After reading a few Elmore Leonard books (I think Killshot and Riding the Rap) when I was in my teens and not really getting the fuss about Leonard, I gave Freaky Deaky a try and everything clicked, sending me back to read those 70s Detroit novels as quickly as possible. I should re-read this one as well.
He's a very different writer, but the same thing happened to me with Sallis. I made a few stalled efforts at the Lew Griffin series. Once his stories clicked for me, I couldn't read them quickly enough.
--- In email@example.com, "jacquesdebierue" <jacquesdebierue@...> wrote:
> Inspired by recent rereadings of Gold Coast and Maximum Bob, I took up this old friend. I feared I wasn't going to like it as much... well, the fears were unfounded. This remains the greatest Leonard, possibly shared with The Moonshine War, which is next in line for confirmation. Very hardboiled and wickedly funny, great plot, characters and dialogue. Hats off.
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