download a podcast -- for free.
> All you have to do is register with them.
> And hard-boiled? If Carl was any dryer or more terse, he'd snap and
> burst into flames.

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