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.
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