RARA-AVIS: Re: Donald Hamilton and Elmore Leonard

From: Dick Lochte (dlochte@gmail.com)
Date: 30 Aug 2009

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    Hamilton's more-than-justified reputation should be given some added longevity if, as I seem to recall, Steven Spielberg is involved in producing Helm movies that are closer to the novels than the Dean Martin epics.

    Since Leonard's Road Dogs was mentioned today (along with his qualifications for a Nobel????), I'm wondering if there has been a discussion of the book. My feeling is that he's drifted into the Robert Parker fun-to-read-but-basically-empty spot on the bestseller list. Thinking back, I have a hard time remembering any of the books since Out of Sight, other than that they were all entertaining. No small thing, of course. I was hoping that Road Dogs might recapture the quality of OOS, but instead it reminded me of an OK TV episode following a terrific pilot and missing one of the leads. Leonard says that he wrote the book with the idea of George Clooney once again playing the lead in the eventual movie, but Clooney passed. Probably had his reasons.

    Dick Lochte

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